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Floater: Post-disaster Communications via Floating Content

Authors: Flavien Bonvin, Gaetano Manzo, Christian Esposito, Torsten Braun, Gianluca Rizzo

Published in: Ad-Hoc, Mobile, and Wireless Networks

Publisher: Springer International Publishing

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Abstract

In the immediate aftermath of nature-based disasters such as earthquakes, fires, or floods, have a clear vision of the situation and the population involved is of main priority for rescue operations—it is a matter of life and death. But these disaster events may cause malfunctions in communication services making the exchange information impossible—the experienced delay sending a message in an overcrowded area is a shred of evidence.
In this demo, we introduce Floater, a mobile awareness-based communication application for the immediate aftermath of a disaster, when ad hoc infrastructure support has not been deployed yet. Floater enables communications between peers in a common area without requiring the support of a cellular network. The application is developed for Android and it does not require an account or an Internet connection. Floater exploits local knowledge and constraints opportunistic replication (peer to peer) of information to build a global view of the involved area efficiently.
The app is the first to implement Floating Content, an infrastructure-less communication paradigm based on opportunistic replication of a piece of content in a geographically constrained location and for a limited amount of time.
The demo illustrates the feasibility and the main functionalities of Floater and presents disaster assistance use cases for supporting rescue operations.
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Metadata
Title
Floater: Post-disaster Communications via Floating Content
Authors
Flavien Bonvin
Gaetano Manzo
Christian Esposito
Torsten Braun
Gianluca Rizzo
Copyright Year
2019
DOI
https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-030-31831-4_45

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