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Vol. 18, Special Issue, January 2013, pp. 120-127


Selected papers from the 3rd International Conference on Sensor Device Technologies and Applications (SENSORDEVICES' 2012)
and The 6th International Conference on Sensor Technologies and Applications (SENSORCOMM' 2012),

19 - 24 August 2012, Rome, Italy




Assessing the Impact of Wind on Detecting Fire Using a Wireless Sensor Network
Ronald Beaubrun and Yacine Kraimia

Department of Computer Science and Software Engineering, Université Laval,

Quebec, Qc, Canada

E-mail: ronald.beaubrun@ift.ulaval.ca, yacine.kraimia.1@ulaval.ca



Received: 2012   /Accepted: 14 December 2012   /Published: 22 January 2013

Digital Sensors and Sensor Sysstems


Abstract: Recent works have shown the needs for using Wireless Sensor Networks (WSN) for rural and forest fire detection. In this context, a number of approaches have been proposed.  However, such approaches do not take the wind direction and speed into account, which is not realistic and does not provide accurate information on how the actual fire can be spreading out. This paper proposes a set of real-time experiments that take into account both wind direction and wind speed in the context of fire detection using a WSN. Results analysis shows that both wind direction and wind speed have an impact on the temperatures recorded by the sensors. Such results enable to determine the conditions under which the time for fire detection can be the fastest.


Keywords: Experiment; Fire detection; Wind direction; Wind speed; Wireless sensor network (WSN)


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