Urgently Needed: Asterisk Linux Servers & Phone Lines in Pakistan/India
Last month, about 50 hours into Katrina we had a skype-powered help line with in/out lines and sms capabilities. Unfortunately, when we tried to follow the same skype mock-up 18 hours after the quake in S.Asia, a member of Skype Journal informed us that skype didn't have any metro lines in the region and that wouldn't be possible. Therefore we had to switch over to the tsunami ARC model whereby a local line is needed either in India or Pakistan - preferably both and is capable of receiving sms and posting to a mailing list (sms2email).
We have coders all set to implement in under a couple of hours a working system whereby user on ground will send an sms to local Indian/Pak number which will forward message to a mailing list and relayed to a section on our wiki set up to post in emergency relief format and blog, When someone wants to contact person on ground, we will be dedicating our Katrinahelp skypeOut line to sending sms back to person on ground. Basically - the system is all automated and works like this: sms2web - web2sms
We are looking at achieving transparent disaster relief communications with direct contact to victims, relief workers and those who can assist them in an open source manner.
We are desperate to get this communication infrastructure set up. We have the know-how and people standing by to come plug it up... we even have 2 linux servers ready for this - Amsterdam & Michigan.. what we don't have is an asterisk server and the local phone line.
From Nathan 'dorjee' who's one of the volunteers with MobileActive:
What we really need to get started is:
1) Access to a Linux server in the India, Pakistan area. Preferrably root. We don't need anything that special or powerful.
2) A GSM mobile phone that can be connected to this server via a USB/Serial cable.
3) Digium/Asterisks hardware to connect actual phone lines would be the next.
Any help locating these resources would be highly appreciated.
Anyone who has the above (Asterisk Server and few phone lines), please let us know by email.