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FireWatch: G.I.S.-Assisted Wireless Sensor Networks for Forest Fires

  • Panayiotis G. Andreou
  • George Constantinou
  • Demetrios Zeinalipour-Yazti
  • George Samaras
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7338)

Abstract

Traditional satellite and camera-based systems, are currently the predominant methods for detecting forest fires. Our study has identified that these systems lack immediacy as detected fires must gain some momentum before they are detected. In addition, they suffer from decreased accuracy especially during the night, where visibility is diminished. In this paper, we present FireWatch, a system that aims to overcome the aforementioned limitations by combining a number of technologies including Wireless Sensor Networks, Computer-supported Cooperative Work and Geographic Information Systems in a transparent manner. Compared to satellite and camera-based approaches, FireWatch is able to detect forest fires more accurately and forecast the forest fire danger more promptly. FireWatch is currently scheduled to be deployed at the Cypriot Department of Forests.

Keywords

Geographic Information System Sensor Node Wireless Sensor Network Virtual Machine Geographic Information System 
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References

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    Andreou, P., Zeinalipour-Yiazti, D., Chrysanthis, P.K., Samaras, G.: Towards a Network-aware Middleware for Wireless Sensor Networks. In: 8th International Workshop on Data Management for Sensor Networks (DMSN 2011), The Westin Hotel, Seattle, WA, USA, August 29 (2011)Google Scholar
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    European Commision Joined Research Center: Forest Fires in Southern Europe. Report No.1 (July 2001)Google Scholar
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    European Forest Fire Information System – EFFIS, http://effis.jrc.it/Home/
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    NASA MODIS website, http://modis.gsfc.nasa.gov/

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2012

Authors and Affiliations

  • Panayiotis G. Andreou
    • 1
  • George Constantinou
    • 1
  • Demetrios Zeinalipour-Yazti
    • 1
  • George Samaras
    • 1
  1. 1.Department of Computer ScienceUniversity of CyprusNicosiaCyprus

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