Vehicle tracking is becoming rapidly a priority requirement for all humanitarian organisations and NGOs with sizeable fleets deployed in the field. The UN system alone manages tens of thousands of vehicles worldwide, often in hostile or difficult environments adding security challenges to logistical and organisational problems.
UNOSAT applied research on integrated solutions based on satellite technology was extended to navigation and geopositioning back in 2008, with the creation of a PPP initiative known today as HumaNav. HumaNav Coordinator Robert McConnell and Senior Specialist Olivier Senegas briefed the United Nations Interagency Standing Committee (IASC) on the solutions validated by UNOSAT and now available to all international actors in the humanitarian community.
HumaNav is an operational service for vehicle fleet management allowing navigation, monitoring and data gathering in real-time and creating at the same time a community of humanitarian users. HumaNav community members share a common approach to equipping vehicle fleets with an integrated set of solutions matching the specific needs of each organisation, rather than relying on off the shelf commercial products directly from the manufacturer. The private partner of UNOSAT in this initiative is NOVACOM of France, a company specialising in tracking services and technical solutions integration rather than the production and marketing of hardware components.
The combination of skills and knowledge offered by this partnership was first tested with success through a project realised in collaboration with UNHCR and ICRC in Chad, Sudan, Uganda, Nepal, Zimbabwe, and Ivory Coast.
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