Best Paper Award: Communication for Multinational Large Scale Disaster Operations

Salzburg Research researchers were awarded with the Best Paper Award for the paper “A Flexible Self-Aligning Communication Solution for Multinational Large Scale Disaster Operations“, presented at the ICN 2015: The Fourteenth International Conference on Networks, April 19 – 24, 2015 – Barcelona, Spain. An extended version will be published in the IARIA Journal.


This paper presents a communication solution for large scale multinational and multi-organizational disaster operations. The work is motivated by real world requirements depicted from well experienced forces in disaster management. The core design principles for the solution are flexibility and easy installation. The solution has proven its applicability during several training and large scale exercises, such as floods or earthquakes. With our solution we present a communication infrastructure for connecting mobile devices of relief forces in large-scale disaster operations to Command, Coordinate and Control Systems. The infrastructure can be set up by one single, non-IT-expert person.

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