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ADRC International Paper
No.1, August-2001
Information Technology For Disaster Management 

Development of Real-Time Distribution System of Asian Region on Disaster Reduction Information

Shigeya Yoshikawa*, Kiichi Hirono*, Susumu Yokomaku*,

Hirotaka Suzuki**, Yujiro Ogawa**, Bambang Rudyanto**

*Asian Air Survey Co., Ltd. System Engineering Division, Aoki Daisan Building 2F, 7-3 Tamura-cho, Atsugi-shi, Kanagawa 243-0016, Japan

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**Urban Disaster Reduction Research Center Asian Disaster Reduction Center, IHD Building 3F, 1-5-1 Wakihama Kaigan Dori, Chuo-ku, Kobe-shi, Hyogo 651-0073, Japan

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Abstract 

The Asian Region is hit by extensive disasters every year, which leave massive social and economic damages. The disaster management administrative officers and researchers of each country in Asia are thus faced with the task of establishing mechanisms which allow disaster information for a broad area extending over many countries to be obtained for swift and easy tracking and analysis of the scale and size of the damage incurred.

We therefore developed a system that can distribute disaster reduction information to Asian regions, using Internet technology for effective distribution and GIS technology that expresses the geographical spread of disaster for easier analysis of the state of disaster.

In order to minimize damage when disasters occur, there is a need to collect and distribute disaster information promptly. We therefore sorted out pre-existing and state-of-the-art technology for collecting disaster information promptly and verified the accuracy of this information. We then conducted experiments to measure the time taken for the period from actual acquisition of the data to distribution. Based on these results, we studied effective data sources and data collection technology for distributing disaster information promptly to Asian countries.

This paper reports the results of the study on the real-time collection and distribution of disaster information as well as the features of the system developed.


Keywords: Real-Time distribution system; Disaster reduction information

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