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Davao to Acquire IBM Natural Disaster Warning System Next Year

Frank Villaroman, the Davao City's head of Public Safety and Security Command Center (PSSCC) revealed on Monday in a facebook post that Mayor Duterte and tech expert from IBM are planning together to modernize the security system technology in the city.

"We started planning for next year with the Mayor of Davao and IBM top brass last Friday for the safety and security of our constituents... Forthcoming typhoons in a week and earthquakes may be predicted in at least 5 days. We would know through the IBM technology where to place our policemen in crime prone areas day or night through analytics provided us", told Netizens in PSSCC's facebook group.

He added that the said improvement of facilities will go through proper procurement process.
"We certainly wanted to improve our facilities and equipment by adding more modern technology being offered by credible safety and security providers in the world but we are above board in procuring it. There are others who offer us some applications and technology to ensure the safety of our city. Its peoples' taxes being returned to them and we are just here to serve them well with the guidance of our City Mayor and assisted by the City Council", Villaroman said.

As it remains a plan, the PMAer did not mention what particular IBM technology would it be and no details how much it would cost.

The Public Safety and Security Command Center facilities powered by IBM’s Intelligent Operations Center (IOC),equipped with centralized dashboard view  allows the city to monitor events and operations in real time.
Duterte with IBM Exec Photo shared by Frank Villaroman / PSSCC

IBM patents natural disaster warning system

Since 2010, through IBM Master Inventor, Bob Friedlander, the tech giant was able to patent a natural disaster warning system, which uses analytic techniques that accurately and precisely conducts post-event analysis of seismic events, such as earthquakes, as well as provide early warnings for tsunamis, which can follow earthquakes.The invention also provides the ability to rapidly measure and analyze the damage zone of an earthquake to help prioritize emergency response needed following an earthquake, NetworkWorld said.

According to Big Blue, the invention would require a piece of software running on each machine in a data center that would gather data generated by vibration sensors, known as MEMS accelerometers, within computer hard disk drives to analyze information generated by seismic events. This technique is enabled by collecting hard drive sensor data and transmitting it via high speed networking to a data processing center, which can analyze the data, classify the events, and enrich the data -- in real time, IBM says