Sam, Chris, Yang – Human-centered design (User Considerations)

Objective of the service

Objectives of the Project

The aim of this project is to develop a service which connects isolated communities in areas with challenging topographies. This particular project focuses on the mountainous mid-western region of Nepal. Our final objective is providing security to isolated, vulnerable communities in terms of regular, readily available supplies of food and medication, as well as correspondence with neighboring communities.

Objectives of the Organization

This objective of our organization is to design a system which leapfrogs infrastructure like roads and railways. The system introduces the idea of using small flying vehicles to transport supplies via digital roads. Essentially, these digital roads would be able to surpass any physical topographical barriers which separate populations. The core concept lies in creating a substantial network and support system between remote communities.

Needs in the market

Our objectives satisfy the market needs of our users (remote communities in Nepal) by giving them access to emergency provisions like medical supplies, food, clean water and other commodities which might not be readily available to them given their isolated location.

Service Context

Potential influence

Our project could potentially influence the common perception of small flying vehicles, more colloquially known as drones. The current attitude towards drone technology is certainly uneasy and can end in negative assumptions. Our project aims to expose the positive potential of drones. If this technology is placed in the right hands, it can be used t attain new heights of social progress.

Internal Barriers

Hinderances to consider include organization, permits, funding and maintenance. Issues such as funding required to set up the drone stations, motivating the communities to maintain the stations, local administrative corruption and possible misuse of resources cast a shadow of doubt over the success of the project. However, one may certainly consider undertaking the above risks when the fascinating potential benefits of the project are considered.

Restrictions

Drone technology is a tricky field with a half-written rule book. Many restrictions such as government permits, political concerns and warfare speculation may threaten the viability of the project.

Conditions

In order for this project to succeed, certain conditions must be unquestionably fulfilled. The systems must be supervised at all times in order to avoid malpractices and misuse of resources. A log of digital transportations must be recorded and archived. A trustworthy central intelligence agency must take responsibility to supervise operations.

Results.

What will happen if the project is a success?

  1.  First and foremost, communities in need will have access to a stable support system.
  2. We will have built a digital network which leapfrogs existing infrastructure like roads and railways.
  3. The ground stations will act as technologically multi-layered community hubs which incorporate a variety of methodologies such as sustainability and wireless connectivity.
  4. The success of drone technology in these regions can be used as reservoirs of information which serve as data pools for innovating future technology.
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