DISASTER MITIGATION AND PREVENTION

The Philippines has always been prone to climate-related calamities such as flash floods, typhoons, storms, El Niño, La Niña and mud/land slides. In fact, the country experiences an average of nineteen typhoons every year. These calamities often result to loss of properties and lives because most communities in the Philippines are ill-prepared for such catastrophes. Although impossible to prevent itself, actions can be taken to mitigate and if possible prevent the adverse effects of these natural phenomenon.

Weather monitoring and forecasting serves an important part in preventing weather-related disasters and this can be effectively realized by deploying stand-alone weather stations to isolated areas. These weather stations will send real-time data to main stations for analysis through the use of GSM/GPRS system.

LOW COST

Deployment of a GSM/GPRS enabled system is a lot more practical than building an infrastructure where sensors will be housed as well as where evaluation of data will also be done. The remote agro-met system is ideal for remote and isolated areas but still covered by GSM signal

RUGGED STAND-ALONE SYSTEM

The target agro-met stations are of rigid construction and have no movable parts and thus eliminate any inaccuracy or error due to movable parts such as wind vane and a mechanical wind speedometer. Since the system also runs through the GSM/GPRS technology, data can be acquired from any isolated areas as long as it is covered by cellular sites' signal without having to be concerned on the retrieval of data. Solar panels and rechargeable batteries can be used to power these agro-met stations. Automatic retrieval of information is done thus cutting the cost of transportation due to manual recovery of data from the data logger. Real-time data acquisition is also possible because of such system.

FLEXIBLE SYSTEM

The system is also flexible and can cater to other applications such as:
• Efficient Crop Production
• Landslide prediction
                                            • Flash floods etc.