From Random Hacks of Kindness
 Incident Commander for Android Project
Problem Definition: Incident Commander
Initial event: RHoK 2.0 - New York
Incident Commanders, whether managing an international humanitarian crisis or a local volunteer response to a fire or medical emergency, need to understand where critical resources and points-of-interest are located e.g. Responders, Equipment, Locations, Security, Supplies, etc... The application will track Responders in real-time; give them route information to their target destinations; enable them to request urgent assistance should they be threatened; alert them to danger areas through virtual "fencing"; enable basic data collection via voice, web or SMS communications.
During the RHoK weekend the Incident Commander team developed a functional prototype android application, utilizing SMS messaging to send and receive incident alerts, location and real-time status updates through a user-friendly interface.
Capabilities built during RHoK include:
- Track readiness prior to a call by gathering GPS coordinates for Responders (Complete)
- Allow Responders to communicate whether they are responding via mobile application (Complete)
- Tracking Responder progress to the Incident via regular location updates (in progress)
- Provide Responder with Google Maps directions and text-to-speech updates en route (in progress)
- Track Responders throughout Incident as they enter/exit hazardous areas defined by Command (future development)
Web-based Prototype: note: the web-based application (prototype) is a superset of the system's functionality. Android app specs are a targeted subset and should be achievable during the RHoK weekend. Narrow format for smartphones and tablets.
Open Source website:
- John Reilly (Problem Definition Owner)
- Shayne Adamski
- Kane Albarron
- Aidan Feldman
- PJ Herring
- Trishan de Lanerolle
- Jason Lindesmith
- Ralph Morelli
 Status Updates
 Day 1; 7PM EST
- All team members versed on problem definition.
- Design approach validated e.g. Use of SMS for data transfer between Android client and Google App Engine server.
- User Interface wireframes in development; 80% complete for limited functionality.
- Trinity College open source Android project identified as "donor" app for the following:
- Background processing
- SMS Send
- Components to be built:
- SMS Listener
- App Initialization (using callerId via SMS to determine local Google Voice phone numbers.)
- Open Source website updated with temporary repository for working Android code (team members added as contributors.)
 Day 2; 12PM EST
- User Interface Completed
- Listener built
- Finalizing server adapters
- Competition entry page updated
- Android code or patterns for an SMS Listener (maybe "notifications manager"?)
- Android code or patterns for "intents"...
- Folks who have developed for Android in Java who could knock-down be "on call" to knock down some obstacles in our way tomorrow.
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