India, New Delhi: using Facebook and SMS to keep the city clean
Earlier this year, the Municipal Corporation of Delhi (MCD) launched its Facebook page and an integrated SMS service to enable public monitoring of garbage collection sites and public toilets. If garbage is not collected or if toilets are not working, citizens can register complaints on the MCD Facebook page. There are 2,078 garbage dumps, 1,033 public toilets and 602 private toilets in MCD’s jurisdiction. There is also an MCD hotline for complaint registration
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Pollution Monitoring System Coming to Six Indian Cities
"The System of Air Pollution Forecasting and Research (SAFAR) was launched in Delhi last year to ensure clean air during the Commonwealth Games. The Pune-based Indian Institute of Tropical Meteorology [established by the United Nations Development Programme as a Special Fund Project in 1962] developed SAFAR and is ready for it to be replicated in six other Indian cities. SAFAR is a computer model where data like wind, speed and humidity are input and used to forecast pollution levels 24 hours in advance."
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Mobile Phones Catch Epidemics Earlier in South Asia
The Real‐time Biosurveillance Program (RTBP) was launched in India
and Sri Lanka by by LRNEasia, the Indian Institute of Technology —Madras (IITM), Carnegie Mellon University's Auton Lab, the University of Alberta and the International Development Research Center (IDRC), "to test the potential of using mobile phones in health data collection.
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