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Flood Management



Flood Warning Networks

ELPRO delivers reliable and secure communications for

Flood Warning Networks and Disaster Management Systems

We all know what mother nature is capable of when it comes to extreme weather and we all sense that extreme events are becoming more severe. 

If you combine this trend with increasing urbanisation the risk of extreme flooding is on the rise in all corners of the globe. 

While you can’t prepare for every flooding outcome, you can at least be well informed.  Data and modelling are the key to being able to predict a severe flood and providing residents and authorities with the maximum preparation time.


For over 20 years, ELPRO has been a core part of critical flood warning network infrastructure.

The ERRTS ALERT stations and complete end-to-end radio network has been responsible for collecting rainfall and river level data from over 5,000 sites worldwide. 

During natural disasters and extreme events, it is not uncommon for the power grid and the mobile network to suffer extended outages.  An independent solar powered radio network however will continue collecting, logging and sending data through to authorities allowing them to operate forecasting models and formulate disaster management plans.  There are many instances where this has occurred, without visibility of rainfall and river levels, authorities would be forced to operate blindly.


Spotcom can provide a complete solution for Flood Warning Networks consisting of:

  1. Base stations

  2. ERRTS field stations including a variety of sensors

  3. ALERT or ALERT2 protocol decoders

  4. Ongoing maintenance and review on both a field and remote level


Disaster Management

During a flood, management of the interface between people and floodwaters is critical.  Failures in this aspect can very quickly lead to a loss of life as people take decisions based on poor knowledge or information.  Authorities have worked to educate people of the hazards of floodwaters but local reminders and dynamic road signage are also essential to reinforce this at the critical moments.


ELPRO’s ERRTS field stations are also capable of forming the intelligent backbone for over the road alert systems that won’t stop working.  A system based on mobile telephony is always subject to failure.  A radio-based system is far more likely to operate under real disaster conditions. 


ELPRO's unique IO Plus programmable capability can be used to program our ALERT™ and ALERT2™ field stations to activate water over the road alarms.  They can be setup as part of a network or they can operate independently on the basis of local sensor inputs only.  Either way, they can provide you with a robust backbone for reading sensor information and activating warning lights or boom gates in extreme situations.

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