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How First Responders Are Using Big Data To Save Lives

In an emergency, confusion and delays can cost lives. That’s why first responders are increasingly using live streams of big data–from roadside sensors to security cameras to social media feeds–to respond more efficiently to disasters.
Some of these techniques were put to use during Superstorm Sandy in 2012, when responders analyzed hashtags and words and pictures in Twitter and Instagram feeds to find out where resources like power, fuel, food and water were urgently needed.
Similarly, the Digital Humanitarian Network (DHN) helps connect organizations with volunteer technical experts who can perform tasks such as real-time social media monitoring, creating live crisis maps for decision support, and tagging and tracing satellite imagery to aid search-and-rescue efforts.

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