If you have ever been caught in a flash flood you will know the power of water. In Australia is can happen very quickly. This is not just in rivers either, storm water drains in cities can be just as dangerous. Making sure we get timely flood warnings is critical.
There is now technology around that can be used to monitor the level of the water and give early warning to emergency services as well as people in the area.
Mass Notification Systems
Deploying a fleet of sensors up and down the rivers or storm drains allow them to monitor in real time. If they detect a change in level that is marked as critical then can broadcast back to a central system. This system in turn can notify emergency services as well as people in the area. The systems can be configured to also use geo location and red flag people in the path of the flood waters.
Flood Boom Gates
Truing to drive through a flooded creek or river is madness however people still give it a go each year. This puts not only the lives of the people in the car at risk but also the emergency service personnel.
There are now systems available to create a physical barrier to stop people crossing with their cars which are triggered by flood warnings sent by the sensors around the river.
Hooking up all the systems to an online portal allows people to see live feeds of the rivers as well as real time data. You can even develop applications so people can send information to the portal so they can trigger flood warnings for area’s which may not be covered by the sensors.
You could also use this community network to let people know if there is someone in trouble near you so you can offer assistance or communicate data to the emergency services. Imagine if you could tap into the local’s knowledge to get better response times or know where to put the sensors in the first place.
As you can see using technology can save lives and also build a better sense of community. We have just scratched the surface here. Cities are looking at also using drones to fly out supplies to people in flood zones. Self driving boats for rescue is also in sight in the future.
Part of our consultation is to look at issues such as flooding and develop a plan working in with your existing systems. We are always happy to chat and there is no obligation so give us a call or book a consultation through or free consult button.