Planning

Decision making criteria

From the beginning of last semester, I had a very broad thesis topic. As time went on my topic became narrower and more specific.  I did many experts to user interviews to help me to get where I am today. Now my thesis provides electricity and communication to city residents after a disaster. These are user needs and personally, would like to accomplished for my thesis.

 

Workshop at Frog Design

After interning at Frog design over the summer, I got an opportunity to visit them and update Froggers with my thesis. I took this opportunity to create a workshop. From my 5 ideas, I decided to pursue the lamp post/traffic light idea (See 5 ideas) and wanted to get feedback validate my assumptions and reactions to ideas proposed.


Problem Statement

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Assumption 1: Street and traffic lights are the best options to be used for temporary users for post-disaster settings.

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Assumption 2: Creating and add-on to an existing infrastructure would be cheaper and faster, rather than building something new.

 

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Assumption 3:  Panic due to lack of information ad communication are major issues after a disaster.

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Opportunities areas

1. Communication: thesis-elushika-nov8-012To use street and traffic lights to provide electricity and low bandwidth wifi, that will allow people to communicate with remote family/friends until help arrives.

Thoughts from Frog: 

  • Create a block-wide mesh network, so that if one is destroyed, there are many back-ups.
  • Charging the phone is a bigger issue
  • OLED street signs could highlight evacuation routes
  • Solar panels to re-absorb light

 


thesis-elushika-nov8-0142. Information update: To use street and traffic lights to inform residents when help would arrive. “FEMA will arrive in 1 day”

Thoughts from Frog:

  • If I am connecting to the internet through street lamps, I could get alerts from the phone. This should be combined with communication
  • Use a speaker, instead of sign. There should be 1 per 2-3 blocks.
  • Projection messages in streetlights

 


thesis-elushika-nov8-0163. Water source: To use street and traffic lights to provide trusted drinkable water

Thoughts from Frog:

  • Requires heavy overhead from NYC politics
  • Consider storing and transporting water during a flood
  • Create a shower during crisis
  • What about a pump for clean water

 


thesis-elushika-nov8-0184. Warning: To use street and traffic lights to block off an intersection

Thoughts from Frog:

  • If you are in New York City, residents will not pay attention
  • Geo tracking on phones will tell people to stop when they are nearing a disaster area
  • Use lights as wayfinding devices
  • Find my location, by pressing a button on lamp post

Thesis Plan [Phase 2]

After having a great discussion with my thesis advisor, progress is being made. This week to-dos:

Week of October 16-16

  1. Dig deep into the chosen ideas (timebox 1 hour)
  2. Research more on rising currents and future of sea levels
  3. Contact Emergency management office in NYC
  4. Go back in history and look at natural water-ways

October 04-16: Done

  1. Research more on other cities and countries
  2. How they deal with floods: Holland and Colombia
  3. What NYC is doing for preparedness: Download app and visit website
  4. Get some ideas from the research: Mock up and sketches

Thesis Plan [Phase 1]

Thesis area: Emergency, water ways, rainy days. This is a very broad topic and there are so many directions, that I can take.

Goal for phase 1: To do much more secondary research on my thesis idea and hope to narrow down my topic y 10%

October 04-11

  1. Research more on other cities and countries
  2. How they deal with floods: Holland and Colombia
  3. What NYC is doing for preparedness: Download app and visit website
  4. Get some ideas from the research: Mock up and sketches

Objectives

  1. Gather more information on FEMA process, UNICEF, Red cross.
  2. Contact people in the emergency and crisis management to understand their day-to-day and during a disaster
  3. Find people on LinkedIn and contact them
  4. Join Emergency LinkedIn groups
  5. Join Facebook groups on Emergency services and post on the walls
  6. Create a list of people who get affected by a disaster
  7. What is currently out there to help _____________
  8. Who is my audience?
  9. How do___________survive a flood?
  10. Research on cities and rising sea level
  11. Join Team Rubicon

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October 4th

  1. Join Team Rubicon
  2. Find people on LinkedIn and contact them
  3. Join Emergency LinkedIn groups
  4. Join Facebook groups on Emergency services and post on the walls
  5. Create a list of people who get affected by a disaster