Geo-spatial technology to help combat Ebola outbreaks

A U.S. company reports it is supplying portable geo-spatial mapping devices to Liberia to aid fight against Ebola outbreak.
By Richard Tomkins  |  Aug. 11, 2014 at 3:11 PM
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SALT LAKE CITY, Aug. 11 (UPI) -- A U.S. geo-spatial technology company is providing Liberia with portable mapping devices to help in the effort to contain and defeat an outbreak of Ebola.

The virus outbreak in Liberia, Guinea, Sierra Leone and Nigeria has killed more than 900 people and appears to be spreading.

Addressing Homes LLC said it is supplying its portable AimObserver devices to Liberia without charge as emergency assistance. The AimObserver uses "Mobile Mapper" technology to produce an instant latitude/longitude location for any dwelling, structure or pathway at any point in the world.

"This is the right technology at the right time to assist Liberia and other West African countries in getting the current Ebola crisis under control," said Michael Olsen, company chairman.

The devices will be able to provide accurate information on the location of victims, the location of clinics, and will help identify outbreak trends.

Information on the number of devices being donated was not disclosed.

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