The ForestWatch® System
Vital early detection and rapid, informed decision-making is saving lives, property and resources when fires flare up.
The ForestWatch® Wildfire Detection and Monitoring System – developed by South Africa-based technology firm EnviroVision Solutions – is one of the most advanced wildfire detection systems in the world.
Combining high-definition imaging systems with purpose-built image processing software, ForestWatch uses mathematical and image processing algorithms to optically scan wide areas and detect the earliest telltale signs of smoke. This signature is used to alert an operation at a control center monitoring many imaging systems and thousands of square miles of property, and draw their attention to where a problem may be developing. The operator can use a range of tools including the powerful zoom lens capability of the camera, and image processing tools that make smoke vastly more visible than to the naked eye, to determine if the apparent smoke is actionable or not. If so, the smoke column can be located and referenced to available Geographic information to identify the appropriate responding agency, landowner, and other information, and resources dispatched accurately.
The award-winning ForestWatch® Wildfire Detection and Monitoring System is a powerful decision support tool and early warning system that has been used with great success by governments and forestry industries around the world since 2003 – protecting your greatest assets in a cost-effective and resource-conscious manner.
Why Computer Augmented Detection?
The use of advanced vision systems such as cameras, computers and software to automatically detect forest fires has generated some debate among forest managers. We recognize traditional detection methods – such as human lookouts and aerial surveillance – have been used effectively for many years.
EVS wants to emphasize making the switch to automated detection through ForestWatch(r) produces some definite benefits beginning with faster response time, cost savings and greater coverage. Those benefits just scratch the surface of all of the tools ForestWatch(r) brings to the firefighting industry.
Significant reduction in time between fire ignition, discovery and dispatch:
Greatly increase situational awareness while reducing staff costs:
Nighttime detection for 24/7 protection:
Real-time visual and weather data:
Multiple uses for year-round operational efficiency:
Learn more about ForestWatch®
- Why ForestWatch® is your best choice in an automatic fire detection system.
- A step-by-step explanation of how ForestWatch® works.
- Where ForestWatch® and other EVS smart sensory systems are currently in operation.
- ForestWatch® success stories: Media articles and our clients speaking for themselves.
Alternatively, you can contact EnviroVision Solutions for more information.