Organization: International Water Management Institute & GFDRR
- Dr. Yann Chemin
A growing number of national agencies, research institutions and development implementation agencies are adopting the use of open source hardware (OSHW) and software (FOSS) to meet their requirements in various sectors. This session aimed to look at climate monitoring and early warning from this perspective. With OSHW and FOSS Commodity Off The Shelf (COTS), it is now simple and very cost efficient, to locally build & maintain weather stations, set them up in a gridded sensor network, and inter-connect them through Internet.
Existing Open Standards permit the interoperable connection of sensors, not only in registering stations and observations but also in access and distribution of measurements and information, at the same time maintaining independent sending SMS alerts to proximal key community stakeholders. This is but one of the many different possibilities that can be organised through the use of COTS and with the Global Open Source and Maker Lab communities.
The session looked at different solutions being implemented to provide first hand experience in the technologies needed to solve local problems by building skills locally, and providing COTS locally. There is tremendous capacity and many of the solutions are already having local building blocks to be discovered within the country where the issue needs to be resolved.