RALEIGH- Last week, Governor Roy Cooper declared a state of emergency in NC, a full week ahead of the anticipated landfall of Hurricane Florence. This declaration allows emergency resources to “pre-respond,” deploying ahead of the disaster, much better positioning for successful response.
The Internet of Things (IoT) has been hyped for several years as the 4th Industrial Revolution and the next big wave of the economy. In large part, this excitement is driven by the understanding that IoT data is so massive, it allows industry to stop being reactive to the market and instead to be predictive and much more profitable. The same principles apply to smart government.
While weather forecasting remains an inexact science, the accuracy is improving dramatically year over year in large part due to IoT. Weather stations were some of the earliest hubs of remote data collection. Weather balloons and the dropsonde sensors dropped from jets into hurricanes provide critical data, all connected wirelessly to data servers that crunch, analyze and make recommended actions. This data, analyzed in real time, is constantly improving based on machine learning and artificial intelligence algorithms trained with data from prior storms – enabling pre-response.