• Interest in smart city technology • Flooding epidemic • Environmental Science Background • Natural Disaster • Shortest Path • Lack of access to vehicles within cities and for students
What it does
Smart Evacuate is a decision assistant that helps first responders and civilians coordinate quickly and avoid danger during times of crisis. This service dynamically tracks paths of disasters such as floods and fires; directing civilians away from areas affected by the disaster using the quickest route possible. If a route that was previously generated is later found to be inaccessible, the system reroutes the user in real-time to safety. In addition, the service provides a means for first responders to track the locations of users via GPS (which has accuracies up to 1 meter).
When a flood occurs, a Smart Evacuate sends out an emergency flood alert via SMS that gives civilians an option to provide a location to first responders if they are unable to safely evacuate due to a lack of transportation. It also provides a real-time map for civilians to route their own evacuation.
In the case that civilian are not able to evacuate, they would provide their location to first responders. At the time Smart Evacuate would populate the first responder’s map and route according to prioritizing civilians that are more likely in danger and to provide first responders with data on distributing resources.
How I built it
Challenges I ran into
Accomplishments that I'm proud of
We sampled topographical maps to gather elevation data, then interpolated the elevation data into contour lines. While developing, we used these to predict the flow of a flood around Ann Arbor.
What I learned
We learned a bit about semantic segmentation and there use with image analyzation, as we used these to simulate a camera viewing a flooded area.
What's next for Smart Evacuate
Provide these services to Ann Arbor. Then move on to larger cities prone to disaster and then create the next SMART CITY.