German firm webXells is using FluTracker to power FluRadar, a mobile phone swine flu mapping and detection system. Though FluRadar is still in an early development state, nearly 700 users downloaded the application in the first 24 hours of its release.
Users can download FluRadar to their Google Android-powered phones (and soon, their iPhones) free of charge. Upon being opened, FluRadar automatically determines users’ current location via GPS, and pulls the 20 nearest known cases from FluTracker as a list sorted by distance. If the user taps on a line, the full description of that swine flu case is displayed, and a link to the original data source is given. Additionally, FluRadar’s “Report a Case” function directs users to Rhiza Labs’ page with instructions for reporting a new case of swine flu.
Using FluTracker, your organization can view its data alongside the latest cases of H1N1 swine flu to make better decisions about corporate preparedness, continuity, and personnel safety.
Contact Josh Knauer at firstname.lastname@example.org or 412-488-0600 to protect your corporate assets with FluTracker.
“We’re five days ahead of the CDC in terms of tracking this,” explains Josh Knauer, CEO of Rhiza, whose company Web site was averaging 1,100 users per second this week. “The eyes of the world are on this as the most accurate predictor of what is coming. It’s a story of the Internet and the citizens who are coming together to help track this emergency faster than the government.”
—“Rhiza Labs’ FluTracker monitors the latest on H1N1,” PopCity Media
“If you head to Rhiza’s FluTracker website (I noted the company when it launched its Insight product at Where 2.0 last year) you’ll see a different map using Dr. Niman’s data. Rhiza is periodically downloading the data Dr. Niman and team are collecting and putting them into the Insight system…”
–Adena Schutzberg, All Points Blog @ Directions
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Pittsburgh, PA — Rhiza Labs and leading bioresearch firm Recombinomics have partnered to track the spread of the global flu pandemic with FluTracker.
The data behind FluTracker is being compiled by Recombinomics founder Dr. Henry Niman, who is acknowledged as having organized the most comprehensive and up-to-date resource for tracking suspected and confirmed cases of H1N1 flu on the web. Dr. Niman, who earned his Ph.D at the University of Southern California, has worked with the Scripps Clinic and Research Foundation, the University of Pittsburgh, and Harvard Medical School.
Powered by Insight, Rhiza’s collaborative web GIS tool, FluTracker enables health officials and the general public to input new information, using simple online tools. The result is faster access to the most up to date information about the status and progression of swine flu outbreaks worldwide. While several static maps showing various stages of the pandemic are available on the Web, only FluTracker gives users the ability to: (more…)