Dialog, Ministry launch Disaster and Emergency Warning Network (DEWN)
Dialog Telekom with the Ministry of Public Security Law and Order
commenced its Disaster and Emergency Warning Network (DEWN).
Key participants in the project include technology partners
Microimage (Pvt) Ltd (an award winning mobile applications development
company) and the Dialog-University of Moratuwa Centre for Mobile
Pioneered as a research and development initiative of Dialog Telekom
and supported by Microimage and the Dialog-UoM laboratory, the initial
phase of DEWN combines the innovative use of Cell Broadcast, Location
Based Technology and SMS available on a GSM network with specialised
terminal device technologies to render a cost effective and reliable
mass alert system.
DEWN encompasses the multiple areas of specialised GSM handset
applications, proto-type wireless alerting devices for domestic and
specialised use and the deployment of Sinhala and Tamil interfaces to
deliver mass alert solutions applicable to the Sri Lankan environment.
Dr. Hans Wijayasuriya said the development of an effective disaster
and emergency warning system through the innovative leverage of the key
resources was foremost in our minds over the past months.
DEWN capitalises on the inherent strengths of GSM technology and the
widespread access provided by GSM networks, to create a specialised
disaster alert delivery and response layer residing on the incumbent
technology. The Ministry of Public Security Law and Order has been a key
motivator in this project since its inception and today plays a key role
in its implementation through the public security system in Sri Lanka.
The innovations were created by partners in this project - Microimage
and the Dialog-UoM Research facility.
The DEWN pilot features the deployment of the system at the main
police stations in Ratnapura and Galle and key disaster management
stakeholders in the surrounding areas.
The 118 Center in Colombo will function as the command center for the
pilot of DEWN.
The system will be tested and modified over the next few months
leading upto final deployment on a national basis. Research into DEWN -
the first formal implementation of a mass alert system in Sri Lanka, was
initiated by Dialog Telekom as a part of its ongoing programme of
community focused innovations.
CEO Microimage Harsha Purasinghe said that the project is "A great
example of in depth collaborative research and development capabilities
of multiple parties brought together to deliver a platform of national
importance utilising 100% local talent.
We are glad to utilised our time and effort for this national cause
together with the teams from Dialog Telekom and Dialog University of
Moratuwa Research Laboratory to deliver another breakthrough mobile
application and delivery framework for disaster and early warning.