The Mobile Emergency Response and Command Interface (MERCI) was developed to allow emergency responders to make quick and accurate damage assessments following an emergency or disaster.
MERCI is a Machine Learning-powered software system developed to conduct and manage emergency damage assessments and reporting following a natural or manmade disaster. The MERCI system allows responders to collect multiple rich data types (e.g., text, photos, videos) and securely upload the information to a MERCI server where data can be analyzed at an emergency operations center in real-time.
MERCI consolidates and makes data and information immediately available using commercial, off-the-shelf mobile devices to complete forms, procure photographs and video, and add GPS location tags. Backend command and control functionality enables the centralization of data at a consolidated point. MERCI is lightweight, highly configurable, and can integrate with other enterprise systems.
- Uses existing damage assessment forms or creates custom forms to fit special requirements
- Links geo-referenced photographs, videos, and assessments
- Auto-populates data fields for property revisits
- Contains built in reports and queries to calculate real-time damage estimates
- Map interface visually displays different types of assessments and the spatial distribution of damage
- Improves resource allocation and route planning
The MERCI system has also been used as the starting point for the development of two other Oceanit software systems: Inspecta and CLUE (Coalition Localized Urban Enhancement).
Inspecta is an integrated suite of software tools used across various industries to improve administrative efficiency and assist with compliance and safety. Inspecta is designed to replace antiquated filing systems with a single, comprehensive, easily searchable database that can be used to document activities, generate reports, and track equipment or manpower.
CLUE is a situation awareness tool for use in scenarios that require users to be aware of their surroundings and able to communicate their observations to their counterparts. CLUE has two components, a mobile handheld application and command and control web interface, which work together to allow field users and command centers to quickly and easily visualize points of interest, capture and transfer geolocated rich media, and work in both online and offline conditions.