The Presidency of the Dominican Republic, acting through the National Emergency Commission (CNE), launched the National Integrated Information System (SINI), a state-of-the-art ICT platform that hosts information on potential risks and vulnerabilities in order to facilitate research, analysis and early response capacities when the threat of disaster menaces the Dominican territory.
The platform is managed by highly trained technicians who compile and organise the information to be analysed. The SINI’s advanced servers can store environmental, geographical, agricultural and cartographic data produced by the institutions that participate in the system. Aircraft, drones and GPS will also be used to gather valuable data from vulnerable areas in order to analyse and manage potential risks.
Dominican institutions have shown their commitment to sharing critical information than enables support for better decision making in disaster relief and disaster risk management. However, these institutions are facing challenging connectivity issues and find themselves in need of a common software system that would allow them to effectively host and broadcast important information regarding possible risks and vulnerabilities.
With this in mind, the Dominican Republic Government has created the National Integrated Information System (SINI, for its initials in Spanish), a platform that will host all of the information related to disaster risk management. The ability to search through data that can then be analysed facilitates more accurate decision making by the national authorities.
A total of 13 nodes or data collectors were installed in the following institutions: The Ministry of Environmental Affairs, The Ministry of Natural Resources, The Ministry of Education, the Ministry of Defense (through the Institute of Military Cartography), The National Centre of Meteorology, The National Centre for Seismic Activity and its Geographic Institute, The National Institute of Hydraulic Resources, The National Institute of Fresh Water and Sewage, The National Geographic Institute, The National Office of Seismic Evaluation and Vulnerability of Infrastructure and Buildings, The National Geological Service, and The Official System of Beneficiaries. The goal is to create a network of scientific and technical information collected by each one of these agencies and centralised through the SINI.
Qualified technicians from each of these organizations will register, catalogue, and provide the collected information and data to the SINI. Once there, members of the inter-institutional Geospatial Information Team (EIGEO, for its initials in Spanish) will evaluate and analyse the information in order to generate computer models, databases, and three dimensional tools that can be applied over existing maps in order to view possible areas of interest such as food zones, high seismic activity, landslides, and forest fires. These will then be correlated to data on population, shelters, schools, and hospitals as well as hospital capacity.
Total cost of the project: RD$37,356,322.20
Etities in charge: Presidency of the Republic of the Dominican Republic, The European Union, AECID, National Fund for Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disasters of the CNE, Digecoom
Benefiting Zone: The Dominican Republicbbean Development Bank
Funded by: The European Union through the Natural Disaster Risk Management Programme in the CARIFORUM.
- Strengthen the exchange of information for informed decision-making in Disaster Risk Management
- A developed platform that allows decision-making in real time and through scenarios in the GRD
- A system that is scalable and open, that allows the incorporation of new modules and use free license programs.
- The information generated by the SINI will fundamentally serve to strengthen the Early Warning Systems and response capacity of the Emergency Operations Centre, and in turn as a valuable resource for the decision makers that make up the National Council for Prevention, Mitigation and Response to Disasters, chaired by the President of the Republic.
- In addition, the SINI will manage geo-spatial data, analysis, and risk and statistical management plans, a resources directory and a virtual library. Also, this instrument contemplates the use of unmanned aircraft (drones) and global positioning systems (GPS) to be managed by a field team that guarantees the accuracy of the information provided.
“Achieving an adequate response to these risks is possible through the coordination and integration of both public and private entities involved in the prevention and mitigation of such states of emergency”.
Brigadier General Rafael Antonio Carrasco Paulino E.R.D., President of the National Emergency Commission and Director of Civil Defense.