Nokia Data Gathering: fighting drought with a mobile phone

Few people know that we are engaged not only in the production of mobile phones and user services like Nokia Maps, but also in the development of socially useful technologies.

Many charitable and non-governmental organizations constantly resort to the collection and analysis of various information from different population groups. To facilitate the questionnaire process, we developed the free Nokia Data Gathering service , which allows conducting various surveys using the interviewer's mobile phone, and then sending data with lightning speed for further processing.

The technology works as follows. The organization creates the necessary profiles on the Nokia Data Gathering server, after which the already completed profiles are sent to the interviewers' mobile phones. Then the interviewers interview people, filling out the questionnaires received for them, and after filling out they automatically return to the server via the Network, where information from all questionnaires is accumulated, analyzed, attached to the map and exported to the usual “office” formats.

Example of creating a profile

Thus, the collection of information even in remote places is much faster, and for conducting surveys you no longer need to use laptops, tablets, and even more so paper questionnaires, which are devoid of any mobility - to calculate statistics they need to be returned to the analytical center. Nokia Data Gathering has other advantages over paper: the collection of information falls on the server, and not on the hands of hired employees, recounting a heap of questionnaires (that there is extra money and time), and besides, it's just a more “green” way of collecting information without spoiling the paper - all that is required is a Series 40 or Windows Phone based phone. Laptops also lose NDG in terms of battery life, mobility and, often, the inability to tie the survey to a geographical location, which can be important in a number of cases.

Currently, Nokia Data Gathering is used by more than 200 non-governmental and charitable organizations, including WWF, the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), World Vision, Health Vigilance Foundation and others. Many of these organizations are unknown, but they are engaged in the fight against various diseases and natural disasters, provide people who need help with normal living conditions. This activity is not possible without the collection of various data, and we are pleased that our Nokia Data Gathering technology helps these organizations do good deeds.