A better way to manage information in times of disaster

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While the internal workings of Fractal Systems are intricate, its applications are almost universal. Fractal systems are already in use to manage industrial supply chains and enterprises in South America, and are expected to be employed to drive the massive infrastructure build-up in Brazil in advance of the Soccer World Cup and Olympics. The beauty of these systems is that they can be specifically applied to any problem or data set and used by any organization that manages information and resources. 


Using the Fractal system, federal, state and local government and NGOs involved in the relief and rebuilding effort would instantly be able to diagnose each impact caused by Sandy, detail progress being made to address it, and share it securely online in real time. Teams working in the field would be able to fill out questionnaires utilizing mobile devices. As they fill out the data and upload the photos, the data automatically show up in the system and are made available for whoever is consulting or elaborating reports and indices. This information would then be part of a “smart” database that uses the fractal algorithm to make connections between the data, show patterns and trends – making it the strategic template for the effort.

This means that those in charge will be able to know the status of each transformer, road repair, traffic light, emergency aid disbursement instantly as data is uploaded, and will be able telescope from one work project or activity to the status of work throughout the entire state, seamlessly. The information the system provides will allow leaders to make smarter decisions with up to the minute actionable information, empowering to adjust the flow of resources to where they are needed most while keeping residents and all relevant authorities much better informed.   

This new system will also allow for real-time monitoring of the reconstruction and of the use of the allocated resources by all key players. It will also give an actual position of the progress of the reconstruction to the authorities of the affected states — allowing those in charge to accurately control the flow of resources. Lastly, the system will allow managers to communicate on a vastly superior level laterally and vertically with partners whose data bases are not linked together. As we have seen in the wake of many disasters past, dependable, secure communications between platforms of all actors is vitally important.

As leaders, organizations and residents work together to recover, it’s critical that they not only work hard, but use new technology to work smarter. To do our part, we are offering to provide the federal and state authorities in the areas affected with a model of the system specifically developed for this situation, free of cost, which would be ready for immediate use, depending only on the collaboration of the state and federal authorities for the final version. If approved and contracted, this new innovation can be put to work as soon as possible to save and rebuild lives.

Adler, holds a PhD in knowledge theory - Epistemology and Logic, with degrees in Physics and Philosophy. He serves as a professor at Federal University of Tocantins in Tocantins, Brazil, and as an executive of Paradigma USA.