Hurricane Irma is the first major hurricane to make landfall in South Florida since hurricane Wilma in 2005. A Category 4 when it hit the Keys in Florida, over 400 miles wide with sustained winds of over 152 miles per hour, Irma caused widespread and catastrophic damage in parts of the northeastern Caribbean and Florida Keys. While Florida escaped being in the path of the eye of the storm, it was still reported to have gotten peak gusts at 72mph and sustained winds at 53mph. At the Bluvision headquarters in Fort Lauderdale, while we boarded up the office and hunkered down in our homes with flashlights, we put our trusted beacons to work on the office glass windows. The idea was to see the effect of vibration on the glass windows and also monitor HVAC so we get real-time alerts on power outages.
We placed a beacon each on the conference room windows facing the four directions– North, East, South, West. The Bluvision team kept checking the status of the beacons in Bluzone, our cloud solution.
Bluvision beacons have embedded sensors for temperature (-30°C to +77°C range), motion (3-axis accelerometer), ambient light, magnetic current, and others.
Irma passed through Fort Lauderdale sometime after noon on Sunday September 10, 2017. As you can see form the hi-speed Z-axis vibration that the highest peak of vibration occurred at 2 PM shortly after which there was a power outage for 3 days as can be seen with the dip and inactivity in the metric. What can also be noted is that the winds were coming South-West so the East window experienced the most vibration.
We are lucky Irma passed through without causing much damage to us at Fort Lauderdale. We are also glad we were able to monitor the office status remotely using our beacons and didn’t have to sit through the sweltering heat at 107.6°F.
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