Luxembourg startup, Databourg, brings new rain-monitoring system to the Philippines

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Luxembourg-based startup, Databourg has announced a new partnership with environmental intelligence platform, Komunidad, to launch the first rain-monitoring system using satellite terminals (dishes) in the Philippines. Their unique way of providing rainfall data improves rain monitoring capabilities without the need for expensive sensors and long-term maintenance. The Philippines is one of the countries most at risk from the climate crisis and the partnership reflects the shared mission of Databourg and Komunidad to help communities and local governments become more resilient to climate change.

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27/07/2022 |
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CEO & Founder of Databourg, Dr. Ahmad Gharanjik, said of the partnership, “we’re excited that after years of R&D and hard work we can help underdeveloped regions and communities to become more climate resilient, by getting prepared for rainfall induced disruptions such as flash flooding and landslides. Having nationwide coverage of rain monitoring will be a game changer for this country.”

 

Komunidad founder, Felix Ayque, stated “Our main objective is to make rain information available to climate-vulnerable communities that don't have rain monitoring infrastructure. With this network, communities and businesses can quickly get local rain information and no longer invest and maintain expensive rain monitoring equipment.”

Databourg, also dubbed “The Rain Company” is a spin-off from the University of Luxembourg’s Interdisciplinary Centre for Security, Reliability and Trust (SnT). The unique element of Databourg’s technology is the data source they use: the fluctuations of satellite signals. They take this signal quality data and apply machine learning algorithms to generate highly localised rainfall data, in real-time. And, by using existing satellite dishes as rain sensors, they can keep overall costs down.

Komunidad is a Software-as-a-Service company helping communities and industries to become more climate resilient while pushing positive economic gains in Asia. It was founded out of a growing need to enable and empower businesses and communities in Asia to be adaptive and resilient to environmental changes in order to thrive in the face of a changing environment.

Databourg’s rain monitoring sensors are already operational in France, New Zealand and Indonesia as well as in the Philippines, but they are continuing to expand into new markets in Asia and South America. Gharanjik explains, “this is just the beginning, and we are already talking with two other national weather agencies in Asia regions to help them with our technology. Our goal is to build a global rain monitoring network.”

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