Use Case of the day : Heavy rainfall
Problem: Heavy rainfall is currently creating a havoc in India, specifically Gujarat and Rajasthan are facing flooded streets, disrupting every aspect of life. In urban areas paved surfaces do not allow the rainwater to seep into the ground. This water carries trash, bacteria and chemicals, in addition to causing serious damage to life and infrastructure.
The IOT solution: By monitoring the temperature, humidity and moisture level of the soil, connected sensors can give the public early warning signals. Alerts on, for example, cell phones can warn whether the rainfall is beyond the soaking capacity of soil. In such a case, the sensors with the help of IOT can also suggest the places with low soil moisture content, where the runoff can be redirected. This will provide the dual benefit of increasing water harvesting and reducing the damage of life and property. The sensors can also indicate the type of pollutants (bacteria or chemicals) contained by the water runoff, making people aware of the preventive measures that need to be taken. These sensors can also be installed at dams to monitor the maximum amount of water the dam can accommodate in case of excessive rainfall.