Czech Students Design Disaster Mapping Tool

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A team of Czech students from the Brno University of Technology has designed a software solution that aims to rebuild local knowledge of infrastructure in disaster zones such as Haiti.

The Geographical Information Assistant is an application for mobile devices with Windows Mobile and GPS functions such as the HTC Touch 2/Diamond 2. It allows aid organizations to create maps of a disaster-ravaged area.

The students behind GINA represented the Czech Republic at the Microsoft-sponsored student technology competition Imagine Cup World Finals in Warsaw, Poland.

GINA allows users such as aid agencies to add to and edit maps of their location and share data over cell networks to help create a new, accurate map of the area, ZDNet reports.

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