Belgrade is to repair and modernize its flood warning system. In 2014, the city suffered considerable damage, especially in the periphery, and the event showed how vulnerable cities are to natural disasters. Due to this, the City of Belgrade, together with the United Nations Development Program (UNDP), has planned a three-year cooperation project aiming to increase Belgrade's resilience to natural disasters. A work plan has been prepared, defining the activities, the schedule and the resources needed. Among the activities is the implementation of a flood monitoring and warning system.
The Italian company CAE, as part of a consortium with a Serbia company, won the tender organized as part of the project aiming to strengthen the resilience and readiness of the City of Belgrade in response to natural disasters and crises.
The project envisages 34 stand-alone rain gauge stations, 7 stations equipped with heated rain gauges, 22 hydrometric stations and 3 UHF repeaters, as announced on the Italian company's website.
As said, these are all cutting-edge supplies: the stand-alone rain gauge stations will consist of PG4i equipped with integrated datalogger and 3G module. PG4i is a stand-alone rain gauge that performs the activities of an entire rain gauge station, allowing you to record and send diagnostic information to a control center or to an FTP server, in addition to the data on rainfall intensity and totals.
The heated rain gauge stations will be equipped with PG2R, a rain gauge designed to reduce consumption to a minimum, which allows it to be used on stations powered exclusively by a solar panel and battery.
As far as the software is concerned, a centralized system will be provided for the configuration and maintenance of the network, together with a database, data visualization software and mobile apps that will allow to monitor the progress of the network even "on the go".
The consortium will also carry out installation, start-up, calibration and testing activities, as well as integration services with existing data belonging to the Hydro-meteorological Service of the Republic of Serbia. Finally, a specialized training will be provided to the end users, CAE says.
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