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NEC provides landslide warning detection system

Tokyo, August 30, 2017 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that it has provided a system for detecting the landslide risk of hillsides in Isahaya City, Nagasaki Prefecture, Japan. The system provides landslide risk information in real-time by measuring the amount of moisture contained in the soil. The system began operation earlier this month in tandem with another system for supporting official announcements of various types, including those for recommending and ordering evacuations.

The landslide warning detection system capitalizes on NEC's original technology for calculating the potential of a landslide. The technology features mobile sensor units which are installed on hillsides in order to measure moisture amounts. This enables the visualization of landslide risk on a real-time basis.

With the introduction of these systems on a trial basis, Isahaya City is seeking to visualize changes in the landslide risk of hillsides caused by heavy rain and localized downpours and to make sure of the effectiveness of its recommendations and orders for rapid evacuation.
"Isahaya City can gain information leading to the detection of landslide disaster signs with the introduction of these systems. We expect that the integrated management of information for landslide risk and the precipitation alerts that are provided through these systems will help to protect the well-being of the local community," said Toshinori Matsufuji, Chief Director, General Affairs Section, Isahaya City Office.

"NEC is focused on the public solutions business, and will continue to contribute to society by offering new technologies and solutions that apply the Internet of Things and other advanced information and communications technologies as part of our disaster prevention efforts," said Minoru Hirata, General Manager, Smart Infrastructure Division, NEC Corporation.


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