FireBlanket tech could revolutionise bushfire detection

In ForestTECH by FIEA

NRMA FireBlanket is new IoT technology working towards the early detection of bushfire via connected smoke detectors in Australian bushland.

NRMA has embarked on a new project to explore potential of fire prevention technologies with Data61, a division of CSIRO.

The partnership follows two years of research and development with innovation partner Tricky Jigsaw, part of the M&C Saatchi Group, to build and test an early bushfire detection prototype called NRMA FireBlanket.

FireBlanket is an early bushfire detection and monitoring network prototype made up of sensor nodes that detect bushfire smoke in the air. If smoke is detected, the nodes communicate with one another wire a wireless network to locate the source. Alerts can then be sent and situations continually monitored.

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