ISSN: 1391 - 0531
Sunday, February 18, 2007
Vol. 41 - No 38
Financial Times  

Dialog commended at GSM Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona

Dialog Telekom has received a Commendation Award from the GSM Association at the GSM Global Mobile Awards in Barcelona, Spain this week.

Dialog Telekom together with its technology partners - Microimage, and the Dialog University of Moratuwa Mobile Communications Research Laboratory - have been commended in the category of ‘Best Use of Mobile for Social & Economic Development’, the same category in which Nokia, China Mobile, Grameen Phone and the International Trade Centre (UNCTAD / WTO) also participated. Dialog Telekom already has the distinction of having won three consecutive awards at the GSM World Awards popularly referred to as the “Mobile Oscars”, for technological innovations that benefit society.

With a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) having recently been signed between the Disaster Management Centre Sri Lanka and Dialog Telekom, DEWN is currently being piloted for rollout within this year. Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya, Director/Chief Executive Dialog Telekom, commenting on the initiation and development of this project said, “Dialog Telekom initiated this project, following the destruction caused by the tsunami in December 2004, as its contribution to the nation towards finding a long term solution to mitigate future disasters.”

DEWN will enable disaster warning information to be communicated securely and instantaneously to emergency personnel and mobile phone users anywhere in the country.

In the event of a potential disaster, directed alerts can be sent initially to emergency personnel to their special software enabled java and symbion hand-sets, and then if necessary, to all mobile-phone users through mass alerts and purpose built GSM alarm devices.

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