Posted by: njmc | July 8, 2009

NJMC Unveils Unique Digital Flood Control System

In its continuing effort to reduce regional flooding, the NJMC is seeking to deploy a one-of-a-kind digital flood control system that employs cutting-edge
military technology and runs on solar power. The technology would allow engineers to monitor the condition of
multiple Meadowlands District tide gates in real time and without leaving their desks.
“The NJMC has long been a leader when it comes to using alternative energy and new technologies to improve
the quality of life for those that live, work and travel through the Meadowlands District,” said Joseph Doria,
Chairman of the NJMC and Commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs. “This creative new
project will go a long way in helping us maximize our existing efforts to combat flooding in the Meadowlands.”
The new system, which requires final approval by Commissioners at the NJMC’s next meeting, would include
solar-powered monitoring devices called remote deployment terminals (RDTs). The devices would be placed
throughout the Meadowlands District on 12 older tide gates that are considered key to protecting critical and
developed areas from flooding. The heavy-duty terminals are powered by the sun and operate at night and on
cloudy days using a solar-charged back-up battery.
The RDTs are literally battle-tested, having been used in Iraq by U.S. troops and on Humvees to transmit data,
via satellite communication, from the battlefield in real time. In the Meadowlands, scientists from the
Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, the scientific arm of the NJMC, adapted the RDTs to transmit
data from the tide gates on rising or falling water levels. Once the system is deployed, NJMC engineers can
monitor any changes in water level by computer, 24-hours a day. The technology allows engineers to ensure
that tide gates are working properly and if problems are discovered, to make repairs before storms hit.
The project also illustrates the importance of the NJMC Business Accelerator, which opened in October to
support entrepreneurs as they launch their businesses, especially those focused on alternative and green
technology. One of the Accelerator’s clients, Gotham Analytics, designed the data collection and management
system for the tide gate project, a critical element to its overall success.
“This cutting-edge project is the result of a unique partnership between MERI scientists and entrepreneurs at the
Business Accelerator, and it illustrates exactly how the NJMC’s support for emerging, green-technology
businesses can provide real benefits for the Meadowlands District,” said Robert Ceberio, Executive Director of
the NJMC. “This new technology not only helps significantly with our ongoing flood-control efforts, but it does
so in an environmentally-friendly manner.”
The tide gate monitoring system is one of several flood-control projects totaling more than $8 million that the
NJMC has pursued throughout the District in the past five years. This includes a $5.5 million project – the
largest of its kind in NJMC history – with Bergen County and the state Department of Transportation to reduce
flooding on Route 17 near the Rutherford–East Rutherford border. The Commission has also launched a $1.4
million upgrade of the West Riser Tide Gates in Moonachie, which protect Teterboro Airport and its
surrounding areas.

monitorIn its continuing effort to reduce regional flooding, the NJMC is deploying a one-of-a-kind digital flood control system that employs cutting-edge military technology and runs on solar power. The technology allows engineers to monitor the condition of multiple Meadowlands District tide gates in real time and without leaving their desks.

“The NJMC has long been a leader when it comes to using alternative energy and new technologies to improve the quality of life for those that live, work and travel through the Meadowlands District,” said Joseph Doria, Chairman of the NJMC and Commissioner of the state Department of Community Affairs. “This creative new project will go a long way in helping us maximize our existing efforts to combat flooding in the Meadowlands.”

The new system, which was approved by the Commissioners at the NJMC’s last meeting, includes solar-powered monitoring devices called remote deployment terminals (RDTs). The devices will be placed throughout the Meadowlands District on 12 older tide gates that are considered key to protecting critical and developed areas from flooding. The heavy-duty terminals are powered by the sun and operate at night and on cloudy days using a solar-charged back-up battery.

The RDTs are literally battle-tested, having been used in Iraq by U.S. troops and on Humvees to transmit data, via satellite communication, from the battlefield in real time. In the Meadowlands, scientists from the Meadowlands Environmental Research Institute, the scientific arm of the NJMC, adapted the RDTs to transmit data from the tide gates on rising or falling water levels. Once the system is deployed, NJMC engineers can monitor any changes in water level by computer, 24-hours a day. The technology allows engineers to ensure that tide gates are working properly and if problems are discovered, to make repairs before storms hit.

The project also illustrates the importance of the NJMC Business Accelerator, which opened in October to support entrepreneurs as they launch their businesses, especially those focused on alternative and green technology. One of the Accelerator’s clients, Gotham Analytics, designed the data collection and management system for the tide gate project, a critical element to its overall success.

“This cutting-edge project is the result of a unique partnership between MERI scientists and entrepreneurs at the Business Accelerator, and it illustrates exactly how the NJMC’s support for emerging, green-technology businesses can provide real benefits for the Meadowlands District,” said Robert Ceberio, Executive Director of the NJMC. “This new technology not only helps significantly with our ongoing flood-control efforts, but it does so in an environmentally-friendly manner.”

The tide gate monitoring system is one of several flood-control projects totaling more than $8 million that the NJMC has pursued throughout the District in the past five years. This includes a $5.5 million project – the largest of its kind in NJMC history – with Bergen County and the state Department of Transportation to reduce flooding on Route 17 near the Rutherford–East Rutherford border. The Commission has also launched a $1.4 million upgrade of the West Riser Tide Gates in Moonachie, which protect Teterboro Airport and its surrounding areas.

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