Wireless Networking and AI Technologies Reduce the Impact of Forest Fires for the Castilla y León Region in Spain with Solutions from Merino Telecommunications and Cambium Networks

By Cambium Networks

This extensive network connects over one hundred video cameras strategically placed in natural areas across Ávila, Salamanca, Zamora, León, and Soria. The captured images are then analyzed using artificial intelligence on the SCAYLE supercomputer situated on the University of León’s campus, enabling the rapid identification of fire locations.

León, December 04 2023Telecomunicaciones Merino, a company based in León, is spearheading the expansion of the high-speed communications network that supports the forest fire surveillance system of the Ministry of Environment, Housing, and Territorial Planning of Castilla and León. This network links over one hundred video cameras, deployed in forested regions of Ávila, Salamanca, Zamora, León, and Soria. The captured images are processed using software integrated into the SCAYLE infrastructure at the University of León, driven by an artificial intelligence system that provides tools for immediate fire location.

As part of this project, Telecomunicaciones Merino deployed a new high-speed wireless network utilizing Cambium NetworksPTP 550E fixed wireless broadband technology and ancillary equipment provided by SISTELEC. This network will connect video surveillance cameras from Axis Communications, IP communications system, IoT devices, and other services. It will be linked to the SCAYLE infrastructure operated by the Junta de Castilla y León on the University of León’s campus. Artificial intelligence systems will analyze camera images to provide rapid alerts and, if necessary, facilitate a more efficient initial response for fire control.

Coverage Area

The cameras offer surveillance within a range of 8 to 25 kilometers, depending on the system’s specifications. They provide real-time visuals of fires and affected areas, allowing verification of alerts received in the Provincial Command Centers (CPM) and minimizing false alarms, which, in turn, reduces unnecessary resource deployment. Furthermore, the system decreases response times for firefighting units by quickly pinpointing fire sources throughout the year. It also enables monitoring of controlled burns within the area of influence.

National Heritage Foundation

The project receives funding from the European Regional Development Fund (FEDER) under the Operational Program modification, OE 20.1.4 – OE REACT EU 4. This falls under the “Support for investments that contribute to the transition towards a green economy” action with recent weather events resulting in forest fires. The Natural Heritage Foundation, which operates under the Ministry of Environment, Housing, and Territorial Planning, leads this project, which involves updating and expanding the network initially deployed between 2006 and 2016 in Zamora, Soria, and León. The expansion now includes Ávila and Salamanca, along with an extension in Zamora. This Forest Fire Video Surveillance System is an integral part of the INFOCAL Operation managed by the Ministry.

Interconnected Network

The network also connects various monitoring equipment and technological devices within different fire coordination centers, including Provincial Command Centers (CPM), the regional command center (CAM), the 21 ELIF Bases (helicarrier brigades), and the 4 advanced command (PMA). This interconnectivity ensures that surveillance teams can perform their duties efficiently during off-duty periods.

In summary, the new equipment deployed across the five provinces includes:

  • 80 high-capacity PTP 550E point-to-point IP links
  • 50 high-performance 360º IP cameras
  • 25 photovoltaic power systems
  • 18 lattice towers

Sistelec, a company with more than 40 years of experience in the telecommunications sector that offers the Spanish and Portuguese market a portfolio of communication solutions based on the most cutting-edge technologies: from IoT LoRAWAN solutions to LTE and 5 G solutions. Private, as well as voice systems for critical communications based on DMR and MCX. Radio communications links in free band and licensed band, as well as millimeter wave technologies (26-28 Ghz bands up to 80 Ghz), are just some of the solutions that can contribute to the Partner channel. Its high engineering component together with the official distribution representation of the leading international manufacturers in these technologies, make Sistelec a reference company for the sector and for the wide Channel of Partners that would trust it to undertake their Projects.

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Published December 4, 2023