Protecting Our Homes & Cities from Climate Change with IoT

Date : 8-7-2019

Climate Change with IoT

The evidence of climate change is all around us, with ever greater extremes of weather occurring around the world.

However, amidst this creeping threat, there is a little hope for our protection and it comes in the form of Internet of Things (IoT) devices.

The good news is that IoT-driven technologies can be used to minimise the damage caused to our cities by these disasters, as well as keeping our homes safer. Here we look at how IoT is proving extremely effective at mitigating the chaos caused by natural disasters.

Quakes, Tsunamis, Tornados & Wildfires

There has been an undeniable increase in natural disasters over the last 10 years, with tornados, wildfires, earthquakes and tsunamis becoming more and more frequent. So too have other, less dramatic, but equally devastating disasters like polar vortices and droughts, which have swept over much of the United States.

It’s believed that IoT holds the answer to protecting us from future natural disasters, as innovative new ways of IoT-driven tech is being created to minimise their effect. Let’s take a look at just a few ways in which it’s possible to make our homes more resilient in the face of this threat.

Smart Grids

If there’s one thing we can’t do without in the modern era, it’s electricity and it’s frequently the first service to be lost when a natural disaster strikes. Hurricanes that knock out power for hundreds of thousands of homes are commonplace and the restoring it, like the remainder of the subsequent clear-up, can take an awfully long time.

Smarts grids work in an dynamic way, as opposed to the traditional methodology that centres around supply, and they use IoT monitoring equipment to keep a constant eye of its status. When a breakage in power is detected, power is rerouted to stop the expected outages occurring. They’re also set up to provide power to emergency services first, resulting in a more resilient city.

Vital Response Data

When tornados and hurricanes occurring, the response of the emergency services is typically slowed down by an inability to communicate with each other, as well as by power outages and road blockages. What this does is make responding effectively and quickly almost impossible, but IoT is able to circumvent the issue, providing vital data to emergency teams that they wouldn’t otherwise get.

IoT devices in the home can be networked together and programmed to supply a wide range of useful data, such as whether buildings are about to fall, temperature and even ground tremors – all through sensors in real-time. The added benefit of the soon-to-be-arriving 5G is that it can keep residential devices connected together, even after WiFi wiped out.

Flood Protection

Floods are another natural phenomenon that can be mitigated through the use of sensors, which send a signal wirelessly when they’re moved – drastically reducing response times. Leak sensors can also be extremely useful from the residential perspective, connecting together to create an early-warning network that can protect villages, towns and even whole cities.

AI May be the Key

Climate change does not show any signs of reversing or even slowing down for that matter, so it’s important we know how to minimise the damage disasters cause. The answer most likely lies within AI, as automated systems are able to provide prior warning and make informed decisions far quicker than we are able to ourselves. The real-time data they provide literally saves lives, it makes seeing the whole picture so much easier for those who need to see it. IoT, networked across urban conurbations in this way might not stop much of the property damage occurring, but it can most certainly help to keep people safe.

At Sure Universal, our comprehensive smart home and IoT software platform is like no other you’ll find on the market, as it is designed to offer optimum interoperability, evidence by its endorsement by the OCF. If you would like to more about IoT in general or how our platform can be used to provide the complete IoT ecosystem for your home or office, head over to our website and take a look around.

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