Rapid integration of information from diverse information
sources plays a key role in responding to emergencies and disasters. The number
of sources grows rapidly with the growing number of cell phones and other
mobile devices, and also with the growing number of different types of sensors.
Cell phones and other mobile devices all have sensors such as temperature,
accelerometers, GPS, compass and wireless signal sensors that can be useful
during crises. Also, more and more municipalities, businesses and homeowners
are deploying internet-connected sensors such as smoke alarms, webcams, and