Improving the Communication of Spatial Information in Crisis Response by Combining Paper Maps and Mobile Devices

  • Johannes Schöning
  • Michael Rohs
  • Antonio Krüger
  • Christoph Stasch
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 5424)


Efficient and effective communication between mobile units and the central emergency operation center is a key factor to respond successfully to the challenges of emergency management. Nowadays, the only ubiquitously available modality is a voice channel through mobile phones or radio transceivers. This makes it often very difficult to convey exact geographic locations and can lead to misconceptions with severe consequences, such as a fire brigade heading to the right street address in the wrong city. In this paper we describe a handheld augmented reality approach to support the communication of spatial information in a crisis response scenario. The approach combines mobile camera devices with paper maps to ensure a quick and reliable exchange of spatial information.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Johannes Schöning
    • 1
    • 2
  • Michael Rohs
    • 2
  • Antonio Krüger
    • 1
  • Christoph Stasch
    • 1
  1. 1.Institute for GeoinformaticsUniversity of MünsterMünsterGermany
  2. 2.Deutsche Telekom LaboratoriesTU BerlinBerlinGermany

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