Mobile Tracking and Location Awareness in Disaster Relief and Humanitarian Assistance Situations [open pdf - 645KB]
From the thesis abstract: "Situational awareness is one of the most important aspects to a commander in any type of mission, be it humanitarian relief, disaster recovery, or armed conflict. Through the past several decades, with the use of technology, we have been able to develop systems that help improve the commander's situational awareness of the mission. One of the major problems with this has been that every organization uses different technology to communicate, which causes interoperability issues and a lack of a Common Operational Picture (COP) between them. Commercial Off-the-Shelf (COTS) equipment that is relatively inexpensive, easily obtainable, simple to operate, and rapidly distributable to different organizations can help bridge this gap in the overall mission situational awareness. The goal of this research is to explore how to effectively implement Android-based devices to provide the tracking of team members and locations of significant activities/equipment graphically through the use of GPS [Global Positioning Satellite], Google Maps, and custom overlays to increase situational awareness, thereby constructing a COP to assist in disaster relief efforts."
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