Basic Volunteer / crowdsourcing app for the United Nations
UN-ASIGN has been developed for the United Nations and is a free-to-use tool for UN OCHA. AnsuR has been working with the UN for over a decade to provide the UN with an optimal disaster management tool. UN-ASIGN is combined with a UN live mapping tool.
Volunteers and the general public can download UN-ASIGN onto their smartphone and provide in-situ observations of the emergency or crisis they may find themselves in, aiding the UN in developing better situational awareness. These field observations collected through UN-ASIGN are particularly helpful in the evaluations of a crisis situation, complimenting Satellite Earth Observations to provide a comprehensive situational picture.
As a UN Information Management tool, UN-ASIGN is optimized to work under difficult communication conditions with the need for rapid understanding of the data, to provide the most accurate actionable intelligence as soon as possible.
UN-ASIGN has been used by the UN in a number of situations worldwide, to support emergency decision-making processes, particularly in the critical first few days following a crisis, where telecommunication networks are potentially limited and unstable.
Helping the UN develop situational awareness
The UN-ASIGN application for smartphones empowers volunteers to reliably capture and communicate trustful photos, videos, text messages, as well as needs assessment forms, for the UN. All data is geo-tagged and time stamped.
The UN-ASIGN data received is safely stored at CERN, Geneva, where the ASIGN server is. UN experts can see desired observations in detail, export and integrate them into a GIS system, such as ESRI. The UN typically fuses this data with a Live Mapping portal. GDACS live »
UN-ASIGN can be downloaded onto Android and iOS smartphones and enables users to autonomously create an account. UN-ASIGN users can see what they have sent to the United Nations by logging onto: https://asign.cern.ch/ » with the same account details.