Mobile Data Collection & Drone Mapping for Post Disaster Relief Teams and NGOs

MapGage helps Disaster Response Teams and NGOs asses post disaster damages with digital forms, replacing cumbersome paper forms, manage disaster relief teams, and track damages to private and public infrastructure in real time. Collected data is projected on a satellite or drone map to effectively manage emergency response & rebuilding efforts.

Post Disaster Relief management is progressing rapidly with the emergence of cost-effective drones and mobile geospatial applications used to collect data from the ground. The ‘MapGage Post-Disaster’ solution consists of three integrated product lines:

  1. a range of off-the-shelf drones, tested with MapGage and easy to setup & fly, able to provide quick damage assessment over large disaster areas
  2. a mobile geospatial app that allows disaster relief workers to pinpoint affected infrastructure and assets on the ground, assign relief teams to specific areas and track work done
  3. a geospatial web application that combines drone maps, mobile collected disaster records and presents all open tasks, updates and work submitted by relief teams in an easy to understand map-based view

This will radically change the way disaster response efforts are conducted in the future. Given the increasing tendency of donors to demand better understanding on how effective their donations are being spent, NGOs are under increasing pressure to track, monitor & report their work on the ground. MapGage compatible UAVs can overfly a disaster zone on a daily basis, processing the images within half a day and highlight the relief efforts on a daily basis.

This data is complemented by ongoing updates by the disaster relief teams on the ground using their mobile geospatial app. Disaster response teams can record all the issues & updates they find as they conduct daily reconnaissance of their assigned areas. Team leaders can assign tasks directly through the geospatial web portal based on records provided by the relief teams on the ground or based on data from the latest drone maps. Drone maps and geospatial disaster records collected via the mobile app complement each other and provide a rapid feedback loop to NGOs, government and donors.

Storage intensive map data and geospatial records are stored, maintained and secured in the cloud. No need to change your IT infrastructure. All you need is occasional Internet access. Data can be downloaded, accessed and used offline when in the field. MapGage also offers a way to digitize existing infrastructure and cadaster maps and superimpose those on drone maps to properly direct relief teams to critical locations.

A whole new way of managing post-disaster operations

TRACK POST-DISASTER DAMAGES TO INFRASTRUCTURE WITH CENTIMETRE PRECISION:

Our drag & drop Form Builder allows you to build, distribute and manage customized, lightweight geospatial apps across all mobile devices. All without the need for specialized hardware, software or training. Replace all your paper-based post-disaster evaluation forms and expand it with a powerful location data collection tool. Add photos & videos to your records. Collected accurate near-real-time post-disaster field data that can then be visualized in interactive tables and maps.

MANAGE DISASTER RELIEF TEAMS, GET INSTANT FEEDBACK ON WORK IN PROGRESS:

MapGage mobile forms include powerful status and scheduling options, making them adaptable to any methodology you might apply in managing disaster relief efforts on the ground. Collect records in the field, schedule work orders, dispatch disaster response teams to a specific location and receive instant feedback through mobile devices. This ensures that you can close the loop on specific cases and manage relief teams and assets with confidence.

GET DETAILED DRONE MAPS SHOWING THE CONDITION OF AFFECTED DISASTER ZONES:

Compare pre- and post-disaster situations of a specific area or town by overlaying your damage assessment data records on satellite maps or drone acquired maps or even cadaster plans. This allows to better understand the context in which your data was collected. MapGage includes a full fledged map system that can process drone acquired data as orthomosaic, elevation and NDVI maps. Building plans can also be used as long as they are GPS referenced.

BRINGING GROUND & DRONE DATA TOGETHER… THE MAPGAGE GEOSPATIAL PORTAL FOR DISASTER MANAGEMENT & REPORTING:

Visualize an entire disaster area including satellite, drone and road maps as well as all field records collected by the relief teams on the ground and present them in a shareable, collaborative geospatial portal. Spot patterns, analyze differences and use these insights to make the right decisions. Dispatch your disaster response teams to work on specific cases and have them report back via the mobile app. Manage your teams by adding and removing team members. Create PDF Reports on the fly. Edit your existing forms, create new forms as needed.

WORKS WITH ANY DRONE INCL. OUR COST EFFECTIVE OFF THE SHELF DRONES:

Does your organization fly drones or hire drone pilots to create maps? MapGage works with any drone acquired images as long as you can ensure they overlap enough to process a map. With MapGage you just need to upload your drone acquired images and we will process them for you. We can advise you on specific drone sets that suit your budget. Just get in touch with us to know more.

IMPORT INFRASTRUCTURE & CADASTER MAPS & USE MOBILE APP TO PINPOINT RELATED DAMAGES:

MapGage can be used to monitor the condition of any type of asset including buildings and indoor facilities. Just upload your existing road maps and floor plans of a disaster area and start tracking post-disaster effects to infrastructure and buildings in order to start working on post-disaster rebuilding efforts. Never lose track of any work that needs to be done to get the infrastructure back on track.

SHARE MAPS & REPORTS WITH DONORS AND GOVERNMENT AGENCIES TO MAXIMISE EFFICIENCIES:

Any NGO or government agency needs to report their report in order to show what conditions are on the ground and what is being done? Donors want to to be reassured their donations are being put to good use. On the other hand there is a vested interest for government agencies and NGOs to share their data in order to improve relief work efficiencies and conditions on the ground. The MapGage geospatial portal offers a perfect tool to share relevant information on a map as well as sharing the maps themselves. Government agencies can share their latest maps with NGOs while these can share their information from the ground back to government agencies.

CREATE HIGH RESOLUTION DRONE MAPS OF A DISASTER ZONE:

Create high resolution maps using any drone images from a disaster zone at a max. resolution of 1 cm/pixel. That’s 2000 times more detailed than the best available images from Google Maps! Plus drone maps can be near real-time as compared to older satellite maps. MapGage also allows you to create elevation maps, NDVI maps or contour maps, effectively replacing surveyors when you need to plan emergency road works or remove large areas of earth or debris. You can also upload maps in a number of formats or import them directly from a number of web based photogrammetry tools.

COMPARE YOUR DRONE MAPS WITH PRE-DISASTER SATELLITE MAPS:

Drone maps offer a quick way to assess large scale damages from the air. MapGage not only helps you to compare aerial maps before and after a disaster struck but allows you to create detailed geospatial records around issues you’ve identified from the maps, synchronize it with your relief team’s mobile devices and send the teams to give more details from the ground incl. images, videos and audio records. These can the be synchronized back to the map server and be used to create more detailed work orders, prioritize these and assign budgets, manpower and equipment resources to them. MapGage offers a perfect simple solution to handle complicated post-disaster relief operations.

IDENTIFY & TRACK DAMAGES & TASKS FROM THE GROUND:

In a post disaster situation relief teams are facing a myriads of damages and issues that need to be identified, have resources allocated to and finally fixed either temporary or permanently. The task of gathering and confirming issues identified on an aerial map is known as ground truthing. MapGage has designed a Geospatial FieldApp that allows your relief teams to do just that. Walk a disaster zone so that as much details as possible can be reported back in a structured manner in order for back office teams to start planning the relief efforts in more detail.

ASSIGN RELIEF WORK ORDERS AND DISPATCH RELIEF TEAMS:

Once you have taken stock of the conditions in a disaster area MapGage offers a clear and consistent approach to creating and disseminating tasks and work orders to your relief teams, or other NGOs and agencies. Assign tasks and records to groups and individuals with specific instructions and get detailed information including images, videos and audio records on work done. Relief teams can update a record and change their status. This work flow management is entirely customizable. Based on the work to be done these records can have entirely different data structures.

OPERATE YOUR OWN DRONES AND UPLOAD YOUR IMAGES TO START PROCESSING MAPS:

Get external drone operators to capture your course images or fly your own drones. MapGage allows you to acquire your course maps in any way you like. Just ask your drone operator to upload the acquired images to MapGage and we will process all the maps needed to start managing your post disaster response efforts. MapGage is compatible with all major drone brands and integrates with any existing map software or format in case you already have maps of a disaster area you wish to use.

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