DATE: Wednesday, 03rd July, 2013
VENUE: Meeting Room, 01st Floor, Colombo Municipal Council, Town Hall,Colombo 07
The event was graced by:
- A. J. M. Muzammil, Mayor of Colombo
- U. L. Titus Perera, Deputy Mayor of Colombo
- Ms. Bhadrani Jayawardhane, Municipal Commissioner, Colombo
- Dr. Pradeep Kariyawasam, Chief Medical Officer, CMC
- Mr. M. Arshad, Chairman, Standing Committee on Health and Sanitation
- Mr. Kapila Chandrasena, Acting CEO, Mobitel
- A/Prof. May O. Lwin, Associate Professor & Principal Investigator, NTU
- Dr. Newton Fernando, Senior Researcher & Principal Investigator, NTU
- Prof. G. N. Wickramanayake, Director, University of Colombo School of Computing
- Dr Firdosi Rustom Mehta, WHO Representative to Sri Lanka
Covered Video of Mobuzz event.
Live updates from the launch:
This is diGIT live team signing out from Town Hall, Colombo 7.
The full video coverage of the event will be up on our youtube channel (http://www.youtube.com/user/gihangamos). Do check it out when its out
And with that we conclude the launch of MoBuzz. Thanks to all who tuned in for this very important initiative actioned by collobaration of Mobitel, CMC, UCSC, Nanyang Technolgogy University
Dr Mehta from WHO (Representative to Sri Lanka) highlighting and thanking the collaboration of MoBuzz.
Now the floor is open for questions as we are almost about the wrap the session
This will help health authorities stay apprised of the spread of dengue in real time and accordingly allocate health resources to areas that need the quickest attention
The system will thus empower people to report dengue symptoms, mosquito bites and breeding sites using a simple text form or pictures or videos sent through their smartphones. All such reports will be automatically geo-tagged according to the user’s location and displayed on live google maps.
In the future version, MoBuzz can potentially predict outbreaks weeks in advance and will enable citizens to help health authorities monitor the spread of dengue in real time using smartphones. MoBuzz is the first of its kind in the world to use crowd sourcing for dengue surveillance.
Providing the necessary technological and connectivity support for MoBuzz is definitely a priority, as is the effort taken towards dengue prevent and surveillance. Mobitel has long been a staunch supporter of the fight against dengue, as expressed in our motto ‘we care, Always’. Mobitel will continue to support such projects while contributing our expertise in the industry
We had Isuru Disanayake from Mobitel addressing the gathering
The images can also be aggregated, allowing to view pics of certain areas
In one glance, the health authorities will be able to see all the updates coming in
A picture has been sent just now from the app to the system, we are awaiting the pic being shown on the map…..after a minute of so we see the update (we are revealed that it shows without a glitch)
Prof Lwin calls upon Dr Newton Fernando to assist her in demoing the app to the audience
Prof Lwin now takes a tablet and shows how the app works. Pretty neat stuff, good to see these actioned in Colombo
Future plans – The system is not yet open to public to contribute, but hope to do so soon – Prof Lwin
Health communciation – CMCs health education materials are aviaalble on the tablets so that they can even be shown to the public during visits
This way, a predictive hotspots map can be created and identified
Citizen report of breeding sites is a feature of MoBuzz
Prof Lwin now explains how MoBuzz operates
A few Sri Lankans are on the technological experts team for MoBuzz – Prof Lwin
Preventing dengue with just a click seems to be the theme of that video
Now a video is being shown of the integrated system
The MoBuzz approach – Digital survelllance (Digitized data colleciton by PHIs), (Predictive mapping for future by public ; Dynamic monitoring (breeding sites (multimedia), civic engagement; Health communication (tablet based health education), (targeted/customised health messaging) – Explains Prof Lwin
Prof Lwin addressing the gathering by showing the foundation research undertaken and how MoBuzz came about
Our research in Colombo shows that this system can significantly accelerate the surveillance and reporting process – said NTUs associate professor May O.Lwin, the principal investigator for the study.
Looks like the mayor has left the building!
Back to speech by prof Lwin after that short intermission
Mayor is giving token of appreciation to Isuru from Mobitel
We seem to have cut short the address by Prof Lwin as the Mayor goes on stage to present devices and token to Prof Lwin and co
(Image coutesy @MobitelSriLanka)
May Lwin is now addressing the gathering
UCSC will also be closely monitoring MoBuzz and giving advice to further imrpove
Mobitel Sri Lanka will be the technology partner assisting with MoBuzz
This technology will be deployed amongst our entire cadre of PHIs throughout the year starting with the PHIs in Colombo. Dengue continues to be a grave health issue in Sri Lanka with nearly 40,000 persons affected last year.
the geo tagging system will further strengthen the effectiveness and efficiency of CMCs actions against Dengue
MoBuzz – The system automatically geotags the surveillance forms and breeding site pictures and sends the information to the CMC with the click of a button
4 million rupees worth of equipment is proivded by NTU – Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam
What is planned is to map the locations which might have dengue spreading, get the public also to provide us with information – Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam
We were the first to use BTI, and now today we are launching the latest inititive of which we are very proud – Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam
We had the worst epidemic in 2009 – Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam
Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam is addressing the gathering
A.J.M. Muzammil, Mayor of Colombo will be talking in a bit
A timely and worthy cause actioned by CMC with help from Mobitel, NTU and UCSC
Along with the Mayor, we have Hon U.L. Titus Perera, Deputy Mayor of Colombo
Mr Isuru Dissanayake, General Manager Product Marketing, Mobitel will also join the panel to grace the occasion
Representing University of Colombo School of Computing will be Prof Gihan Wickramanayake, Director at UCSC.
Dr Pradeep Kariyawasam, Chief Medical Officer CMC is here at the event and is scheduled to grace the audience shortly
Dengue continues to be a grave health issue in Sri Lanka with nearly 40,000 persons affected last year.
Developed by NTU’s reseachers at the centre of social media innovations for communities (COSMIC), MoBuzz is a combination of a public health surveillance web application, integrated with a social media based mobile app.
MoBuzz is supported by the Singapore National Research Foundation under its international Research Center
MoBuzz is a CMC and Mobitel initiative along with UCSC and NTU Singapore.
Welcome to the live blog from launch of MoBuzz aimed at dengue prevention in and around colombo. We are just about to get things underway. Do follow for updates as it happens here (page will auto refresh when update is available. Enjoy!