In 2018, hurricanes and extreme weather rocked the latter half of the year, and 2019 is starting off with some bad weather of its own. The monster snowstorm, named “Gia” is set to hit from Colorado all the way to the East Coast, dumping snow and rain and causing sleet and ice, prompting multiple states to trigger winter storm warnings.
Modern technology has delivered us to a point of predicting and preparing for severe storms like these, but the sheer strength that comes with them can bring serious disaster for cities. In order to come up with a viable plan of action, emergency management and city officials need a consolidated view of their current systems and city in context of additional real-time data such as:
- Weather satellite
- Weather radar
- Hyper-localized weather
- Traffic flow and incidents
- Public Transit
To be best equipped for disasters, cities also need a platform that integrates with their existing systems. Live Earth is an IoT visualization platform that stitches together data feeds in real-time, providing rich context and a holistic view to separated systems officials are working from. By adding in live layers like weather feeds, traffic flow, traffic incidents and transit, officials can leverage that raw data quickly and gain greater situational awareness on how their infrastructure will be hit by an impending storm. They can also visualize how to better allocate time and resources to handle problems as they arise, thereby streamlining their operations.
Emergency management teams can also benefit from Live Earth’s customizable alerting system, which pushes notifications directly to the user via email, text, or on-screen in the platform. Real-time alerts helps users focus their attention on the most impactful events and vital information, giving them actionable insight.
During natural disasters, or intensely powerful storms, responders need every critical piece of information to take the most appropriate course of action. Implementing a real-time visualization platform that consolidates existing systems, provides additional data layers and customizable alerting aids in minimizing threats, improving response times, and most importantly, increasing the safety and security of the city and its residents.