Government launches two apps for forecast of natural calamities

The Union Minister for Science & Technology, Earth Sciences and Environment, Forest & Climate Change, Dr. Harsh Vardhan launching the Sagar Vani App, at the foundation day function of the Ministry of Earth Sciences-2017, in New Delhi on July 27, 2017.
The Minister of State for Science & Technology and Earth Sciences, Y S Chowdary and the Secretary, Ministry of Earth Sciences, Dr. M Rajeevan are also seen.

The Central Government has launched two Mobile apps – ‘India Quake’ and ‘Sagar Vani’ to forecast early warnings related to earthquakes, high waves and Tsunami.

Developed by the National Centre for Seismology (NCS), the ‘India Quake’ app will provide information about the location, time and magnitude after the occurrence of earthquakes.

“The app will make information dissemination faster with no restrictions on the number of recipients. Any citizen can download this App and get the real time earthquake location information on his/her mobile”, said the ministry of earth sciences (MoES) in a statement.

“To overcome this, a Mobile App has been developed by the NCS for automatic dissemination of earthquake parameter after the occurrence of earthquakes”, said the ministry.

Both the apps — India Quake and Sagar Vani — were launched by the MoES and science & technology minister Harsh Vardhan on the occasion of the ministry of earth sciences’ foundation day here.

The ‘Sagar Vani’ is a software platform where various dissemination modes are integrated on a single central server. The App has provisions of multi-lingual SMS, Voice Call, Audio Advisory, Social Media platforms (Facebook, Twitter, etc.) and Digital Display Boards for dissemination of information.

The system also has facility to provide access to various stakeholders (NGOs, State Fishery Departments and Disaster Management Authorities) so that they too will be able to further disseminate these ocean-related information and alerts to the user community – residents of coastal areas and fishermen.

“This ‘Sagar Vani’ system compares with the most advanced countries’ services in terms of speed of delivery, omni channel capabilities and diverseness of services. With this system, the services will be disseminated in local languages using advanced artificial intelligence and machine learning capabilities”, said the ministry.

It said, “For the first time in India, we are also using the power of television and cable network mediums for topical and alert dissemination services”.

Presently, the advisories are being disseminated to the stakeholders from different service sections and through various stakeholders and partners, which might cause delay in dissemination of the services.

“In order to effectively and timely disseminate the advisories, directly from the lab to the end user, an Integrated Information Dissemination System (IDS) — “SAGAR VANI” — has been developed by the ESSO-Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) under through the Gaian Solutions Pvt. Ltd.”, said the ministry.

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