Japan is set to send a mission to the Philippines in mid-January to promote and possibly put on the ground its anti-disaster telecommunications systems in the typhoon-devastated Southeast Asian country, Japan’s communications minister said Tuesday. The Japanese IT and communications industry has learned a lot from the catastrophic earthquake and tsunami of March 2011, and they have made communication networks disaster-proof – robust, resilient, and dependable in times of crisis.
Around 30 broadcasting companies, electronics manufacturers and system developers – including government officials – will help in building for the Philippines a terrestrial digital broadcasting system based on Japanese standards, this revealed by Internal Affairs and Communications Minister Yoshitaka Shindo. Japan has continually been developing technologies that might lead to better communications during critical times, and they want to help the nation – recently hit by Supertyphoon Haiyan – to make sure that critical persons and organizations in the government will be able to communicate at times like those.
“We wish to cooperate in anti-disaster telecommunications and terrestrial digital broadcasting systems to prevent a recurrence of large-scale disaster damage” in the Philippines, Shindo said at a press conference. The Japanese terrestrial digital broadcasting system is compatible with mobile phones and one of its strengths is its ability to transmit disaster and evacuation information to mobile devices. Taiwan – a country also perennially hit by storms – has contributed a lot to Japan’s anti-disaster communication system. The Philippines has decided to adopt the Japanese digital broadcasting standards, but slow investment in infrastructure has delayed the introduction of services.
[via ABS-CBN News]