Promotion of e-local community with ICT solution (2009)
This Project studied methods to improve healthcare services in Tanah Datar, West Sumatra, Indonesia, where 350,000 people are living with only one hospital and some small local clinics. The number of doctors is about 50 and they work without any PCs or databases connected to the network. All departments in the hospital and clinics operate independently from one another and all medical documentation processing was handled manually.
The project established “the Health checkup service” which allows automatic collection of the height, weight and blood pressure data from measuring instruments and puts them into a database, and “the Healthcare contents Distribution Services” which provides prevention for epidemic diseases such as Pandemic Influenza, dengue fever, etc.
The overall objective of this project is to demonstrate the successful promotion of e-local community with ICT solutions which will be recognized as a best practice to be replicated and scaled-up in rural areas in Indonesia and APT member countries to bridge the digital divide in remote rural communities.
The project aims:
1) To develop and implement community-based wide area network by connecting a hospital, a healthcare center, a telecenter, a university, high schools and junior high schools with broadband access system to utilize e-healthcare, e-educational and e-agriculture solutions while this system provides the Internet accessibility to rural communities.
2) To evaluate the effectiveness, efficiency and sustainability of this community-based broadband telecenter and tried to propose best practice of the telecenter to be replicated and scaled up in the other rural communities in Indonesia and the other APT member countries.
3) To enhance and improve implementation and maintenance skills among prefectural government staff to successfully establish and sustain ICT infrastructure and applications.
Exploration of ICT’s Potential in Peat land Environmental Conservation to Address Climate Change (2011)
Promotion of e-environmental community with ICT solution in Central Kalimantan, Indonesia (2012)
The environmental destruction of peatland has caused it to become very dry during the dry season and extremely susceptible to peat fire, producing a large amount of CO2 every year. Deforestation and the degradation of peatland have been the main causes for the emission of greenhouse gases. Air pollution by peat fire smoke has also threatened human health.
As the countermeasure to restore the peatland, University of Palangka Raya, through “Center for International Cooperation in Sustainable Management of Tropical Peatland” (CIMTROP), has been working towards the restoration of the peatland around the university premises for more than 15 years. One of its main activities is to construct the simplified dams on the canals to maintain the water level of the peat land to avoid peat fire from occurring.
The project aims:
1) To conduct a feasibility study towards the establishment of the ICT remote monitoring system at rural area. The ICT remote monitoring system is to monitor a simplified dam and peatland so that the researchers can see the visual image of the dam and get the information of the water level remotely at the new data center where the research team of University of
Palangka Raya has the facilities for his activities.
2) To make young researchers familiar to the remote monitoring system and also to enhance and improve their understanding, knowledge, and skills about ICT technologies
3) To integrate soil sensors at a new monitoring point and to make a test of a new firefighting agent that is expected to act as a preventive measure as well as a counter measure for peat fire.
4) To establish a telecenter where the students and residents will be educated in the ICT field like Internet and in the environmental field.
5) To share the data collected from the system with joint researchers in the Asian countries.
The projects established a remote monitoring system and allowed for the collection of data at the Data Center without access to the actual site. The projects also familiarized young researchers with the remote monitoring system and enhanced their understanding, knowledge and skills about ICT technologies.
ICT Training Programme (Tanah Datar, Indonesia, 2014)
The ICT training programme at Tanah Datar was the culmination of previous SHARE projects in Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand and Vietnam promoting the use of ICT solutions. Contributions from these different countries as well as collaborative initiatives with Asia Pacific Telecommunity projects have resulted in several projects being carried out, each addressing sectors of e-agriculture, e- education, e- health and e-environment, using models of latest technologies and standards which are cost effective. These models are built based on knowledge sharing among Asia Pacific Telecommunity members and can be applied widely in developing countries as “standard” models.
Following the success of the previous SHARE projects implemented in these Asian countries, another project in Tanah Datar commenced in 2014. This project is a collaborative initiative between the CST and UNIMAS and aimed to introduce the residents of Tanah Datar to ICT training. The ICT Training Programme was designed to facilitate the training of fifteen participants at a certificate-level programme to learn about ICT and relevant technology applications which have been developed by SHARE partners. This programme also aimed to enable Tanah Datar to grow and extend their competencies in various socio- economic activities for ensuring lifelong success and happiness as well as to produce change agents among local communities through use of SHARE applications.
Through this project, participants were exposed to the fundamental theories of ICT, computing skills, research skills, monitoring and management skills, and report writing skills. The participants also had an opportunity to learn various SHARE applications which had been developed by partners through research projects funded by Asia Pacific Telecommunity and the Government of Japan.