Kerlink teams for AI-based IoT wildfire prevention

Kerlink teams for AI-based IoT wildfire prevention

By Nick Flaherty

French wireless networking specialist Kerlink has teamed up with NetOP Technology for an AI-based a wildfire-prevention system

This summer has seen a record 187,114 fires around the world as a result of global heating. To help identify risk areas, the sub-GHz wireless system combines Kerlink Wirnet gateways with NetOP Technology Forest Capsules that measure meteorological conditions such as humidity, temperature, CO2 and the concentration of volatile organic compounds (VOC) using built-in sensors.

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The long-range mesh network allows the wireless device to detect, collect and report dangerous conditions even in very remote locations via Kerlink’s LoRaWAN gateways, while the AI capabilities identify likely fire outbreaks with their exact GPS location. The system’s intelligent dashboard features an integrated AI layer, sensors with machine-learning functions, forest fire prediction, on-line risk calculation, smart live maps of terrain, real-time heat maps and alarm scenarios.

“Our technology and Kerlink’s very wide LoRaWAN coverage allow forest and wildlands managers to expand their monitoring far beyond traditional capabilities of smoke detection and early fire observation,” said Olcay Taysi, co-founder of NetOP Technology. “By predicting where fires are likely to start, the Forest Capsule system helps officials spend their monitoring and surveillance activities more effectively.”

“This solution delivers on the global scale by helping to anticipate climate change consequences potentially resulting in vast fires, and locally it protects wildlife and enables organizations to conserve water and other resources used in fighting fires,” said Romain Weryk, Kerlink key account manager. “Kerlink’s expertise on gateways and communication management is widely recognized for the robust performance those features deliver in diverse and challenging environments, and they make Kerlink an obvious partner for this world’s-first, IoT wildfire-prevention application.”

Amsterdam-based NetOP Technology, which is also a Kerlink distributor, develops and produces hardware and software based on Low Power Wide Area Networks (LPWAN) with a complete hardware management platform and software development kit (SDK) for the IoT. NetOP Technology’s low-energy wireless cloud sensor family is modular and ready to integrate with IoT platform protocols. There are more than 80 different LPWAN sensors in NetOP Technology’s portfolio and they have an innovative, patented, and unique structure that combines with each other to bring thousands of IoT devices to the market.;

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