Smart drain trial to reduce VIC flooding

The Downer Group, Fujitsu, and EYEfi have delivered a successful trial for “smart drains” in Victoria to reduce the risk of flooding from overflows of stormwater drains.

A network of sensors monitors the drains in real time, which reduces the need to have manual drain inspections and aims to help teams to remove blockages from a drain before flooding occurs. The Downer Group, Fujitsu, and EYEfi have delivered a successful trial for “smart drains” in Victoria to reduce the risk of flooding from overflows of stormwater drains.

Software developed by EYEfi sends out alerts every 15 minutes using a variety of smart sensors and cloud technology.

The Yarra Ranges Council has more than 4900 properties at risk of flooding, with pressures on the existing drainage system from urban consolidation and an increased intensity.

Yarra Ranges Mayor Len Cox says this is the first time this technology had been used in stormwater pits in Australia.

“Many of our stormwater pits, especially those in flood prone areas could be checked daily or several times per day. This technology informs us quickly that there is a blockage, so we can send someone there immediately and have it removed and cleaned before further flooding and complications arise,” Cr Cox said.

We are proud to be trialling this in the Yarra Ranges as an Australian first and, if the results are positive, we hope it can be adopted throughout the municipality,” he said.

Jeff Sharp, Group Manager Technology and Innovation at Downer said the company had a concept it believed would provide a better service to their customers.

“We were excited to partner with EYEfi, Fujitsu and the Yarra Ranges Council to make this a reality.  Downer is investing heavily in Internet of Things solutions that we believe will drive better value for our customers and improve services, creating smarter cities,” Mr Sharp said.


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