MANILA – The Ayala Group of Companies has teamed up Yondu, an IT outsourcing and mobile service arm under Globe Telecom, to launch a mobile app that can coordinate disaster response, gather feedback an provide critical information for its employees.
Available for both iOS and Android devices, ASSIST (Ayala Sign-In System for Immediate Support and Tracking) lets the conglomerate track their employees during disasters and provide assistance and aid to them.
An ASSIST Command Center orchestrates the whole operation, receiving reports from employees about their status, location and help if needed and also broadcast alerts, disaster-related information and details of preparatory activities.
The app also provides easy access to contact information of critical lifelines when disaster strikes, plus an Information Hub that streams related feeds from Twitter to inform everyone on activities of government agencies.
ASSIST is part of Aksyon Klima, a business recommendation for the Ayala Group Disaster Risk and Response Plan initiated by Ayala Corporation together with BPI Globe BanKO in response to the sluggish relief and rescue operations for Typhoon Haiyan almost two years ago.
Eventually, ASSIST would be made available as a general emergency app that’s not limited to national disasters. For the mean time, ASSIST can be used by all regular employees 26 Ayala-owned companies.
“When disasters happen, most of us are responsible to a whole range of different services that the public would require. But how can we give those services if our employees are in danger,” said Ayala Corporation Chairman and CEO Jaime Augusto Zobel de Ayala II.
“It is our job to first and foremost help our employees. It is very hard for us to fulfill public or national service in times of emergency if our mind is elsewhere with worry about our position, our families, our situation,” he adds.