DOST, Smart launch NOAH app

By Atom Araullo, ABS-CBN News

Posted at Oct 17 2012 05:32 PM | Updated as of Oct 18 2012 01:33 AM

MANILA, Philippines - The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in partnership with Smart Communications, Inc. today launched the "NOAH" mobile application, an app that is able to access on-time weather information from PAGASA-DOST and Project NOAH.

NOAH or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards is a disaster-mitigation program developed by DOST with the University of the Philippines.

It is able to give real-time information on rainfall and potential rainfall, helping users prepare for floods and other hazards.

The NOAH app is now available for Android devices such as smartphones and tablet computers.

The application was developed by Rolly Ruete and his teammates who won a competition hosted by Smart in Davao City.

Coming from a family of fishermen, Ruete says he knows how important it is to receive crucial information about the weather in a timely manner.

Another mobile app known as "Flood Patrol" made its debut today. It extends the flood monitoring and flood mapping service of DOST's Project NOAH.

"Flood Patrol" uses crowd sourcing as means of flood analysis and disaster management. Collected reports from users can be accessed through the app.