FireWatch Australia

FireWatch Cost Comparison

Taking into account the overall system performance, FireWatch offers the lowest investment and operation costs compared to competitive solutions.

The significant parameter for an economical evaluation is costs per area to be monitored rather than the costs of a single system.

Below is a cost analysis of an installation senario showing two installation configurations for the one site and the direct cost comparison for each.

The installation senario image below shows a CCTV installation covering 310,000 hectares with 25 systems and 5 working spaces versus the FireWatch system with 10 systems and 2 working spaces monitoring the same area:

FireWatch Installations for Cost Comparison

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Cost Comparison*
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Investment cost for an area of 3000-5000km2

CCTV
FireWatch
FireWatch (10 systems)
1,100,000
CCTV (25 systems)
1,000,000
TOTAL
1,000,000
1,100,000
     

Annual cost for an area of 3000-5000km2

CCTV
FireWatch
Personal (1 operator)
25,000
Personal (5 operators)
125,000
Maintenance (10 systems)
15,000
Maintenance (25 systems)
30,000
TOTAL
155,000
40,000
     

Total system cost over an expected lifetime of 10 years

CCTV
FireWatch
Investment
1,000,000
1,100,000
Personal
1,250,000
250,000
Maintenance
300,000
150,000
TOTAL
2,550,000
1,500,000

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*Costs are approximate only and vary depending on order, size, geographical location, climate and other infrastructure considerations.

*Prices are based on 'A Strategic Review of the Wildfire Detection'.
Saskatchewan Forest Centre 2004
Operator $25,000 per fire season
Maintenance and spare parts 6% of hardware costs.