The Shanghai Water Authority is using Echelon Corporation’s technology to prevent flooding in the Taihu River Valley region – an area covering almost 37,000 km² and home to over 30 million people. Echelon is a leading supplier of technology for the LONWORKS® control networking platform.

The LONWORKS-based flood control system provides water level data in real-time, enabling the water authority to see conditions across the entire region. It optimises operations with simultaneous control of all flood gates and pump stations; should water levels reach flood stages, notification is sent to the central control office and officials can take immediate action to close the flood gates remotely. The system also provides a platform for modification or expansion in future.