JDR Vol.11 No.2 pp. 334-339
doi: 10.20965/jdr.2016.p0334

Survey Report:

Environmental Sensor Network of NTT DOCOMO

Hisakazu Tsuboya*, Ken Kumagai**, Yasuko Furuta**, and Akiko Miyajima**

NTT DOCOMO Sumida building, 1-9-2 Yokoami, Sumida-ku, Tokyo 130-0015, Japan

Sanno Park Tower, 2-11-1 Nagata-cho, Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo 100-6117, Japan

September 25, 2015
January 8, 2016
Online released:
March 18, 2016
March 1, 2016
weather observation, sensor network, disaster prevention, mobile network

Natural disasters due to local heavy rains and storms have been increasing over and under the ground owing to climate change. Since 2009, NTT DOCOMO, INC. has been working on a nationwide weather observation network, the Environmental Sensor Network, by installing weather observation devices in wireless stations nationwide. In addition, the company has assumed that weather observation data are the trigger factor that may cause disasters and promoted the provision of comprehensive observation data, including river water levels, directly related to disasters such as floods. This paper presents an outline of the environmental sensor network as well as its functions and applications to the disaster prevention field.

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