Environment Australian forests get their own smoke alarms

Australian forests get their own smoke alarms

A network of inexpensive fire monitoring sensors positioned throughout bush land could be the latest early-warning system in the fight against fires.
Researchers from ECU’s Centre for Communications Engineering Research (CCER) have taken sensors and equipped them with wireless communication technology. Placed throughout an area of bush, the sensors take readings of temperature, oxygen, carbon dioxide levels as well as air contaminants.
When smoke from a fire is detected, the sensors can instantly alert fire authorities via wireless internet connection or a text message to a mobile phone, providing accurate GPS information.

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