Industry leaders met today in an advisory capacity to promote ITU’s Smart Sustainable Development Model (SSDM) initiative. The meeting of the advisory board brings together leaders of the telecom sector to leverage the transformational power of ICTs to push forward innovation and change at all levels, the organization said in a release. ITU Secretary-General Hamadoun I. Touré noted that smart solutions are needed to meet global challenges such as climate change: “Leading edge information and communication technologies provide new opportunities to fast track sustainable development. Smart technological solutions can help combat climate change while improving our capacity to respond to natural disasters and, at the same time, provide improved access to basic needs, such as health, education, and nutrition.”
Advisory board members have expertise in emergency telecommunications and sustainable development and include policy makers, satellite operators, regulators and service providers.
The overall goal is to utilize existing infrastructure and optimize it for disaster response in emergencies.