“Smart City” Neu-Anspach in the Taunus region relies on an early warning system to prevent flooding
The city of Neu-Anspach is preparing itself for floods: m2m Germany, a Wehrheim-based project development company and specialist for intelligent and low-energy wireless communications, and the LoRaWAN network operator melita.io, have installed an antenna with several sensors in the Westerfeld district to detect rising water levels at an early stage. The aim is to prevent future flooding. The companies worked closely with Neu-Anspach officials to provide the necessary technical expertise.
In the past, parts of the Hochtaunus district have been affected by flooding after streams and rivers burst their banks following rainfall. The city has taken action: The new sensors on Mühlstraße in the Westerfeld district are designed to report high water levels in good time and forward them to the fire department or public works department so that they can respond in good time. Initially, one antenna was installed, but other locations are to follow. With melita.io and its system partner m2m Germany from the neighbouring community of Wehrheim, two specialists in wireless communication technologies implemented the wireless solution.
“With the newly installed sensors, we can keep an eye on the water levels at all times. This allows us to react appropriately to rising water levels, take appropriate countermeasures and thus protect our residents from flooding,” explains Markus Wolf, Head of Technical Services & Landscape of the City of Neu-Anspach.
The solution is intended to be a model for other cities and municipalities in the region – the potential applications are many: early detection of fires, predictive water management, heating regulation, measurement of indoor climate and air quality in schools or daycare centres, noise measurements on busy roads, etc.
“Once operational, the technology is a reliable early warning system for cities and municipalities. It provides important measurement data in real-time and ensures a constant overview of potential municipal risk areas,” says Tobias Stiepak, Managing Director of MIOT melita.io Technology GmbH.
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About m2m Germany GmbH
As a specialist and full-service provider for M2M and IoT solutions, m2m Germany has been implementing digitisation projects based on modern wireless technologies such as 5G, LTE, Bluetooth, LoRaWAN and NB-IoT since 2007. Hardware and software solutions for LPWAN applications – from sensors to dashboard visualisation are a focal point of the company’s portfolio and a suitable complement for LoRaWAN network operators.
m2m Germany has many years of national and international experience in research and development projects. The company works in partnership with medium-sized and large companies as well as cities, municipalities, utilities and waste management companies and brings the necessary agility and flexibility to digitisation projects.