An Indiegogo project seeks to equip Crisis Mappers in remote areas with nPower® PEG chargers to power the devices they use to tweet and text real-time intelligence from crisis areas that is then used to create maps for emergency responders.
According to the developers, a clean energy startup in Cleveland, Ohio, called Tremont Electric, 11 minutes of walking can provide enough power for 1 minute of talk time during a 2G call on an iPhone, with 26 minutes of walking required to sustain the same time during a 3G call. That power would likely be stretched further by Crisis Mappers in the field, however, who typically use less-power-hungry devices and send dispatches mostly by text.
Tremont Electric is raising money on Indiegogo through Sept. 12 to provide nPower® PEG chargers to the Crisis Mappers organization, which will distribute them to its eyes and ears in the most remote and challenging off-grid areas. The number of devices provided will depend on the amount of funding raised.