| 18.05.2017

Hanken hosted iTRACK meeting

iTRACK is a project that focuses on protecting and tracking humanitarians and humanitarian convoys in conflict zones, specifically in Syria, Iraq and Yemen. HUMLOG at Hanken hosted an iTrack-meeting on 10-12 May.

The meeting gathered both practitioners from different NGO’s and scholars from universitites involved in the project. Through an iTRACK board game that illustrates the conflict zones the end users in iTRACK (such as the World Food Programme and iMMAP) and NGO representatives discussed issues about the protection and tracking of convoys going into conflict areas. Despite the increasing availability of tracking and monitoring technologies, the number of humanitarian workers that fall victim to attacks continues to rise. That is why a new and innovative approach to tracking is needed.

"Hanken’s part in this project is the data collection and analysis with regards to the movement of goods and of people to these conflict zones, evaluating how tracking and tracing technologies could be developed in a way that would protect them", says Gyöngyi Kovács, Erkko Professor in Humanitarian Logistics.

This project has received funding from the European Union’s Horizon 2020 research and innovation programme under grant agreement No 700510. Horizon 2020 is the biggest EU Research and Innovation programme ever with nearly €80 billion of funding available over 7 years (2014 to 2020).

Read more about the HUMLOG-institute here
Read more about the iTRACK-project here

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Gyöngyi Kovács
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