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Dryad Networks and Kinéis Partner for Satellite-Enabled Wildfire Early Detection

By Eric Van Rees - 28th June 2024 - 04:47

Dryad Networks, a provider of ultra-early wildfire detection and forest monitoring, announced a strategic partnership with Kinéis, a French satellite operator and global connectivity provider for the Internet of Things (IoT).

This collaboration will integrate Kinéis's direct-to-satellite capabilities into Dryad's next-generation Silvanet wildfire sensors, opening up groundbreaking new deployment possibilities.

Dryad's solar-powered gas sensors, equipped with AI, monitor and detect early signs of wildfires by analysing air quality and identifying unique gas patterns indicative of fires. When integrated with Kinéis' satellite constellation, this network will overcome terrestrial limitations, ensuring near real-time global connectivity.

This synergy enables the early detection of wildfires even in remote areas without terrestrial network coverage, sending critical alerts to authorities via Kinéis' 25 satellites, thus greatly enhancing emergency response capabilities and aiding in the preservation of natural areas and protection of critical infrastructure.

Protecting Critical Linear Infrastructure

Power line and rail companies face unique wildfire risks due to their linear assets spanning vast, remote areas. Previously, deploying comprehensive sensor coverage in these scenarios could be challenging due to limitations in terrestrial network coverage. Dryad’s integration of Kineis's satellite technology addresses this challenge, enabling a simplified and cost-efficient direct sensor-to-satellite communication for unparalleled wildfire detection and prevention along critical corridors.

In particular, installations for linear infrastructure such as powerlines or railways, or in difficult terrain such as mountainous regions will benefit from direct-to-satellite connectivity. With a significantly simplified installation, Silvanet wildfire sensors will become even more cost-effective. Direct-to-satellite connectivity ensures continuous, reliable detection in remote areas, crucial for wildfire mitigation efforts.

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