CERMIT: Co-located and Remote Collaborative System for Emergency Response Management
Paper i proceeding, 2009

Central facets in Emergency Response Management (ERM) are collaborative processes, information-flow, -sharing, and –prioritization. For ERM personnel the processes of reaching common ground, a common operational picture (COP), and a common understanding of the emergency situation are of key importance. We present a concept and a system to support co-located and remote actors in organizational ERM training and work practice. Our concept and system, called CERMIT, is based on a shared geographical representation of the emergency situation. Each involved actor can contribute data to the representation to create a common operational picture. Relevant data ranges from field unit reports to headquarters commands. The goal of this project is to create a tool to better support information loops and situation awareness among ERM actors. A group of ERM domain experts gave input to our design choices. Our prototypical system consists of a multi-user tabletop interface and mobile devices. The up-and-running tabletop interface is based on the tracking of light pens while the emulated mobile devices utilize a touch screen stylus. Changes made on the tabletop interface are reflected on the mobile devices and vice versa. Networking software to connect tabletop and mobile devices is partly realized.


Tommaso Piazza

Chalmers, Tillämpad informationsteknologi, Interaktionsdesign (Chalmers)

Hannes Heller

Chalmers, Tillämpad informationsteknologi, Interaktionsdesign (Chalmers)

Morten Fjeld

Chalmers, Tillämpad informationsteknologi, Interaktionsdesign (Chalmers)

To appear in Proc. SIGRAD 2009