The Netherlands — Apeldoorn — The Peneda European Network of Biogenetic Reserves, the Natura 2000 network, and PAN Parks network chose Forest Fire Finder (FFF) patented technology from NGNS that includes spectrometers from Avantes to protect its Peneda-Gerês National Park in Portugal–an area of more than 700 square kilometers. The project includes 13 FFF systems, with optical remote sensors and spectrometers (http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/print/volume-49/issue-05/features/spectrometers–miniature-spectrometer-designs-open-new-applicati.html) that distinguish organic smoke (http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/print/volume-45/issue-2/features/photonics-applied-atmospheric-monitoring-new-photonic-devices-boost-environmental-monitoring-capabilities.html) of forest fires from other sources at a distance of up to 15 km.
The FFF is a combination of spectroscopy, video, and mobile communications. When smoke from a forest fire is detected, an alarm is automatically triggered. Live images from the starting fire are sent to the authorities, in combination with the exact location and meteorological information. It includes weather stations that monitor the temperature, humidity, wind speed and direction (http://www.laserfocusworld.com/articles/print/volume-48/issue-05/features/wind-energy-gets-a-boost-from-wind-turbine-lidar.html), rainfall and a thermal camera in a critical valley in the center of the park. In case of an alarm, the FFF system provides additional information to the control centers, such as the direction of the fire or exact location if two systems detect the event, photos of the detected fire and meteorological data, which is sent to a central server. From this server, the alerts to other devices are forwarded.
The FFF incorporates an AvaSpec-ULS2048 spectrometer. Using optical spectroscopy gives this instrument the unique capability of recognizing organic smoke and distinguish it from other sources (like factory smoke). This makes the FFF technology extremely reliable and specific for forest fires. NGNS expects to launch additional projects and to drive the current projects in Brazil, Argentina, Australia and other international markets.
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