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An Executive Summary of Research in

Mobile Development

Russell Fritch

2/7/2012

Keywords:

Mobile, Emergency
, Networking,
Wireless


Mobile computing has research areas in almost all specialties,
graphics
,
networks, HCI,

etc. T
h
us
it is a vast topic

to research
. I know that I would like to have my thesis relate to mobile computing, and

lately my thought has been to look into using mobile devices in an emergency situations thus my
research lead me to the following summary:



Mobile devices are pervasive in people's daily life. Between phones, tablets, portable gaming
systems

people are nearly always connected to a sophisticated computing device. Additionally all these
devices
are connected to one another through GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth and Satellite networks. This amazing
resource of networks and devices has been instrumental a
nd allowing people to communicate, but we
have only scratched the surface of what all this interconnectivity is capable of.
More specifically, this
array of devices and networks could provide tremendous resources in an emergency situation.


A few of the
possible implications for our mobile interconnectivity are as follows:
The
accelerometers in smart phones could provide an instant intensity graph of an earthquake allowing
emergency services to focus on the epicenter

[5]
.


Furthermore,

emergency

services could use the video
conferencing

on a mobile
Smartphone to aid in locating

a victim lost in a pile of
rubble

.


Thirdly
,

Andi
Winterboer

et al. have worked on
,

"...
d
eveloping a system that detects potentially hazardous situations
in populated industrial areas using input from both a distributed sensor network and humans through
mobile devi
ces
."

[1][2]


E
ven more mundane emerge
ncies
such as
losing power at your ho
u
se

may
trigger a

mobile agent
to

turn on the f
lash of your smart phone

[
3
]
. Mo
reover with additional hardware
it could be feasible for individuals with health risks to have a heart monitoring sensor that could
immediately notify
emergency ser
v
ic
es to

a pending health disaster
.


Some of the problems that may
arise

is that most cell phone networks rely on random
distribution, and often in an emergency we lose the random distribution of . Additionally the networks
these device rely w
ill often be affected by the disaster

[
4
]
.

Thus this paper will look at solutions for
overcoming this scenario.



It is my intention to

survey the

different possibilities

of

mobile
computers

that can assist in
emergency situations

in order to narrow down my field of research
.

I will do this

b
y surveying what is
currently ava
ilable, what can be available
,

and

finally what issues m
ay
present in this
field

of research
.

References:

ACM
-
formatted bibliography

attached.