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MobiKat – Support for complex strategic and operative decision-making

Fraunhofer MobiKat has been designed to effectively support preparation and management of large-scale situations such as floods, droughts and other extreme weather. It supports fire-brigades, rescue organisations, disaster relief staff etc. with a Common Operational Picture (COP) with information about position and status of all forces and relief items in real-time as well as multiple decision support functionalities. It supports all phases of the crises management life cycle: prevention, preparedness, mitigation, management and recovery. It is perfectly suited for rapid deployment in fast emerging situations due to a) its intuitive usability and b) flexible data interfaces.

Developed by Fraunhofer IVI - Department of Strategy and Optimisation

The technology MobiKat provides efficient support for complex strategic and operative decision-making in disaster response. The basic structure of MobiKat consists of independently configurable modules with high-performance calculation and optimization algorithms as well as data bank and visualization components. The modules can be operated both individually (even without a graphical user interface, if required) and as a complete scalable system.

TRL9. System ready for full scale deployment
Actual system proven in operational environment (competitive manufacturing). The solution is used successfully in a structurally operational environment. The user can and wants to recommend the solution to others. While most parts of the development are of TRL 9, some parts are of lower level (7, 8). MobiKat made its successful debut during the Elbe flood in 2006. The system actively supported the civil protection staff of the city of Pirna in terms of visualization of complex situations and prognosis as well as in the optimization of operational planning. Since then, MobiKat was successfully further developed and applied in large-scale operations, e.g. hospital relocations, fire-fighting exercises and major public events. In addition, MobiKat was used for planning of fire and security requirements and planning of operational zones in the regions of Sächsische Schweiz-Osterzgebirge und Meißen as well as in the cities of Dresden and Leipzig.

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The main components of the system have been tested separately, and an initial integration exercise has been conducted.

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The basic structure of MobiKat consists of independently configurable modules with high-performance calculation and optimization algorithms as well as data bank and visualization components. The modules can be operated both individually (even without a graphical user interface, if required) and as a complete scalable system on a standard desktop or high-performance PC. Furthermore, all calculation and optimization modules are available for external systems in the form of libraries and as server components via web services. There is also a light-weight browser-version available.

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The technology provides aside from situation visualisation multiple decision support tools and a cross-organisational common operational picture. In difference to many commercial products, MobiKat does not require expensive licensing, instead it is based on free and open frameworks. MobiKat provides multiple inbound and outbound data interfaces and can therefore be connected to existing data sources and systems in a straightforward way. Furthermore, MobiKat works even without network connection and is able to synchronise the data between all instances once the network connection becomes available again.

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