The potential of Multiple Types of Sensor Data and Information Exchange (IDIMT Conference, Sept. 2017)

Taking into account the experience of the recent past and anticipating future developments, crises
with mass involvement require the availability of holistic data sources. Such data have to be
integrated into the crisis management procedures to gain the necessary, full-scale operational
pictures for an efficient, timely, and sustainable response by the teams in the field and on strategic
levels. Migration movements, but also challenges of planned or un-predicted mass gatherings and
their potential escalation have been identified by experts and responsible organizations as scenarios
in need for more detailed and stratified data than just quantitative data, counts and flow analyses.
Learning from past developments and practice examples it becomes clear, that additional, multiple
types of sensor data can and should be taken into account and integrated. This is a growing
requirement to complement, further diversify and structure the operational picture for the targeted
and qualified crisis management delivered by response units and public bodies.
In addition to this, the early preparation of further care and support of potential casualties or refuge
seeking people can be facilitated by more detailed and enhanced sets of data. Thus, special needs,
targeted assistance in emergencies, but also security related issues like the separation of rivaling
groups can be facilitated. Due to the inclusion of multiple types of sensors like audio data, chemical
sensing, digital meta-data or enhanced pattern detection and processing adding up to commonly used
visual sources, the tackling of blind spots and weaknesses in current crisis management can be
supported. Besides the inclusion of data and information extracted from multiple sensors, an
optimized exchange of targeted information between stakeholders was identified as the second pillar
for improving the operational picture.

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Karin Rainer
Georg Neubauer
Veronika Ruzsanyi
Diana Silvestru
Alexander Almer
Thomas J. Lampoltshammer
IDIMT 2017 (Conference, Sept. 2017)