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Taiwan Deploys Cloud For Disaster Information Management
Source: http://www.futuregov.asia/articles/2013/apr/17/taiwan-deploys-cloud-disaster-information-manageme/
Source Date: Wednesday, April 17, 2013
Focus: Electronic and Mobile Government
Country: China
Created: Apr 18, 2013

The National Fire Agency of Taiwan under Ministry of the Interior has recently implemented cloud-based disaster and emergency information system for disaster prevention and rescue plan.

As part of the country’s Disaster-prevention and Rescue Cloud Plan, the project is meant to be the Ministry’s information service platform for disaster management.

The SaaS used for cloud platform has been installed in the Ministry’s data centers under the partnership with NEC.

Previously, each municipality in Taiwan managed the uploading of data and installing the servers and software to the central disaster information system. The new cloud-based system will help integrate these disperse systems, thereby providing coverage across the country.

The new deployment is expected to streamline maintenance and help improve cost efficiency. It will also help provide advanced, highly convenient disaster-prevention systems and services that will leverage the use of GIS data across the island country.

The project will foster the sharing of central and regional disaster information, facilitating rapid decision-making and on-site support for disaster counter-measures, and empowering citizens to report to the government and local agencies about disaster situation via the Internet.

Apart from the disaster prevention information, the new system also centrally manages and leverages data collected by meteorological, transportation, communication and other national agencies. Using GIS and other integrated tools, the function allows national and local government officials to provide well-informed aids for disaster prevention operations.

Moreover, the cloud-based system will make possible the use of multi devices to input disaster information from affected areas and share with related agencies.. The information can be in various structure ranging from video, image, or text.

The system also come with an authentication platform that allow users to access both the new system and the existing system via a single sign-on.
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