The number of disasters worldwide between 2005 and 2014 not
including wars, diseases or epidemics was over 6 thousands (an
average of about 600 disasters per year). This amounts to over
800,000 deaths, close to 2 million affected people, and over
$1.6 trillion in estimated damages.
When disasters occur the situation become chaotic due to lack of resource coordination among governments, emergency response units, and humanitarian relief organizations. In many cases, resources and volunteers may be available to help but there is no optimized system to match the resources and skills with the needs across different organizations and stakeholders. iHELP was developed to address this problem.
iHELP matches the needs at the affected locations with available resources and humanitarian relief. The combinations of commodities, people and other resources are then prioritized by algorithms that consider priorities, transportability and compatibility of items as well as transporters capacity and utilization.
iHELP is owned by POLARes LLC , a Virginia based start-up that
was founded by Ghaith Rabadi, Professor of Engineering
Management & Systems Engineering at Old Dominion University,
Norfolk, Virginia, and an entrepreneur.
iHELP is a cloud-based simulation platform used by government and nongovernment organizations of rapid response and emergency management. Currently this effort is supported by NATO’s Innovation Hub and the innovation branch of NATO ACT
Prior to receiving support from NATO ACT, the initial work on iHELP was awarded the first place in NATO’s Global Innovation Challenge in 2017 which was sponsored by Old Dominion University and NATO’s Innovation Hub. Additional support was then provided by the National Security Innovation Network (NSIN).
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