Philippines eyes RFID technology for disaster management

Philippines eyes RFID technology for disaster management

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Philippines: Expect radio frequency ID (RFID) technology will play bigger roles in disaster mitigation and several other aspects of Filipinos” lives, the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) said.

DOST Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) Executive Director Louis Napoleon Casambre said RFID will be at the heart of smart sensors the DOST is developing to monitor weather and geological conditions, as well as other aspects of its “Smarter Philippines” program.

“We believe that the RFID technology can complement the DOST’s Smarter Philippines program, the essence of which is the effective generation, gathering, and analysis of data to enable timely and effective decision making and planning,” Casambre said at the 2013 RFID Technology Awareness Workshop held at the ICTO-National Computer Center Building in Diliman, Quezon City .

This in turn may lead to overall socio-economic development, he added.

RFID uses radio waves to facilitate data transfer for identifying, locating, or sensing the conditions of objects.

Devices using RFID technology are used for tagging customers who wait for their orders, or vehicles that indicate the location of motorists in an area.

They are also used to track logistics, and in manufacturing and retail.

But in disaster management, the DOST said RFIDs are also used in Program NOAH (Nationwide Operation on Assessment of Hazards) as automated rain gauges and weather stations.

“These facilities transmit real-time data on the amount of rainfall, temperature, pressure, humidity and wind speed, direction, and velocity,” it said.

The DOST added RFIDs are also important in NOAH’s DREAM project that uses Light Detection and Ranging (LiDAR), which is used to survey the topography of the Philippines.

Casambre said other RFID-based smart sensors in the works include those that can monitor weather and geological conditions, vehicular traffic flow, and soil and water quality.

“RFID is one of the most ubiquitous technologies in the world today, aside from being an essential component of the global supply chain,” he said.

Source: GMA News