FireWatch Australia

FireWatch early smoke detection – a vision for the future

Watch a DVD about how FireWatch smoke sensing technology can transform the way bushfire is dealt with in Australia.


How does the system work?

The FireWatch system monitors the landscape using a sophisticated sensor unit to collect data. These sensors are mounted on existing telecommunications masts or fire towers and rotate 360 degrees every 4-8 minutes...


FireWatch BW Optical Sensor Technology vs CCTV Cameras

The FireWatch system produce imagery results at 4 times higher resolution than CCTV cameras...


Welcome to FireWatch Australia

space-technology-hall-of-fameFireWatch is a terrestrial, digital, remote surveillance system capable of observing wooded regions over a large area, larger than traditional bushfire detection systems.

FireWatch, IQ Wireless and the German Aerospace Institute (DLR) were recently awarded the exceptional honour of being inducted into the Space Technology Hall of Fame in the United States, for technology that has had a significant impact on human-life on earth. Click here to download the official announcement of the Space Technology Hall of Fame award.

The FireWatch system will analyse, evaluate, link and store the collective data, classifying the incoming data in multiple ways, connected to a central station. In the event of a recognised source of fire, it automatically sends out an alarm.

FireWatch System Overview

The FireWatch system operates 24/7, during daylight hours and night time with optical sensor incorporating enhanced spectral sensitivity with near-infrared (NIR) sensing Night Vision capabilities. It has an extensive detection range and has proven to be a cost effective system to implement.

Due to its sensitivity, accuracy and reliability the FireWatch system enables earlier detection of bushfire smoke than human and CCTV systemsFireWatch Tower Trials run in Victoria and New South Wales demonstrated impressive results detecting day and night fire events up to 65.5km from the towers.

The FireWatch bushfire detection system is based upon technology developed by the German Aerospace Institute (DLR) as part of the NASA Mars Pathfinder Mission. The European Space Agency had the responsibility of surveying the surface of Mars prior to the Pathfinder vehicle landing on the Red Planet, and it is this patented scanning technology that innovative German company IQ Wireless developed into FireWatch.