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Fire Detection and Management through a Multi-Sensor Network for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Areas from the Risk of Fire and Extreme Weather Conditions

Fire Detection and Management through a Multi-Sensor Network for the Protection of Cultural Heritage Areas from the Risk of Fire and Extreme Weather Conditions

Objective

The proposed project aims to develop an automatic early warning system to remotely monitor areas of archaeological and cultural interest from the risk of fire and extreme weather conditions. Since these areas have been treasured and tended for very long periods of time, they are usually surrounded by old and valuable vegetation or situated close to forest regions, which exposes them to an increased risk of fire. Additionally, extreme weather conditions (such as storms and floods) pose great risks for these sites. The proposed system will take advantage of recent advances in multi-sensor surveillance technologies, using a wireless sensor network capable of monitoring different modalities (e.g. temperature) andoptical and infrared cameras, as well as local weather stations on the deployment site. The signals collected from these sensors will be transmitted to a monitoring center, which will employ intelligent computer vision and pattern recognition algorithms as well as data fusion techniques to automatically analyze sensor information. The proposed system will be capable of generating automatic warning signals for local authorities whenever a dangerous situation arises. Detecting the starting position of a fire is only the first step in fire fighting. After detecting a wildfire, the main focus should be the estimation of the propagation direction and speed in order to help forest fire management. FIRESENSE will provide real-time information about the evolution of fire using wireless sensor network data. Furthermore, it will estimate the propagation of the fire based on the fuel model of the area and other important parameters such as wind speed, slope, and aspect of the ground surface. Finally, a 3-D Geographic Information System (GIS) environment will provide visualisation of the predicted fire propagation.Demonstrator deployments will be operated in selected sites in Greece, Turkey, Tunisia and Italy.
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Coordinator

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Address

Charilaou Thermi Road 6 Km
57001 Thermi Thessaloniki

Greece

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 885 480,89

Administrative Contact

Athanasios Constantopoulos (Prof.)

Participants (9)

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BILKENT UNIVERSITESI VAKIF

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 346 060

ECOLE SUPERIEURE DES COMMUNICATIONS DE TUNIS

Tunisia

EU Contribution

€ 276 735

XENICS NV

Belgium

EU Contribution

€ 241 100

STICHTING CENTRUM VOOR WISKUNDE EN INFORMATICA

Netherlands

EU Contribution

€ 316 567,25

MARAC ELECTRONICS, S.A.

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 194 532,06

BOGAZICI UNIVERSITESI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 181 870,40

HELLENIC MINISTRY OF CULTURE AND TOURISM

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 67 568

TITAN BINA ELEKTRONIK SISTEMLERI TEKNOLOJI SANAYI VE TICARET LIMITED SIRKETI

Turkey

EU Contribution

€ 30 000

CONSIGLIO NAZIONALE DELLE RICERCHE

Italy

EU Contribution

€ 157 178,40

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 244088

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 December 2009

  • End date

    28 February 2013

Funded under:

FP7-ENVIRONMENT

  • Overall budget:

    € 3 628 702,58

  • EU contribution

    € 2 697 092

Coordinated by:

ETHNIKO KENTRO EREVNAS KAI TECHNOLOGIKIS ANAPTYXIS

Greece