Thales Foundation and GeoHazards Society launch first-of-its-kind School Safety Mobile App.
Bengaluru, June 08, 2017: Thales Foundation and GeoHazards Society (GHS) announced the nationwide launch of a first-of-its-kind School Safety Mobile Application that will allow school administrators to ‘write’ a School Disaster Management Plan (SDMP). The Android-based app was launched by Mr Kamal Kishore, Member, National Disaster Management Authority (NDMA), Prof Santosh Kumar, Executive Director, National Institute of Disaster Management (NIDM), and Mr Christophe Humphry, Chief Operating Officer, Thales in India, and Mr Hari Kumar, President, GeoHazards Society, at NIDM headquarter in New Delhi.
The pilottesting of the application took place in schools in Dharamshala in HimachalPradesh, Patna in Bihar and Aizwal in Mizoram before the formal launch.
Thismobile application has been developed as part of the project undertaken by GHSwith the support from the Thales Foundation – an initiative that aims to drawon Thales’s innovative flair and technological expertise to benefit society inthe areas of education and humanitarian crises. The project led by GHS and MsCharu Pandey – an employee volunteer from Thales in India – started in July2016. It focused onvariousaspects of school safety in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district – one of the highrisk and hazard prone regions of the country. GHS conducted staff preparednesstraining programmes, students training programmes, developed school disasterpreparedness plans and tested these plans with preparedness drills. A largenumber of school administrators, teachers and students were mobilisedthrough this project.
Mr Christophe Humphry, Chief Operating Officer,Thales in India, said, “We are proud to associate withGeoHazards Society and support this important project including the developmentof the School Safety Mobile Application. This resonates with our coremission of making the world a safer place through innovation and newtechnology.”
Mr Hari Kumar, President, GeoHazards Society, said, “Weare thankful to Thales for their support in this project and in bringing outthis app that seeks to make a difference in school disaster preparedness in thecountry. This application will help fill an important unmet need in schools andhelp them develop the School Disaster Management Plans systematically.”
The apphas various modules including school profile, hazard profile of the school,falling hazards identification, formation of disaster management teams amongothers, with the user having a brief guidance on how to use each module toenter the required data. Once the data capture is complete, the user cangenerate and share the disaster preparedness plan with multiple users as a PDFfile via email, Bluetooth, Whatsapp etc.
The appis available on Google Play Store and can be downloaded for free. (https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=in.geohaz.school_safety.tt.in&hl=en)
Over theyears, Thales has been supporting various NGOs in India through local CSRinitiatives and also group-level Foundation efforts. Some of them includeKutumb Foundation, Jagriti, Protsahan, Samarpan Foundation, among others.