CONSERVE technology to tackle flooding cost to the UK
The recent winter flooding in the UK is a stark reminder of the environmental threat the country faces.
Rapid urbanisation in the country, combined with a warmer wetter climate means 3.2 million people in the UK alone will be at higher risk of flooding by 2050. This latest spell of flooding alone is expected to cost as much as £5bn.
Other than spending billions on costly flood defences, what else can be done to reduce the risk and the damage?
As part of a new project funded by Innovate UK, the UK’s Innovation agency, the team at Cisco’s CREATE laboratory are looking to the internet of things (IoT) for the answer.
Working with a host of partners, they are building a proof of concept that will put real-time information in the hands of first responders during disaster situations. Glasgow is being used a test-bed, and if it works, the system has got the potential to be rolled out globally, where flooding risks occur.
Why are we doing this?
If we want to reduce the risk of flooding and environmental catastrophes, we have to proactively look at the technology and infrastructure around us.
Being able to instantly respond to rises in water levels in certain areas could be the difference between people getting away safely or not.
If you’re able to help the vulnerable before flood waters have risen, for instance, that’s going to have big benefits for everyone.
The idea behind CONSERVE is to create an integrated platform that predicts and helps co-ordinate first responders in disaster situations such as floods.
The platform first draws down huge amounts of information from numerous sensors and sources. Smart algorithms are being built to mine the data, to predict flooding events.
The North of the UK is still counting the cost from the recent winter flooding, so any steps that can help reduce the risks to lives and property are welcome. And the weather doesn’t look like it’s going to be getting better (or drier) any time soon.
Speed and intelligence is crucial
In an emergency situation such as this, having a platform which can get your resources and people to the right place, at the right time is critical. Duplication of resources is something you just can’t afford.
The platform in going to be designed in such a way that first responders are only given the information they each need, streamlining the information increases the efficiency of operations.
The project kicked off at the start of the month, and will be running for the next 18 months.
The Cisco CREATE team is working with engineering firm Finmeccanica, Bronze Labs, and the University of Strathclyde as part of the consortium to build the proof of concept.
It’s a great example of how different industries could work together to tackle a real issue that impacts everybody.
For us this is about creating something new, getting the best out the technology available today and evolving it into something much better. Being able to work with these different partners is exciting, as each brings a unique set of skills and expertise to the table.
The innovation that’s happening on the proof of concept here is not only ground breaking in the field of data aggregation and data analytics, but also in security and the merging of private and public data for the greater good.
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