The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Smart Communications, Inc. (Smart) recently renewed a partnership to further improve weather monitoring and flood systems in the country. The agreement allows DOST-National Capital Region (NCR) to co-locate additional automated rain gauges (ARGs) in strategically located Smart base stations in Metro Manila.
Since 2012, Smart has secured the ARGs within its stations. These ARGs also use the wireless networks of Smart to transmit sensor readings to DOST’s central database, at least four times every hour. With the data gathered from ARGs, DOST hopes to eventually develop computerized flood forecasting models to help communities.
In the photo are (left to right) Smart’s Head of Legal and Regulatory Group Atty. Roy Ibay, Smart’s Department Head for Community Partnerships Darwin Flores, DOST-NCR Regional Director Teresita Fortuna, DOST Assistant Secretary for Climate Change Adaptation and Disaster Preparedness Raymund Liboro, and DOST-NCR Assistant Regional Director for FAS Jose Patalinjug III.