On October 30th, 2013 Jayesh Wadhwani, Senior Research Engineer at IntraPoint’s Advanced Technology Labs presented a paper on IntraPoint’s social media technology that filters data intelligently during a crisis or a disaster. He presented at the three-day annual TEIMS Conference on “Public Alerting and Social Media Crisis and Disasters” in Berlin, Germany.
Mr. Wadhwani stated, “The paper was well-received and there was a consensus that the social media sensor technology can greatly assist in managing crises and disasters.” He continues, “It was an honor to be able to present our technology on behalf of our CTO Tore Andre Nilsen. Together, we have worked for years researching and developing this technology, and today we were able to present this to renowned leaders from the industry and academia.”
The paper demonstrated a pragmatic and different approach to using social media data for early warning detection, crisis response and recovery. Instead of doing the herculean task of filtering and mining data during an emergency, Mr. Wadhwani demonstrated the concept of using weighting and scoring whereby “sensors”, “smart objects” and “The Internet of Things” operate like a human curator -- the social media sensor selects the most pertinent information to detect and manage a disruption. The paper also demonstrated how social media can seamlessly integrate with emergency response plans.
IntraPoint was invited to hold the presentation because of the company’s long term experience in developing leading-edge software in partnership with the Norwegian Research council.
The main purpose of the conference was to discuss the current and future impact and potential of social media as a tool to manage crises and disasters. The three-day conference was attended by about 100 international political and administrative decision makers, researchers and specialists in the field of risk management. The conference was organized by the International Emergency Management Society TIEMS in cooperation with the Opti-Alert project coordinator Fraunhofer FOKUS and the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC).