US Ambassador and Permanent Representative to the United Nations Ms King opened the 2011 Annual Conference of the Fleet Forum on March 23. The Conference, hosted by UNOSAT in Geneva, discussed latest developments in technology to assist humanitarian organisations with fleet tracking and logistics management, a field of expertise developing rapidly within the humanitarian community as aid delivery becomes more challenging and complex.

The Conference ended on Friday 25 March with a dedicated workshop on the new service for fleet tracking named HumaNav. The service became operational in early 2011 after one year and a half year of development supported by France’s Space Agency CNES and various partners among which the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR) and International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC). HumaNav consists of a technical support service end to end powered by NOVACOM Services of France, a leading firm in navigation and fleet tracking technology integration, and a “HumaNav Community” gathering the organisations using the service in a homogeneous group where experts and operators can discuss their common requirements and provide indications to improve the service.

More than 80 fleet and transportation experts from UN agencies, NGOs and private companies attended the Fleet Forum Annual Conference which was supported by the Swiss Confederation and a few private sponsors.

About HumaNav: HumaNav is both a community of experts and operators and an integrated fleet tracking and navigation system developed by UNOSAT and NOVACOM Services during a trial period in which the partners worked with UNHCR, ICRC and others with support from CNES. The particularity of the system is that it is built as an integration of available commercial solutions assembled in order to respond to the actual needs in humanitarian fleet tracking.

To find out more about HumaNav Fleet Tracking services please contact UNOSAT at olivier.senegas < at > unitar.org (please replace < at > with @ when you type the address).