A Simple and Portable Command Post to Coordinate Search and Rescue Activities in Disaster Relief Efforts

  • Rodrigo Bartels
  • Valeria Herskovic
  • Alvaro Monares
  • Sergio F. Ochoa
  • José A. Pino
  • Marcos R. S. Borges
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6257)


The lack of communication channels and support information can make the critical search and rescue of survivors after a disaster an ineffective process resulting in losses. This work addresses this problem by proposing a simple and portable command post application based on mobile devices and ad-hoc networks. The application provides support to communication and collaboration aiming to speed up the SAR process. The system architecture and some implementation issues are also presented.


Portable command post search and rescue coordination activities information support mobile workers support low-cost system 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Rodrigo Bartels
    • 1
  • Valeria Herskovic
    • 2
  • Alvaro Monares
    • 2
  • Sergio F. Ochoa
    • 2
  • José A. Pino
    • 2
  • Marcos R. S. Borges
    • 3
  1. 1.Computer Science and Informatics SchoolUniversity of Costa RicaCosta Rica
  2. 2.Computer Science DepartmentUniversidad de ChileChile
  3. 3.Department of Computer ScienceUniv. Federal do Rio de JaneiroBrazil

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