FloodNet: Pervasive Computing in the Environmment

Our primary goal is to demonstrate a methodology whereby a set of sensors monitoring the river and functional floodplain environment at a particular location are connected by wireless links to other nodes to provide an "intelligent" sensor network.

This arrangement is intelligent in the sense that the behaviour of individual devices will adapt dynamically to prevailing circumstances, both environmental (e.g. increased sample frequency with increasing likelihood of flooding) and infrastructural (e.g. synchronization of sensor hibernation to conserve battery life, adaptation of network routing around different failure modes of nodes and links).

The intelligence is an essential and innovative component of the project, since it permits local sensor "experience" of the flood event thus increasing the accuracy of the subsequent predictions and reducing false alarms.

Partners

ABP Marine Environmental Research Ltd
Halcrow Ltd
IBM
MAC Ltd
Saturn Solutions Ltd
University of Southampton