2nd International ICST Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems

Research Article

Self-organizing mobile surveillance security networks

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        author={Duco Ferro and Alfons Salden},
        title={Self-organizing mobile surveillance security networks},
        proceedings={2nd International ICST Conference on Bio-Inspired Models of Network, Information, and Computing Systems},
        keywords={Coalition formation  Coordination  Incident Management  Mobile Surveillance  Reconfiguration  Robustness  Scale-Space},
  • Duco Ferro
    Alfons Salden
    Year: 2008
    Self-organizing mobile surveillance security networks
    DOI: 10.4108/ICST.BIONETICS2007.2478
Duco Ferro1,*, Alfons Salden1,*
  • 1: Almende BV Westerstraat 50 3016 DJ Rotterdam, The Netherlands +31-10-4049444
*Contact email: duco@almende.org, alfons@almende.org


We develop and evaluate ASK-ASSIST, a decision support system that enables automatically setting up communication networks and sharing knowledge amongst security personnel, in particular when they are confronted with a series of unexpected incidents while on patrol. Currently, team leaders of mobile security guards are still forced to assess the consequences of a series of incidents and to take decisions in a heuristic way. On the basis of incomplete and uncertain information they have to determine the security situation, who to bring in contact with whom, and which personnel or which information systems should be lined up in order to resolve the incidents as a whole. ASKASSIST, however, automates robust dynamic formation and coordination of the right coalitions of security personnel, such that they support human improvisation in determining the nature of incidents and taking decisions by the coalitions. These coalitions comprise security personnel, communication security infrastructures and knowledge management security infrastructures. ASK-ASSIST is based on a framework for selforganization that generates ranked lists of incident-specific critical (re)configurations of coalitions in which joint tasks are assigned to agents associated with roles, like guards or team leaders. Our main contributions are the grounding and evaluation of the framework underlying ASK-ASSIST. We instantiate, validate and test the system on the basis of real data. These data concern organizational structures reflected in the coalitions and implicit or explicit feedback provided by personnel from a private security company. The provided feedback relates to the daily operational mobile security surveillance processes including those that involve functionalities of ASK-ASSIST.