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Improving Communication During Disasters


A disaster victim being evacuated by helicopter.

Researchers participating in the BRIDGE project are working to improve coordination and collaboration between first-responders during disasters.


European Union researchers are working on the BRIDGE project, which aims to improve emergency response collaboration during disasters, and is examining how technology can help to enhance response strategies.

The system provides a visual overview of events taking place at the scene of a disaster. Information can be shared between the various units deployed by emergency responders using tablets, PCs, and large information boards.

"This is a geolocation-based system which assembles all available data and displays them on a map," says SINTEF researcher Jan Havard Skjetne. The system enables all information to be available to personnel in the field and those staffing emergency centers.

Fraunhofer researchers also have developed an armband that can be attached to injured people following an accident. The armband is part of an electronic system that sorts and prioritizes the injured. "The key here is that all injured persons are given a unique identification tag, and in this way it is possible to follow an injured person from the scene of the accident to the hospital," Skjetne says.

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