RISE brokers access to the region’s living testbed to innovators and businesses interested in testing and demonstrating new resilience-building solutions. RISE shepherds businesses through the testing, demonstration, and production processes by brokering between regional assets and innovators, identifying test sites, facilitating access to data and key stakeholders, and securing city permitting to allow equipment to be installed on city property.
WIRELESS COMMUNICATIONS EVALUATION PROGRAM
In 2018 RISE established and conducted a 4-month evaluation program to assess wireless communication systems to support the deployment of water sensors. In the future such sensors will support the development of mobile apps to provide residents and businesses with real-time awareness about road flooding, among other uses. Five businesses installed their gateway radios and wireless sensors on City of Norfolk buildings, lamp posts and bridges. During the 4-month pilot period, RISE evaluated systems for:
• Ease of installation and operation
• Ease of data delivery and management
LOW COST FLOOD SENSORS EVALUATION PROGRAM
RISE is providing support to three flood sensor companies funded by Small Business Innovation Research (SBIR) grants through the Department of Homeland Security. In all, 30+ sensors in 10 different locations are being tested and evaluated in Norfolk’s urban environment over six months in 2018-2019. RISE is coordinating with the City of Norfolk, vendors and DHS to coordinate the use of the city as a resilience test bed for this project while advancing the City’s economic development goals and fostering the commercialization of low-cost flood sensors with DHS. Learn more here.
dMIST: DATA-DRIVEN MANAGEMENT FOR INTERDEPENDENT STORMWATER AND TRANSPORTATION SYSTEMS
RISE is under contract with the University of Virginia and the City of Norfolk to coordinate the use of the city as a test bed for the National Science Foundation-funded dMIST project. dMIST will develop a system to assist municipal decision makers and stakeholders in day-to-day operations to mitigate the short-term impacts of road flooding. It will also offer decision makers novel ways of testing “what if” scenarios that stretch across interdependent infrastructure systems in order to guide how large investments are used to adapt infrastructure systems to a more resilient future state. Learn more here.
Lamp Post Installation