Heavy rain or wildfires: this is how network cameras monitor severe weather

Severe weather has always been and always will be a part of our world, whether it’s blizzards, hurricanes causing high winds, floods due to heavy rainfall, or wildfires spreading through forests due to rising temperatures. Recently, the intensity of these natural phenomena appears to be increasing due to climate change, which poses a serious threat to people, animals and property. We also saw this during the floods in Limburg last year. At the same time, it seems that the human population is increasingly settling in cities. More than half (56%) of the world’s population lives in urban areas, which means that the potential impact of extreme weather events in these areas can be devastating.

While such events cannot be prevented, they can reduce damage and improve survivability by detecting early warning signs and taking rapid safety measures. I would like to explain exactly how this is possible in this blog using a number of examples.

Monitor flood-prone areas

Flooding is one of the most serious threats that can arise in the urban environment. After periods of heavy rainfall, drainage systems can quickly become overburdened, making major roads inaccessible, damaging infrastructure and endangering human life.

Camera and IoT sensors can help monitor flood-prone areas and alert authorities as soon as pre-set boundaries are crossed. This means that action can be taken quickly; From arranging evacuations to communicating the crisis to affected communities through megaphones or text messages. Quick action allows people to escape imminent danger and emergency response teams can divert traffic, restrict access to dangerous areas and manage the situation.

Monitor and contain forest fires

Another natural disaster that can start and spread quickly is a wildfire. After periods of warmer temperatures, wildfires pose a significant risk in certain parts of the world, such as Australia and the western United States. The potential impact of these out-of-control fires should not be underestimated.

Forest fires threaten residents and wildlife. It is often difficult and dangerous for firefighters to contain due to the size of the affected area. Fires can last for a long time, making their spread difficult to control. In addition, the consequences are not limited to the environment. For example, fires around cities can have a serious impact on air quality. Understanding and locating fires and monitoring fires and air quality can provide critical information to emergency response teams so that they can make important decisions quickly.

This can be done by using network cameras as sensors to check for fires in remote areas and to provide location information. This allows firefighters to deal with signs of a fire early. The cameras will also enable emergency services to monitor the situation, helping to make more decisions and provide updates to affected communities and the wider public.

Minimize the damage as much as possible

As we’ve seen with both floods and wildfires, the most dangerous features of extreme weather include how quickly it can appear, change, and exacerbate. This is especially true for storms and tornadoes that can strike unsuspecting residents in high-risk urban areas, causing significant structural damage and loss of life. The best way to mitigate this type of damage is to understand exactly how buildings are affected and make changes to help prevent impacts.

Monitoring systems in affected areas can provide real-time images of events, providing important insights into where structures are weak or need additional support. Using this data, city and community security officers can better understand what actions are needed and make the right changes to better prepare for future incidents.

At the same time, cameras can also help with monitoring after an accident, for example the presence of curious bystanders, complying with security restrictions, and in some cases even by deterring potential thieves. In addition, the same system supports the conduct and completion of repairs.

Prepare for the future

Unfortunately, severe weather will still be a staple, and it can get worse over time. Therefore, it is critical that authorities are prepared to respond quickly and plan for future events in high-risk areas. The aim is to contain or reduce these incidents at an early stage, so that the consequences for life and property are limited and to create a safer living environment.

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