Flood Beacon

Real-time flood level data and alerts

Flood Beacon, from British designer Samuel Cox, joins the stream of citizen sensing projects that are putting the power of the Internet of Things to work monitoring local environments.

Each beacon is a watertight plastic dome that can float freely or be tethered to an anchor in a waterway. Inside it’s equipped with sensors to keep track of the water level, GPS position, and sudden movements that might be caused by a storm surge or other event. Data is reported over the cellular network via GSM, and solar cells keep the beacon active and autonomous.

Flood Beacon
Flood Beacon, an environmental monitoring project

Cox offers an open API to allow developers access to live data, which can be integrated into apps and used for mapping, push notifications, and more. To get involved with the project, sign up atFloodBeacon.com.

Related: Oxford Flood Network, Intelligent River


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