SFEDA Project – Demonstration of High-Tech Equipment at the University of Ruse

Jul 06, 2020

During the visit, the two-stage system for early fire detection was presented. The system is designed and implemented at the University of Ruse within the project "Forest Monitoring System for Early Detection and Assessment of Fires in the Balkans-Mediterranean Region" (SFEDA). The project is co-financed by the European Union and the National Funds of the countries participating in the transnational cooperation programme INTERREG V-B "Balkan-Mediterranean" 2014-2020.

The system uses artificial intelligence, neural networks and computer vision, in combination with unmanned aerial vehicles with fixed and rotary wing. The ALTi Transition F unmanned aerial vehicle, unique in the territory of Bulgaria, was presented. The aircraft has a wingspan of 3 meters and takes off vertically, with a flight time of up to 12 hours. It is equipped with NextVision Nighthawk 2 camera, which is one of the best on the market and weighs only 250 grams. The camera has an optical sensor with x40 proximity, a thermal sensor and a laser rangefinder. Mr. Novakov was also introduced to the other two unmanned aerial vehicles used in the early fire detection system - DJI Matrice M210RTK and Yuneec Typhoon H Plus.