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Pervasive Software Environments for Supporting Disaster Responses
January/February 2008 (vol. 12 no. 1)
pp. 26-37
Tiziana Catarci, Sapienza–Universitá di Roma
Massimiliano de Leoni, Sapienza–Universitá di Roma
Andrea Marrella, Sapienza–Universitá di Roma
Massimo Mecella, Sapienza–Universitá di Roma
Berardino Salvatore, IBM's Rome Software Laboratory
Guido Vetere, IBM Center for Advanced Studies
Schahram Dustdar, Vienna University of Technology
Lukasz Juszczyk, Vienna University of Technology
Atif Manzoor, Vienna University of Technology
Hong-Linh Truong, Vienna University of Technology
In complex emergency scenarios, teams from various emergency-response organizations must collaborate. These teams include both first responders, such as police and fire departments, and those operators who coordinate the effort from operational centers. The Workpad architecture consists of a front- and a back-end layer. The front-end layer is composed of several front-end teams of first responders, and the back-end layer is an integrated peer-to-peer network that lets front-end teams collaborate through information exchange and coordination. Team members at the front end carry PDAs, with team leaders’ PDAs equipped with gateway communication technologies that let them communicate with the back-end centers.

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Index Terms:
crisis management, emergency response, Workpad, operational centers, pervasive computing, pervasive software
Tiziana Catarci, Massimiliano de Leoni, Andrea Marrella, Massimo Mecella, Berardino Salvatore, Guido Vetere, Schahram Dustdar, Lukasz Juszczyk, Atif Manzoor, Hong-Linh Truong, "Pervasive Software Environments for Supporting Disaster Responses," IEEE Internet Computing, vol. 12, no. 1, pp. 26-37, Jan.-Feb. 2008, doi:10.1109/MIC.2008.18
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