On average, more than 100,000 wildfires clear 4 million to 5 million acres (1.6 million to 2 million hectares) of land every year in the United States alone, according to National Geographic. Wildfires can occur anywhere (as shown by recent headlines) but are common in the forested areas of the United States and Canada, as well as much of the vegetated areas of Australia and in the Western Cape of South Africa.
João Ladeira, LADSensors’ founder, began to investigate using LoRa technology as an alternative solution to the cellular conundrum. LoRa is a long-range, low-power technology deployed in millions of IoT sensors and is becoming widely used worldwide because it is easy to install, highly economical, and flexible to adapt to any use case. Existing environmental applications for LoRa include monitoring of air pollution, water quality and flow, waste management, metering, irrigation and other monitoring of environmental conditions such as wind, humidity, temperature etc.