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Big Data Also Has a Role to Play during Disasters

By CIOReview | Tuesday, July 9, 2019

Human population is increasing daily and with it, disasters are also on the rise. Big Data and robotics can aid in relief management processes through statistical data and battling hazardous environments.  

FREMONT, CA: With the advent of innovations, legislators should give more thought to implement Big Data technologies into assisting in disaster prediction and relief. Over the last few decades, extraordinary innovations such as the Internet of things (IoT) have entered the mainstream of human activities. While the intensity of natural disasters has been increasing, advances in communications have significantly reduced injuries and casualties.

Big Data for Disaster Management:

Big Data technology has proven its mettle as a resource for disaster relief and attentiveness. It helps emergency responders to identify and track populations around disaster zones. Big Data systems also help rescue workers identify resources and plan logistics accordingly during emergencies. In addition, Big Data aids in real-time communication during a disaster, and emergency operators employ the technology to predict preparedness specifics for residents during crises.

Contemporary Big Data systems are growing at an exponential rate. The data can be used to assist emergency services to make more up-to-date decisions before, during, and after natural disasters.

Big Data for Crisis Mapping:

At times of crisis, disaster relief agencies can gather information from eyewitnesses and social media platforms, which can then be graphed on interactive maps to help citizens steer clear of danger.

Even defense personnel can employ crisis mapping systems prescribed by Big Data organizations to locate and rescue citizens quickly. For it to work successfully, volunteers and residents must assist with data collection.

Robots and Drones:

Contemporary governments around the world deploy drones to aid in disaster management as drone technology reduces exposure to risks for emergency responders. Unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) are particularly beneficial for tracking and reconnaissance in crisis management. They are cost-effective and provide emergency workers and rescuers with visual perspectives that get hampered with manned aircraft. Moreover, robots and drones can provide logistics, make structural adjustments, and deliver supplies responding to disasters involving hazardous materials. 

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