Projects for the model region Harz
A network of forest fire sensors for the Harz region
Due to climatic changes, forest fires are increasingly becoming a danger for people and nature in Germany as well. In the Harz Mountains, the Future Forest Initiative is therefore currently establishing a pilot project together with Breeze Technologies, a leading supplier of air quality sensors, and Plättner Elektronik as part of our Future Forest Innovation Lab, in which modern gas sensors for the early detection of forest fires are being tested for the first time in Europe.
The Future Forest Initiative (FFI) launched an innovative project for the early detection of forest fires in 2022 in cooperation with Breeze Technologies and Plättner Elektronik. The system, based on air quality monitoring, was installed at various key locations in the Harz region.
• In Blankenburg with the support of the town of Blankenburg
• Along the route of the Herzogliche Schmalspurbahn in cooperation with the railway line
Technology & Innovation
The world's first air quality-based forest fire detection system.
This "outdoor smoke detector" automatically detects fires within a few minutes and alerts the fire brigade digitally - be it by e-mail, SMS or directly. A special feature of the system is its dual function: it not only provides warnings of forest fires, but also real-time data on air quality, which is useful for population protection measures such as evacuations in the event of acute forest fires.
Developed and produced in Germany, the system was perfected in cooperation with the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and is already in use worldwide. Now also in the Harz Mountains.
Act local, think global!
The FFI Innovation Lab works closely with Plättner Electronics and Breeze Technologies to continuously improve the forest fire detection system. In conjunction with the Ministry of Economics of Saxony-Anhalt, the district of Harz, the Harz Fire Brigade and the existing partners in the region already mentioned, the pilot project will continue in 2024. The vision of the partners is to create a system that can be used worldwide to ensure the protection of forests and communities.
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Future Forest Innovation-Lab
Many more pilot projects are planned as part of our Lab programme. Here are some selected examples that are already in the starting blocks ...