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Type: Journal article
Title: A multimedia data visualization based on Ad Hoc communication networks and its application to disaster management
Author: Kawamura, Y.
Wagner, M.
Jang, H.
Nobuhara, H.
Shibuya, T.
Kitahara, I.
Dewan, A.
Veenendaal, B.
Citation: ISPRS International Journal of Geo-Information, 2015; 4(4):2004-2018
Publisher: International Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing
Issue Date: 2015
ISSN: 2220-9964
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Youhei Kawamura, Markus Wagner, Hyongdoo Jang, Hajime Nobuhara, Takeshi Shibuya, Itaru Kitahara, Ashraf M Dewan and Bert Veenendaal
Abstract: After massive earthquakes and other large-scale disasters, existing communication infrastructure may become unavailable and, therefore, it can be quite difficult for relief organizations to fully grasp the impact of the disaster on the affected region. Consequently, this will be the cause of delays to offer the strategic assistance, and to provide water and food, etc. In order to solve the problem of re-establishing communication infrastructure to allow for information gathering, we developed an ad hoc mobile communications network for disaster-struck areas using ZigBee. As the communication speed of ZigBee is low, we propose a problem-specific image compression method for the multimedia data visualization. By using the proposed method combined with GPS information, it is possible to quickly grasp the damage situation in the region. Through our communication experiments in Tsukuba City, Japan we confirm the effectiveness of our system as a disaster information gathering and management system.
Keywords: Disaster; communications system; control of information
Rights: © 2015 by the authors; licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution license (
DOI: 10.3390/ijgi4042004
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