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On the Usability of Smartphone Apps in Emergencies

An HCI Analysis of GDACSmobile and SmartRescue Apps
  • Parvaneh Sarshar
  • Vimala Nunavath
  • Jaziar Radianti
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9170)

Abstract

It is very critical that the disaster management smartphone app users be able to interact efficiently and effectively with the app during an emergen-cy. An overview of the challenges face for designing mobile HCI in emergency management tools is presented in this paper. Then, two recently developed emergency management tools, titled GDACSmobile and SmartRescue, are studied from usability and HCI challenges point of view. These two tools use mobile app and smartphone sensors as the main functionality respectively. Both have a smartphone app and a web-based app with different UIs for their different user groups. Furthermore, the functionality of these apps in the format of a designed scenario, fire onboard a passenger ship, will be discussed.

Keywords

Emergency management tools Smartphone apps Mobile HCI Fire emergency Mobile usability 

Notes

Acknowledgment

The research presented here has been partially funded by the research grant awarded to the SmartRescue project by Aust-Agder Utvikling- og Kompetansefond. Authors would like to thank Mr. Daniel Link and GDACSmobile group for their valuable cooperation and support.

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Parvaneh Sarshar
    • 1
  • Vimala Nunavath
    • 1
  • Jaziar Radianti
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of ICTUniversity of Agder (UiA)KristiansandNorway

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