Crisis and catastrophes mostly befall regions and countries unexpectedly. Therefore especially one thing is demanded in an operational case: a functional, extensive catastrophe management on the basis of prepared, well-thought-out crisis plans.
Generally today a state-of-the-art crisis and catastrophe management doesn’t only include immediate measures of emergency aid, as for example efficient and coordinated assistance intervention or the reconstruction of damaged infrastructure, but also substantial prevention activities in the field of civil protection. By means of continuous risk analysis and systematic collection of relevant data for different catastrophe scenarios, reliable plans and action guidelines aiming the prevention or preparation of approaching or occurring crisis are elaborated. These plans and guidelines support the decision-making process on the command level and facilitate the cooperation of emergency response organizations.
Through the increasing integration of data collection intelligence in form of sensors or cameras at catastrophe critical locations – as for example mountainsides or banks of torrents susceptible to landslips – immense data amounts are collected and electronically saved. But what is frequently missing, is on the one hand the structuredness and therefore better interpretation of this data and on the other hand a cross-domain access by different crisis actors.
Competence platform for the catastrophe management
The AIT disposes of a decade-long experience in the systematic collection and processing of environmental data as for example air pollutants or water quality. Consequently it is the predisposed technology partner, when it comes to technically resolve the deficits described above, for organizations, operating in the crisis and catastrophe management. Thereby the AIT is especially focusing on solutions aiming catastrophe prevention and on interoperative metasystems, which render possible, for example even across national boundaries, a better interconnectedness of relief units. Concerning the system development the AIT is relying on standard based, but semantically expanded architectures, on access services to big sensor networks and on modern visualization technologies aiming an optimal situation analysis of crisis scenarios.
This enable a simple finding of relevant information, as for example sensor data from different web based resources, and the enrichment of this data with additional facts, for example from the immediate assessment of the situation. With the systems developed by the AIT political decision makers have a wide range of technological tools for an efficient crisis and catastrophe management at their disposal.