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Sahana Alerting and Messaging Broker (SAMBRO)


INTRODUCTION Under a well-developed disaster management system, the Disaster Management Organization(s) of a Country should be aware of and should map every significant emergency incident or risk in the country. Disseminating such information among multiple agencies with disparate systems can be complicated. Multi-Agency Situational-Awareness (MASA) platforms facilitate the integration of silo-ed Organizations and dilutes inter-agency rivalry at every level of a National warning and incident management system. Such a platform that incorporates the Common Alerting Protocol (CAP) standard is far more likely to interoperate with National and International warning systems. Moreover, the CAP content standard lays out emergency policies and procedures for streamlined information sharing among multiple agencies.The World Meteorological Organization, International Telecommunication Union, and OASIS (Organization for the Advancement of Structured Information Standards) are advocates of CAP and continue to promote the adoption of the warning standard. Sahana Alerting and Messaging Broker (SAMBRO) is essentially a Sahana Eden template designed for Multi-Agency Situational-Awareness. Moreover, it adopts the CAP standard for Sahana to interoperate with other warning systems.


  1. Deliver the SAMBRO platform to share a common operating picture to improve coordination among multiple-agencies
  2. Introduce standards for interoperability to foster common policies and practices
  3. Deploy, support and continue to improve the SAMBRO technology for integrated risk assessment and early warning
  4. Cultivate CAP Stewardship and a Community of Practice in Asian and the Pacific Region
  5. Make the SAMBRO a superior Sahana product developed and maintained by a Sahana Center for Excellence at Asian Institute of Technology Geoinformatics Centre
  6. Provide training aids for system administrators, implementers, emergency managers, and other users to easyly adopt SAMBRO into their emergency communication practices
  7. SAMBRO to function as stand alone computing application on any computing device (e.g. laptop and an IVR or GSM-modem) as well as hosted on an intranet or the internet


Blueprints list

  • General CAP Broker blueprint lays down the design parameters for the generalized SAMBRO
  • Maldives Blueprint for deploying CAP on a Map project for the National Disaster Management Centre of Maldives
  • Myanmar Blueprint for deploying CAP on a Map project for the National Department of Meteorology and Hydrology of Myanmar
  • Philippines Blueprint for deploying CAP on a Map project for the National Disaster Management Centre of Philippines
  • CAP Mobile App for publishing and subscribing to alerts

Eden Modules

User Interfaces


Common Operating Picture


1. CAP on a Map

Duration: January 2015 to September 2016


The aims to Improving Coastal Resilience through Multi-agency Situational Awareness in the Maldives, Myanmar and the Philippines. It involves deploying SAMBRO in the respective countries with a USD 300,000 grant made possible through the UNESCAP Trust Fund for Tsunami, Disaster and Climate Preparedness.

Myanmar Department of Meteorology and Hydrology (DMH) Philippine Atmospheric, Geophysical, and Atmospheric Services Administration (PAGASA) Maldives National Disaster Management Center (NDMC) Asian Institute of Technology Geoinformatics Center United Nations Economic and Social Commission for Asia and the Pacific


22 August 2016 Regional Workshop on Sahana Situational-Awareness
18 to 19 April 2016 Maldives National Training Workshop
05 April 2016 Philippines National Training Workshop
23 to 26 February 2016 Myanmar National Training Workshop
31 Aug to 12 Sept Training of Master Trainers
15 to 17 July 2015 Myanmar kick-off workshop
19 to 21 May 2015 Philippine kickoff workshop
15 to 17 April 2015 Maldives kickoff workshop



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