FIREWATCH - GIS-assisted Wireless Sensor Networks for Forest Fires
Duration: 30 months (2010 - 2013)
Principal Investigator: Γιώργος Σαμάρας
Main Funding Source: ΙΠΕ-ΔΕΣΜΗ 2009-2010 ΔΙΑΡΘΡΩΤΙΚΑ
Total Cost: 111.719,6
FireWatch’s general objectives fully comply with the objectives of the Sustainable Development programme as it aims at creating a novel monitoring information system that will enable the realtime detection of forest fires by using state of the art technologies in WSNs. Additionally, the use of modern terrain analysis and geographical information will enable the involved authorities to take better courses of actions in the case of fires (e.g., optimal navigation paths to fires) as well as save precious time by patrolling mainly the areas that are identified by FireWatch as high risk. Furthermore, via the geographical information analysis, authorities will also know the real-time evolution of fires (i.e., fire spreading direction).
The experience gained through the use of such a system will help strengthen the present government’s monitoring infrastructure and will enable the provision of high quality monitoring services. This has a high impact in improving the preservation of the environment by diminishing forest damage, salvation of the wild life and avoidance of human losses. This is equally important for the Cyprus economy as Cyprus forests are a main attraction to high quality tourist groups.