I Am OK System Comes Online to Help Potential Victims of Hurricane Rita and Other Disasters
LONG ISLAND, N.Y. National Next of Kin Registry selects text-to-speech solution from Rovenet and Invores to connect hurricane victims to their families. Rovenet, a provider of software for field workers to collect data on handheld devices such as Palm Computers or Pocket PC's, and Invores have teamed to begin integrating their products to meet one goal: help reduce the pain and suffering of disaster victims and their families.
Their first combined system, "I AM OK" is a contact service to assist emergency relief workers in connecting displaced hurricane or other disaster victims with the families searching for them.
The information gathered by relief workers is communicated in two ways. First all of the collected data is sent to national listing services and databases. At the same time, utilizing Invores' EXpress2.0 VoIP VoiceXML platform, individual telephone calls are placed to the friends and relatives with personalized messages from the friends or loved ones.
The same system can also be accessed via the World Wide Web at www.portableforms.com/iamok.
Rovenet and Invores are making the "I Am OK" system available free of charge to relief organizations. The first agency that will be utilizing this technology is the National Next of Kin Registry (www.nokr.org) a proactive and currently an all completely volunteer organization that helps locate next of kin in urgent situations.
"'I Am OK' is a great addition to our services," states Roger Castro, vice chairman of NOKR and a community activist. "NOKR is all about providing emergency contact information (when needed) to families and loved ones all over our country. With this technology we will be more effective and efficient."
The "I Am OK" system is being supported by a donation of handheld computers from Palm, Inc., a manufacturer of mobile system. Invores Systems, Inc. and Rovenet are donating their Portable Forms technology, the EXpress2.0 VoIP VoiceXML platform, additional custom software applications, technology support services, and VoIP Internet telephony connectivity to this effort.