FUnctionality Sharing In Open eNvironments
Heinz Nixdorf Chair for Distributed Information Systems


Startdate: 2009-05-31

Finishdate: 2012-04-29

Status: completed

Website: http://www.speedup.uni-jena.de/

Birgitta König-Ries


For the security forces and rescue workers engaged in a major operation, no integrative information and communication tool is available up until now. Today such coordination is carried out by personal consultation at the site, via official radio channels or by means of paper-based documentation. In the case of scenarios such as mass casualty incidents, however, personal consultations or the procurement and dispatch of documents are virtually impossible to manage. Processes are inefficient and precious time is lost as a result: factors that, in the worst case, raise the number of victims. In this BMBF-funded project, this problem is tackled from two perspectives: SpeedUp Practice and SpeedUp Technology. SpeedUp Practice focuses on the development of interaction and communication models for the emergency forces and on methods for structuring and describing the situation. This can then serve as a basis for assessing the situation and options and their impacts. At the same time, the results serve as specifications and a benchmark for the future technical implementation, the SpeedUp Technology. SpeedUp Technology as IT solution will be designed to support rescue workers in all required actions through additional information, processed sensor data and flexible communication structures. This will enable faster and higher quality action in a disaster and make it possible to save more lives.