Japan pitches high-tech satellite for Clark
Catherine Talavera (The Philippine Star) - February 17, 2019 - 12:00am

MANILA, Philippines — Japan’s National Space Policy Secretariat has proposed its high-tech satellite system designed to improve stability and accuracy of navigation services for New Clark City, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said.

The Japanese agency introduced its Quasi-Zenith Satellite System (QZSS) during a workshop.

Representatives from Japanese firms Kokusai Kogyo Co., Topcon Corp. and SITECH Japan showed the different applications of the QZSS to ICT-Construction, like 3D reconstruction and measurement, automation of construction work, and operation management of heavy equipment.

“During the term of President Duterte, we are witnessing the rapid development in Clark. If there was a place in the country to pilot the technology brought to us by our Japanese partners, I think this place is Clark,” BCDA president and CEO Vince Dizon said.

Launched in November, the QZSS covers wide areas of the Asia-Pacific region with ICT-Construction as a promising area of utilization.

New Clark City is envisioned as the country’s first smart, disaster-resilient and sustainable city.

Because of its strategic location in Northwest Luzon, New Clark City is being positioned as one of the solutions to decongesting Metro Manila as several government agencies will be relocated there.

New Clark City is one of the priority projects in the government’s infrastructure plan. It spans 9,450 hectares and is estimated to house up to 1.12 million people.

Several infrastructure projects are lined up for Clark under the administration’s Build Build Build program including the construction of New Clark City and the expansion of the Clark International Airport.

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