Technical Details and Architecture
Humanitarian Logistics Software (HLS) system runs on Windows 2000 server with MS SQL Server 2000 as a database server. HLS has a 3-tier web-based architecture which comprises of C#, ADO.NET, ASP.NET, JavaScript. HLS can be accessed from any client machine running the Internet Explorer 5.x or Netscape Navigator 6.x.

As a centralized, web-based system, HLS can be used from anywhere in the world providing that user humanitarian organizations have an Internet connection or private networks running TCP/IP protocol.

Installing Humanitarian Logistics Software comes with an installation program. It uses some external software which needs to be installed first: 1) NET framework, 2) SDKMS-SQL Server 2000 and 3) Crystal Report Re-distributable. Once this basic software is installed the HLS application software installation can be finished quickly through a self-executable installation program.

Training: The entire HLS training can be conducted in three days. Along with the training material, HLS is equipped with online help and a user manual in PDF format.

Customization:Given the lack of standardization among IT systems used in humanitarian organizations, Humanitarian Logistics Software was designed with the flexibility to adapt to existing systems. It has been designed for ease of data exchange.

Humanitarian Logistics Software can be customized in the following high-level areas:

  • Master entity short name including Item coding standards
  • Roles configuration
  • Reports can be tailored to suite the specific organization requirements
  • Interaction with Financial System (export file structures and export schedules)

In Somalia, of a population of 7 million people, more than 350,000 remain refugees, while another 400,000 have been internally displaced by years of conflict and drought.
We are responding to emergencies. It's extremely important in our business to respond in hours rather than days. We are saving at least a few days here [with HLS], and that means saving a lot of additional lives.
-Sanjiv Jain,
manager of the IT projects unit at IFRC in Geneva
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