Joint Press release - Mobile weather service improves safety of fishermen in Uganda

Joint Press release - Mobile weather service improves safety of fishermen in Uganda

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10 May 2012

 The Uganda Department of Meteorology, World Meteorological Organization (WMO), MTN, Ericsson, National Lake Rescue Institute and the Kalangala Fishing community have come together in a unique partnership, and combined mobile technology, weather forecasting and local know-how, to provide a localised weather alert service to fishing villages on Lake Victoria.WMO and Ericsson in partnership with MTN, Uganda Department of Meteorology and the National Lake Rescue Institute have made possible the delivery of daily weather forecasts and well-timed warnings in local languages.  The service, still in its pilot phase, is being tested by over 1000 fishermen in the Kalangala District of Lake Victoria. . MTN, Grameen Foundation AppLab Uganda and Ericsson are in the preparation of the wider service offering together with the Uganda Department of Meteorology, which will then be available for the entire Lake Victoria community in the next three months. >> Full text

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