Project Fogg

Emergency Management, Resiliency, Technology

Project Fogg

Project Fogg is a system to provide on-the-ground users the capacity to capture and access real-time footage of the aftermath of a disaster. Open-source community and civic owned and launched Fogg weather balloon kits equipped with a camera and transmitter allow communities to share video feeds across a broad geographic area. Balloons communicate with the Phileas system that collects and consolidates the individual feeds into a city-wide view. This online and non-governmental platform will provide local people the capacity to respond as best they can before formal disaster responders arrive. For crisis management teams, this system  provides a first glimpse of a disaster’s impact at the local level, speeding up response times, accuracy and resource allocation in the crucial first hours.

Project Team: Sean Baker / James Frankis

Current Situation

For the first 10 hours after a major natural disaster the organizations who we depend on to respond like FEMA and Red Cross have little to no information about what has happened on the ground. This lack of information can leave people stranded for up to 72 hours without aid and supplies. In the time following a disaster the gap between response and on-the-ground need that develops is failure. Current information gathering is expensive and often only provides responders with the big picture. Within these first 72 hours the real responders are often neighbors, local businesses and fire station. 

Stress Testing Fogg

During an ideation and rapid prototyping workshop we tested the potential capacities and weaknesses of Fogg with members of the disaster management community. We built a table top city and had field experts and local residents play out disaster scenarios with a birds-eye-view camera overhead. These experts expanded the uses and applications for Fogg and working with community members they shaped what the next iteration of Fogg would need.