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HISPASAT and Pyro join forces for comprehensive forest protection using satellites

February 24, 2022

This combined solution provides an early forest fire prevention and detection system through
IoT sensors placed in forests.

MADRID, 24 February 2022. HISPASAT, the Spanish operator and satellite solutions and services provider of the Red Eléctrica Group, has reached an agreement with Pyro, a specialist in forest sensor technology, to jointly market a comprehensive early fire prevention and detection system via satellites which uses a system of sensors connected through the IoT (Internet of Things).

Specifically, this proposal by HISPASAT and Pyro is based on automating monitoring in forest areas. The solution jointly analyzes the information collected continuously through sensors and weather forecasts while providing relevant information about the forest’s status available to locals and organizations in real time. The early fire detection system – which boasts no false alarms unlike other detection systems – also features ongoing fire monitoring, even at night, which also enable users to predict how the fire will evolve in adjacent forest areas

This service achieves these goals thanks to data parameters like temperature, relative humidity, CO, CO2, and wind speed and direction collected by Pyro’s BSeed Watch sensors which have a useful life of four years. These devices, spread across large forest areas, send their information to a data collection point. Thanks to an easy-to-implement solar powered satellite connection provided by HISPASAT, this point continuously and immediately sends this information to the cloud to be analyzed and offered to users by means of the service platform.

High intensity fires, which are on the rise in recent years due to phenomena like climate change and rural population decline, involve a major environmental and economic impact for affected areas and a clear risk to residents of nearby towns and members of the fire department. Ignacio Sanchis, the Chief Commercial Officer of HISPASAT, stated that “we are convinced that the comprehensive forest protection system that we have developed together with Pyro can be a highly valuable tool to guarantee much more accurate, efficient and safe forest monitoring.”

José Luis Liz, CEO of Pyro, added that “HISPASAT’s universal satellite coverage allows the information from our sensors to be recorded at any point in the forest, no matter how remote, in an ongoing and immediate manner. This is essential to guarantee that emergency teams can respond quickly in the event of a fire”.

About HISPASAT

HISPASAT, Red Eléctrica Group’s satellite services operator and provider, offers satellite broadband and connectivity solutions including Internet access, mobility and the expansion of cellular networks, as well as other added-value proposals, to governments, corporations and telecommunications operators in the Americas, Europe and North Africa. It is also a leader in distributing Spanish and Portuguese audio-visual content and broadcasting important digital platforms such as Direct To Home (DTH) television and High Definition Television (HDTV), in addition to managing transportation and audio-visual signals from HISPASAT Peru’s teleport in Lurín. HISPASAT, which is comprised of companies that have a presence in Spain as well as in Latin America, where its Brazilian affiliate HISPAMAR is based, is one of the world’s largest companies in its sector in terms of revenue, and the main communications bridge between Europe and the Americas.

About PYRO

PYRO, with headquarters in Spain, founded in 2011 and located in the Polytechnic City of Innovation (UPV-Valencia), is a technology company that specializes in designing and manufacturing solutions to fight forest fires. In recent years Pyro has developed a variety of IoT solutions to obtain precise information about fires, offering expanded situational awareness of emergencies for fire departments.

Pyro has participated in several European R&D projects as part of the European Community FP7, Horizon 2020 and Instrument for SME Phase 1 programs. The company holds two patents for forest fire fighting inventions and has obtained the Innovative SME seal from the Spanish Ministry of Economic Affairs and Digital Transformation

www.pyro.es

Press contact:

Víctor Inchausti – tel. +34 667 31 29 48 – vinchausti@hispasat.es / comunicacion@hispasat.es