What is the ASEAN "Fire Alert" Tool?
Each day, satellite imagery provides us information on hotspots in the ASEAN region. Using such data collated by the ASEAN Specialised Meteorological Centre (ASMC), together with online databases and mapping technologies, we are able to alert you, via your Android Phone App, if an area of interest to you has a hotspot registered on or adjacent to your land.
You can also select locations (points on the map) to be your Registration Points for monitoring changes based on the Fire Danger Rating. When any of these coordinate points rises or lowers in Fire Danger Rating (based on the Fire Weather Index - FWI), you will be sent a push notification alerting you. Login to your account and update your database with Registration Points (details on FWI here).
PurposeDownload for Android
The objective of the ASEAN Fire Alert Tool is to provide every land manager with the ability to be alerted as soon as a hotspot is present on or adjacent to your land. You don’t have to go to a website every day and look for hot spots, these will automatically be notified to you via Push Notifications to your mobile smartphone and only then do you need to confirm where it is and begin your validation of the hotspot.
How it works
Once you’ve registered you will be able to view a mapping screen where you can digitally select parcels of land that either you own or you are interested in monitoring for hotspots. You can select and name up to 20 separate parcels of land. A parcel of land can be as large or as small as you like.
If a hotspot occurs on or adjacent to you land, an alert (push notificatio) is sent to you via our phone app, once a day at approximately 7:00pm (GMT+8). It’s that simple.
The benefit for the land owner is that you will be alerted to a hotspot rather than you having to scour hotspot web sites and determine whether a hotspot is near your land or not. This web site and linked phone app do that daily routine work for you.
Where is data coming from?
ASMC hotspot data is published daily by the Meteorological Service Singapore. LAPAN hotspot data is published by the Indonesian National Institute of Aeronautics and Space. Each day at a pre-determined time, our software programme automatically visits and reads these hotspot data, displaying them as points on a map (view sample map here).
Through this website users are able to plot boundaries surrounding regions of interest or land parcels on a map. We match these two sources of data and trigger alert messages to registered users through our phone app.
FDRS data (Fire Weather Index, FWI) is obtained from the Malaysian Meteorological Department (details on FWI here) and we report changes to the FWI rating of all your locations daily as well.
Data Accuracy, timeliness and disclaimer:
Our software programme automatically visits the ASMC site and LAPAN site once a day, at a pre-determined time** and reads published pre-formatted data "as is". This information forms our daily set of hotspot data. Land parcels are drawn as 'regions' by registered users (accuracy determined by the map zoom levels). The system uses a buffer-zone of an additional 1km surrounding user selected regions in its computations of whether one or more hotspots are found within the 'region'.
Push notifications are sent to users with installed and verified (fully paired) Phone Apps, once a day shortly after reading satellite hotspot data from ASMC. The notification is sent on a best effort basis only and without expressed or implied warranty of any kind (disclaimer). Your personal data collected here is for the primary purpose of achieving the functionality of this website tool as outlined and is not disclosed to any third party.
Assistance and feedback:
This project is made possible with funding from USAID LEAF, data as provided by ASMC, MMD and LAPAN, and project design by GEC and SIG. Enhancement of the tool is supported by USAID-IFACS project.
* Note that Hotspots can go undetected when an area is not covered in the satellite pass or under cloudy/overcast conditions.
** The Reporting Time-stamp (GMT+8) used in this website is at approximately the time our software programme 'visits' and reads hotspot data from the ASMC and LAPAN once a day. Note that the time for daily analysis and updates of hotspots gathered and FWI may vary.
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