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Environment Management - Flooding monitoring solution

Softlab, in collaboration with CAE and CONIT, won a tender issued by a local public body (Autorità di bacino delle Alpi Orientali) to address the impact of climate change by developing a platform for water monitoring and management that involves citizens in the process of gathering information from the field. The result was the Citizen Observatory of Water, a bi-directional communication platform between citizens and authorities that provides services to monitor water resources and manage emergencies. Softlab developed a web application and Android/IOS apps that allow citizens to report flood and river levels, receive alerts, communicate with the control room, and coordinate rescue teams.

    Process steps

    Approach

    Softlab collaborated with CAE and CONIT to develop the Citizen Observatory of Water, a bi-directional communication platform between citizens and authorities that provides services to monitor water resources and manage emergencies. The Android/IOS apps developed by Softlab allow citizens to send information about floods and river levels, receive alerts, communicate with the control room, and coordinate rescue teams. The web application collects reports and integrates them with measured values from sensors, forecasts, dedicated channel news, and social media channels. It also allows the definition of areas of danger and broadcasting notifications, shows the location of people who have activated the app, and displays the results of forecasting models with different levels of detail.

    Outcome

    Thanks to Softlab's work on the Citizen Observatory of Water, the existing sensor network has been enhanced with QR-Code sensors installed near existing level gauges, allowing citizens to use the Android app for level readings and become "social sensors." The Citizen Observatory is part of the water management plan of Distretto Alpi Orientali and the mobile and web applications are currently used during civil protection exercises in several cities. Demonstrations of the app are also given in schools.

    Technology

    Softlab utilized web application development and Android/IOS app development to create a Citizen Observatory of Water for water monitoring and management. The Android/IOS apps allow citizens to send information about floods and river levels, receive alerts, communicate with the control room, and coordinate rescue teams. The web application collects reports and integrates them with measured values from sensors, forecasts, dedicated channel news, and social media channels. It also allows the definition of areas of danger and broadcasting notifications, shows the location of people who have activated the app, and displays the results of forecasting models with different levels of detail.

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