Once bushfire smoke has been detected, the system alerts the Control Room, where further analysis by experienced fire fighters, forestry professionals or fire spotters can determine if the alert is a fire of concern. This analysis minimises the chance of a false alarm being sent to the authorities, and the misallocation of scarce fire fighting resources, saving time and money.
As the sensor has the ability to pinpoint the exact location via topographical data, authorities are given the exact location of the bushfire and can promptly deploy the right resources to extinguish the fire. The information from the sensor also provides vital information about the size of the fire, how fast it is moving and the direction it is travelling.
To achieve this result, FireWatch would use a range of meteorological information as well as the skills and experience of the fire spotters, volunteer fire fighters or forestry professionals operating the system. FireWatch sensors operate in real time, 24 hours a day, every day of the year, both day and night.