Dublin rainfall to be monitored by smart sensors

Sensors are to be installed throughout Dublin city to monitor rainfall, river levels and weather conditions.

The low cost sensors will send data wirelessly to Dublin City Council’s operations team, who will then be able to analyse water levels for any risk of flooding.

The sensors will work by using a network called Pervasive Nation developed by the CONNECT Centre, a Science Foundation Ireland Research Centre at Trinity College Dublin.

The initiative is part of the Smart City project.

Gerard O’Connell of Dublin City Council’s Flood Advisory Office said:

“This pilot project has the potential to revolutionise our rainfall and water level monitoring systems around the city, making the capital safer for its citizens and visitors.

“Flood damage to the city infrastructure ranges from €2m to €100m per annum currently, with an average of around €8m per annum.

“This figure is increasing due to sea level rises and more intense rainfall events.”

Jamie Cudden, Smart City Programme Manager, Dublin City Council said:

“Dublin is emerging as a leading location for Smart City and Internet of Things (IoT) innovations. INTEL’s ‘Dublin Living Lab Programme’ has already carried out some initial flood monitoring activity across the city which has led to the prototyping of a set of river and rainfall sensors.

“Projects like this demonstrate how low-cost environmental sensor networks can be scaled to generate useful and actionable flood data for communities living across the city.

“The second phase of the project, led by the CONNECT Centre and Dublin City Council, involves scaling these river and rainfall sensors to more locations around Dublin.

“The sensors are currently being deployed at several locations around the city including Ballymun Library, the Bannow Road Drainage Depot in Cabra, the storm overflow tank in Clontarf, and at the UCD campus in Belfield.”

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