Signal overload management in major events and disasters

Patent No. 9,106,543

Issued: August 11, 2015
Filed: January 22, 2013
Term Extension:  days

Inventors: Friedlander; Robert R. (Southbury, CT), Kraemer; James R. (Santa Fe, NM), Vukovic; Maja (New York, NY)
Assignee: International Business Machines Corporation (Armonk, NY)


A method, computer program product and system for managing an overload of signals on a network due to usage by a large number of users on the network during an event, comprising: detecting a cluster of communication on the network, determining a physical location of a centroid of the cluster of the communication on the network, associating the physical location of the centroid to be the approximate physical location of the event; reviewing information within cluster of communication being sent through the network regarding the event; categorizing the event based on a predetermined set of rules; determining bandwidth limitations of the network for users within a determined proximity to the physical location of the event; determining the resources necessary to respond to and resolve the event; and allocating bandwidth of the network based upon the resources and the proximity of users to the physical location of the event.


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