Posted on July 26, 2007  /  0 Comments

Nuwan Waidyanatha, project manager of the HazInfo program, has been invited to present a paper at the Second China Workshop on Information System of Crisis Response and Management (ISCRAM-CHINA 2007) to be held on August 26-27, 2007 in Harbin, China. The paper entitled “‘Common Alerting Protocol Message Broker’ for Last-Mile Hazard Warning System in Sri Lanka: An Essential Component” will focus on proving the need for a CAP Broker for a Last-Mile Hazard Warning System. The general objective of the research was to evaluate the suitability of 5 ICTs deployed in varied conditions for their suitability in the Last-Mile of a national disaster warning system for Sri Lanka and possibly by extension to other developing countries.

The Live Exercises conducted between November 2006 and May 2007 showed that the Hazard Information Hub (HIH) had a reliability of only 78% on average – a poor result, as the reliability of the HIH performing her set of functions was not meant to be any less than 95%. High reliability from the HIH was a necessity in order to provide as much time for the Community First-Responders to activate and complete the Last-Mile Community Emergency Response Plans. The project, which employed the use of a standard data interchange known as the ‘Common Alert Protocol’ (CAP) Message Broker (a.k.a CAP Broker) between the HIH and the end-user technologies, showed that the reliability of the HIH could be improved, if and only if, a multilingual CAP Broker was introduced to the Last-Mile Hazard Warning System in Sri Lanka.

The conference will aim to provide an outstanding opportunity for researchers, scholars, teachers, students, practitioners and policy makers in China to address and discuss new trends and challenges in the area of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management.

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