Smart Communications subsidiary Voyager Innovations, Inc. (Voyager) launches the new weather application RaincheckPH, the first locally produced mobile app for weather among Filipinos.
Data for this app is coordinated with the Department of Science and Technology’s (DOST) Project NOAH (Nationwide Operational Assessment of Hazards) with 95% accuracy for the possibility of rain upto the city level within a 4 hour window period.
Raincheckph is now available for Android phones.
“We are all well aware of how destructive typhoons can get once they make landfall, as we’ve seen in what happened in the Visayas with super typhoon Yolanda,” noted Benjie Fernandez, Chief Operating Officer of Voyager. “But we also know that even monsoon rains can cause major destruction in some parts of the country, as we’ve seen here in Metro Manila in the past few years.”
With close to 70 cities around the country RaincheckPH can alerts users with a pop up notification for the probability of rain.
“With the RaincheckPH app, Filipinos can receive timely and accurate information about rain and other hazards within their vicinity so they can always be prepared,” explained Dr. Mahar Lagmay, Executive Director of Project NOAH. “Equipping Filipinos with the proper tools and mindset to prepare for these natural disasters has always been the main goal of Project NOAH from the start—and this new and innovative mobile app helps in achieving that.”
Launched in 2011 after the devastation caused by Typhoon Sendong in Northern Mindanao, Project NOAH operates more than 700 sensors that gather a variety of weather information all around the country.
Aside from probability of rain, users can also get real-time data on temperature, weather conditions, amount of rain, wind speeds and a full four-day forecast through the app—the latter being a new capability built into Project NOAH thanks to its recent acquisition of a supercomputer from technology giant IBM.
In future app updates, users can also get up-to-the-minute reports on class or work suspensions in their area as delivered by InterAksyon.com, the online news portal of broadcast network TV5.
To download the RaincheckPH app, Android smartphone users only need to proceed to the Google Play Store and search for “RaincheckPH.” For more information on this mobile innovation, please visit www.raincheck.ph and www.voyagerinnovation.com.