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Fishermen now get access to realtime data
For the benefit of the fishermen, Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS), Hyderabad, sends the information on weather, ocean and fishery forecast to the agencies on the Indian coastline. This then is announced through Public Addressing systems placed in the villages, broadcast through All India Radio and telecast through local cable TV channels daily. However, this still has some time delay. INCOIS in collaboration with the National Institute of Oceanography (NIO), Goa has deployed a Wave Rider BUOY system at Bay of Bengal (East Coast), at about 3 Kilometers from Chinna Veerampattinam shore (depth 15 meters), Puducherry (Lattitude-11° 52.443' North, Longitude- 79° 50.573' East) on 27th May 2007 for an NGO - Pondicherry Multipurpose Social Service Society (PMSSS) by which they would get the real time data directly for the fishermen around Pondicherry. This system will collect all the events that happen within 10 kilometers radius of its location. NIO had set the BUOY system and explained its services at Thengaithittu Harbour, Puducherry to the ICT staff and the fishermen community. PMSSS has set up 20 Village Information Centers (VIC) in Puducherry, Karaikkal and Cuddalore for anouncement of this data to the fishermen. This program has brought the scientific community and the fishermen community closer to address the socio/ economic issues. Besides this, NIO's Autonomous Weather Station (AWS) was also installed at the head quarters of PMSSS on 30 May 2007. This would upload the data on the internet server at 10 minutes interval. This would provide information on wind speed, wind direction, wind gust, barometric pressure, air temperature and relative humidity at Pondicherry. The near real time data can be viewed at
on Internet. The fishing community would benefit from the data such as wind & barometric pressure for their activity whereas the data on the air temperature & relative humidity would be useful to the tourism industry, besides its continuous inputs to the research activities. The AWS is powered from solar energy for its continuous functioning. This is the first Autonomous Weather Station in Puducherry installed by NIO in collaboration with INCOIS. The Scientists from NIO, Mr. Prabhu Desai, Dr. Antony Joseph, Mr. Ashok Kumar and the Technical Officer Mr. Vijay Kumar made the systems operational.
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