Fire tech upgrade nears completion

Fire tech upgrade nears completion

The $2m government-funded program to either upgrade or replace eight pre-existing fire spotting towers in this region is nearing completion.

They are being upgraded with new technology, and one existing fire spotting tower at Penola North is being replaced at the conclusion of this year’s fire season due to its age and condition.

The new technology, which is an Australian first, is an artificial intelligence powered bushfire detection and monitoring system.

It will result in a fully integrated, active bushfire detection platform using satellite technology, ultra-HD 360-degree panoramic cameras and AI aimed at improving the early detection of fires.

Forestry Minster Clare Scriven said six of the eight fire spotting towers have been upgraded with the new technology and are live and operational.

Ms Scriven said the towers were located at Comaum, Mount Benson, The Bluff, Furner, Mount Burr and Carpenter Rocks.

“Of course, as we all know, early detection is the key and that is why this upgraded technology is so important,” she said.

“In the event of a bushfire in this region, safeguarding the regions’ 130,000-hectare forest estate, along with the people and communities who support the industry, is vital.

“As we know, fire does not recognise boundaries so this project will not only benefit the forest industry in the region but all landowners, primary producers and South-East communities.

“I want to thank all members of the Green Triangle Fire Alliance for their hard work and dedication to ensure that this project is delivered in the shortest time frame possible by ensuring that assets are protected.”

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