Qualcomm Incorporated (Nasdaq: QCOM), a leading developer and innovator of advanced wireless technologies, products and services, has signed a memorandum of understanding with the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (KCDC) to provide high-tech applications and smartphones that will contribute to improving the convenience and efficiency of the national health survey. The annual survey is conducted by the KCDC to promote public health and prevent disease.
The project will be a part of Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative and provide national public health survey investigators with smartphones featuring GPS and 3G wireless communication tools. Investigators are expected to benefit from the phones not only in terms of work efficiency and convenience in data collection, but also in terms of safety.
The smartphone application, which will be developed by Hubilon — a location-based solutions company — will provide investigative officials with schedule management, emergency paging and location information services. In addition, it will enable two-way data transmission between the KCDC center and investigators by utilizing a 3G wireless network, thereby enhancing the efficiency of various data transmissions such as reserving inspection times and checking investigation feasibility.
“I am very pleased with the mutual cooperation between Qualcomm and the KCDC,” said Dr. Young Koo Cha, senior vice president of Qualcomm and president of Qualcomm Korea. “Through Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative, which uses 3G to empower local communities, we look forward to working with the KCDC to apply Qualcomm’s advanced technology toward the enhancement of public health and prevention of disease in Korea.”
“The national health survey process will be upgraded through cooperation with Qualcomm and we will make an effort to expand and further develop this project in the future,” said Dr. Lee Jong-koo, director & deputy minister of the KCDC. “We will continuously seek new methods to enhance public health by employing cutting-edge technology.”
About Qualcomm and its Wireless Reach Initiative
Qualcomm believes access to advanced wireless voice and data services improves people’s lives. Qualcomm’s Wireless Reach initiative supports programs and solutions that bring the benefits of connectivity to underserved communities globally. By working with partners, Wireless Reach projects create new ways for people to communicate, learn, access health care, sustain the environment and reach global markets. For more information, please visit www.qualcomm.com/wirelessreach.
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