A Comparative Study on Communication Protocols in Disaster Areas with Virtual Disaster Simulation Systems

  • Koichi Asakura
  • Toyohide Watanabe
Part of the Studies in Computational Intelligence book series (SCI, volume 376)


In this paper, we describe a comparative study on communication protocols based on ad-hoc network technologies in disaster situations. In disaster situations, mobility and density of persons are different from those in usual situations. Thus, in order to evaluate communication protocols, we propose a virtual disaster simulation system. In this simulation system, virtual disaster areas are constructed based on hazard maps which are provided for predicting damage of disaster. Virtual disaster areas enables us to conduct experiments for communication systems effectively since we cannot conduct experiments in real disaster situations. By using this simulation system, we compare three protocols from the viewpoints of data gathering performance and power consumption. Experimental results show that our proposed ad-hoc unicursal protocol shows good performance with respect to both viewpoints in disaster situations.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Koichi Asakura
    • 1
  • Toyohide Watanabe
    • 2
  1. 1.School of InformaticsDaido UniversityNagoyaJapan
  2. 2.Department of Systems and Social Informatics, Graduate School of Information ScienceNagoya UniversityNagoyaJapan

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