Greece is a country that is extremely vulnerable to fires. Huawei and its 5G network will help detect them and reduce the response time to the furious element.
What do Huawei, 5G, Greece and fires have in common?
Rising average temperatures and increasingly aggressive summer heat are the bane of warm regions of the world. Like Greece, where fires have become one of the biggest threats in recent years. Huawei, together with Nova-Wind and the startup Probotek, is implementing a pilot project that will facilitate fire response.
The pilot will take place in the Syngrou Forest, where smoke and fire detectors have been placed at strategic points. They were combined with an intelligent management platform and drones patrolling the area. Drones monitor the entire area from above and move to the designated spot in case of alarm. The monitoring of the area is guided by artificial intelligence algorithms that analyze data from sensors and the image from cameras. If they notice an anomaly, possibly a newly formed fire, they will immediately activate the alarm system.
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It is an important project for our country, which already offers us pilot-level innovative possibilities to protect the environment, and in particular to protect our national heritage. State-of-the-art technologies play an important role in these activities, as their contribution not only to the protection of forests, but also to combating the climate crisis in general can be significant. I would like to thank Huawei and Nova-Wind, because thanks to this collaboration, they are paving the way for intelligent solutions for preventive fire detection and environmental protection– said Georgios Georgantas, Minister of Rural Development and Food of Greece in his welcome address.
Huawei is responsible for the technical facilities and financing in this project. Startup Probotek offers early detection systems and a fleet of drones. Nova-Wind, in turn, is a telecommunications service provider responsible for communication throughout the detection system.
Climate change is a reality and protection from its effects is a matter of national concern. Nova-Wind thus contributes significantly to the fight against the climate crisis thanks to extensive activities, including the fire detection system. The initiative we launched in Syngrou Forest is proof that 5G and smart services can prevent extreme events that impact the economy, society and the environment. Public and private organizations joined forces in this project, which shows that cooperation is necessary to protect our country– summarized Panagiotis Georgiopoulos, CEO of Nova-Wind.
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Model use of the 5G network and its advantages over optical fibers
The described example from Greece should be a crowning argument for anyone who says so why do we need 5g when we have optical fiber?† This line of thinking stems from a poor approach to the fifth-generation network, which in recent years has been promoted primarily as a source of high-speed internet. This, as I often say, is actually a side effect of the possibilities offered by the 5G network.
Low latency and the ability to connect a large number of devices to the network are the main advantages of the new mobile communication system. Building a similar fiber-based warning system would require the entire forest to be excavated or suspended with cables. In the case of a 5G network, one base station (or several) is sufficient and all devices in the system can be connected to each other completely wirelessly. If we add efficient batteries or charge them with solar energy, we have material ready for something very useful, useful, but also not harmful to the environment. May there be more similar solutions in the future, and not just in the form of one-off pilot programs.