US: The Carbon Project, a high-energy software and technology company, has been selected to work with George Mason University (GMU) to develop cloud-based tools for guiding mapping satellites or small UAVs during natural disasters, based on information from social media posts.
"Hurricanes, floods, fires, earthquakes and blizzards can all cause massive disruption to transportation infrastructure. The ability of first responders and governments to direct needed resources to an area is often hampered by our ability to see what's happening," says Jeff Harrison, CEO of The Carbon Project. "In this crowdsourcing project, large groups of people provide small bits of information that can give us a better understanding of real-time events. This information is used to help guide satellites or small UAVs onto trouble spots," he added.
The effort developed and deployed a cloud-based application called the Carbon Scanner to assess the impact of natural events on transportation infrastructure using social media, alert on trouble spots and help guide satellites or UAVs to collect imagery for rapid mapping.