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A Multimedia Data Visualization Based on Ad Hoc Communication Networks and Its Application to Disaster Management

Faculty of Engineering, Science and Information Systems, University of Tsukuba, Ibaraki Prefecture 305-8573, Japan
School of Computer Science, University of Adelaide, Adelaide, SA 5005, Australia
Department of Mining Engineering and Metallurgical Engineering, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6433, Australia
Department of Spatial Sciences, Curtin University, Perth, WA 6433, Australia
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Academic Editors: Songnian Li, Suzana Dragicevic, Xiaohua Tong and Wolfgang Kainz
ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4(4), 2004-2018;
Received: 9 July 2015 / Accepted: 11 September 2015 / Published: 10 October 2015
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Bridging the Gap between Geospatial Theory and Technology)
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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. View Full-Text
Keywords: disaster; communications system; control of information disaster; communications system; control of information

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Kawamura, Y.; Wagner, M.; Jang, H.; Nobuhara, H.; Shibuya, T.; Kitahara, I.; Dewan, A.M.; Veenendaal, B. A Multimedia Data Visualization Based on Ad Hoc Communication Networks and Its Application to Disaster Management. ISPRS Int. J. Geo-Inf. 2015, 4, 2004-2018.

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