Mobile & low-power tools
Desktop and laptop computers occupy niches in an evolving array of computing devices that includes mobile phones, computers built to run on locally generated electricity, and tools with prices below US $200.
- Teledoc village healthcare project
Winner of the first World Summit Award for Telemedicine, in 2003, Teledoc used custom data-handling applications running on Java-enabled Nokia mobile phones to provide healthcare to over 1,000 Indian villagers per month. Emphasis on women's reproductive health and common diseases resulting in high morbidity rates enabled Teledoc staff to deliver high-value service on site while routing more acute or more difficult cases to appropriate facilities in nearby towns.
Natoma developed the specification for data-entry forms, co-designed the user interface, and developed the business plan enabling Teledoc to operate sustainably over the course of its three-year project cycle.
Jiva Institute, India
- EFA data collection in the Gambia
Information about enrolment, completion and other gauges of success in relation to Education For All (EFA) are critical to the crafting of informed policies and decisions and to funding of education-related poverty-reduction activities. Rural schools in less-developed countries, however, are often poorly represented because such information is difficult to collect, difficult to aggregate and often suffers from errors during data entry—resulting in compromised reporting of EFA progress.
In this project, designed and managed for World Bank Institute, Natoma developed data templates and interfaces for the Hewlett-Packard iPAQ handheld computers, contracted and trained data collectors, aggregated and analyzed data collected from over 40 schools in rural regions in the Gambia, leading to findings and best practices for technology-enabled collection of EFA data.
World Bank Institute, The Gambia
- JhaiPC village communications networks
From 2004 to 2008, Edmond Gaible represented Natoma on the board of directors of the Jhai Foundation, an NGO co-located in Vientiane, Lao PDR, and in San Francisco, California. Working directly with both Lee Thorn, chairman of Jhai Foundation, and with hardware and software engineers, Natoma has participated on many levels, from hands-on construction of ridge-top wireless transceiver stations to strategic planning for sustainability, replicability and scaling.
Jhai Foundation, Lao PDR and elsewhere
From 2005 to 2006, Edmond Gaible participated in and contributed to the Task Force on Low-cost Computing Devices hosted by infoDev.