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DUMBONET Multimedia Communication System

This Best Practice utilizes ICT for its own resilience and is associated with the keywords: Increasing Capacity & ProtectionRetrofitting Assets & CapitalEnsuring Redundancy & BackupsEnhancing Communication and Coordination

For many disasters prone countries, one issue in terms of post-disaster rescue mission is the lack of emergent communication system. To address this issue, DUMBONET, a multimedia communication system, has been developed by AIT intERLab and its partners for collaborative emergency response operation. Its design includes mobile ad hoc networks (MANET) and a satellite IP network with conventional terrestrial Internet connectivity. In particular, DUMBONET is expected to send and receive multimedia information effectively for rescue missions and plan-making when disaster areas are relatively isolated.

In an abstract model of DUMBONET, when traditional communication infrastructure is no longer available, people will use mobile devices create a self-organizing, self-resilient mobile ad-hoc network that permits multimedia communication among the devices. In addition, multimedia communication among different sites and with the command headquarter will also be provided. Different MENET devices also include WiFi, satellite and terrestrial connectivity.

Digital Ubiquitous Mobile Broadband OLSR (DUMBO) has been applied in Nepal in the April 2015 earthquake. Read more about Nepal's experience on the AIT website.

Read a paper on DUMBONET