FireWxNet: a multi-tiered portable wireless system for monitoring weather conditions in wildland fire environments

Carl Hartung*, Richard Han, Carl Seielstad, Saxon Holbrook

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Abstract

In this paper we present FireWxNet, a multi-tiered portable wireless system for monitoring weather conditions in rugged wildland fire environments. FireWxNet provides the fire fighting community the ability to safely and easily measure and view fire and weather conditions over a wide range of locations and elevations within forest fires. This previously unattainable information allows fire behavior analysts to better predict fire behavior, heightening safety considerations. Our system uses a tiered structure beginning with directional radios to stretch deployment capabilities into the wilderness far beyond current infrastructures. At the end point of our system we designed and integrated a multihop sensor network to provide environmental data. We also integrated web-enabled surveillance cameras to provide visual data. This paper describes a week long full system deployment utilizing 3 sensor networks and 2 web-cams in the Selway-Salmon Complex Fires of 2005. We perform an analysis of system performance and present observations and lessons gained from our deployment.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationMobiSys 2006 - Fourth International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services
Place of PublicationNew York, NY
PublisherAssociation for Computing Machinery, Inc
Pages28-41
Number of pages14
ISBN (Electronic)1595931953
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes
EventMobiSys 2006 - Fourth International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services - Uppsala, Sweden
Duration: 19 Jun 200622 Jun 2006

Conference

ConferenceMobiSys 2006 - Fourth International Conference on Mobile Systems, Applications and Services
CountrySweden
CityUppsala
Period19/06/0622/06/06

Keywords

  • Applications
  • Deployments
  • Fire
  • Forest Fires
  • Wireless Sensor Networks

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