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PIA Press Release
2009/02/04

Sorsogon to set up automated weather monitoring system

by BA Recebido

Province of Sorsogon (4 February) -- The World Bank is set to present two units of Automated Weather Monitoring System (AWMS) to this province, according to Dr. Carlos Primo David, an associate professor in the National Institute of Geological Sciences (NIGS) Environmental Laboratory of the University of the Philippines.

The AWMS is an instrument that was developed by NIGS in their laboratory in 2006. It was a result of collaboration between UP Diliman and Don Bosco Technical College which can measure air temperature, rainfall, wind velocity, and direction.

David during his recent visit here said "The World Bank is presenting the AWMS to the province without requiring any counterpart funding."

"The AWMS is basically a weather station that has been programmed to transmit weather information upon request via SMS or text messaging," he added.

"Anyone can access information generated by the AWMS by simply ringing a cellphone which is part of the device. The requested information will be sent via text messaging to the end-user," David elaborated.

The scientist noted that the device has all of its parts locally fabricated and takes advantage of text messaging as a cheap method of data transfer.

"It can be deployed in a remote location and will not need to be attended to as it is completely automated," said David, who is also a member of the WB team who presented the findings on Vulnerability Assessment Phase of the Climate Change Adapatation Project in this province,

"The objective of our laboratory is to track down environmental-related parameters. We wanted to make our own instruments to save and improve on existing product designs such as interfacing it with cellular phones for wireless data transfer," he said.

He also added that the AMWS, with its cellular phone module, will come out cheaper to produce compared to imported one which can cost some $36,000 per unit.

The AWMS is also linked with the typhoon preparedness center in Naga City.

Sorsoganons, meanwhile, look forward to the immediate realization of this project in order to prevent the lose of lives and mitigate the damages to properties come disaster hit the province. (PIA Sorsogon) [top]

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