IoT helping to create flood maps in wake of storm Desmond

IoT helping to create flood maps in wake of storm Desmond

A new project aimed at mapping the effects of flooding could soon be rolled out across the country after a successful trial in Oxford.

The news comes in the wake of Storm Desmond, believed to have caused up to £500 million in damages, to homes and business.

One of the most notable businesses to be affected is the upmarket fabric retailer Sanderson and William Morris, with the effects of flooding expected to bring profits 15 per cent below forecasts.

As of yet, the company has not been able to state if customer orders have been delayed by the flooding or by how long.

Yet the effects of such disasters could soon become a thing of the past, with many companies set to potentially benefit from an Internet of Things (IoT)-driven flood mapping system, developed by a team in Oxford.

The main focus of the new system is to help users make better travel decisions when a flood hits by showing a real-time record of water levels.

Developed by Nominet, in association with the Flood Network, the system works by using around 30 IoT devices, including sensors to monitor water levels in streams, groundwater and river basins.

The tools utilise existing internet standards, such as DNS, as well as TV white space to connect a number of hard-to-reach devices in the network.

Russell Haworth, chief executive of Nominet said: "The IoT goes well beyond the home into a multitude of real-world, practical applications that can support infrastructure and environmental monitoring.

"If this can work in Oxford, it can work anywhere, and recent events have underlined the importance of effective monitoring systems when flood waters begin to rise."