Aid agency seeks partner to develop water software
August 8, 2011
By Canadian Consulting Engineer
Water For People, the non-profit international aid organization that is supported by several large consulting engineering companies in Canada, is hoping to find an organization to take over the development and promotion of its FLOW...
Water For People, the non-profit international aid organization that is supported by several large consulting engineering companies in Canada, is hoping to find an organization to take over the development and promotion of its FLOW computer platform.
FLOW, standing for “field level operations watch,” is a tool that allows agencies and governments to keep track of water projects and to ensure that the projects are in good order and supplying the clinics, schools, etc. that that they serve. The tool tracks the information in real time and displays it on Water For People’s online global maps. It helps ensure transparency and accountability in projects.
The software platform was developed by Water for People and Gallatin Systems, combining Android cell phone technology and Google Earth software.
Because Water For People wants to remain true to its core mission, it is looking for a new parent organization — corporations or individuals — to take the platform “to the next level.” They want the new parent organization to help fund and develop the FLOW tool to make it more widely available “at a reasonably low cost.” Water For People has issued an RFI that will be open until September 30 for those interested.
NED Breslin, CEO of Water For People, said: “We’ve had a lot of interest from organizations within and outside of the water and sanitation sector who want to take FLOW on and use it. However, the development and roll-out of FLOW is not our core business. Our core business is to provide support to communities, municipalities, and districts around the worldl to solve their water and sanitation problems.”
For more information, click here.