Semi-Autonomous Robotic System for Forest Cleaning and Fire Prevention

Semi-Autonomous Robotic System for Forest Cleaning and Fire Prevention) deals with the development of innovative prevention of wildland and wildland-urban interface (WWUI) fires, through advanced robotic fire protection prevention activities. The project intends to drastically reduce the costs associated with the maintenance of private or public forests, namely near houses as well as the protection of wide corridors used as fuel breaks and corridors near critical infrastructures (roads, railways, telecommunication lines and antennas, electric utility lines) in order to control and reduce the propagation of large forest fires.

The project aims at the development of advanced monitoring and robotic systems to semi-automatically manage the forest fuels in WWUI areas with complex terrain in terms of slope and roughness. The idea is to develop semi-autonomous mobile platforms that can execute a land clearing mission, based on a preliminary mapping of the area, carried out with the support of advanced drone terrain and vegetation monitoring, and manage to remove the redundant vegetation to achieve the necessary fuel breaks cleaning. This objective will be achieved by integration of different sensors on a semi-autonomous all-terrain platform for land clearing in fuel breaks and in WWUI areas, able to perform in perform in most types of terrains. The monitoring of forest conditions by an advanced multi-sensor drone system will support the mapping of the terrain and the identification of the areas

Nuno Ferreira

Project Coordinator

€ 1 055 272

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