THE CHALLENGE OF ENERGY CONSUMPTION

in fast detection of forest fires

Electricity consumption is the most critical technical challenge to be solved when implementing a fire detection system in a forest, where there is no power grid coverage.

In fact, the use of solar panels is challenging because trees provide shade and cover, blocking a significant portion of sunlight. The challenge, therefore, was to design a system that could work despite these terrible conditions.

Silvanet is independent of the power grid

The design included the development of firmware for data analysis with energy constraints, support for over-the-air updates, IoT security, LoRaWAN implementation, and compliance with standards, the creation of proprietary links between Mesh Gateways, the integration of multiple forms of RF connectivity in frontier gateways and cloud platforms and analysis. All this was achieved with low-power equipment, with solar panels often in the shade, in the difficult RF environment of a forest, and with the robustness necessary to ensure long-term operation. And, above all, for fire sensors, all this was done at the lowest possible cost to allow for widespread diffusion.

A fundamental challenge was the design of the sensor hardware with very low power consumption. The system works in an environment where we have very little energy input, but we have to do something complex. We have to scan gas compositions and run machine learning software that works reliably, and we have to detect fires very quickly. These are conflicting objectives, so a challenge was to select the right components with very low power consumption.

At the same time, the price is crucial because hundreds of thousands if not millions of fire sensors will need to be placed in a forest for the system to work, and the price of each component at that scale determines the cost of the system.

RAPID ALERTS

Silvanet detects fires within minutes, allowing for quick action to prevent their spread and protect forests, wildlife, and people.

GREATER EFFICIENCY

Effectively monitor and manage forest fire risks, reducing the need for costly and laborious manual monitoring operations.

COST SAVINGS

Preventing large-scale fires can save public entities millions of euros in firefighting and restoration operations.

CLIMATE ADAPTATION

By helping to prevent and manage fire outbreaks, Silvanet contributes to a more climate-resilient future.

CONSERVATION

Early detection of fires can save millions of animals from perishing and protect countless vital natural habitats.

REDUCED MAINTENANCE

Our solar-powered sensors last 10-15 years without maintenance or batteries. Updates are installed via radio (over-the-air).

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Discover more about our complete solution for fast forest fire detection, plant health, and growth monitoring.
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