Optimal displacement of a mobile telemedicine unit in an urban disaster scenario
by J. Puentes, L. Pigeon, R. Proulx, A. Bergeron-Guyard, D. Belanger
International Journal of Biomedical Engineering and Technology (IJBET), Vol. 2, No. 1, 2009

Abstract: Mobile telemedicine systems could improve disaster scenario medical response, serving to cope partly with the crucial insufficiency of resources. Mobility is useful to provide the essential remotely assisted care to victims where they were found, in addition to evacuate them. Deciding mobile units' intervention adds to the complexity of disaster response coordination. This paper reports on our research work for the development of a geographic aware application that we propose to use as a decision-support tool to optimise mobile unit displacements in dynamic environments. Four simulated scenarios were used to test the system anticipation capacity to face evolving threat conditions (toxic cloud dispersion). Results show how the trajectories are flexibly adjusted according to identified constraints.

Online publication date: Tue, 09-Dec-2008

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