GDACS on the move
In line with the strategy of GDACS to disseminate content on multiple channels in order to reach as many professional responders as possible, several mobile tools have been developed in the past years.
iGDACS is a mobile app that allows you to get the latest GDACS alerts and key statistics right on your iPhone or iPad. In addition, it allows you to provide feedback on GDACS events, which is - after moderation - communicated to the GDACS community (http://i.gdacs.org). This is available for all GDACS alerts, including Green alerts.
Note that this is an experimental service. All feedback is welcome (situation awareness, operational feedback, scientific observations, etc.) except for requests for assistance. GDACS will not respond to messages.
Fully operational crowd-source app dedicated to provide automatically geo-located photos and text messages designed to perform over both low and high bandwidths. The tools is available on iOS platform (iPhone) and Android. Simply scan the relevant QR code above to install the free app on your smartphone. By installing the free “UN-ASIGN”, users will have the possibility to take and upload photos with automatic inclusion of geographic coordinates and direction the photo was taken, accompanied with textual information if wanted, to a server hosted by UNOSAT at CERN. Individuals can then log onto the website, asign.cern.ch, to see their own photos and a map showing where these were taken. One can also request additional higher resolution versions of the photos, or subsets thereof, share and manage one’s collection as needed. The app is designed to work over low bandwidths as well as during off-line conditions.
During major disasters, and when users have set their app to normal mode (as opposed to the default test-mode), UNITAR/UNOSAT will incorporate the feeds into its production cycle to both validate satellite image derived information such as flood extent, but also to create automatic feeds into operational coordination systems such as GDACS VirtualOSOCC, operated by UN OCHA.
Read more about UN-ASIGN for iOS: http://itunes.apple.com/app/un-asign/id507125097?mt=8
Read more about UN-ASIGN for Android: http://www.unitar.org/unosat/node/22/1429
The GDACSmobile project is a cooperation of the Information Systems Department of the University of Münster and the Global Disaster Alert and Coordination System (GDACS) set by the Joint Research Centre (JRC) of the European Commission. The goal of the project is to create a mobile application (collectively referred to as "GDACSmobile") for information exchange and coordination support in the first phase after a major sudden-onset disaster.
To accomplish this goal, GDACSmobile will be implemented for a selected number of mobile platforms. The client will be supported by a server application which is responsible for data retrieval, storage and analysis while the client is primarily used for accessing content and sharing/updating information. In this context, the development team is mainly compromised of project seminar participants at the Chair for Information Systems and Supply Chain Management (University of Münster) while professional support concerning requirements, preconditions and restrictions is provided by the JRC.
The project was run from January to June 2012. The application is experimental and therefore not available on public App stores.
At the 2013 ISCRAM conference, University of Münster and JRC organized a Hands-on interdisciplinary Workshop “GDACSmobile” – Mobile Applications and Social Media in Crisis Management, where GDACSMobile and other technologies were compared.
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