Forest fires present one of the main risks for the nature and protected forest areas. Detection the fire in early phase remains one of the biggest challenges for researchers and institutions in Crisis Management Systems in Europe.
This is the reason a lot of projects (including EU projects) to be started recently in computer-based forest fires early detection and monitoring, intended to be implemented in areas of particular importance (National Parks).
The ASPires project will develop a novel model of an information system for early detection, monitoring and prediction of forest fires in areas of particular importance, providing high fire danger forecast and prediction.
The goal of the project is to develop advanced concepts for early detection systems of forest fires that integrates sensor networks and mobile (drone) technologies for data collection and acquisition of those data at existing Crisis Management Information Systems (CMIS).
The general objective of the project is to develop advanced concepts of systems for early detection of forest fires that integrates sensor networks and mobile (drone) technologies for data collection, acquisition and analyses, which will be capable to improve the percentage of detecting of forest fires in areas of particular importance, to monitor areas with high and changing fire weather index, hot spots and areas already affected by forest fires, and to predict the behavior of forest fires. The system shares information and exchanges data between authorities, and at all levels of a national Crisis Management System. It improves the coordination mechanisms between local, regional and national authorities, enhanced partnerships between different public authorities and relevant stakeholders such as academia, research institutions, and the private sector, in particular for forest fires prevention in participating beneficiaries states and eligible third countries.
The team working on the project is consisting of the coordinator Hochschule Fulda University of Applied Sciences, Hesse, Germany and the partners Military Academy „General Mihailo Apostolski" – Skopje, Comicon Ltd. - Sofia, InterConsult Bulgaria Ltd. – Sofia and National Cluster for Intelligent Transport and Energy Systems (NCITES) – Sofia.
The project is funded by the European Commission /EC/.