Journal article

Understanding the provision of multi-agency sensor information in disaster management: A case study on the Australian state of Victoria

Farzad Alamdar, Mohsen Kalantari, Abbas Rajabifard

International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction | ELSEVIER SCIENCE BV | Published : 2017


Excitement about the potential usage of sensor data sourcing to provide near real-time information has spread to the emergency management sector. Despite the advantages that shared sensor-derived situational awareness may provide, research has been limited on the actual utilization of multi-vendor sensor data in disaster management. In consideration of this shortcoming, an empirical case study is conducted in the Australian state of Victoria to understand the current practices and requirements for access, exchange, and usage of multi-agency sensor data amongst participants in flood disaster organizations. First-hand knowledge of sensor data producers and disaster decision-makers is used, dis..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This paper is part of an ongoing research project on multi-sourced sensor integration for disaster management conducted in the Centre for Disaster Management and Public Safety (CDMPS) and the Centre for Spatial Data Infrastructures and Land Administration at the Department of Infrastructure Engineering, The University of Melbourne. The authors deeply and humbly acknowledge the time, help and support of the participated experts at EMV, VicSES, BoM, DELWP, ESTA, CFA, MFB, PTV, VicRoads, City of Melbourne and Ambulance Victoria as well as many other professionals who contributed in different aspects of this study. Without their contribution, this research would not have been possible. Also, the authors acknowledge the support of the members of both Centres during preparation of this paper. The authors emphasize that the materials and views included in this paper are the authors' alone.