In 2016, 160 490 hectares were burned in Portugal, more than twice the average area burned in the 2006-2015 decade. In 2017 we have already surpassed 500,000 hectares of burning forest and more than 100 mortal victims. Undoubtedly, this reality is a national scourge that, year after year, destroys our forest heritage and more importantly it has been taking lives indiscriminately.
Aware of the impact that this problem represents, we resolve to get our hands on the ground and guide our creative potential to solutions that better help forest monitoring and alarm mechanisms.
The Project SmartForest aims to develop applications for owners of forest parks, for real-time monitoring of their property. Through a network of low-cost sensors we intend to anticipate the environmental conditions conducive to the occurrence of fires and to detect them at the beggining.
Through the alerts generated by the system we intend to improve the response time of the
SmartForest is proud to announce the first pilot project implemented at Quinta do Pisão in Cascais, we are developing a proof of concept and testing the solution on the ground in real time. At the end of this pilot project, a product will be tested and adjusted ready for the market.
We are proud to announce that the SmartForest project was among the seven final winning projects in the 2017 edition of the Acredita Portugal. Promoted by Montepio, this contest aims to reward the best projects and help all Portuguese to develop their entrepreneurial ideas.
We are, also, proud to announce that the SmartForest project was chosen as a finalist project for the Smart Green area, among 20 others in five areas overall, for the Big Smart Cities. Promoted by Vodafone Power Lab and Ericsson, this is a portuguese platform with a pre-acceleration program that awards technological ideas that improve life in cities.