Sankalp Summit: Spatial Ideas aims to change rural lives with e-governance solutions

When we met Spatial Ideas for the first time back in 2011, it was just starting to get its first product out into the market — LocoBuzz, a GIS-powered social media analytics platform for consumer brands. Since, then it has added Viking, a platform that converges GIS, mobile applications, business intelligence and biometrics to deliver e-governance services in areas such as sanitation, healthcare and public distribution systems.

HQ: Mumbai

Founded: 2009

Founder: Vishal Agarwal

Funding: Bootstrapped

How it (Viking) works: The Viking platform has three products mSwaasth, PDS and SWM which enable real time dashboards, SMS alerts, email reports and insightful maps for decision makers by connecting citizen touch points using tablets and mobile phones. For example, the real time health maps help understand how diseases spread, field nurses use the location enabled mobile apps to know exactly who needs treatment, vaccination, etc. when and where. Fingerprint scanners connected to tablets ensure people get food using their ration cards and are able to check stocks at shops using SMS, saving time and money.

Current status: The platform is currently helping people in rural Aurangabad get proper and timely healthcare at Public Health Centers and is expected to have impacted the lives of 500,000 people by March. Thousands of families in villages around Sangli and Aurangabad no longer depend on the whims of shopkeepers to get food using their ration cards.

What next: The company hopes to extend some of these technologies to impact millions of lives.

Spatial Ideas’ Viking platform is a finalist at the Sankalp Awards 2014.

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