The aim of the experimental development project is to integrate the key technological expertise of the involved Austrian (Earth Observation, Information System and Crowdtasking Technologies), and Taiwanese (Social media  and Crowdsourcing technologies) consortium partners through dedicated mutual development [and demonstration] activities, thereby providing a technology leap and increased competitiveness for the Austrian partners to serve the European and international development, as well as the risk management sector.

Specifically, QuinJunSAT (QuinJun, 群眾, is the pronunciation of the word “crowd” in traditional Chinese) shall improve the capacity of crisis managers before, during and after disaster events through an innovative approach, in which satellite and crowdsourced information from volunteers are automatically integrated to obtain quick response and accurate assessment information of damages.

Key information on damaged infrastructure is extracted from very high-resolution satellite imagery in an automatic way, while the data provided by volunteers through a smartphone application will confirm or reject the  detected damages, as well as provide additional data of potential relevance for crisis managers. By combining earth observation (EO) data with information obtained from crowdsourcing, we aim at improving the existing situational awareness picture by drastically increasing the detection and identification accuracy of damaged infrastructure, which will lead to:

  • smarter resource allocation and response actions
  • shorter reaction times and
  • lower total costs for relief actions.

The integrative technological components to fulfil the above mentioned aims will be validated and tested with volunteers in Taiwan during the National Disaster Prevention Day and benchmarked as baseline for marketing in Asia, Europe and worldwide.

Steps in providing services using Earth Observation and Crowdsourcing technologies