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Due to the recent increase of safety threats like environmental disasters or terrorist attacks, Crisis Response has become a relevant application field for the development of new information technologies. In this context, team members need to collaborate in order to reach a common goal. The use of mobile devices and applications is valuable for the improvement of collaboration, coordination and communication amongst team(s) to achieve the desired goals. But there are also risks in the usage of mobile applications e.g. decrease of performance. In emergency/disaster scenarios most of the tasks are highly critical and time demanding; for instance, in such scenarios the saving of minutes can result in saving people's lives. The lack of information integration in an emergency scenario could inhibit government agencies and volunteer organizations to successfully communicate and act in a coordinated way. Therefore it is unacceptable to use systems that lack proper interaction principles. The European project WORKPAD provides an architecture that intends to improve the collaboration in emergency management by leveraging on the above principles. WORKPAD works on a two-level architecture to support rescue operators during emergency management. The use of a user-centered design methodology during the entire development cycle has guaranteed that the architecture and the resulting system meet the end-user requirements. The feasibility of its use in real emergencies is also proven by a demonstration showcased with real operators (see the video posted below).

Specific Targeted Research or Innovation Project (STREP)

  • Contract number: FP6-2005-IST-5-034749
  • Acronym: WORKPAD
  • Full Title: An Adaptive Peer-to-Peer Software Infrastructure for Supporting Collaborative Work of Human Operators in Emergency/Disaster Scenarios
  • Start date: 1st September 2006
  • End date: 31st August 2009
  • Duration: 36 months
  • Financing: 1.850 K€

Project Result Demonstration - Final Showcase Video