Fujitsu today announced that the Sentinel Asia(*1) STEP-2 system, which it built under the auspices of the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA), became fully operational on March 31, 2010.
The system supports disaster-prevention activities using Earth observation satellites operated by government agencies in Asia, including JAXA, to acquire satellite imagery. The images are then distributed via the Internet and communications satellites to countries throughout Asia, including those that do not own satellites.
With an increasing number of typhoons, floods, earthquakes, tsunamis, and other large-scale natural disasters occurring in Asia in recent years, the new system will help countries to quickly respond to disasters. During a trial run held from October 2009 through March 2010, the system was used to track the volcanic eruption of Mt. Mayon in the Philippines on December 25, 2009, where it proved capable of providing useful information.
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