FloodEvac is one among several Indo-German projects carried out as part of an initiative for cooperation in civil security research between India and Germany. Research in FloodEvac focuses on the vulnerability of transportation structures, emergency warning systems, and evacuation processes in case of major inland flooding. There are seven German partners, led by Bundeswehr University, Munich, and two Indian partners, led by Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, in the consortium.
Amrita’s work, conducted at the Center for Wireless Networks and Applications, involves the design and development of a flood monitoring system based on participatory sensing and computer vision. The objective is to build a comprehensive smart phone application for disaster monitoring with specific emphasis on inland flooding that will serve victims, relatives and friends, patrons, emergency responses teams, NGOs, and government administration at various levels. The same application will be used to gather multimedia data, such as text, voice, and still and motion pictures, from the general public. Data will be filtered, aggregated, analyzed, and correlated based on geo-spatial and temporal stamping.
A Decision Support System (DSS) will perform this analysis and help victims and other stakeholders to make important decisions with respect to rescue and relief operations. It will also provide an intuitive visual representation of the processed data to help in the decision making process.