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Emergency Communication Tools

CMU's Survivable Social Network is an ideal tool for first responders, community leaders, and citizens, using a familiar interface (the social network) and common technology ... Read More ยป

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).

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Featured Publication

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

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