Be pre­pared: Myan­mar to re­ceive mod­ern weather mon­i­tor­ing and se­vere weather alert­ing sys­tem

Myan­mar to re­ceive mod­ern weather mon­i­tor­ing sys­tem

Mizzima Business Weekly - - CONTENTS -

An agree­ment be­tween U.S. tech­nol­ogy firm Earth Net­works and prom­i­nent IT so­lu­tions provider Lucky Bird in Myan­mar will bring a tech­no­log­i­cally ad­vanced, na­tion­wide weather mon­i­tor­ing, fore­cast­ing, and se­vere weather alert­ing sys­tem to Myan­mar ac­cord­ing to a press re­lease from the com­pany on 4 Au­gust.

The sys­tem is de­signed to pro­tect lives and liveli­hoods through­out Myan­mar, a coun­try vul­ner­a­ble to light­ning, as well as thun­der­storms, cy­clones, and heavy rains that can cause deadly and de­struc­tive flood­ing and land­slides.

In the past 20 years, se­vere weather has taken an enor­mous toll on Myan­mar, claim­ing more than 100,000 lives and de­stroy­ing more than $1 bil­lion (U.S.) in prop­erty.

U.S.-based Earth Net­works, a com­pany that op­er­ates a global light­ning de­tec­tion net­work and pro­vides se­vere weather de­tec­tion and alert­ing tech­nol­ogy, and Lucky Bird Group, an es­tab­lished IT so­lu­tions provider based in Myan­mar, are de­ploy­ing a na­tion­wide net­work of real-time light­ning de­tec­tion sen­sors and weather sta­tions. Data from this net­work will be used with weather mod­el­ling and anal­y­sis tech­nol­ogy. To­gether, the data and the an­a­lyt­i­cal tools will pro­vide crit­i­cal weather mon­i­tor­ing, fore­cast­ing, and alert­ing ser­vices.

The net­work will help pro­tect the lives and liveli­hoods of mil­lions of peo­ple through­out Myan­mar, while also mak­ing it pos­si­ble to pro­vide life­sav­ing in­for­ma­tion us­ing au­to­mated alerts. Real-time sur­face weather ob­ser­va­tions, high-res­o­lu­tion fore­casts, and proxy weather radar can be used by public safety and emer­gency ser­vices of­fi­cials, avi­a­tion oper­a­tions, elec­tric util­i­ties, agri­cul­tural in­ter­ests, and other key in­dus­tries that can be at risk from se­vere weather.

“The es­tab­lish­ment of these new weather mon­i­tor­ing and early warn­ing ser­vices will help Myan­mar adapt to cli­mate change and mit­i­gate the im­pact of ex­treme weather,” says Mr. Htin Aung Khine, man­ag­ing di­rec­tor, Lucky Bird Group of Com­pa­nies. “The part­ner­ship with Earth Net­works is a ma­jor step to help en­sure that Myan­mar has the in­fra­struc­ture and tech­nol­ogy re­quired to track and alert to se­vere weather to help save lives and pro­tect in­dus­tries. In ad­di­tion, we will be mak­ing it pos­si­ble to pro­vi­sion SMS alerts through the na­tion’s top mo­bile providers to sup­port the agri­cul­tural com­mu­nity and other sec­tors.”

The new sen­sor net­work will pro­vide live weather and light­ning ob­ser­va­tions from care­fully se­lected sites through­out Myan­mar, and make it pos­si­ble to track thun­der­storms, mon­i­tor pre­cip­i­ta­tion, and is­sue alerts for se­vere weather. Nu­mer­ous weather sta­tions and light­ning sen­sors, con­nected via the In­ter­net, will re­port a wide range of weather con­di­tions and pro­vide crit­i­cal in­for­ma­tion on “to­tal light­ning” – which in­cludes light­ning that strikes the ground (cloud-toground) and flashes in the sky (in-cloud). In-cloud light­ning has been shown to be an im­por­tant, early in­di­ca­tor of se­vere weather.

Lucky Bird Group is pro­vid­ing op­er­a­tional ca­pa­bil­i­ties and re­sources to es­tab­lish and main­tain the sen­sor net­work. The net­work in Myan­mar is mod­elled af­ter sim­i­lar net­works that have been suc­cess­fully de­ployed by Earth Net­works in Brazil, China, Guinea, In­dia, Aus­tralia, Ja­pan, and other coun­tries us­ing pro­pri­etary light­ning de­tec­tion, mon­i­tor­ing, fore­cast­ing and alert­ing tech­nol­ogy from Earth Net­works. Myan­mar is the first coun­try in the re­gion to im­ple­ment this ad­vanced sys­tem. This net­work de­ploy­ment will be­come part of the global Earth Net­works To­tal Light­ning Net­work, and will ex­tend cov­er­age far be­yond the na­tion’s borders.

“When it comes to se­vere weather, real-time data serves as a valu­able in­for­ma­tional re­source for both or­ga­ni­za­tions and the public, mak­ing it pos­si­ble to make bet­ter, more in­formed de­ci­sions for safety and busi­ness oper­a­tions,” says Jim An­der­son, vice pres­i­dent, in­ter­na­tional, Earth Net­works. “We are hon­oured to be team­ing with Lucky Bird to pro­vide tech­nol­ogy that will bring cur­rent weather in­for­ma­tion, fore­casts and alert­ing to peo­ple through­out Myan­mar for the first time.”

This part­ner­ship was made pos­si­ble with the sup­port from the United States Com­mer­cial Ser­vices (USCS) and the U.S. Em­bassy. “On be­half of the U.S. Com­mer­cial Ser­vice and U.S. Em­bassy, we con­grat­u­late Lucky Bird and Earth Net­works. We were de­lighted to work with Earth Net­works and to help in­tro­duce them to the Myan­mar mar­ket.” This type of part­ner­ship il­lus­trates the pos­i­tive and rapidly de­vel­op­ing com­mer­cial ties be­tween the U.S. and Myan­mar, says Se­nior Com­mer­cial Of­fi­cer James Golsen, U.S. Em­bassy, Yan­gon.

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