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Natural disaster warning system launched

The National Disaster Information System, a first of its kind pilot project seeking to alert people about any impending natural disaster in the country, was launched here on Monday.

india Updated: Feb 14, 2006 12:36 IST
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The National Disaster Information System (NDIS), a first of its kind pilot project seeking to alert people about any impending natural disaster in the country, was launched here on Monday.

Speaking on the occasion, Union Science, Technology and Ocean Development Minister Kapil Sibal described NDIS as a landmark project, and not just a technology, but a solution for public good. It would communicate to the people about any disaster in their local language over mobiles and specially erected wireless public address system in their locality, he said, calling for its marketing at the international level.

The project has been developed under private-public partnership by the Technology Development Council (TDC) and city-based IT firm Geneva Software Technologies.

Out lining the functioning of the system, Mr Amar Singh of Geneva Systems said that immediately after receiving data about any impending disaster from the Indian Meteorological Department, it would be processed by the server stationed at Geneva’s office here.

Then it will be translated into 14 Indian languages along with a dynamically generated voice. The data is secure with a 128-bit exception using dedicated leased lines.

First Published: Feb 14, 2006 12:36 IST