"I thank the South Kalimantan Regional Police for making the Bekantan application. This is very good, making it easier for members to handle hotspots," Edi Setio pointed out in Banjarmasin on Tuesday while reviewing the Bekantan Command Center at the South Kalimantan Police's Special Criminal Investigation Directorate (Ditkrimsus).
Edi Setio admitted, so far in the handling of hotspots most still use manual methods. In contrast to the Bekantan app, all have been integrated between the hotspots delivered in realtime by the National Aeronautics and Space Agency (LAPAN), to be immediately forwarded by the South Kalimantan Police to local officers or the nearest police station.
"So officers at the Bekantan Command Center can assign members in the field to move quickly to check hotspots. Police who have used the Bekantan app are automatically notified," said Edi Setio.
For this reason, the Head of the Assistance and Supervision Team of the National Police Headquarters for Combating Forest and Land Fire in 2019 who visited the South Kalimantan Regional Police requested similar app to be developed in other regions, especially provinces which are prone to forest and land fires in dry season.
Director of the Special Criminal Investigation of South Kalimantan Regional Police, Sr Comr Rizal Irawan said various features can be used by Bekantan users. In addition to providing forest and land fire reports, the public can also see hotspots in realtime as the South Kalimantan Regional Police is collaborating with LAPAN.
Then there is a map of the area as a user guide to various important locations such as police stations, firefighting post and so on. There are also important telephone numbers, such as hospitals, fire bridgage and Basarnas till all police stations.
Through the Bekantan app it is certain that all members of the police commanded by the South Kalimantan Police Chief Inspector General Yazid Fanani will always be active and alert to prevent forest and land fire. All personnel immediately get a notification if there is a report of fire occurred in the area.
The word "Bekantan" is an abbreviation of "Berantas kebakaran hutan dan lahan" (fight forest and land fires). Bekantan refers to the original Kalimantan primate, a kind of long-nosed monkey with reddish brown hair.