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MDRU, ICT, Disaster, Fieldtest

MDRU workshop in Nepal

Information, Communication Technologies (ICT) provides unprecedented opportunities to build resilience and deepen connectivity and can be harnessed in disaster risk reduction and management far more effectively and less expensively.

Moveable and Deployable ICT Resource Unit (MDRU) was initiated by NTT Network Innovation Laboratories to restore communications in disaster affected areas. This started in Japan after the 2011 Earthquake and Tsunami which left communities without ICT service for several weeks.

Last July 10-12, 2018, the Nepal MDRU Field Testing, Community Preparation and Technical Training was co-organized by the Central Visayas Information Sharing Network Foundation, Inc. (CVISNET) , the Education Nepal Foundation of Nepal (EN) and Nippon Telegraph and Telephone Corporation of Japan (NTT) . The participants of the workshop comprised of 22 members representing different stakeholder groups.

The workshop and evaluation of participants identified MDRU as a quintessential medium of communication specially for call function and instant messaging. The utility of MDRU in file sharing and daily use can be more likely extended by improving user interface application. With just few improvements in the innovative MDRU infrastructure to adhere topographical needs of Nepal and well trained team for promotion and training services of MDRU, this product can find good market in Nepal.

In support of Asia Pacific Information Superhighway (AP-IS) initiative launched by ESCAP,.which aims to increase the availability and affordability of broadband Internet for all people across Asia and the Pacific, MDRU project can contribute its practical experiences and technical assistance to other member states, leading to more efficient disaster risks prevention and preparation in the region