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Children's forest fire detection system deployed by Sony Europe [Dec. 2nd, 2009|05:13 pm]
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The Forest Guard team was excited as their partnership with Sony reached a vital stage, with the youngsters having the enormous satisfaction of seeing their forest wildfire detection system set up in their local forest for testing.

Their idea uses a network of solar-powered CCTV cameras and citizen fire watchers over the web to obtain advance warning of wildfires before they manage to spread. Forest Guard has been working hard with Sony engineers over the summer, resulting in an initial version of the system being installed and tested in the team’s local Tahoe National Forest in California. The University of Nevada, Reno offered the project local support with Dr. Graham Kent and his team helping test and maintain the network of cameras.

“We are so pleased we could bring our technology and engineering skills to this project and help this young team’s idea become a reality”, says Morgan David, Divisional Director, Research and Development (R&D) at Sony. “To apply technology to help solve the problems of climate change is at the heart of Sony’s philosophy and we will continue to collaborate with the Forest Guard initiative and support this project.”

The Sony designs and software for the Forest Guard proof of concept will be released in to the public domain and a white paper will also be made available so that the technology is available to all scientists, governments and NGOs working to combat wildfires globally.

This month, some of the team will also be returning to Copenhagen during the United Nations Climate Change Conference (COP15) to present the ‘proof of concept’ with Sony at the Bright Green exhibition (12th – 13th December 2009). Forest Guard will be showcasing how their idea can make a difference globally to both people’s lives and carbon emissions. H.R.H The Crown Prince of Denmark, the US Secretary of Commerce and the US Ambassador to Denmark are dignitaries set to attend Bright Green alongside General Manager of LEGO Education Jens Maibom and world famous inventor Dean Kamen.