Friday, 1 March 2013
Mobile technology will change lives around the world over the next five years, says a new report.
Mobile health services could help save one million lives in Africa, it said, helping the fight against deadly diseases such as malaria and HIV.
Food for 40 million people could be saved by using mobiles to track trucks and to check the temperature of food in storage. That’s the number of people in Kenya! Right now, 240 tonnes of food is ruined every year, while being moved around.
The use of mobiles, e-readers and tablets could get 1.8 million more children an education over the next five years.
All these claims were made during the Mobile World Congress, a tech event in Barcelona that is held every year. And the mobile operators said it wouldn’t just be poor countries that would benefit from their technology. They say millions of pounds could be saved in healthcare, and that smart metering could cut carbon emissions by 27 million tonnes.
Not everyone supports the mobile operators, though. They have been criticised in the past about pollution caused by toxic substances which can leak from devices dumped in landfill sites.
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