Department of Science and Technology Launches M.O.S.E.S. for Project N.O.A.H. (Tempo)

The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through its Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards), has come up with a tablet device called MOSES (Mobile Operational System for Emergency Services) which was recently launched at the opening of the five-day celebration of the National Science and Technology Week.

MOSES is an eight-inch mobile tablet capable of receiving real-time weather and flood information reports from the DOST’s Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Astronomical Services Administration (PAGASA) and Project NOAH that local officials, down to the barangay level, can access for accurate monitoring and decision-making, such as whether to declare a suspension of work or classes in schools or to call for evacuation.

The mobile tablet is designed with a dual SIM function, television, and radio component and with a long-life battery that can last up to three days. It also provides Doppler radar sensor data, water level sensor data, and measurements culled from gauges strategically located in various high-risk areas. The tablet also has a hazard map that is updated in real time. MOSES will be used for a fast transmission of calamity alerts or warnings.

The DOST aims to provide the 42,028 barangays with these tablets. One thousand units are expected to be initially distributed to barangays in Metro Manila. MOSES aims to boost the implementation of the Project NOAH in response to President Benigno S. Aquino III’s instructions to set up a responsive program for calamity prevention and mitigation.

We congratulate the Department of Science and Technology headed by its Secretary Mario G. Montejo and the Project NOAH headed by its Executive Director Dr. Mahar A. Lagmay, in their efforts to promote and integrate advanced science and technology to enhance calamity management and prevention capacity of our government of the Republic of the Philippines. CONGRATULATIONS AND MABUHAY!

This article was originally published in Tempo on August 22, 2013 

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