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CAP-ONES: An emergency notification system for all

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationISCRAM 2009 - 6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Subtitle of host publicationBoundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives
PublisherInformation Systems for Crisis Response and Management, ISCRAM
ISBN (Print)9789163346040
Publication statusPublished - 2009
Event6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives, ISCRAM 2009 - Gothenburg, Sweden
Duration: 10 May 200913 May 2009

Conference

Conference6th International Conference on Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management: Boundary Spanning Initiatives and New Perspectives, ISCRAM 2009
CountrySweden
CityGothenburg
Period10/05/0913/05/09

Abstract

In this paper we present an ontology-based system for managing emergency alert notifications. Our purpose is to generate emergency alerts that are accessible to different kinds of people, paying special attention to more vulnerable collectives like impaired people. By adapting alerts to different devices and users we can allow Emergency Management Systems (EMS) to communicate with collectives like blind or deaf people whom otherwise will be unreachable by usual channels. Moreover, if we consider the constrains imposed by the nature of the emergency situations we can also improve the information transmission to cope with situational disabilities (e.g. smoke during a fire can cause low vision problems). We centered our system architecture on two characteristics: The first one is an ontology that codifies knowledge about accessibility, devices, disabilities, emergencies and media so the alert notification can be tailored according to different parameters; the second one is the use of an open standard like the CAP (Common Alerting Protocol) that enables our system to interoperate with other existing systems.

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