Philippines Develops RFID Sensors to Predict Meteorological Disasters
The Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in the Republic of the Philippines is developing a series of RFID-based smart sensors which it plans to use in the nation’s disaster prevention program.
DOST Information and Communications Technology Office (ICTO) is developing an RFID system to monitor weather and geological conditions, as well as other aspects of its “Smarter Philippines” program, which is to generate, gather and analyze data to enable timely and effective decision making and planning.
RFIDs will initially be put to use in DOST’s Program NOAH (Nationwide Operation on Assessment of Hazards) as automated rain gauges and weather stations. These stations transmit real-time data on the amount of rainfall, temperature, pressure, humidity and wind speed, direction, and velocity.
Sitting astride the typhoon belt, most of the islands experience annual torrential rains and thunderstorms from July to October, with around nineteen typhoons entering the Philippine area of responsibility in a typical year and eight or nine making landfall.