Cisco Germany Partnering with Local Organizations in Refugee Response

Cisco Germany Partnering with Local Organizations in Refugee Response

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Tuesday, March 22, 2016 - 10:05am

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Embracing our culture of innovation, Cisco employees have developed cutting-edge, technology-based solutions for some of the key challenges faced by refugees. A team in Belgium submitted a concept for the Innovate Everywhere challenge to create wearable devices to better connect refugees to emergency response and support services.

Employees in Hamburg, Germany, produced a white paper on the potential use of telemedicine for refugees. Building on key business relationships with the City of Hamburg, University Hospital Hamburg Eppendorf, and technology partners, the Hamburg team envisioned a shipping container equipped with Cisco technology that can serve as a ‘Refugee First Response Center’ (RFRC).

Staffed by University Hospital doctors, the RFRC provides real-time translation services to refugees during medical consultations through the use of Cisco equipment and on-line translation services. When executive leadership in the Central Theatre saw the concept, they put their opex behind it and encouraged the team to pursue this vision. The team was able to fully realize the concept and finish the RFRC in just six weeks. This feat is especially impressive considering that the RFRC was a volunteer activity for Cisco staff, who contributed their personal time to make this a reality.

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