Accession Number : ADA560481


Title :   Utilizing Android and the Cloud Computing Environment to Increase Situational Awareness for a Mobile Distributed Response


Descriptive Note : Master's thesis


Corporate Author : NAVAL POSTGRADUATE SCHOOL MONTEREY CA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE


Personal Author(s) : Asche, Michael ; Crewes, Monique


Full Text : https://apps.dtic.mil/dtic/tr/fulltext/u2/a560481.pdf


Report Date : Mar 2012


Pagination or Media Count : 129


Abstract : Maintaining an accurate Common Operational Picture (COP) is a strategic requirement for efficient and successful missions in both disaster response and battlefield scenarios. Past practices include utilizing cellular, radio, and computer-based communication methods and updating individual maps accordingly. A drawback of these practices has been the interoperability of these devices as well as accurate reporting and documentation among different entities of the effort. Recent advances in technology have led to the utilization of collaborative maps for maintaining a COP amongst command centers. Despite the advantages this technique offers, it does not address the difficulties surrounding receiving reports from field entities as well as ensuring that these entities also have good situational awareness. In this thesis, we will develop and demonstrate the feasibility of a cloud-based system, known herein as the Smartphone Assisted Readiness, Command, and Control System (SPARCCS), to advance the situational awareness capability of rapid response personnel. This system will allow for Android smartphones and a central web-based cloud application to communicate. We will use our web-based cloud application as the command center to effectively display information and communicate with Android smartphones to create a common operating picture, thereby improving situational awareness. The goal of this research is to explore smartphone capabilities in conjunction with cloud computing to determine how they can extend the benefits of collaborative maps to mobile users while simultaneously ensuring that command centers are receiving accurate, up-to-date reports from the field.


Descriptors :   *CELLULAR COMMUNICATIONS , *CLOUD COMPUTING , *COMMAND AND CONTROL SYSTEMS , *FIRST RESPONDERS , *INTERNET , *POCKET COMPUTERS , *SITUATIONAL AWARENESS , DISASTERS , DISTRIBUTED COMPUTING , GLOBAL POSITIONING SYSTEM , HUMANITARIAN ASSISTANCE , INTEROPERABILITY , MAPS , MOBILE , RELATIONAL DATA BASES , THESES


Subject Categories : Computer Systems
      Radio Communications
      Command, Control and Communications Systems


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