SMART SENSOR SYSTEM GIVES KEY INSIGHTS INTO FLOODING
SMART tech has been deployed on a Dublin river with electronic sensors being used to warn of possible floods.
Dublin City University Water Institute and Kingspan, with support from Dublin City Council, have joined forces to develop a smart sensor network for water level monitoring.
They believe the technology could help businesses and householders to limit flood damage, by providing crucial early warnings.
The ground-breaking technology has real time capability and an easy to use app. When river waters rise to a certain level, sensors send out a warning alert, via SMS, to a local business owner, farmer or householder in a vulnerable area.
The low-cost sensors developed by Kingspan have been deployed at a number of locations on the River Dodder, with the data being analysed by DCU Water Institute.
The affordability of the sensor means that it is scalable and can be used as part of a nationwide network of sensors which can be widely deployed to measure water levels in different places.
Barry Finnegan, technical director of Kingspan Sensor said: “This collaboration highlighted how the public could benefit if a river/tidal level network was put in place nationwide.
“The Kingspan sensor level measurement hardware and software disciplines are core to Kingspan sensor’s technical capabilities.
“We ultimately see the results of this collaboration with DCU and DCC being used by everyone as it is affordable and easy to deploy. End users can check river levels on an app to give peace of mind while local authorities and municipalities will benefit from the profiling data that is so important in understanding river and tidal behavior in real time.”
Data collected from the sensors can provide vital information in relation to the behaviour of our rivers, how they flow and how these flows are affected by rainfall.
Professor Fiona Regan, director of the DCU Water Institute said: “The sensor data can inform us where we need to build flood defences and ultimately, it could be connected to a smart system of automated flood defence barriers, that would erect themselves automatically once a warning signal alerting dangerous water levels was received.”
The collaboration was made possible through Dublin City Council’s Smart City programme which encourages a collaborative approach to solving city challenges.