The Importance of Mobility in the Face of Crisis

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Michiko Morales

If you have been paying attention to the news as of late, you may have noticed that August has produced quite a number of significant and jaw-dropping stories. From Malaysian flight MH17, to earthquakes in California, to a deadly Ebola outbreak in parts of West Africa – there have been some pretty serious happenings around the globe these days.

Many of us stay up-to-date on breaking news via our mobile devices. In fact, it’s not unusual for developing stories to break on Twitter and other social networks before major news outlets like CNN or Fox. Mobility has truly revolutionized the way we educate ourselves on the issues facing society today.

Not only has mobility changed the way we receive our news, but it might also be innovating the way we respond to these evolving issues as well. Take the outbreak of Ebola in West Africa, for example. The disease has no official cure and has infected more than 2,000 people in Sierra Leone, Liberia, Guinea and Nigeria. So, where does mobility come in to play? Magpi, a mobile data collection and messaging application suite, is helping people around the world through easy-to-use, affordable data collection via any mobile device.

Tools like Magpi are becoming crucial in a world faced with turmoil, like the Ebola outbreak. Providing workers in the field with an easy-to-use, time saving mobile application, like Magpi, can streamline Ebola research and potentially lead to containment of the disease.

As simple to set up as a Facebook account, Magpi is making mobile data collection and mass messaging simple and accessible in the international development and commercial sectors. With more than 31,000 field workers in 170 countries, including organizations like the World Health Organization and the American Red Cross, Magpi empowers businesses in need of surveys, inspections, research and other forms to simply create a mobile form, and deploy it in minutes to any device.

Putting mobile data collection at the fingertips of those in the field makes gathering and processing this research easier and faster, which is essential in the midst of a crisis like Ebola. Mobile technology is making an impact in how we communicate with one another, from how quickly news travels around the globe to how we collect and process important information. Mobile devices are no longer just for selfies and Candy Crush; instead, through applications like Magpi, mobile devices are being utilized to help people and change the world.

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