Typhoons, Tornadoes, and Isolated Heavy Rain: Quickly and Reliably Deliver Disaster Information

Particularly during summer natural disasters are common in Japan

The peak of the leisure season has arrived. During this time, many people travel to the sea or the mountains. However their biggest concern remains the weather. Summer in Japan is a season in which rainstorms and high tides from typhoons, floods and landslides caused by isolated heavy rain (sudden downpours), tornadoes, and other natural disasters frequently occur.

To be able to reduce damage even slightly, it is important to receive accurate weather information quickly. For example, if you are aware that heavy rainfall will continue in the area where you live, you can take action including evacuation prior to the occurrence of a landslide or flood.

Accurate and fast weather information is also important to protect yourself against natural disasters, and Fujitsu has developed technologies and products which is leveraged in a system that can enable this.

A system that reliably delivers weather information 24 hours a day, 365 days per year

The Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA) provides weather observation data collected from the Automated Meteorological Data Acquisition System (AMeDAS), meteorological observatories nationwide, and other facilities to weather-related businesses, disaster-prevention-related institutions, the news media, and local governments by using the Automated Data Editing and Switching System (ADESS) and the Disaster Mitigation Information Provision System. TV stations prepare weather forecasts and weather information based on this information, which they report to many people.

Thus, if JMA’s systems fail, what will happen? Weather forecasts and weather information will not be communicated to the audience, making it difficult to prepare for a natural disaster. These systems are required to deliver reliable weather information 24 hours a day, 7 days per week, 365 days per year.

Integrating JMA’s two systems to reliably deliver weather and disaster mitigation information fast

There is always a risk that systems may stop even temporarily due to maintenance or failure. Although in the past JMA built highly stable systems to prepare for such an instance, it has now integrated ADESS and the Disaster Mitigation Information Provision System, turning them into a new system that can deliver disaster mitigation information more reliably than before.

JMA has also installed Fujitsu’s middleware to further improve system reliability. In doing so, it has built a system to respond to sudden increases in the volume of data to process in the event a natural disaster occurs.

The new system constructed by Fujitsu has already started operation and leverages Fujitsu’s high performance ICT to reliably deliver disaster mitigation information fast 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.