Smart way to checkrising floodwaters

  • Metro News
  • Friday, 04 May 2018

(Front, from left) Sophic Automation project manager C.Y. Tan showing Chow the sensor installed beside a drain at a flood-prone area in Lintang P. Ramlee, Penang. — Photo: CHAN BOON KAI /The Star

AS a measure to receive early flood detection, the Penang Island City Council (MBPP) has installed water-level sensors at 10 flood-prone areas.

Its secretary Addnan Mohd Razali said the sensors would keep track of the water levels along the drains and road level, especially during heavy rainfall.

He said the system would send out notification on the water level in green (normal), yellow (alert), orange (warning) and red (danger).

“The colour green indicates that the situation is normal, as the water level is below 75% of the height of the drain.

“When it becomes yellow, it shows that the water level has reached 75% of the height of the drain.

“If the indicator shows orange, it means that the water has reached the road level.

“Red indicates that the road surface is flooded with the water level rising up to 250mm,” he said during a press conference at Lintang P. Ramlee on Thursday.

The areas identified were Lebuh McNair/Lebuh Presgrave, Jalan P. Ramlee (opposite SMK Abdullah Munshi), Jalan Langkawi (Masjid Kebun Lama near to bridge), Jalan Utama (Penang Hospital), Jalan Ayer Itam (opposite Penang Mosque), Jalan Lumba Kuda, Lebuhraya Thean Tek (opposite Bandar Baru Air Itam market), Jalan Tun Dr Awang (opposite SPICE), Jalan Mayang Pasir (opposite Hotel Sri Malaysia) and Jalan Sultan Azlan Shah (in front of Clarion Sdn Bhd).

Addnan said the warnings would be channelled to the MBPP 24-hour hotline through SMS.

He said the information would then be passed to the Squad Pantas of MBPP for further action based on their Standard Operating Procedure (SOP) for early preparation in disasters.

State Flood Mitigation Committee chairman Chow Kon Yeow said relevant information would be displayed on MBPP website at

He said the public could click on the community programme menu and water-level sensor for the latest information during floods.

“The system will be further improved with the set-up of the Intelligent Operation Centre (IOC), where notifications will be sent through an application on smartphone.

“The application is expected to be completed in early June.

“Surveillance can also be carried out through dashboard in IOC from time to time.

“The water-level sensors are part of the Smart City System we are working towards,” he said, adding that Sophic Automation Sdn Bhd was appointed through open tender to implement the smart city project in Penang.

Chow said the technology using the IBM technology would be carried out in stages for three years, from December last year until 2020 at the cost of RM12mil.

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