The prestigious Mobile World Congress, held in Barcelona, Spain, has awarded Smart Communications, Inc. for the company’s quick response in the restoration and emergency response through their revolutionary platform SmartNet soon after the typhoon Yolanda hit the Philippines.
Smart’s disaster preparedness and emergency response program, called SafePH, was put to a test when Yolanda devastated a large part of Central Philippines last November. GSMA Globe Mobile Awards 2014 tagged SafePH: “Best Use of Mobile for Emergency or Humanitarian Efforts.”
On many levels: preparedness, partnerships, and the rolling out of a whole portfolio of services aimed at improving communications access for the affected community in a rapid response fashion.
-GSMA Global Mobile Awards
Smart pre-positioned their personnel, equipment and relief goods in major areas in Central Philippines before Yolanda made landfall. The day after Yolanda hit the country, Smart, in cooperation with Telecoms Sans Frontieres and Thuraya Telecoms, immediately set up free call stations using satellite phones for survivors to get in touch with their love ones and communicate their needs.
Just a few weeks after the disaster, the Vodafone Foundation Instant Network was assisted by Smart engineers to provide interim communications support to the government and other humanitarian agencies to affected communities in Palo in Leyte and Guiuan and Borongan in Samar.