Social Networking for Emergency Communciations
The Survivable Social Network project helps communities in disaster situations to re-establish communications by providing a network of small nodes, each installed and maintained by regular citizens in their own neighborhoods. Each node provides neighbors with social networking communications on their smartphones, and ultimately neighborhood nodes will allow users to find the status of family members, report damage and provide help to neighbors as well as to get updates from the city, schools and other organizations. The SSN includes a Web application in HTML5 for users and a mesh network of access points to create the "survivable" network.
The concept for SSN was generated in the fall of 2012, and an early prototype was built as an INI Practicum. Currently (Fall 2015), SSN is used as a framework for laboratory projects in the Foundations of Software Engineering course and has been recast as an embedded application running on a small single-board computer -- known as the SSN-on-Chip (SSNoC).
Iannucci, B., Cali, J., Caney, R., and Kennedy, S. A Survivable Social Network. In 2013 IEEE International Conference on Technologies for Homeland Security. Waltham, MA: November, 2013. Read or download
History of the Project
- IEEE HST, November 12-14, 2013; Peer Selected Paper Program as part of the Attack and Disaster Preparation, Recovery and Response Session 4.
- Presentation at Inauguration of CMU President Subra Suresh, November 14, 2013
- September 2013 — City of Palo Alto Quakeville — Media Advisory
- June 2013 — National Day of Civic Hacking at CityCamp, City of Palo Alto — CMU-SV news
- November 2012 — CMU Disaster Management Initiative (DMI) — 3rd Annual Workshop