Putting out fires using real-time data26/11/2015
As a country highly susceptible to a range of natural and man made disasters, including earthquakes, tsunamis, volcanic eruptions, flooding, and forest fires – Indonesia is highly experienced in responding to catastrophic events.
For the government, the capacity to respond quickly and effectively to a wide range of disasters is essential.
Badan Nasional Penanggulangan Bencana (BNPB) is Indonesia’s national agency responsible for the coordination and implementation of disaster management activities in the country. This involves leading an integrated response to all aspects of a crisis, including prevention, preparedness, emergency response and recovery.
As part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to improve its capabilities, BNPB worked with Esri Indonesia to help enhance their capacity for field data collection and management. They introduced ArcGIS Online to enable comprehensive data integration. The web-based application allows field workers to upload information anywhere, in real-time.
In the face of recent large-scale forest fires, BNPB, working with both Esri Indonesia and US-based specialists supporting Esri’s Disaster Response Program, found the system drastically improved their ability to assess the situation and plan emergency responses, through:
Improved data collection and recording using Collector for ArcGIS: Field workers and drones could easily record images and data in real-time, instantly updating response coordinators with current information
Timely data analysis and reporting: With access to accurate, current data, BNPB was able to provide stakeholders with precise updates on fire locations and the severity of haze, ensuring adequate action was taken to save lives and property, and protect citizen health
The speedy release of updated maps: With the capacity to layer information and make multiple, rapid updates, the digital mapping platform ensured BNPB could quickly produce and release current maps detailing locations impacted by fire and smoke haze
After witnessing the positive difference GIS technology made to their field data collection and real-time analysis, BNPB is now looking at additional ways to incorporate the ArcGIS platform into their operations – with a possible option including an enterprise-wide solution that would see the consolidation of their systems onto a single platform, producing even greater efficiencies.