MOI plans cloud network to handle disaster relief


TAIPEI–The Ministry of the Interior is planning to spend NT$1 billion (US$33.84 million) over five years to set up a cloud computing network to handle disaster prevention and relief information, Minister Jiang Yi-huah said yesterday.

“The central and local governments will be able to obtain disaster prevention and relief information through this mechanism, and the public can also report their situation on the ground more quickly,” Jiang said.

He made the remarks while attending a seminar on disaster prevention and relief in a cloud computing era.

Lai said that when Typhoon Morakot battered Taiwan in August 2009, around 4,000 calls flooded in every hour to relief centers and overwhelmed the existing staff resources and technology infrastructure. He requested the NCC “complete a multi-channel warning system, which includes text messaging, within one year.”