FireWatch, the 2012 winner of the Space Foundation's Hall of Fame Award for technology has partnered with FireWatch America, LLC to distribute early wildfire smoke detection technology here in North America.
This state-of-the-art, patented technology uses both an on-sight computer along with transmitted data to a control center as a two-step detection and analytic process. Moving in 10 degree increments, the sensor completes a 360 degree rotation every 8 to 12 minutes, during which it takes images, analyzes, and transmits those images back to the central secondary analysis. If possible fire events are detected, the system alerts fire authorities. Any suspected fire event creates a forensic digital record.
Multiple tiers of patented hardware and software technology of the FireWatch system has successfully been developed and deployed by DLR (Germany’s NASA) and its manufacturing partner IQ Wireless GmbH. FireWatch has reduced areas burned in Europe by over 85% with the same number of fire events through very early detection and location of smoke.