AFTER more than a decade, 56 years to be exact, Indonesia once again hosts Asia’s biggest sporting event. Indonesia is determined to give the best to the international athletes ready to compete in venues spread out in Greater Jakarta, West Java and South Sumatra.
Moreover, the government receives full support from all state institutions and many private bodies to ensure the success of the 18thAsian Games, including from BMKG and Esri Indonesia.
BMKG, or Indonesia Meteorology, Climatology and Geophysics Agency, is tasked with providing weather and climate data, both prediction and real time observation. BMKG has a center capable of providing data to meet the need of the public. The challenge is how to ensure the data is more than general in type and available only in big cities; information which covers the sport venues are exceptionally important in this case.
Responding to the challenge, BMKG, in cooperation with Esri Indonesia, has developed a smart application based on the latest technology which can display activities in Asian Games and information based on the result of the observation in real time. BMKG Data Center is equipped with satellite data, and weather and sensor station which continuously collect and process data.
All information will be then integrated using ArcGIS Online’s Big Data and cloud technologies which Esri owns. The data are processed into real time web service for each location based on spatial groups. From this technology is a smart application which can show the condition of the weather in real time, weather prediction, temperature, humidity, and wind speed and direction at each venue in a format easily understood by the user.
The use of spatial-based cloud technology also enables BMKG data related to information on phenomenal earthquake and the movement of smoke from fires can be informed to the public spatially. Information related to smoke is especially necessary for South Sumatra region, notably in Jakabaring, Palembang, where some of the sports events are held.
“The cloud-based ArcGIS online technology enables the automatization process of big data from BMKG to be done in real time based on spatial for each venue.” With this capability, athletes and officials have the information specific with their location quickly and easily,” explained Dr. Achmad Istamar, CEO of Esri Indonesia.
Istamar further said, “The contingents from 45 participating countries can optimize this weather information and prediction to decide on the strategies to win the race or match.”
The contingents from 45 participating countries can optimize this weather information and prediction to decide on the strategies to win the race or match.
“This information is especially helpful for athletes competing in outdoor sports, like rowing, baseball and softball, archery, rugby, hockey, and swimming. The committee, including the security personnel, can use the accurate and integrated weather information to help them quickly respond to any situation related to natural phenomena. For the journalists coming from dozens of countries, the information can help them write their article about the international sporting event,” explained Prof. Dr. Dwikorita Karnawati, PhD, Chief of BMKG.
The collaboration between BMKG and Esri Indonesia continues the long-standing and warm cooperation between the two institutions in the implementation of spatial technology. Esri Indonesia is committed to supporting BMKG to realize Innovation Leap 4.0. Beyond Asian Games 2018, the collaboration between BMKG and Esri Indonesia will continue as both will also be involved in the organization of IMF Summit in Bali and in Papua Showcase later this year.