DOST unveils ‘Moses’ tablets for disaster response

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The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) formally unveiled its newest tech-related disaster mitigation project at the National Science & Technology Week (NSTW) at the SM Mall of Asia in Pasay City on Tuesday, July 23.

Project Noah director Mahar Lagmay (right) and DILG NCR director Renato Brion unveiling the Moses tablet
Project Noah director Mahar Lagmay (right) and DILG NCR director Renato Brion unveiling the Moses tablet

Dubbed as Moses (Mobile Operational System for Emergency), the initiative is under Project Noah or the Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazard being headed by UP professor Mahar Lagmay.

Moses uses tablet computers designed by DOST for hazard monitoring and evacuation assistance. One thousand units of Moses tablets are ready for distribution to identified pilot areas for testing.

The Android-based tablet computers will be used for fast transmission of disaster alerts or warnings, providing localities with key information when a calamity strikes.

The 8-inch tablets have dual SIMs and cost P20,000 per unit, but it will be given for free to LGUs. It gathers data like temperature, moisture, and other vital information directly accessible from Doppler radar, water level sensors, and water gauges.

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