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close this bookC.I.S.F.A.M.: Consolidated Information System for Famine Management in Africa - Phase One Report (Centre for Research on the Epidemiology of Disasters - World Health Organisation, 1987, 33 p.)
close this folderCHAPTER 3: Information Systems, Databases and the CISFAM Project: Overview of General Findings
close this folder3.2 CISFAM Informatic Considerations
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View the document3.2.1. Computer Software Use and Development: An Overview of Low-cost Options
View the document3.2.2. Hard and Software Capabilities and Needs: CRED

3.2.2. Hard and Software Capabilities and Needs: CRED

The current useable hardware at the Centre for Research of Disaster Epidemiology is as follows:

1) PRIME 2250 (300 Mb capability with 150 Mb dedicated to the CISFAM Project);
2) TEXTRONIX 4691 Pen Plotter;
3) TEXTRONIX 4109 Smart Terminal

The short term hardware requirements for CISFAM operations are:

1) Image Processing Display System (IPDS) 512 × 512

. One Image Plane
. Four Graphic Plane

2) Hardcopy Report Quality Printout

. Matrix camera
. Dunn camera

Both cameras use signals of blue, red, green on IPDS to produce:

. A4 size Polaroid print and transparencies
. 35 mm colour slides and prints.

The long-term requirements are:

1) Ancillary Data Digitization
2) Remotely Sensed Data Processing Capability

The short-term hardware acquisition options are the following:

1) Upgrade PRIME 2250

. Gould/DeANZA equipment with CONTROLLER, REFRESH, CRT
. ERDAS IBM-PC complete system with add-on digitizer.


2) DIAD Systems Ltd. Complete system for PC Image Processor.

The procurement and installation of the hard and software required to make CISFAM operational at CRED, Brussels, in terms of using different types of data and image-processing, were explored. In view of the time and budget constraints vis-a-vis the CRED staff training, administrative and technical processes involved, this was undertaken via the co-operation of UNEP/GRID Project.


Estimation of Population Density, the UNEP/GRID model applied to Senegal integrating major cities and transportation routes.