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Filippoupolitis, Avgoustinos; Loukas, George; Timotheou, Stelios; Dimakis, Nikolaos; Gelenbe, Erol (2009)
Publisher: North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO), Research and Technology Organization (RTO)
Languages: English
Types: Unknown
Subjects: Q1, QA75
Emergency response operations can benefit from the use of information systems that reduce decision making time and facilitate co-ordination between the participating units. We propose the use of two such systems and evaluate them with a specialised software platform that we have developed for simulation of disasters in buildings. The first system provides movement decision support to evacuees by directing them through the shortest or less hazardous routes to the exit. It is composed of a network of decision nodes and sensor nodes, positioned at specific locations inside the building. The recommendations of the decision nodes are computed in a distributed manner and communicated to the evacuees or rescue personnel in their vicinity. The second system uses wireless-equipped robots that move inside a disaster area and establish a network for two-way communication between trapped civilians and rescuers. They are autonomous and their goal is to maximise the number of civilians connected to the network. We evaluate both proposed information systems in various emergency scenarios, using the specialised simulation software that we developed.
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