An IT Infrastructure for Responding to the Unexpected
Responsphere is an IT infrastructure test-bed that incorporates a multidisciplinary approach to emergency response drawing from academia, government, and private enterprise. The IT infrastructure can facilitate rapid and seamless access to and dissemination of information.
Timely and effective response to natural or man-made disasters can reduce deaths and injuries, contain or prevent secondary disasters, and reduce the resulting economic losses and social disruption. During a crisis, responding organizations confront grave uncertainties in making critical decisions. There is a strong correlation between the quality of these decisions and the accuracy, timeliness, and reliability of the situational information (e.g., state of the civil, transportation and information infrastructures) and the availability of resources (e.g., medical facilities, rescue and law enforcement units) to the decision-makers.
Recently at UCI many projects have been launched that address the technological challenges in disaster response with the objective of radically transforming the ability of organizations to gather, manage, use and disseminate information when responding to man-made and natural catastrophes. Dramatic improvements in the speed and accuracy at which information about the crisis flows through the disaster response networks has the potential to revolutionize crisis response saving human lives and property. The purpose of this infrastructure is to establish a campus-level experimental Information Technology infrastructure, called Responsphere, to serve as a testbed platform for development, testing, and validation of our current research efforts on responding to a crisis.
Responshere provides academic, industrial, and government partners a unique testbed for next-generation, innovative technology. This one-of-a-kind infrastructure serves as a proving grounds for distruptive technologies in real-world crisis response settings such as drills, evacuations, HazMat incidents, and other emergency response activities. Responsphere not only provides state of the art facilities, equipment and infrastructure to its affiliates, but opportunities for testing and validation in these emergency response exercises are provided as well.