During times of crisis, such as natural disasters or civil wars, families are often separated and children lost. International aid organizations will then deploy a process called Family Tracing and Reunification (FTR) to help reunite these families, register the separated children and help bring them care services. This process is usually done using paper forms and printed photos.
RapidFTR is a tool that utilizes mobile and web technologies to help the aid workers securely collect, sort and share photographs and information about children in emergency situations.
When first conceived, the team had imagined designing the mobile interface for the Android OS. However, UNICEF’s standard issue mobile device at the time was Blackberry. While initial development was for that platform, RapidFTR is now back to being developed for Android.
As a founding member of the RapidFTR team, I also researched UNICEF and Interagency Field Guidelines and Practices and interviewed field users.
I researched through the extensive paper forms utilized in the field as well as navigated and tested UNICEF’s existing digital database at the time. From this research, I created user stories for the mobile and digital interface design & development.
RapidFTR is open source and is currently being deployed by UNICEF.
For more information, please go to: http://www.rapidftr.com