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Application of Mobile Technology in Virtual Communities with Information of Conflict-Affected Areas

Julio R. RIBÓN1, Luis Javier GARCÍA VILLALBA2, Tai-hoon KIM3
1 Programa de Ingeniería de Sistemas, Facultad de Ingenierías,
Universidad de Cartagena,

Sede Piedra de Bolívar, Cartagena de Indias, Colombia,
2 Grupo de Análisis, Seguridad y Sistemas (GASS),
Departamento de Ingeniería del Software e Inteligencia Artificial (DISIA),
Facultad de Informática, Despacho 431,
Universidad Complutense de Madrid (UCM),
Calle Profesor José García Santesmases s/n,
Ciudad Universitaria, 28040 Madrid, Spain,
3 Department of Convergence Security, Sungshin Women’s University,
249-1, Dongseon-dong 3-ga, Seoul, 136-742, Korea, (Corresponding Author)

Abstract: There is a range of organizations which have expertise related to conflict areas (NGOs, governments, etc.). Many of these organizations have put their expertise in digital media that can be accessed by its members through technology platforms. The information in conflict areas is useful for decision making, to generate public policies for the control and humanitarian support. Organizations are willing to cooperate and share their expertise with others, but there is a technological problem that is making the above impossible and therefore causing isolation. This is caused by the inability of the technology platforms that each organization has, to locate and interoperate with expertise from other platforms. This paper describes an experience in which mobile technologies are used as sensing devices to identify positioning and movement of people who are in conflict areas and to capture multimedia information in such territory. These sensing devices allow access to a portfolio of services from a cooperating cloud of territorial information in the region of Montes de Maria (Colombia), which is a territory with political and public order conflicts. With this experience, a solution to the problem of technological isolation is offered and access to the expertise shared by peers in the community.

Keywords: Communities, Clouds, Mobile, Territories in Conflicts.

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Julio R. RIBÓN, Luis Javier GARCÍA VILLALBA, Tai-hoon KIM, Application of Mobile Technology in Virtual Communities with Information of Conflict-Affected Areas, Studies in Informatics and Control, ISSN 1220-1766, vol. 22 (1), pp. 33-42, 2013.