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Monitoring Application to Detect Climate Change in New Zealand

Climate change threatens to increase vulnerability, undermine economic gains, stymie social and economic development, and deteriorate citizens’ access to basic services and quality of life around the world. ICTs (information and communication technologies) have the potential to help address some of the world’s most pressing climate concerns and enable the much-needed shift toward a circular economy (CE). ICTs can be tools for monitoring climate change and for climate change mitigation and adaptation.

Every day, the digital world evolves from simple applications to weather forecasting applications. This suggests that the digital revolution can help with climate action and that information and communication technologies (ICTs) can help with monitoring, mitigating, and adapting to climate change effects.

In this case, New Zealand’s natural hazard monitoring platform which includes more than 700 sensors nationwide and the 24/7 National Geohazards Monitoring Centre supported by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment, has been a ‘life saver’ for all the residents including scientists. The climate change monitor is a smartphone application available on Android and iOS operating systems that provides earthquake hazard information and alerts in New Zealand. The application is free of charge and notifications can be set based on location and intensity, magnitude, and depth.

The near-instant data streams on earthquakes, tsunamis, landslides, and volcanoes are critical in assisting residents in understanding natural hazards and better managing and mitigating the impact of those hazards.

Prior to the release of this app, seismic monitoring relied on analogue seismometers with taper paper, which could take weeks to analyse. The monitors were frequently placed on farms in remote areas, and “rapid” assessment after an event meant a scientist calling the farmer and politely asking them to walk into their paddock to cheque the paper and report back.

Fast-forward 20 years and near-instant updates on the location and strength of any seismic activity have become standard, both for scientists and for everyday New Zealanders via the app and website. For scientists, having the monitor system as a powerhouse pocket is a goldmine. In addition to gaining a better long-term understanding of New Zealand’s natural hazards, they are witnessing the development of innovative earthquake activity models that may provide them with a better view of the future. These models can now be rigorously tested using years of real-world data.

The monitor not only provides raw data for nearly all research into hazards that could affect New Zealand, such as earthquakes, volcanoes, landslides, or tsunamis, but it also informs a wide range of research projects into mitigation initiatives, such as better engineering solutions for buildings and infrastructure to withstand the impacts of the hazards faced.

The application data and associated science also contribute to the development of risk models that scientists use to forecast the financial impact of various natural hazard scenarios. Furthermore, scientists use this modelling to secure reinsurance on international markets for New Zealand homeowners. Other features of the app include:

  • Provides a notification after a quake occurs.
  • Option to set multiple notifications based on location and intensity, or magnitude and depth.
  • Option to see recent earthquakes in a filterable list or map.
  • Option to share quake info through social media.

Today, the monitoring app has become an integral part of New Zealanders’ daily lives, with hundreds of thousands of kiwis carrying this data powerhouse in their pockets on their phones.

Another issue that needs to be brought to the attention of more people is the rapidly changing state of our environment. With the rapid advancement of technology, mobile apps may be the ideal tool for the job. There are several apps available that are specifically designed to raise environmental awareness among the public. Furthermore, these apps are intended to help people better understand climate change and take additional actions to help the environment.

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Qlik’s vision is a data-literate world, where everyone can use data and analytics to improve decision-making and solve their most challenging problems. A private company, Qlik offers real-time data integration and analytics solutions, powered by Qlik Cloud, to close the gaps between data, insights and action. By transforming data into Active Intelligence, businesses can drive better decisions, improve revenue and profitability, and optimize customer relationships. Qlik serves more than 38,000 active customers in over 100 countries.

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As a Titanium Black Partner of Dell Technologies, CTC Global Singapore boasts unparalleled access to resources.

Established in 1972, we bring 52 years of experience to the table, solidifying our position as a leading IT solutions provider in Singapore. With over 300 qualified IT professionals, we are dedicated to delivering integrated solutions that empower your organization in key areas such as Automation & AI, Cyber Security, App Modernization & Data Analytics, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Renowned for our consulting expertise and delivering expert IT solutions, CTC Global Singapore has become the preferred IT outsourcing partner for businesses across Singapore.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and consulting services provider, helping clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,800 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently, and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity, and service. For more information, visit www.ibm.com