Climate Change Effects Confronted Through Edge AI Solutions from Eurotech and WaterView

By Chantal Polsonetti

Acquisition or Partnership

Eurotech, an enabler of the Internet of Things (IoT) in mission-critical applications, and WaterView, a company specialized in computer vision and AI for meteorology, hydrology, and environmental modeling, have signed a Memorandum of Understanding for a strategic partnership to enable real-time weather condition monitoring applications for climate change effects.

Eurotech’s hardware and software enable a simple and fast deployment of WaterView’s AI at the Edge. The integrated solution transforms existing surveillance cameras into remotely managed intelligent sensors without the need to change the existing infrastructure, to detect early signs of the increasingly recurring extreme weather events and quantify natural disasters.

By joining forces, Eurotech and WaterView are demonstrating the potential of cameras as sentinels for the environment, to monitor weather and its effects. The first joint pilot projects are on-going, and opportunities have been identified in the markets of:

  • smart infrastructures by leveraging cameras on highways and railways - on average 1 device every 3 to 5 km, over 100 thousand estimated cameras in Europe and USA
  • onboard trains and truck fleets, where cameras are already installed for other applications
  • on tower sites – over 426 thousand telco towers in Europe and over 1 million including USA

Accidents can be avoided by analyzing the level of rain and snow on roads and rail tracks. Flood damages can be safely evaluated by measuring the water level at a distance, and wildfires can be prevented by detecting smoke at early stages.

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