BRIDGE Resource Manager

Resource Manager: Improved Support for Resource Management During Emergency Response

Motivation

 

The objective of the Resource Manager is to provide drastically improved support for resource management during emergency response operations. It enables its users to identify and announce resources, to view information about resources from different agencies in real-time, and to allocate resources to specific tasks and locations.

 

The Resource Manager is an agent-based distributed system running on mobile devices (smartphones, laptops, tablets, MDTs) in combination with cloud-based services. Via these latter services, a tight integration with the Master concept is to be expected: resources and their status will be visible as clickable icons on an interactive map. Also, the assignment of resources to tasks and usage of the related decision support system can be done directly from the interactive map.

 

Various communication media and protocols can be used by the Resource Manager in order to provide a robust and fully functional application even in circumstances with limited connectivity.

 

For example, the Resource Manager will be able to make use of the BRIDGE MESH concept for communication between end user devices and with the cloud services, but will also be able to exploit HTTP connections over Wifi/GPRS/UMTS, if available. 

Vision

 

The discovery and notification functionality is to be used by everybody involved in a crisis situation, both institutionalized first responders and citizens providing opportunistic support.

 

The allocation functionality of the Resource Manager is also intended to be used by personnel working at centralized command centers (e.g., operative centrals, call centers), and by command personnel working at incident control posts.

Technology

 

The Resource Manager is directly linked to resources by means of devices such as smartphones and MDTs. It uses an offline local data store, which can be synchronized periodically with other devices and/or with a data store in the cloud.

 

The Resource Manager makes use of the Emergency Data Exchange Language (EDXL) to facilitate sharing of resource information and allocation requests. EDXL is a XML-based messaging standard for emergency-related organizations. Furthermore, compatibility with lightweight data exchange and integration protocols (e.g., JSON, RPC), architectural styles (e.g., REST), and open standards for data persistence (JDO, JPA, JTA) is envisaged.

 

The Resource Manager typically provides the following functionality:

  • Register / identify resources;
  • Register / identify tasks;
  • Assign tasks to resources either centrally or locally;
  • Provide both local and centralized decision support for resource allocation;
  • Monitor the location, state, availability and capabilities of resources;
  • Propagate local decisions to upper echelons;
  • Low-level (sub)task planning (typically local) and bottom-up operational workflow construction;
  • Distributed analysis of data about earlier events and training-relevant events;
  • Distributed prediction and forecasting functionality of resource location and status.

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