The much awaited Monitoring and Operating System for Emergency Services (MOSES) tablet will be launched in the opening of the National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) on Tuesday, July 23, 2013.
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST), through the NOAH Program, will also start the distribution of MOSES tablets to local government representatives for field testing, and eventually provide for the the 42,028 barangays nationwide.
The eight-inch MOSES tablets are locally developed and assembled, specially customized to function in times of emergency or hazards, with water-proof and shock-proof casing. It has a dual SIM function, television and radio component, and a long-life battery that can last up to three days.
More importantly, the MOSES tablet integrates all disaster and weather-related mobile application in one device. It features the Project NOAH mobile app and Smart Info Board to monitor near-real time typhoons, probability of rain, and more weather forecasts from PAGASA. It also has the ARKO mobile app to monitor location-specific flood maps, and Flood Net for netizens to directly report flooding in specific areas.
With this device, local leaders and disaster-risk reduction and management officers are empowered to be are informed, proactive, and become better decision-makers for their constituents.
The initial distribution of the MOSES tablet will be during the Metro Manila Disaster Summit, as part of the NSTW opening activities at the SMX Convention in Pasay City.