CHIANGMAI, Thailand, May 17, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --
Solution that mitigates the impact of devastating flooding and droughts unveiled in Chiangmai
At today's second Asia-Pacific Water Summit in Chiangmai AGT International, one of the fastest growing safety and security solutions organizations in the world, and local partner Loxley Group unveiled the world's first truly integrated national water resource management solution for Thailand. Designed to mitigate the impact of flooding and drought, the solution has been shortlisted by the Government of Thailand as part of their drive to become a world water management leader.
Live demonstrations of the solution were available at the conference today and delegates were shown the range of measures which include the establishment of a command center and data warehouse. They are designed to prevent and mitigate the impact of floods and droughts, as well as ensuring that sufficient water resources are available to support the country's rapid development. The solution includes the most advanced unified simulation and modeling tools, which are capable of predicting and assessing both floods and droughts, so the Thai authorities have time to effectively resource and manage emergency situations.
AGT International's system will integrate and standardize Thailand's water and weather related data from many sources and formats into one integrated national data warehouse. Its advanced water and weather modeling and simulation tools will support the Thai authorities in making informed decisions by predicting how real situations will unfold; evaluating and optimizing responses to various flood and drought water situations by running a range of scenarios; calculating evaluation routes and potential damage; testing and strengthening emergency plans; enabling local exercises on accurately modeled scenarios to maximize preparedness; recommending the most effective allocation of limited resources during emergencies and routine operation; and highlighting how to optimize the operations of water infrastructure - including gates and pumps - which will considerably reduce the effects of flooding.
Mati Kochavi, Founder and CEO of AGT International, said: "As water becomes an increasingly valuable resource, mitigating the risk of both flood and drought will be critical. We are delighted to be able to showcase the world's first truly integrated national water resource management solution which can save lives, property and livelihoods.
"The AGT International / Loxley consortium has a unique blend of advanced technology, international experience integrating and deploying complex and innovative safety and security projects. Combining this with local water infrastructure experience and knowledge means we are ideally placed to deliver an innovative solution to Thailand's water management challenges."
"As the majority of Thailand's economy is agriculture-based, using innovative technology to manage water resources means our farmers will be able to cultivate and generate more produce. This will bring increased value per rai. At the same time, during the rainy season we will be able to regulate and manage water flows to reduce the impact of massive flooding," Mr. Dhongchai Lamsam, President of Loxley Pcl, explained.
"It is vital that any Thai water management system is sustainable for the future. This is best done through a comprehensive capability building program that facilitates collaborative research, knowledge transfer, training and development of added-value capabilities. Local resources and expertise should be used to ensure the system and supporting eco-system is self-sustaining for the nation."
As well as videos on the proposed water management solution for Thailand, delegates at the conference were also shown examples of AGT International's water management solutions and innovation in other parts of the world. AGT International currently operates a flood management system on the Yellow River in Dayulan (Zhengzhou) in the Henan province in China. It is based on advanced sensors, placed along and within the dikes, and includes a central command and control center. As a result, the system operates as an early warning system, so the impact of predicted floods can be modeled, including any likely dike breach. AGT International also manages a pilot project in the Netherlands, LiveDijk Utrecht, which provides insight into the condition of two dikes in the province of Utrecht. The pilot, executed in collaboration with Netherlands' Organisation for applied-scientific Research TNO, provides data that enables the authorities to manage and maintain the dikes. It uses real-time data analysis to assess risks such as dike stability, possible dike breaches and flooding.
About AGT International
Founded in 2007, AGT International's technology solutions safeguard people, assets and infrastructure for public safety authorities, governments and corporations. Our core intellectual property collects, correlates, analyzes and prioritizes data from available sources to present immediately actionable intelligence that helps our customers better predict, manage and resolve an ever-expanding spectrum of threats to life and livelihood. By proactively delivering the right information to the right decision makers in real time, we enable them to plan and prepare better, and to react faster and more effectively. Headquartered in Zurich, Switzerland, the organization employs 2,400 people globally. AGT International is privately held and led by Founder and CEO, Mati Kochavi. For more information, please visit http://www.agtinternational.com.
As one of the principal conglomerates in Thailand, Loxley Group is always at the heart of the country's economic and technological development. Over the years, Loxley continued to expand its operations to now include ICT Business Group, Technology Business Group, Project Business Group, Trading Business Group, Service Business Group, and Joint Venture Business Group. The diversity of businesses that Loxley engages in, from telecommunications to environment, demonstrates its expansive capability and commitment to provide professional delivery of solutions to meet the country's ever-growing demand.
Loxley is a publicly listed company on the Stock Exchange of Thailand and is headed by Mr. Dhongchai Lamsam, President. For more information, please visit: http://www.loxley.co.th.
About second Asia-Pacific Water Summit
The second Asia-Pacific Water Summit (APWS) will mark another step forward in Asia-Pacific leaders' efforts and commitment to work in solidarity to identify and adopt solutions to water issues in the region. This year's summit, entitled "Water Security and Water-related Disaster Challenges: Leadership and Commitment," will include discussions on three priority policy areas: development, shocks and resilience and human well-being. The second APWS is organized by the Royal Thai Government in collaboration with the Asia-Pacific Water Forum and its international and regional partners and will be held in conjunction with Technical Workshops and Exhibitions on 14th- 20th May 2013 at the International Convention and Exhibition Centre Commemorating His Majesty's seventh Cycle Birthday Anniversary, Chiangmai, Thailand. More information about the summit please visit: http://info.apwatersummit2.org/.
SOURCE AGT International