Philippines [Projects]

Open platform broadband farm to market ecosystem (2009)

This project aimed to reduce fish kill caused by oxygen deficiency in the Taal Lake in Batangas and succeeded in constructing a sensor network that measures and supervises the dissolved oxygen level, temperature and transparency of the water. The project also built a knowledge database that contributes to market growth and the training of young fisher folk.

The Project “A Broadband Farm to Market Ecosystem” covered activities leading to the pilot deployment and development of a network of sensors, field servers, ICT telecenters and knowledge management systems aimed at enabling a fully functioning research, social, economic and education ecosystem centered around the tilapia raising industry of a well-organized community of fisher folks in the Seven Lakes of San Pablo City, Laguna, Philippines.


A Broadband Farm to Market Ecosystem for Fisherfolk Communities (2010)

This project designed built and constructed a sensor network that measures and supervise the dissolved oxygen level, temperature and transparency of the water. Eventually, once internet connection is established in the deployment site, the floating field server will be stationed anywhere in the lake to monitor the different lake parameters. The figure illustrates the network diagram of the field servers at Palakpakin Lake as the pilot deployment site. Other field servers which are the Japanese and Thai field servers are discussed in another chapter. As part of the lake monitoring, an unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with camera are also deployed for map stitching and surveying to make sure that the carrying capacity of the lake is maintained.


e-Disaster Risk Management in Philippines- Broadband wireless for disaster operations: Resilient networks and reconfigurable information systems for rapidly deployable disaster response (2012) 

In 2013 alone, natural disasters in the Philippines included Typhoon Haiyan, and a magnitude 7.2 earthquake that caused great destruction in Bohol province. In response, DOST-ICTO and the Ateneo de Manila University spent considerable time looking for various ways to address communication problems resulting from damaged communication networks caused by natural disasters. 

The objective of this project was to envisage the design of a BBW (broadband wireless) network that is very resilient and rapidly deployable for quick end information flow from affected areas right up to the war room. The system had to be able to carry effective broadband content, to prepare communities, especially people with disabilities (PWDs), during the critical pre-disaster planning and preparation periods, and effective response immediately upon the onset of disasters and over the long term recovery effort. There is a need for systems designs that offer broadband access solutions to disaster risk management, assessment, rescue, medical treatment, survivor support system, resource allocation, and long term recovery. 



For the system architecture, the following key components were identified: 

  1. End to end standards based system software and hardware 
  2. Rapidly deployable and transportable components 
  3. Low power content appliances at the deployment site 
  4. Ability to provide necessary content even in low bandwith environments 
  5. Inclusive content design and delivery, PWDs are a critical part of the community addressed 

Throughout the project, the team identified design goals and we have to put together a series of proof of concept sub-systems that have the necessary capabilities and concluded the project with the accomplishments. 



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