The University of Coimbra
A surveillance system will be created through the setting up of optical cameras on the power lines of REN Redes Energéticas Nacionais – Portugal’s National Energy Networks located in the forest. These systems provide real time images, identifying fire ignition points, local meteorological information and data about vegetation. This will be possible through the setting up of sensors, which send this communication to information systems created for this purpose.
This investigation will provide technological tools to detect potential fire outbreaks, but above all to monitor fire and simulate fire behavior, contributing to the resilience and integrity of power infrastructures.
These innovative tools will have an impact on the improvement of prevention systems, firefighting and risk reduction for the teams involved, as well as on the management of other existing infrastructures in the territories, such as power, road, rail and industrial infrastructures, among others.
It will be installed a set of surveillance systems in the northern and central regions of Portugal, which will enable a better integrated management of rural fires, in an area that could reach around 226,000 hectares of the country’s forest cover.
This strategic line operates in the following items:
These innovative tools will have an impact on the improvement of prevention systems, firefighting and risk reduction
In the need of a more effective forest monitor,
rePLANT will develop the following actions:
A subsystem based on optical cameras
A meteorological subsystem
A power supply subsystem
A communication subsystem
High voltage environment testing
Installing a prototype in a real environment.
Implementation of an alarm system and a proximity analysis infrastructure
Protection for infrastructures
These are the activities pointed for protect infrastructures:
Analysis and systematization of fire behavior simulation models and wind field dispersion
Identification of input data sources in system implementation zones
Definition, design and implementation of the decision support system
Definition, implementation and configuration of components and end-points
Responding to the needs above, rePLANT will do the following activities:
Data collection and analysis
Sampling, planning, execution and data processing
Field data analysis and modeling
Elaboration of the technical manual
Sample definition and building a mental model reference
Validation of mental models
Elaboration of risk communication proposals