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A seed round has been awarded to Komunidad, a Philippines-based environmental intelligence platform

With a topography that renders it vulnerable to typhoons, floods, volcanoes, earthquakes, and droughts, the Philippines is one of the world’s most disaster-prone countries. Felix Ayque began gathering cyclone information while working in IT and disseminating them to communities as email notifications. His work grew into the environmental intelligence platform Komunidad, which gathers data from both public and private sources and transforms it into customisable analytics to assist clients in responding swiftly to impending calamities.

Wavemaker Partners, with participation from ADB Ventures, the Asian Development Bank’s venture arm, led a $1 million seed round for the Manila and Singapore-based business.

Komunidad, which was founded in 2019, has clients in the Philippines, India, Cambodia, and Vietnam, and provides services to utilities, agriculture, mining, education, local governments, and corporate outsourcing centres. Ayque worked as an IT developer for various weather organisations before founding the company, including the state-owned New Zealand MetService. Following Typhoon Haiyan, also known as Super Typhoon Yolanda, which killed at least 6,300 people in the Philippines in 2013, he started generating cyclone reports on his own as a consultant.

The reports were created to assist companies in responding to natural catastrophes more swiftly. Typhoon Haiyan struck at a time when the business outsourcing industry was seeing rapid growth.

As businesses, especially energy suppliers, sought to adapt to climate change, demand for his reports rose. Komunidad began to generate enough income for Ayque to hire personnel in India and Southeast Asia, including meteorologists, data scientists, software engineers, and business development teams. It will leverage its new funding to create a scalable platform.

Major players including The Weather Company, which was bought by IBM in 2015, meteorological intelligence platform Tomorrow.io, and numerous smaller environmental and weather data suppliers are among Komunidad’s data sources.

The platform transforms data into dashboards tailored to the demands of its clients, such as severe weather, solar, marine, soil moisture, and air quality. “We operate as a system integrator, bringing only the necessary data and informing customers that this is the most significant data,” Ayque explained. Customers may also create their own alarm systems with Komunidad. In the Philippines, for example, many consumers send warnings using Viber, one of the country’s most popular messaging applications, or SMS to reach places where internet connections are unreliable.

Komunidad’s solutions assist clients in the energy business in predicting things like power use depending on temperature. Local governments have also utilised it to make decisions on school cancellations. During the epidemic, Komunidad assisted towns in tracking population density so that they could determine which regions need additional crowd control.

Understanding what data is relevant in diverse domains is one of Komunidad’s competitive advantages. Because Assam is one of India’s most lightning-prone states, it recently signed an agreement with the Assam State Disaster Management Agency (ASDMA) to focus on lighting and thunderstorm alerts.

Komunidad provides great solutions to their customers and have a great front in the market. It is helping the community and protecting them from natural disasters. All my best wishes to them.

Shishir Gupta, Founder and CEO, StartupLanes

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