Wednesday, 16 March 2011

iPhone app to warn of flooding in the UK

imageThe UK has launched a mobile phone application that provides flood warnings. It’s part of the Environment Agency’s strategy of using new technology and social media to protect people from floods.

‘Flood Alert’, developed by Halcrow, a design, engineering and environmental consultancy, uses live data from the Environment Agency to provide real time updates on flood warnings. The application also provides users with information on what they should do to help reduce flood risk - how to flood-proof homes, for example.

When flooding is possible the Environment Agency’s free flood warning service already sends localised warnings by phone, text or fax to almost one million people at risk from flooding who are registered with the service. A total of five million people in England and Wales are at risk from flooding from rivers and the sea.

The application can be downloaded from the Apple ‘App Store’ and is available throughout England and Wales 24 hours a day. Both an Android and Blackberry version will be launched in the next few months.

 

It’s the ‘preventative’ side of green ICT. Global warming will make flooding in the UK more prevalent, particularly along the coasts as sea levels rise, so technology has a big part to play in monitoring, predicting and warning.

© The Green IT Review

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