Flood Warning System & Smart Technology Consultancy (Fee for Service)

Flood Warning System & Smart Technology Consultancy (Fee for Service)

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.

Community Engagement

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.

 

 

Disaster Management & Smart Technology

When a emergency occurs, we must get the disaster management services responding as quickly as possible. The current preparedness of many disaster management services in Australia, is very effective. As shown in the response to Cyclone Yasi, an enormous category 5 cyclone with no loss of life. A Smart City can take the lessons learnt during each disaster to better prepare for future disasters.

A Smart City offers the ability to continuously watch over cities to check for anomalies. At present this involves people noticing the emergency and reporting to the emergency response teams. This takes time as the average citizen will need to look up the appropriate emergency response team to notify. By implementing a Smart City, the current and future technologies will be able to send alerts to the appropriate emergency department for actioning. By automatically sending out alerts, response to the disaster will be faster.

Smart Cities can help the emergency response teams handle disasters. This includes providing a better administration for the volunteers involved in gaining control of the disaster. Australian emergency services are already well versed in sharing resources. For example, in January 2017, Queanbeyan NSW State Emergency Services (SES) called on the Rural Fire Service (RFS) for help following a storm. This involved a manual process of people recognising the need for more help and then requesting this help. A Smart City would be able to provide a faster analysis on what resources are available and request help sooner. Thereby helping the emergency service control the disaster faster.

Once the disaster is under control, a Smart City will be able to use the technology available to assess damage. The Smart City will then be able to identify what further clean up and rebuild will be required. By having a system that can collate information from multiple systems, we will be able to prioritise the rebuild effectively.

While Australia is just branching into Smart Cities, there are other parts of the world that have already ventured into this concept.