VT, along with researchers from Trinity College Dublin, and Dublin City Council have deployed smart sensor technology to prevent flooding in at-risk areas around the city. Testing is being performed to see how these sensors can be used to benefit local inhabitants in areas of frequent flooding.
Flood events are a growing issue in Ireland with regular floods along the Shannon and in Cork which are particularly costly to residents and businesses. VT’s IoT sensors can be more widely deployed than previous sensor models as they have extended battery life, can communicate over longer distances and are more affordable. When river levels rise to pre-set threshold levels, the sensors send out a warning on the user on the website, via email and SMS. Sensors are placed on a number of rivers around Dublin with the data then being analysed by academic researchers in TCD.
Communicate flood warnings with stakeholders
Need a more efficient way to monitor river water levels
Device must be low-power for long battery life