Good morning. I’m going to show you an app from the future of emergency and crisis response, whose goal is to help save lives.Today, our emergency management system is blind. You dial 911 and the dispatcher engagesin a dialog with you to try to understand how to respond.But our emergency reporting system need not be blind -- not with the prevalence of cell phone cameras in the hands of citizens everywhere.
Cameras provide photographs, which can convey valuable information in the time of an emergency.And if a picture is worth 1000 words, how valuable is video?
In fact, lots of video is already used in emergency situations.After the Stanley Cup Riots in 2011, citizens sent over 1000 hours of video to the police. But it all came *after* the riots, too late to help the police use the information for real-time situational assessment.
Today, we (usually) don’t stream video.Rather, users typically record video and then upload (e.g., to YouTube), which can be time-consuming.That means it isn't possible to deliver this video rapidlyto those who are most in need of the data to assist their decision-making in emergency situations.
Another issue is that today’s networks can only handle so much. Imagine that all these phones were streaming video… an LTE network is going to have trouble.However it would be possible over gigabit infrastructure.
But then, who could deal with so many video streams?Obviously, one person alone couldn’t handle that… but a team could.
… working collaboratively to make sense of the mountains of data that arrive in a crisis situation.That's exactly where we've aimed our solution.
With help from Mozilla-Ignite, we've created a solution for “real-time emergency response” (or R-T-E-R), which consists of several components, including a mobile app and a web browser client. Our system leverages cloud computing and big bandwidth to the end user to help effectively deliver and manage multiple video streams from the scene of an incident.I'd like to show you how this works througha simulated emergency and its response. At this point, since theprioritized VPN that Glenn talked about yesterday hasn’t been implemented here… if you haven’t already turned off your WiFi, please do so now.Will from Mozilla already has the rtER app installed on his phone, and can use it to broadcast video of this presentation to his friends. You can see the live view on the Chicago 911 dispatcher screen over here. [POINT RIGHT][POINT LEFT] And on this side, we have the UIC Police coordinator.
Finally, we’ve also done some thinking about how the emergency operations center could change in the future to take advantage of live video, integrated directly in a spatial representation of the remote environment, again, thanks to high-bandwidth networks. Here, we show two things: 1. How the live video can be integrated into an immersive scene, where it is in context with the world around it, and 2. Given the EOC the ability to explore the scene using natural foot-based gestures to move around.[as video plays]
Importantly,rtER, is real right now. You can visit our website to play with the source code, run the Androidapk on our live server, and see the video clips of other components of the system, such as an immersive visualization environment for the Emergency Operations Center.What you’ve just seen is the result of a Mozilla-Ignite project that leveraged cloud computing and high bandwidth to the end user to provide relevant video and allow for rapid understanding of the most important information.Emergency response management no longer needs to be blind. Thank you.
Real Time Emergency Response - US Ignite Application Summit 2013
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A picture is worth
Stanley Cup Riots – Vancouver 2011
> 1000 hours of citizen video (600 GB) sent to police after the riots
The integrated YouTube
uploading feature on your
Android phone fits the
process into five easy steps.
Step 3: Give the video a
title before uploading, so
that it's easy to find.
Step 4: Open the More
details area. Make sure the
privacy settings and
account being used are set
to your liking
Step 5: Press Upload.
The status of your video
upload will display in the
notification shade at the
top of the screen.Step 1: After taking a
video, select it in the Gallery
and press the Menu button.
Step 2: Now select Share and
then YouTube from the pop-up