Software That Saves Lives

from the see,-it-can-be-useful? dept

For all the stories we hear about technology screwing up, Ephraim Schwartz, has an interesting post over at InfoWorld about some software that is being used to clean up a dangerous mess. We all know about problems of buried landmines in former war zones. This particular software, called Mapguide, helps to collect and organize as much data as possible about where landmines might be buried, and gets it into the hands of those working to get rid of them. It can be used to better pinpoint where landmines are likely to be, as well as pick out higher risk areas. It’s unfortunate, first of all, that this is a problem at all, and it’s unfortunate that we don’t hear more stories of software products like this helping save lives. However, every once in a while, it’s a good reminder that there are software products that really make a difference.

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