QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, JULY 28, 2016 - (L-R) Ace Electronic Technology Inc. Assistant Vice President Maribelle Sy-Uy and President Alex S.E. Sy, together with Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Acting Director Joel Joseph S. Marciano Jr., Ph.D. and Technology Licensing Office (TLO) Chair Alvin E. Retamar, signs the Technology License Agreement (TLA) for the Advanced Remote Data Acquisition Unit (arQ) during the 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) DOST-ASTI Technology Transfer Day on July 28, 2016 in Quezon City. The arQ is the datalogger used in the DOST-ASTI-developed weather stations deployed nationwide. Photo Mylene N. Monton/DOST-ASTI.

The Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) and Ace Electronic Technology, Inc. (ACE) signed a Technology Licensing Agreement (TLA) for the Advanced Remote Data-Acquisition Unit (arQ) during the DOST-ASTI Technology Transfer Day on July 28, 2016 in Quezon City.

The signing of the TLA between DOST-ASTI and ACE marks the first licensing agreement of the Institute, and is a highlight of the event, which was attended by local electronic companies and system integrators who came to hear about licensing opportunities regarding weather stations offered by the Institute. The event is one of many held during DOST’s 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) celebrations.

"This day is an opportunity to share this technology, the arQ, which is the heart of all weather stations developed by ASTI," said DOST-ASTI Acting Director Joel Joseph S. Marciano, Jr. Ph.D. during his welcome remarks.

QUEZON CITY, PHILIPPINES, JULY 28, 2016 - Advanced Science and Technology Institute (ASTI) of the Department of Science and Technology (DOST) Acting Director Joel Joseph S. Marciano Jr., Ph.D., above and below right, gives his welcome remarks during the 2016 National Science and Technology Week (NSTW) DOST-ASTI Technology Transfer Day on July 28, 2016 in Quezon City. Photo Mylene N. Monton/DOST-ASTI.



The arQ is a homegrown data logging device, which can be configured to acquire, record, store, and send data. It is used in all the weather monitoring devices developed and deployed nationwide by DOST-ASTI, which are part of the Philippine government's program in strengthening the country's disaster management and mitigation capabilities. Among the weather monitoring devices developed by DOST-ASTI are automated weather stations, automated rain gauges, agrometeorological stations, water level monitoring stations, tsunami early warning stations, and urban flood monitoring stations.

The license agreement allows Ace Electronic Technology, Inc to manufacture, market, sell, and distribute the arQ to local electronic companies and system integrators. This shall give potential organizations ease in buying arQ units and build weather monitoring devices.

To date, the number of government-deployed stations totaled to almost 2,000 units. With the sheer number of installed stations, plans for sustainability is a priority by DOST-ASTI in order to continuously impact the country.

Due to the growing importance of climate change awareness and mitigation a number of outside organizations, such as the academe and local government units, have requested to populate their regions with weather monitoring devices in order to increase accuracy in gathering weather data and serve as localized weather bureaus.

According to DOST-ASTI’s Business Development Unit (BDU) the agency has been servicing the demand from such organizations for several years already. Over a period of six years, DOST-ASTI has deployed weather monitoring devices for various organizations totaling 126 units to date.

Since DOST-ASTI’s mandate should be focused on research and development these technology breakthroughs must be sustained thru technology transfer initiatives. With the licensing of the arQ datalogger DOST-ASTI’s Technology Licensing Office (TLO) sees the licensing of the weather stations technology know-how to system integrators and local electronic companies as the logical next step.

The DOST-ASTI is mandated to perform scientific research and development in the advanced fields of Information and Communication Technology and Microelectronics. DOST-ASTI undertakes long-term researches to strengthen and modernize science and technology infrastructure and complement the overall endeavor in the scientific field with intensive activities in the computer and information technologies.