Data Collected from IoT Sensors May Mitigate Flood Damage
RIoT convenes partners such as government agencies for consideration of Internet of Things use cases. In the case of the Raleigh-area North Carolina community, the government alliance deploys IoT sensors for flood monitoring.
“We have this amazing data set now that allows our communities to look at it a little bit differently,” Cobb said. “We are looking forward to the next step of how we use that data for predictive analytics and how we can start reaching out to communities outside of our circle.”
Cary touts deployment of stream sensors and rain gauges within its river basins to collect flooding data and to help protect people and infrastructure from storm damage. It has deployed the IoT tech as part of its smart city program.
“The sensors provide real-time water level data, and the rain gauges record rainfall accumulation and intensity,” the town states on a website. “This data helps develop basin models to assist with stormwater planning and floodplain improvements and alerts.”
“Our visibility, before, typically came from a citizen calling up and telling us that a road was flooded,” Cary CIO Nicole Raimundo told the online news site Route Fifty last year. “Stormwater overall has become a more prevalent issue over the years, not just in Cary but in other places, because of development.”
The coalition of local governments are eyeing traffic management and trash collection as their next use cases for IoT sensors, Cobb said at Smart Cities Connect.