Norfolk’s Maker Community Rises to the Challenge of Measuring Real Time Water Levels

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Sensors to collect flooding data will soon be posted around Norfolk, thanks to local entrepreneurs.

This will take a whole lot of sensors collecting data at various points in the city, and transmitting that data to the cloud. Up to now, the system costs have been prohibitive. Enter the shoe-string mentality — and pure ingenuity — of local makers Beau Turner and Jim Gray, who have developed a water level sensor system that is currently in its testing phase, but which shows a great deal of potential.

The unit attaches out-of-plain-sight on the side of the bridge, where it uses ultrasound to measure water levels. It transmits this information to a nearby building, which then beams it to Turner and Gray’s Cloud-based IoT platform.

Read the full Q&A with makers Turner and Gray at the AltDaily website.
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