The Forest Fire Finder is an innovative forest fire detector and tracking system, developed in Portugal and is placed on top of a tower. The system makes human observation unnecessary since it is autonomous and automatic. It was developed with the aim of creating a system to help minimize the impact of forest fires through their early detection and tracking. In the Forest Fire Finder an Avaspec-2048-USB2 spectrometer is installed, next to a video camera, a weather station, a telescope, a processing/controlling unit and a communications unit. The telescope and the video camera are constantly scanning the horizon (in a 320° angle). A fiber connected to the Telescope brings light to the spectrometer, and can collect spectra up to 15km of distance. Spectra collected from the spectrometer are processed and analyzed. A video camera takes pictures in an established time interval and it is capable to send real time video as well. The camera is aligned with the telescope, ensuring that what is “seen” is what is analyzed. Whenever the system detects a forest fire, an alarm report is sent from the managing system control to the operations center via SMS, IP, GSM, etc. The alarm report contains several informations including fire location, detection time, weather conditions (wind direction and velocity, temperature and humidity) and a image of the fire. Click here for the complete brochure of this system.