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A team of researchers from Edith Cowan University's (ECU’s) Centre for Communications Engineering Research (CCER) has built sensors which can sniff out a forest fire, then use WiFi to tell the world. Professor Daryoush Habibi, Dr Iftekhar Ahmad and Mr Amro Qandour wrote their own mesh networking software to pull off the feat. …

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  1. TRT Silver badge

    25Km per node???

    That's just mental!

    1. Dr Trevor Marshall

      Re: 25Km per node???

      Everybody knows that a good sensor can smell fire 25Km away. It's not mental, just supernatural...

  2. Anonymous Coward
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    "a GSM module which is used in sensors closest to civilisation"

    They'll need something with a bit more range than GSM to do that in WA. I'm off to Boyup Brook this weekend - GSM signal=naff all. Then again, Boyup Brook <> civilisation.

    1. Anonymous Coward
      Anonymous Coward

      Re: "a GSM module which is used in sensors closest to civilisation"

      GSM may be unavailable in Boyup Brook, but it's only 4 nodes away from Bunbury. Hence "network".

      1. Anonymous Coward
        Anonymous Coward

        Re: "a GSM module which is used in sensors closest to civilisation"

        I see your definition of "civilisation" is more generous than mine.

  3. djnapkin

    Bloody brilliant work, lads!

  4. Dave Mundt

    Another use for the sensor grid

    Greetings and Salutations,;

    I can see this as being a very complete, and inexpensive way to monitor a large area for a variety of signals. For example, one could probably attach motion sensors and video cameras, and use it as an automated sentry system. Because the network has a map of changes, it would be easy to tell when stations are taken off the air, either through normal failure, or deliberate damage. The system could easily transmit images and other sensor info back keeping an eye out for human movement, or animal movement.

    I also suspect that it could be used in seismically active areas to monitor earth movements and other related data associated with earthquakes, etc.

    1. Milo Tsukroff
      Big Brother

      We'll be seeing you shortly

      We have identified who you are and where you live. The proctors will be at your door shortly to install an update to your visiplate. Those who understand how our detection grid works and how it tracks all human activity, even in the vast uncharted outdoors, are dangerous and must be monitored much more closely. When the revolution comes ... we'll detect it and snuff it out. Long live Big Brother!

  5. Adrian Midgley 1
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    An interesting bit of unwiring

    The mesh might creep into the rest of the world, and carry rather more than fire data, in time.

  6. Timo

    if a tree catches fire and nobody sees it

    does it make a sound? Unless I'm missing something, a brush fire in an uninhabited part of the world doesn't put any people at risk, or property. Animals are a different story... but then these fires aren't anything new to the planet.

    1. Richard Freeman

      Re: if a tree catches fire and nobody sees it

      a brush fire in an uninhabited part of the world is fine if that is where it stays BUT Australian bush fires have a habit of growing and spreading rapidly and a smallish fire detected early out in the boondocks is much less difficult to deal with than a Large Bush fire with a front tens or hundreds of Kilometres wide threatening towns and other urban areas.

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