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Project: Forest Fire Detection and Alarming Using Existing Telecommunications Infrastructure

Acronym: FireTec
Main Objective:
It is clear that a reliable fire-detection system that can detect fire in its early state, is mandatory to prevent asset damage and human casualties. I addition, as became evident after the catastrophic forest fires that sweep Portugal in 2017 causing several deaths, as important as detecting the fire is alarming all people so they can take measures to protect them and their goods and/or avoid the fire zones and roads.
This project aims to develop and implement an integrated automatic system for the forest fire detection and alarming, which can be embedded into the existing telecommunications infrastructure based on optical fibers. Since nowadays, the optical fibers are the dominant media for present-day telecommunications, and optical networks run through forests and along highways. FireTec joins several researchers from different groups with a common purpose of demonstrating that the operators’ infrastructures can be used as a direct benefit for our population.
Thus, the main objectives of this project are:
1. Research, implement and test a fiber optic distributed sensor system able to detect a fire in its early state using the Telecommunications fiber network;
2. Develop and implement an innovative alarming system, which will use the local FM stations to broadcast the emergency alerts in the case of a fire risk. Alarming through car radios can prevent loss of human lives on the roads passing through forests;
3. Integrate the system developed into a combined system for the forest fire detection and alarming and making it compatible to the existing technologies in Internal Affair Ministry (MAI)/Civil Protection.
Reference: UIDB/50008/2020-UIDP/50008/2020
Funding: IT
Start Date: 01-09-2020
End Date: 31-08-2022
Team: Ana Maria Sousa da Rocha, Rogério Nunes Nogueira, António Navarro Rodrigues, Nuno Miguel Goncalves Borges de Carvalho
Groups: Optical Components and Subsystems - Av, Mobile Networks – Av, Radio Systems – Av
Partners: n/a
Local Coordinator: Ana Maria Sousa da Rocha
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