New Delhi: Search giant Google has confirmed that the artificial intelligence (AI) based flood prediction system will be available in India before monsoons this year.
The company announced this at the Google I/O developer conference recently.
The AI algorithms will be able to identify where floods are likely to break out and alerts people nearby. This is a part of Google’s new program called AI for Social Good.
The feature has been in testing since September last year. At the time, Google had partnered with the Central Water Commission to get the data they needed to roll out the testing for the early flood warnings.
This was first done in the Patna region, and the first alert went out in early September after heavy rains lashed the region. Google says that 20 percent of global flood-related fatalities happen in India.
“To help improve awareness of impending floods, we’re using AI and significant computational power to create better forecasting models that predict when and where floods will occur, and incorporating that information into Google Public Alerts,” Yossi Matias, VP, Engineering at Google had said in an official statement at the time.
The company believes that a variety of elements, including data from historical events, river level readings, terrain, and elevation of a specific area, are all included in the machine learning models used to predict floods.