Ateneo de Manila, Open Garden Partner On FireChat Alerts

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

Open Garden and Ateneo deManila announce today they are joining forces on the deployment of FireChat Alerts, a breakthrough technology that will increase community resilience in the Philippines.

FireChat Alerts is the first service that leverages peer-to-peer mobile mesh networking technology for disaster preparedness. It acts as a resilient and large-scale broadcasting system that allows governments and organisations to reach people on their smartphones and deliver text and visual information including early warning, emergency and health advisories, as well as weather and traffic information. It works even when cellular networks and Internet access are not available.

The Ateneo Social Computing Science Laboratory, Department of Information Systems and Computer Science led by Maria Regina E. Estuar, Ph.D, is the home of eBayanihan disaster management system. The laboratory is recognised for its pioneering work with several private and government entities on developing new technology for disaster risk reduction.

"We're very keen to understand and apply the potential of new technologies for practical purposes inthe Philippines," said Marlene M. De Leon, Ph.D, Chairperson of the Department of Information Systems and Computer Science at the Ateneo de Manila University. "The ability to create a new type of resilient mobile network could have far-reaching implications and benefits for emergency communications and disaster prevention."

"The Philippines are widely recognised as a forward-thinking nation in terms of leveraging technology for disaster preparedness," said Marina Azcarate, Head of Global Marketing at Open Garden. "We are honored to partner with Ateneo de Manila, the leading research university in the nation."

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