Each beacon is a watertight plastic dome that can float freely or be tethered to an anchor in a waterway. Inside it’s equipped with sensors to keep track of the water level, GPS position, and sudden movements that might be caused by a storm surge or other event. Data is reported over the cellular network via GSM, and solar cells keep the beacon active and autonomous.
Cox offers an open API to allow developers access to live data, which can be integrated into apps and used for mapping, push notifications, and more. To get involved with the project, sign up at FloodBeacon.com.
Author: Ted Burnham