iSurvival: a collaborative mobile network system for disaster management

Ali Al-Sherbaz, Rashmi Dravid, Espen Svennevik, Philip Picton

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Abstract

When disaster strikes, optimal access to real-time information of the disaster situation during ‘blind time’ – the time prior to the arrival of the first responders - and during response and recovery stages is essential to improve the effectiveness of the first responders and recovery. This paper describes a disaster management system, iSurvival, which uses specialist applications on the smart phones of those affected by disaster and wireless devices of first responders, to establish Wireless Mesh Networks (WMN), to facilitate the secure exchange of information in the disaster area, when the normal GSM and 3G telephone networks are compromised or unavailable. This information is further communicated with central control centre for analysis and resource scheduling for effective mobilisation of emergency services which are involved in rescue and recovery. The research, currently under the analysis and design stage, has been awarded a ‘Special Mention’ from Nokia for Ideas for Development Challenge 2012.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCollaborative Networks in the Internet of Services
EditorsLuis M Camarinha-Matos, Lai Xu, Hamideh Afsarmanesh
Place of PublicationBournemouth
PublisherSpringer
Pages318-326
Number of pages9
Edition1
ISBN (Electronic)9783642327759
ISBN (Print)9783642327742, 9783642429491
Publication statusPublished - 2 Oct 2012
EventCollaborative Networks in the Internet of Services: 13th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises : PRO-VE 2012 - Bournemouth, United Kingdom
Duration: 1 Oct 20123 Oct 2012

Publication series

NameIFIP Advances in Information and Communication Technology
ISSN (Print)1868-4238

Conference

ConferenceCollaborative Networks in the Internet of Services: 13th IFIP WG 5.5 Working Conference on Virtual Enterprises
CountryUnited Kingdom
CityBournemouth
Period1/10/123/10/12

Keywords

  • Disaster
  • digital infrastructures
  • instantaneous
  • smart phones
  • wireless mesh networks

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