February 24, 1999 Special Presentation
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About Edward Addy
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DVIS: Disaster Victim Information Exchange System
Edward Addy has developed an Internet-based system to record information about the whereabouts, needs, and plans of disaster victims, to make it accessible to family members or friends, and thereby, reduce the amount of calls of inquiry coming into an area after a disaster strikes. By reducing the number of telephone calls, the communications system will hopefully remain functional for the use of response personnel.
Access to the system is via the victim's home telephone number, to provide a measure of privacy to the victim. An upgraded system is in the process of being installed and made available at the time of the presentation. Groups wishing to take advantage of the system may do so, free of charge, by registering and completing a brief online tutorial. Data and messages for family members are collected in field locations such as shelters, and transmitted to the server via email generated by an online form. Sample screens were included in the presentation.
A Viet Nam era Veteran, Mr. Addy joining the U.S. Army Signal Corps in 1970, where he worked with high powered tactical radio communications until his honorable discharge in 1972. He then returned to school where he majored in electronics and minored in computer science.
After school and moving to Minneapolis, he worked in both the technical and engineering areas of electronics for several years prior to accepting a post secondary teaching position in electronics and communications technology.He then accepted a temporary position where he had the opportunity to work with the National Science Foundation for several months as a radio communications officer at the South Pole Station, Antarctica.
After returning to civilization in 1986, he formed Northwest Antenna & Communications, which he owned and operated until 1992 when he founded The North American Center For
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