Working Around Disruptions of Network Infrastructures

Mobile Ad-Hoc Systems for Resilient Communication in Disasters

  • Amro Al-Akkad

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XXIII
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  11. Back Matter
    Pages 159-188

About this book


As in disasters the availability of information and communication technology services can be severely disrupted, the author explores challenges and opportunities to work around such disruptions. He therefore empirically analyzes how people in disasters use remnants of technology to still communicate their needs. Based on this, he suggests quality attributes whose implementation can support the resilience in technology. To exemplify this he develops iteratively two mobile ad-hoc systems and explores their feasibility and implications for emergency response under close-to-real conditions. Compared to the state of the art both systems are independent from preexisting network infrastructure and run on off-the-shelf smartphones.


  • Empirical Findings on the Usage of Remnants of Technology
  • Definition of Quality Attributes Fostering Resilience
  • Iterative Development of Mobile Ad-Hoc Systems

Target Groups

  • Researchers for human-computer interaction and crisis management
  • Experts and practitioners for emergency response

The Author

Dr. Amro Al-Akkad works at the Fraunhofer Institute for Applied Information Technology. His research deals with the human-centered design and evaluation of ubiquitous systems.  


Empirical Findings Conceptual Framework State of the Art First System: Help Beacons Second System: Local Cloud

Authors and affiliations

  • Amro Al-Akkad
    • 1
  1. 1.Sankt AugustinGermany

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Fachmedien Wiesbaden 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer Vieweg, Wiesbaden
  • eBook Packages Computer Science
  • Print ISBN 978-3-658-12615-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-658-12616-2
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