Numerical Evaluation of Effect of Using UTM Grid Maps on Emergency Response Performance — A Case of Information-Processing Training at an Emergency Operation Center in Tagajo City, Miyagi Prefecture —

Shosuke SATO  Rui NOUCHI  Fumihiko IMAMURA  

Publication
IEICE TRANSACTIONS on Fundamentals of Electronics, Communications and Computer Sciences   Vol.E99-A   No.8   pp.1560-1566
Publication Date: 2016/08/01
Online ISSN: 1745-1337
DOI: 10.1587/transfun.E99.A.1560
Type of Manuscript: Special Section LETTER (Special Section on Information and Communication Systems for Safe and Secure Life)
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Keyword: 
Common Operational Picture (COP),  emergency response training,  geo-information,  information processing,  UTM grid,  

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Summary: 
It is qualitatively considered that emergency information processing by using UTM grids is effective in generating COP (Common Operational Pictures). Here, we conducted a numerical evaluation based on emergency information-processing training to examine the efficiency of the use of UTM grid maps by staff at the Tagajo City Government office. The results of the demonstration experiment were as follows: 1) The time required for information propagation and mapping with UTM coordinates was less than that with address text consisting of area name and block number. 2) There was no measurable difference in subjective estimates of the training performance of participants with or without the use of UTM grids. 3) Fear of real emergency responses decreased among training participants using UTM grids. 4) Many of the negative free answers on a questionnaire evaluation of participants involved requests regarding the reliability and operability of UTM tools.