A personalized geosocial app for surviving an earthquake

Shlomo Bekhor, Sara Cohen, Yerach Doytsher, Yaron Kanza, Yehoshua Sagiv

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Abstract

Earthquakes are sudden, cause huge damage to extensive areas, and may negatively affect the lives of millions of people. Thus, it is crucial to develop a system that can help people survive an earthquake and recover from its aftereffects. In this paper we present a vision of a smartphone app, called EAGA (earthquake alerter and guidance app), that will guide both victims and rescue workers, by leveraging probabilistic geosocial information collected before the event, during the earthquake and in its aftermath. The app has four modes of operation. In standby mode, EAGA collects data about users, their regularly visited locations and their social relations. In alert mode, EAGA warns of an impending earthquake, based on data collected from a variety of sensors and from government warning systems. It also provides initial guidance to the user during the onset of the quake. In disaster mode, EAGA assists users to cope with the tasks of the immediate aftermath, such as evacuation and rescue of victims buried underneath rubble of collapsed buildings. Finally, in recovery mode, EAGA facilitates family reunification, provides information about aid centers and sends warnings regarding the spread of diseases. We believe that EAGA can revolutionize disaster management, and complements current earthquake readiness efforts, by allowing a large degree of much needed decentralization and personalization in dealing with earthquakes.

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on the Use of GIS in Emergency Management, EM-GIS 2015
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
ISBN (Electronic)9781595930361
DOIs
StatePublished - 3 Nov 2015
Event1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on the Use of GIS in Emergency Management, EM-GIS 2015 - Seattle, United States
Duration: 3 Nov 2015 → …

Publication series

NameProceedings of the 1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on the Use of GIS in Emergency Management, EM-GIS 2015

Conference

Conference1st ACM SIGSPATIAL International Workshop on the Use of GIS in Emergency Management, EM-GIS 2015
Country/TerritoryUnited States
CitySeattle
Period3/11/15 → …

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Publisher Copyright:
© 2015, Association for Computing Machinery, Inc. All rights reserved.

Keywords

  • Disaster management system
  • Earthquake-survival app, geosocial app
  • Smartphone applications, personal information management
  • Socio-spatial networks

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