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Mobile phone tower location for survival after natural disasters


  • Eiselt, H.A.
  • Marianov, Vladimir


This paper discusses the location or strengthening of cell phone towers so as to maximize service coverage and minimize the loss of communications if a natural disaster happens. This paper demonstrates that, under a high likelihood of destruction of antennas (towers), the customary method of maximizing coverage provides poor solutions as compared to the proposed method. In addition to the maximization of service coverage, the objectives of our model include the minimization of expected and worst-case losses. The model is applied to a region in the south of Chile that was stricken by one of the most destructive earthquakes registered in history. Computational results are provided for a variety of scenarios.

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  • Eiselt, H.A. & Marianov, Vladimir, 2012. "Mobile phone tower location for survival after natural disasters," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 216(3), pages 563-572.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:ejores:v:216:y:2012:i:3:p:563-572 DOI: 10.1016/j.ejor.2011.08.021

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    1. Marianov, Vladimir & ReVelle, Charles, 1996. "The Queueing Maximal availability location problem: A model for the siting of emergency vehicles," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 93(1), pages 110-120, August.
    2. ReVelle, Charles & Marianov, Vladimir, 1991. "A probabilistic FLEET model with individual vehicle reliability requirements," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 53(1), pages 93-105, July.
    3. Dutta, Amitava & Kubat, Peter, 1999. "Design of partially survivable networks for cellular telecommunication systems," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 118(1), pages 52-64, October.
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    1. Chen, Doron & Chen, Reuven, 2013. "Optimal algorithms for the α-neighbor p-center problem," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 225(1), pages 36-43.
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    3. Preece, Gary & Shaw, Duncan & Hayashi, Haruo, 2015. "Application of the Viable System Model to analyse communications structures: A case study of disaster response in Japan," European Journal of Operational Research, Elsevier, vol. 243(1), pages 312-322.


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