Real-time Image of River Levels by Alert System

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Shropshire-based Shoothill developed its GaugeMap with the help of a £97,000 award from Innovate UK, The map is a visualisation of river levels at 2,481 Environment Agency river gauges

Anyone can view the map online for an overall picture of national river levels or search for levels and river flow at individual measuring stations. Twitter users can also follow individual gauges and receive two alerts a day.

The system was being developed in early 2014 as the UK was devastated by a series of floods. At that point the Environment Agency asked Shoothill to produce a set of application programme interfaces (APIs) for its software, including for river gauges, so there could be open access to the data for other software developers.

Rod Plummer, managing director, Shoothill, said:

Without the grant from Innovate UK we would not have been able to build GaugeMap and therefore we would not have had those APIs ready for the floods.

All of these other companies and thousands and thousands of individuals now recognise the brand Shoothill. It’s also enabled us to specialise in water visualisation.

Source: GOV.UK

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