Flåm is a perfect place to test due to the opportunity to practice real scenarios. In the mountains above the village, Joasetbergi, an unstable mountain region, can fall in the fjord and create a tidal wave. The mountain is under constant surveillance. The village has 350 inhabitants and receives over 1.4 million tourists annually.
The warning system was set up to practice an evacuation scenario where there was a fire in the battery pack on the dock for the electric boat "Future of the Fjords". Around fifty participant from the emergency services attended the exercise. Via the DAB network, the system took over screens in the village, started siren alert with warning information via speakers and guidance lights showing evacuation routes. In parallel the inhabitants of Flåm received notification via text messages and email.
-We are very pleased to see that the technology works and that both the police and the fire department confirm that this is a useful tool for them. Through the test, we demonstrated that it is possible to start evacuation before the emergency services arrive at the injury site, and thus can save human lives and values, says Geir Gjørsvik of Paneda, who is leading the development project.
Paneda together with Norkring and Fram Web have applied to the Research Council of Norway for support on further development of the system.
Through the test, we demonstrated that it is possible to start evacuation before the emergency services arrive at the injury site, and thus can save human lives and values.