-Arjan's enabler cards (
and we can realize the usefulness of simple information bits that any user would come across or share with others- acting as 'breadcrumbs' for people to find their way in hostile environments.
-one could leave instructions on how to find a hidden water well,
-or how to use leaves to dress wounds,
-use a tourniquet with hidden paracord and branches to stop bleeding,
-how to use the cover of bushes to hide or dig a hole for a very specific situation/location,
-how to operate a hidden radio to call for help or to relay information
-recognize the faces of dangerous individuals or leaders that should be avoided.
-or being in proximity to a missionary refuge/orphanage/NGO settlement
-encouragements to inspire people to stay strong in difficult circumstances.
This is a harrowing account of a belgian couple who drove through the congo. There are many situations in which having simple bits of information in a location context could have helped them. Often they relied on missionaries for a safe place to stay for the night, and for information on what was happening in the area. There were accounts of atrocities by cannibalistic groups as recently as 2005 that were documented in a notebook by the missionary, but were never shared outside in decades.
The replication of these reports could not be done with paper and pen due to the volume, but they could have easily been done with smartphones on a peer 2 peer basis without the use of the cellular network or internet.
I could imagine this NFC tag sharing system to provide the means for quick replication of user generated documents/reports and for these reports to be relayed easily from one individual to the next.
I am basing this concept on a few assumptions.
ccording to this article, 96% of the population will have a cellphone by the end of 2013, and 89% will have a cellphone in developing countries.
2) the NFC reader/writer is already on 50 million existing phones and it's use is gaining more traction as a payment system, and for a quick way to share data between other phones. (to read more:
so why NFC tags?
NFC tags are inexpensive (30cts), and can be applied like stickers to trees, buildings, or rocks. The passive tags require no power, but can hold a range of bits of data.
how would this be used?
-a mobile app would allow users to type a simple message onto an NFC tag (by tapping phone on the sticker).
These messages could steer others away from dangerous groups, or towards refuge for example.
-Photos can be taken, geotagged, and the reports can be transferred to other phones and linked to specific locations.
-If a user has downloaded or shared an NFC tag files from someone else, they would be able to see them on a map, or be alerted if they came in proximity by the mobile app.
Communities would spread thousands of these tags around, effectively creating a 'wiki' made up of NFC tags.