October 16, 2015
TABLETS FOR EMERGENCY RESPONSE AND TRAFFIC MONITORING
The Metropolitan Manila Development Authority (MMDA) officials today turned over an additional 20 tablets to its traffic personnel in a bid to improve the agency's traffic monitoring, management and emergency response services.
Led by MMDA Officer In Charge Emerson Carlos and General Manager Corazon Jimenez, together with the representatives from private solutions provider Pureforce, the tablets containing the emergency dispatch system were distributed this morning at the MMDA Monitoring Center building in Makati City to traffic personnel and heads.
Carlos said the tablets will complement the monitoring and reporting capability and equipment of MMDA field personnel since the documentation and reporting of accidents along major thoroughfares of the metropolis will be faster.
"Kasi ngayon ang ginagamit natin is radio and CCTV (cameras). Now, the problem with radio reporting is kung minsan yung decision makers natin na nasa Metrobase, mahirap kasing ma-visualize agad. It's so different from an audio report compared mo sa isang video report na kung saan nakikita mo puwede kasing mag-send ng picture doon ...ma-establish na. Mas madaling mag desisyon kung anong mangyayari sa daan," Carlos said.
Metrobase is the traffic monitoring center of the MMDA.
Carlos said the tablets will be used in the annual preparation for the deployment of traffic personnel for All Saint's Day on November 1 and the upcoming Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation summit.
"Ito 'yung makakatulong sa ating tao na makapag-record agad ng mga nangyari sa daan. And hindi lang sa mga tauhan natin, sa publiko na rin. Kasi once na ma-send natin yung mga picture ng situation sa daan, puwede na naming ma-publish via social media kung ano talaga yung nangyayari sa daan. Hindi 'yung iintayin pa natin makarating...kung minsan kasi may picture nga sila from their cellphones, the problem is that hindi nila ma send. Ito kasi unlimited data 'yung sa kanila so wala na silang takot na magpadala kahit ng ilang pictures. Puwede na silang magpadala ng video," he said.
He said the emergency dispatch system application installed in the tablets are synchronized with the Philippine National Police, Bureau of Fire and the 17 local government units (LGUs) in Metro Manila.
Carlos said the agency distributed the first batch of the tablets to the first emergency responders and rescue personnel.
"Ang susunod nga naming pinag uusapan nila GM (Jimenez) at Pureforce eh kung puwede rin natin bigyan yung mga nasa flood control. Kasi ito yung mga flood prone areas. Ito usually 'yung mga hindi nakikita ng CCTVs," he said.