The FireWatch early bushfire detection system uses core technology developed by the German Aerospace Institute (DLR) for the NASA Mars Pathfinder Mission. The European Space Agency had the responsibility of building the technology to survey the surface of Mars prior to the Pathfinder vehicle landing on the Red Planet, and it is this patented scanning technology that IQ FireWatch evolved into the FireWatch Bushfire Detection system.
After over 6 years of success in Germany, FireWatch Australia introduced the technology in Australia in 2010. The system was trialled in the Otway Ranges in Victoria and a series of controlled tests in Tumut in New South Wales as part of a trial of early detection technology funded by the Federal Government.
The 2010 trials whilst suboptimal in a number of ways, showed the potential of the technology and since this time, FireWatch has been significantly improved and perfected with substantial continuous investment. The systems trialled in 2010 were Generation 2 systems. Today we are rolling out Generation 7 systems around the world.