By Patricia de Leon
With Noah aiming to lead the populace to safer grounds, the Department of Science and Technology hopes the tablets of MOSES will give the people better chances at survival.
The DOST admits that there is as yet no sure method to predict when killer typhoons, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions and earthquakes will strike.
But the agency believes deaths can still be prevented by equipping local disaster officials with the right information technology.
Project NOAH, launched last year, aims to provide each of the 42,028 barangays in the country with an 8-inch mobile tablet that comes with dual SIM, TV, and Radio functionalities packed in a rugged shell and long-life battery that can last three days.
The Mobile Operational System for Emergency Services or MOSES tablet will provide localities with key information about a calamity as it happens.
Mahar Lagmay, Project Noah Executive Director, explains that the MOSES device uses a locally designed and assembled chipset and circuit boards, and these are locally assembled to ensure local availability of parts and service support.
MOSES tablets can receive real-time weather and flood information from PAGASA and Project NOAH, which local disaster officials can readily access, including Doppler radar sensor data, water level sensor data and measurements culled from gauges.
There is also a hazard map updated in real-time.
Lagmay said the tablet device is designed for disaster-centric use by authorities. Local disaster managers can use it in deciding-making, such as whether to declare suspension of classes in schools or to take evacuation actions in their districts.
“If they chose a temporary shelter center in a compromised area, then we will be able to inform them to relocate,” Lagmay said, pointing out that, even with the MOSES device, live two-way communication in times of disasters remains most vital.
Project Noah targets 1,000 units for distribution in Metro Manila for pilot testing.
Even in agriculture applications, the device can help provide vital data, such as moisture and temperature conditions.
Lagmay says he estimates the MOSES device to cost P20,000 each. It will be officially launched on July 23, during National Science and Technology Week.