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Digital Technology Supports Environmental Agency

Digital Technology Supports Environmental Agency

The Environment Agency is using cloud computing technology to provide flood forecasting services.

The contract was agreed with IT services firm CGI.The deal is worth £5m and is on a three year contract.

It includes the design and delivery of the latest Future Flood Forecasting System (FFFS) for England. The agency aims to provide earlier flood warnings by introducing more automation and a better user experience through map-based virtualisation.

The deal also sees the agency bring different regional systems into a single national platform.

Deputy director of the flood incident management at the Environment Agency, Craig Woolhouse, said: “We are absolutely committed to increasing the timeliness, accuracy and usefulness of our flood forecasts to improve our response to flooding, and the Future Flood Forecasting System will play a key role. It will bring together regional systems in a single national system to make it quicker and easier to monitor forecasts and provide our experts with more time to analyse the data and communicate with our teams on the ground.” 

IT systems are increasingly being used more and more for running data analytics for predicting natural disasters. In 2016 CGI was commissioned to develop a proof of concept for a service that will provide insurance firms with information about future windstorms.

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