Dr. Stephen sees around eight patients every day. One of his recent cases was a Page 3 journalist. She complained that her active social life and dining out habits meant fewer sleep hours. Although she had no worrying symptoms, Dr. Stephen prescribed an echocardiograph. The results showed that there was a blockage in the left artery. This simple preventive measure by Dr. Stephen after an insight into her lifestyle habits probably saved her from a heart attack.
Moral of the story? Effective insights lead to better-informed decision-making.
Let’s put that statement into effect in the case of Structural Health Monitoring (SHM).
Installing sensors on structures like bridges provide better insights into their health. Decisions regarding public safety can then be actioned immediately and effectively.
The lack of such insights can lead to bridge collapses and thousands of lives can be lost in the process. Some of the reasons behind this are often due to red tape bureaucracy such as:
- Difficulties in allocation of budget for bridge safety
- Delay in implementation of the latest technology
- Absence of a dedicated workspace for bridge inspection
These can lead to serious and life-harming incidents. The images of the collapse of the Ultadanga flyover in 2013 and the Majerhat bridge collapse in 2018, in Kolkata, India, are all but too fresh in our heads. There have been 112 cases of notable bridge collapses around the world in the last two decades.
We urge governments, companies and institutions to consider using SignaGuard’s #IoTForPublicSafety tools.
SignaGuard is an edge platform for sensor signal analysis. It transforms that analysis into actionable intelligence by data science. In other words, it can monitor the structural health of bridges thereby expanding their lifeline by enabling timely measures.
Our cost-effective, single sensor approach to Bridge Health Monitoring uses artificial intelligence to detect weaknesses and prevent costly calamities.
Stay informed, stay wise.