Following on from the success of the trial program over the summer of 2014/2015, SMART Infrastructure Facility’s project team has once again collaborated with Twitter and BPBD Jakarta on the newest version of the emergency reporting system.

Led by SMART’s Dr Tomas Holderness and Dr Etienne Turpin as Co-Chief Investigators, PetaJakarta 2.0 is a free, open-source platform that turns geo-tagged Tweets into real-time data which is used by Indonesian citizens and government agencies to identify flood hazards and respond more quickly.

The newest version of the platform was launched in Indonesia on 15 December 2015, with SMART COO Tania Brown saying that it was “great to be back in Jakarta,” for the launch, with the project enjoying the “strong endorsement of Twitter and BPBD Jakarta”.

“[There is] huge potential for future improvements of PetaJakarta 2.0, thanks to [the] research link with Twitter and smartphone technology,” Dr Holderness said at the event.