Enterprise Awards2017

One to watch

Community Slope SAFE

Category finalist

Professor Neil Dixon and Dr Alister Smith – School of Civil and Building Engineering - and Dr James Flint – Wolfson School of Mechanical, Electrical and Manufacturing Engineering
Close-up photograph of the Community Slope SAFE technology

In the past 10 years, landslides have caused more than 30,000 fatalities, predominantly in South East Asia, Central and South America.

Loughborough technology – Community Slope SAFE – could revolutionise landslide monitoring and help protect vulnerable communities.

The system “listens” to slope displacements, detecting the onset of a landslide, and communicates wirelessly with a base station located in the community, alerting them to the danger and providing valuable time to evacuate.

The innovative sensor system – that is easy to install and operate – has performed well in laboratory tests and project partner Datalink Electronics is developing the design to support high-volume, low-cost production.

The system will undergo field trials with collaborators Universiti Sains Malaysia; JKR; Slopewatch, Malaysia; and NGO FHI 360, Myanmar. Further trial opportunities are being pursued in Nepal and Brazil.

In line with UN calls for affordable early warning systems, Community Slope SAFE has the potential to save lives and safeguard critical infrastructure worldwide.