Community Traffic Guidance and Control System for Natural Disaster Emergency Response

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Community Traffic Guidance and Control System in Supporting Natural Disaster Emergency Response
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Team Members National Center for High Performance Computing, National Applied Research Labs, Taiwan. Water resources agency, Taiwan. Chunghwa Telecom. Private companies working with exiting systems.
Point of Contact Chingteng Hsiao, CIO, Taichung City Government, Taiwan; Fang-Pang Lin
Participating Municipalities Taichung City, Taiwan
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Description

Integrate city-wide traffic monitoring systems, identify disaster area and automate the traffic control over the zone. Research and develop alternative routes for emergency responders, public safety officials and citizens. Provide real time information on traffic to citizens and city decision makers.

Challenges

During monsoon season, flooding occurs frequently each year in Taiwan, an accurate traffic guide identifying, in real time, the affected zones is needed. We will share this information with citizens, and use these data to optimize allocation of rescue resources and/or to dispatch rescue teams.

Solutions

The project will integrate traffic monitoring and control systems, real time data on flooding warning systems, reporting and notification systems, GIS/GPS systems and machine learning systems to enable the effective use of the traffic information to respond the natural disasters.

Major Requirements

  • Form project team
  • Identify scope and requirements, and develop project plan
  • Develop system architecture
  • Assemble application development team for developing mobile application
  • Identify emergency response areas for a pilot program; design and implement pilot project
  • Identify and coordinate stakeholders, and secure buy-in from the community
  • Implement pilot project for three months during typhoon season.

Performance Targets

Key Performance Indicators (KPIs) Measurement Methods
  • Reduction of average response time to disaster by 50%
  • Measurement of response time in hours over typhoon seasons, compared to baseline
  • Measurement between the reporting of occurrence of disasters and actions taken to the response to the disaster.

Standards, Replicability, Scalability, and Sustainability

  • Requires interoperable traffic heterogeneous monitoring and control sensors interfaces.
  • Employ standards, e.g. Jason, RESTful, for information exchange between systems.
  • Standardized information exchange procedures can be replicated and scaled up in multiple cities/communities. The solution will be shared with neighboring cities to jointly combat with natural disasters.
  • It can be directly extended to the use in responding to man-made disasters, as well as to traffic jam in usual hours. The statistics can be used for evaluating energy efficiency and air pollution for future policy making.

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Impacts

  • Reduction of existing disaster response time
  • Lives saved
  • Reduction of damages from natural disasters
  • Improved quality of life
  • Community acceptance, to be replicated across central area of Taiwan to engage the community to jointly combat natural disasters.

Demonstration/Deployment

  • Phase I Pilot/Demonstration:

Partially real-time working application on pilot, tied into city traffic monitoring and control systems, connecting to flood warning system and supporting effectiveness of emergency response to a specified frequently flooded area.

  • Phase II Deployment:

Real-time working application incorporating city emergency response systems at city-wide scale, supporting over 50% of the city.