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Monday, February 23, 2015

ARKO mobile app triumphs in Abu Dhabi summit

A Philippine-made mobile application for tracking weather was adjudged as one of the world’s best mobile producers at the recent World Summit Award Mobile (WSA-mobile) in Abu Dhabi.
The ARKO mobile application, developed by Project NOAH of the Philippine
government’s Department of Science and Technology (DOST) in collaboration with Filipino IT company Pointwest Technologies, was a winner in the m-Inclusion & Empowerment category.
The Filipino innovation is one of the 40 winners recognized at the 3rd WSA-mobile Global Congress. Over 500 mobile applications from 30 United Nations member states from North and South America, Western Europe, Africa, Russia, Middle East, South and East Asia vied for the recognition.
The finalist recognition is the first time in 10 years that the Philippines reached the top 40 list.
The official WSA-mobile announcement on the ARKO win presented the unique value and relevance of the app for the Philippines which experiences an average of 20 typhoons yearly.

The app hopes to address the need for more information during major rains and flooding, giving the user access to extensive Project NOAH and DOST databases through the ARKO mobile app and the Project NOAH website.

With ARKO, the user can receive minute-by-minute updates on rainfall warnings and other weather conditions such as flooding. The app provides floor hazard maps and safe locations for evacuation.
The Department of Foreign Affairs said DOST Assistant Secretary Raymund Liboro presented the ARKO app before the Filipino community. Liboro said that with the Internet and technology, overseas Filipinos can provide information to alert their families in the Philippines.
Dr. Alfredo Mahar Francisco Lagmay, Executive Director of Project NOAH, noted the value of the information provided by the ARKO app, “Awareness is the first step towards disaster preparedness.”

The Pointwest Technologies delegation was led by its President Ma. Cristina Coronel and Executive Director Ma. Josefina Reyes.
The World Summit Award Mobile (WSA-mobile) is a global initiative to select and promote the world’s best in mobile content and innovative applications within the framework of, and in cooperation with, the United Nations’ World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) 2003-2015, mandated by the WSIS Plan of Action and executed in collaboration with the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) and United Nations Global Alliance for Information and Communication Technologies and Development (UN GAID).

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