AWARE flood inundation sensors notify first responders with alerts and warnings using Internet of Things (IoT) Wireless Emergency Alerts
The US Department of Homeland Security Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) has awarded a grant of $3.2 million to Intellisense Systems to develop a network of flood inundation sensors.
Intellisense Systems company provides engineering solutions for sensors, optoelectronics, augmented intelligence, and visual displays for the U.S. government and commercial markets. The company one of the best known for its lightweight, unattended Micro Weather Sensor™ that monitors and reports localized weather conditions with the flip of a switch anywhere in the world it is deployed.
Intellisense’ flood sensors were field-deployed across six state and local government jurisdictions and evaluated over a period of nine months. Such sensors strengthen the country’s emergency response system, saves lives and alert businesses and citizens to potential threats.
With its fully integrated solar power management, IoT communications, and networking capabilities, the AWARE Flood system can be installed in urban and rural communities without significant infrastructure investment to provide low-cost flood monitoring and reporting. These units will be quality-controlled and produced in quantities of 100 to 1000 units per week to meet the demands of orders placed directly by states and municipalities.
DHS S&T Program Manager Jeff Booth said, “I fully expect the Intellisense flood sensors to be a disruptive technology where the accuracy, performance, and dependability of the sensors and their projected cost points will provide federal, state, and local governments as well as industry sectors like critical infrastructure, a capability to help protect life and property, making communities more resilient from flooding events.”
Flood inundation sensors are a large part of automated flood alert systems and allow building full warning solutions for emergency management and flood resilience teams.