Mexican students design mobile device that detects forest fires

It is powered by two rechargeable 12-volt batteries

Mexico- According to a statement released today by the National Polytechnic Institute (IPN) in Mexico, a couple of students have built a mobile mechatronic system to detect fires and alert authorities, so they can put it out in its initial phase.

The prototype was designed by Ezequiel Diaz Avila, Juan Carlos Reyes Andrade and Francisco Perez Daniel Santander, students of the Interdisciplinary Professional Unit of Engineering and Advanced Technology (UPIITA) of the IPN.

This mechatronic system, created while "thinking about environmental care", can locate and track forest fires by applying artificial vision techniques and sensors, the institution said in a statement.

When the wireless device, which was fitted to pass through different types of terrain, detects and perceives flame temperatures of up to 200 degrees Celsius by sensors, it then sends a signal to the control center that monitors what happens in the field, students explained.

Communication between the device and the control center is through software, also created by the students, who "can work independently and stay in touch with several networked computers".

The prototype runs on two rechargeable 12-volt batteries that consume an average of 10 amps continuously and last between 8 to 10 hours.

However, the students plan to incorporate a photocell system into this device in order to make a sustainable type of technology, and begin the process to obtain copyrights to it.

These students are planning for authorities to use this device in areas where there are large numbers of fires in the country, added the IPN in the statement.

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