Integrated Dynamic Decision Support System Component for Disaster Management Systems

The toxic sludge disaster in Hungary in 2010, the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in 2011, the mudflow catastrophe in St. Lorenzen in 2012 and the devastating floods in Central Europe in 2002 and 2013 are just a few tragic examples of the need for a rapid and coordinated reaction to disasters. When dealing with disasters, it is important to recognise the actual situation as early as possible and, depending on this, to take the right measures to protect people and to prevent or reduce damage. For this reason, eleven organisations from science, industry and users have joined forces in the EraSME research project INDYCO.


The aim of the 2.5-year research project was to develop a decision support system for disaster control which 1) can react quickly and dynamically to changing situations during disaster events and 2) supports the handling of new disasters.

System Overview

The INDYCO system combines automated detection and prediction of disaster situations through permanent monitoring of sensor data and other sources of information with support in responding to disasters that have occurred or are predicted by taking appropriate action. The connection of mobile devices simplifies and accelerates the communication of open tasks. The selected measures are transmitted to the emergency leaders on-site via a mobile application. For a better assessment of the situation, the emergency personnel can send back photos, videos, etc. and thus significantly improve the forecasting and assessment of the situation.



Flood situations especially for small catchment areas, for which no flood forecasting models are usually available, and an alpine mudflow scenario were chosen as application areas.

Project Partners

  • Software Competence Center Hagenberg GmbH (R&D; coordinator)
  • Institute for Application-oriented Knowledge Processing, JKU Linz (R&D)
  • PRISMA solutions EDV-Dienstleistungen GmbH (SME)
  • GeoExpert Research&Planning GmbH (SME)
  • riocom - Ingenieurbüro für Kulturtechnik und Wasserwirtschaft (SME)
  • Upper Austrian Firefighting Association (Intermediär)
  • Christian-Albrechts University Kiel (R&D)
  • LIS Leitstellen-Informations-System GmbH (SME)
  • VOMATEC International GmbH (SME)
  • Ingenieurgesellschaft Prof. Dr. Sieker mbH (SME)

Funding Partner

Funded by: Federal Ministry of Economics and Technology on the basis of a resolution of the German Bundestag (Germany) and the Federal Ministry of Science, Research and Economy (Austria).

Project Data

The project was completed between 1 October 2012 and 31 March 2015 and had a total budget of around 1.5 million euros with a total funding of around 920,000 euros.

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Thomas Ziebermayr

Ziebermayr Thomas

Area Manager Software Science
Phone: +43 50 343 890