The Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards’ (NOAH) Android mobile app won the Best Telecom Project in the recently concluded 16th Telecom Asia Awards.
The award was given last April 17, 2013 in Kuala Lumpur, and was received by SMART Communications Inc., who helped develop Project NOAH’s mobile application for Android through the Smart Developer Network (SMART DevNet).
“This is an excellent example of a mobile application that was designed to serve the needs of the community,” Ramon Isberto, Smart Public Affairs head said, upon receiving the award.
The Project NOAH mobile application for Android was developed by Davao-based developer Rolly Rulete, while Smart DevNet provided further assistance through developer resources, testing, and validation.
“Awards and recognition are just bonuses. The most important thing is to accomplish our primary mission to save lives and properties from disaster through providing relevant, accurate, and timely weather information using various means. As the Android developer of Project NOAH mobile app, I feel so honored for the contribution I made to the government and to the Filipino people,” Rulete said.
The Project NOAH Android app was launched last October 17, 2012, and has more than 50,000 downloads on Google Play.
The Android app is the mobile version of the NOAH website, where users can access near real-time weather information for free, wherever they are. Users can also check out the latest weather and disaster data that would help them in preparing for disasters, such as temperature, rainfall, and humidity contour, and typhoon tracks. The mobile app also allows a user to monitor and access information from weather stations, Doppler stations, and PAGASA’s Multifunctional Transport Satellite (MTSAT).
Mobile users can easily share these updates and other information from the Project NOAH mobile app via email, Facebook, or Twitter.
Project NOAH also features Android app for flood maps called ARKO, and an app for specific and location-based flood reports called Flood Net.
Aside from the Android app, Project NOAH also has a mobile app for iOs.
This is the second award won by SMART Communications for Project NOAH. During the 48th Anvil Awards last March, they were also presented with the Anvil Award of Excellence for the Project NOAH Android app.