Integrating geographical information and augmented reality techniques for mobile escape guidelines on nuclear accident sites

Ming Kuan Tsai, Yung Ching Lee, Chung Hsin Lu, Mei Hsin Chen, Tien Yin Chou, Nie Jia Yau

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Abstract

During nuclear accidents, when radioactive materials spread into the environment, the people in the affected areas should evacuate immediately. However, few information systems are available regarding escape guidelines for nuclear accidents. Therefore, this study constructs escape guidelines on mobile phones. This application is called Mobile Escape Guidelines (MEG) and adopts two techniques. One technique is the geographical information that offers multiple representations; the other is the augmented reality that provides semi-realistic information services. When this study tested the mobile escape guidelines, the results showed that this application was capable of identifying the correct locations of users, showing the escape routes, filtering geographical layers, and rapidly generating the relief reports. Users could evacuate from nuclear accident sites easily, even without relief personnel, since using slim devices to access the mobile escape guidelines is convenient. Overall, this study is a useful reference for a nuclear accident emergency response.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)36-44
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Environmental Radioactivity
Volume109
DOIs
StatePublished - Jul 2012

Keywords

  • Augmented reality
  • Escape guideline
  • Geographic information
  • Mobile phones
  • Nuclear accidents

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