GeoCam-Silicon Valley Campus - Carnegie Mellon University

Project: GeoCam

Summary: GeoCam uses maps and smart phones to help disaster responders understand their situation and collaborate effectively.

The GeoCam Project at NASA Ames and CMU-SV helps disaster responders rapidly share geotagged photos and other map data - data that are critical to help them understand the crisis situation and deploy their resources. Similar to Pittsburgh iBurgh, and startup CiviGuard, GeoCam has two main components:

  • GeoCam Mobile is cell phone software that collects geotagged photos and GPS tracks, from the ground or from the air.
  • GeoCam Share is a web application that helps responders share, find, and edit geospatial data.
Both components are designed for easy usability and experimentation; responder agencies can choose to run GeoCam on their own phones and their own servers. GeoCam has been successfully used in the Haiti earthquake and several major California wildfires via an informal agreement with CAL FIRE and USGS to allow the testing of this technology with firefighters. (See: http://disastercam.blogspot.com)

For more information, contact disaster@sv.cmu.edu.