Project Description

Zafe

PEER-to-PEER COMMUNICATION WHEN DISASTER STRIKES
VISION

Provide more efficient and affordable access to your loved ones in a distressed situation using mobile telephones and built in technology without telecommunication infrastructure.

ISSUE

Member of the Iriz family accidentally ended up in the 2004 Tsunami in Thailand and barely survived the first impact of water and debris that hit the beaches of Khao Lak. The emergency operations after the first wave was chaotic combined with no network (mobile telephones) to coordinate information and tasks. In this situation a solution for peer2peer using the mobile telephones could change the outcome of many situations and even saved many lives.

Boston bombing: After the Boston bombing the cell phone service disappeared for countless people. Gut instinct suggests that the network must’ve been overloaded with people trying to find loved ones. At first, the Associated Press said it was a concerted effort to prevent any remote detonators from being used, citing a law enforcement official. Verizon and Sprint (vendors) who said they’d never had a request to shut down the network, and who blamed slowdowns on heavy load.

The breakdown of essential communications is one of the most widely shared characteristics of all disasters. Whether partial or complete, the failure of telecommunications infrastructure leads to preventable loss of life and damage to property, by causing delays and errors in emergency response and disaster relief efforts. During a disaster there will be a massive demand for family to communicate for making sure that love ones are safe.

SOLUTION

This Iriz model and technology will not only provide more efficient and affordable access to many people in a distressed situation, it will also be less prone to governments cutting off access, DDOS attacks on the infrastructure itself (since it is by nature self-forming and self-healing), spying and interception of data (since there is less infrastructure which may be compromised) and corporations acting in anti-competitive and privacy violating ways to control what is being sent over the wires. Urban telecommunications infrastructure and disaster communications practices has been strengthened to increase their effectiveness in future disasters by Iriz.

Peer-to-peer (P2P) computing can be best described as the direct exchange of data between two computers or mobile telephones or peers in a common network. In a P2P network, all client telephones in the network, known as nodes, are considered to be equal in their capacity for sharing resources with other network members. Unlike the traditional Client-Server system, a P2P system requires no central coordination of nodes.

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