History

November 5, 2013

Special event dedicated on "Crisis Communication" at FOM in Berlin

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FOM University of Applied Sciences hosted on November 5, 2013 in Berlin a special event dedicated to the topic of "Crisis Communication". In the event, two experts involved in the Opti-Alert research project presented their papers on:

-   The efficiency of personalized disaster alerts issued via multichannel electronic communication systems: Empirical results from field tests in Germany (by Prof. Dr. Michael Klafft, FOM and Fraunhofer FOKUS)

-   The contribution of social media to crisis communication (by Marina Ghersetti, Ph.D., University of Gothenburg)

You can view the event flier here.

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October 30 - November 1, 2013

International Conference on "Public Alerting and Social Media during Crises and Disasters" in Berlin

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The International Emergency Management Society TIEMS, in cooperation with the Opti-Alert project coordinator Fraunhofer FOKUS and the International Risk Governance Council (IRGC), organized the international conference on “Public Alerting and Social Media during Crises and Disasters”. The conference took place from October 30 to November 1, 2013 at the conference center of the Fraunhofer Institute for Open Communication Systems FOKUS in Berlin, Germany.

About 70 international political and administrative decision makers, researchers and specialists in the field of risk management attended this three-day event in order to discuss the use of social media in emergency and crisis situations and to work out recommendations for improving crisis communication (panel discussions).

During the conference, 26 papers were presented by speakers from all around the world. Moreover, the conference participants had a chance to look at and to discuss 5 research posters that were presented in the exhibition area. Additionally, in the evening of the first conference day, the conference guests had some networking opportunities during a gala dinner at Tangoloft, Berlin. What is more, on the second conference day, the conference guests were offered to participate in a guided tour through the German Bundestag.

You can view the conference program here.

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March 7, 2013

Workshop on "Safety and Security Systems for the Public and Industries" in Mexico City

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In the framework of the Opti-Alert project, Fraunhofer FOKUS organized a workshop on "Safety and Security Systems for the Public and Industries" at the 2013 IEEE Eleventh International Symposium on Autonomous and Decentralized Systems (ISADS). The workshop was chaired by Michael Klafft and consisted of four presentations and moderated discussions with the audience. The workshop addressed an international audience, in total, 43 participants attended (primarily from Mexico, Japan, China, the United States and Europe). The Opti-Alert project also contributed two presentations to the workshop:

  1. Privacy-Aware and Distributed System Design for Personalized Alerting by Hans-Georg Ziegler and Michael Klafft.

  2. Diffusion of Emergency Warnings via Multi-Channel Communication Systems by Michael Klafft.

Discussions in the workshop focused on the following issues:

-       Integration and interoperability of alerting systems and infrastructures.

-       Efficient population alerting, with a particular focus on nighttime alerts (How to best achieve a wake-up effect?).

-       Tools and methods for rule-based safety and security systems.

The presentation slides used for the above-mentioned presentations have been made publicly available for download from the Opti-Alert website.

Additionally, each presentation was accompanied by a paper that appeared in print: 

  1. Michael Klafft: Diffusion of Emergency Warnings via Multi-Channel Communication Systems - An Empirical Analysis. In: Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Eleventh International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems (ISADS), pp. 295-299, ISBN 978-1-4673-5068-6.

  2. Hans-Georg Ziegler, Michael Klafft: Privacy-Aware and Distributed System Design for Personalized Alerting. In: Proceedings of the 2013 IEEE Eleventh International Symposium on Autonomous Decentralized Systems (ISADS), pp. 300-305, ISBN 978-1-4673-5068-6.

It is also planned to make papers available in the IEEEXplore digital library, the link to the digital edition will be published as soon as it becomes available.

The workshop organizers also wish to express their gratitude to the local organization team from Universidad Panamericana for the excellent support in the organization of the symposium.

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August 30, 2012

Joint Workshop Opti-Alert / Alert4All in Davos

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The Opti-Alert/Alert4All joint workshop took place on August 30, 2012, in Davos as a part of the 4th International Risk and Disaster Conference (IDRC). Open to scientists and public alerting practitioners, the workshop aimed to discuss the latest Opti-Alert and Alert4All project results.

During the course of the workshop, the following topics were presented, explained and discussed:

-      Cross-border alerting

-      Technology use aspects of alerting systems

-      Importance of socio-cultural factors for alerting systems.

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June 20, 2012

Joint Project Meeting Opti-Alert / Alert4All in Berlin

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The joint project meeting Opti-Alert/Alert4All took place on June 20th, 2012 in Berlin. The purpose of the meeting was to review the interim results of both above-mentioned projects. The results presentations were followed by a discussion session.

Planning the next Opti-Alert/Alert4All joint workshop was also high on the meeting agenda. It was scheduled as a part of the 4th International Disaster and Risk Conference IDRC on 30th, 2012 in Davos.

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April 28, 2012

New poster for Opti-Alert introduced by UBIMET

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On April 28th, 2012 in Vienna, UBIMET introduced the new Opti-Alert poster Opti-Alert: Enhancing the Efficiency of Alerting Systems which was specially designed for the KIRAS event (Austrian funding programm for security research).

The poster includes such components as objectives of the project, methods used for the research and presentation of all partners involved.

You can view the poster here.

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March 30, 2011

New Opti-Alert poster presented by sine

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On March 30th, 2011, sine presented its new Opti-Alert poster Personalisierung von Krisenkommunikation which was prepared for the Symposium Stiftung Schadensvorsorge 2011 held in Neuhausen, Germany.

The poster presents the key points of the research.

You can view the poster here.

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March 15, 2011

Opti-Alert Website has been launched

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The new Opti-Alert Website was launched today. Opti-Alert is a project funded by the EU for three years with the goal of creating an effective alerting system that takes personal, cultural and social factors into account. By considering these factors in the alerting process, authorities will  be able to improve the impact and coverage of alerts in case of major international disasters (such as tsunamis, storm surges, large-scale nuclear accidents, hurricanes, etc.), and also in case of localized disasters affecting socio-culturally heterogeneous groups of recipients such as migrants or tourists.

The Opti-Alert Website provides you with up-to-date information on the progress of the Opti-Alert project, and on project-related publications and activities. The main objective is to make Opti-Alert project results widely accessible to the general public as well as to stakeholders in disaster management.

Furthermore, you can find information on Opti-Alert project partners, including their contact details and a summary of their expertise.

The Opti-Alert Website was created by e* Message and designed by Webraumfahrer GmbH.

For more information contact: Monika.Pinkas@fokus.fraunhofer.de or M.Richter@emessage.de

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March 1, 2011

Opti-Alert flier release at CeBIT

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Fraunhofer FOKUS prepared for the information and communication technology fair CeBIT in Hannover (Germany) a special flier introducing the Opti-Alert project, its partners and highlighting project objectives.

You can view the flier here.

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January 18-19, 2011

Kick-Off Meeting of the Opti-Alert Project

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The kick-off meeting of Opti-Alert took place on January 18 and 19 in Berlin, Germany. Fraunhofer ISST hosted the representatives of eleven partners from six different European countries. Mr. Alexandros Bakalakos, Project Officer and representative of the Research Executive Agency (REA), was also on hand.

After the opening speeches by Prof. Agnès Voisard and Dr. Michael Klafft on behalf of Fraunhofer, the meeting was divided in two sessions. The first session was devoted to introductions of the partners, with a summary of their backgrounds and their expectations of the Opti-Alert project.

The second session reviewed and refined the relations between the nine work packages (WP) and the management procedures. In addition to the project kick-off, a small kick-off for WP2, "Socio-cultural Factors in Risk and Crisis Communication," was held the second day. This meeting enabled the partners to clarify their roles and to prepare a detailed roadmap of upcoming project activities.

Opti-Alert is a project selected by the European Commission after a call for proposals in the field of security research under the 7th Framework Programme for Research and Technological Development.

The project, initially led by Fraunhofer Institute ISST and from January, 1st 2012 by Fraunhofer Institute FOKUS, will run 36 months with a total budget of €3.5 million, of which €2.5 million will be provided by the EU.

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