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Sensors 2009, 9(2), 1204-1220; doi:10.3390/s90201204

SITHON: An Airborne Fire Detection System Compliant with Operational Tactical Requirements

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Institute for Space Applications and Remote Sensing, National Observatory of Athens / Metaxa & Vassileos Pavlou Str, GR 152 36, Palea Penteli, Athens, Greece
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Forest Research Institute, National Agricultural Research Foundation, 570 06 Vassilika, Thessaloniki, Greece
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Received: 29 January 2009 / Revised: 19 February 2009 / Accepted: 19 February 2009 / Published: 24 February 2009
(This article belongs to the Section Remote Sensors)
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Abstract

In response to the urging need of fire managers for timely information on fire location and extent, the SITHON system was developed. SITHON is a fully digital thermal imaging system, integrating INS/GPS and a digital camera, designed to provide timely positioned and projected thermal images and video data streams rapidly integrated in the GIS operated by Crisis Control Centres. This article presents in detail the hardware and software components of SITHON, and demonstrates the first encouraging results of test flights over the Sithonia Peninsula in Northern Greece. It is envisaged that the SITHON system will be soon operated onboard various airborne platforms including fire brigade airplanes and helicopters as well as on UAV platforms owned and operated by the Greek Air Forces. View Full-Text
Keywords: Wildland fires; thermal infrared uncooled camera; airborne imaging system; Inertial Navigation System (INS); Global Positioning System (GPS) Wildland fires; thermal infrared uncooled camera; airborne imaging system; Inertial Navigation System (INS); Global Positioning System (GPS)
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Kontoes, C.; Keramitsoglou, I.; Sifakis, N.; Konstantinidis, P. SITHON: An Airborne Fire Detection System Compliant with Operational Tactical Requirements. Sensors 2009, 9, 1204-1220.

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