HISPASAT and Pyro join forces for comprehensive forest protection using satellites
HISPASAT, the Spanish operator and satellite solutions and services provider of the Red Eléctrica Group, has reached an agreement with Pyro, a specialist in forest sensor technology, to jointly market a comprehensive early fire prevention and detection system via satellites which uses a system of sensors connected through the IoT (Internet of Things).
Specifically, this proposal by HISPASAT and Pyro is based on automating monitoring in forested areas. The solution jointly analyzes the information collected continuously through sensors and weather forecasts while providing relevant information about the forest’s status available to locals and organizations in real time. The early fire detection system – which boasts no false alarms unlike other detection systems – also features ongoing fire monitoring, even at night, which also enable users to predict how the fire will evolve in adjacent forest areas.
This service achieves these goals thanks to data parameters like temperature, relative humidity, CO, CO2, and wind speed and direction collected by Pyro’s BSeed Watch sensors which have a useful life of four years. These devices, spread across large forest areas, send their information to a data collection point. Thanks to an easy-to-implement solar powered satellite connection provided by HISPASAT, this point continuously and immediately sends this information to the cloud to be analyzed and offered to users by means of the service platform.
High intensity fires, which are on the rise in recent years due to phenomena like climate change and rural population decline, involve a major environmental and economic impact for affected areas and a clear risk to residents of nearby towns and members of the fire department. Ignacio Sanchis, the Chief Commercial Officer of HISPASAT, stated that “we are convinced that the comprehensive forest protection system that we have developed together with Pyro can be a highly valuable tool to guarantee much more accurate, efficient and safe forest monitoring.”
José Luis Liz, CEO of Pyro, added that “HISPASAT’s universal satellite coverage allows the information from our sensors to be recorded at any point in the forest, no matter how remote, in an ongoing and immediate manner. This is essential to guarantee that emergency teams can respond quickly in the event of a fire.”