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Dryad Manufacturing 10,000 Solar-powered Sensors for Ultra-early Wildfire Detection

Updated: Dec 8, 2022

Dryad is producing its first batch of 10,000 Silvanet solar-powered gas sensors with delivery expected in a few weeks' time.

Dryad Networks will soon take delivery of 10,000 sensors which form part of its game-changing Silvanet wildfire detection solution.

Interest in Dryad's technology continues to grow and the company has received pre-orders for more than 7,000 of the batch already. The majority are earmarked for the United States, with others heading to Greece and other southern European countries that were ravaged by wildfires this year.

"We have received pre-orders for more than 7,000 sensors already and we are planning to manufacture an additional 230,000 next year."

Carsten Brinkschulte

CEO, Dryad Networks

Dryad's sensors are 100% made in Germany by its EMS partner PRUFREX. With 85 years of expert

experience in the field of developing and manufacturing electronically controlled devices, PRUFREX has been producing superb-quality electronics solutions which not only have high performance, but also sustainability and great user comfort.

Thanks to the Bosch BME688 chip, Dryad's sensors can accurately and reliably detect wildfires in the early smoldering phase, a critical feature when it comes to wildfire detection where every minute counts. With built-in AI, its sensors can also recognize different 'smells' of fire, and reliably differentiate between real fires and false alarms.

The sensors are powered by small solar panels which can function perfectly well in shaded forest environments. They use supercapacitors for energy storage instead of lithium-ion batteries, requiring minimum maintenance (no need for battery replacements) and providing maximum sustainability (no hazardous emissions or toxic chemicals that can be associated with batteries).

Attesting to their durability and longevity, Dryad's wildfire sensors can be left untouched for 15 years or more, benefiting from over-the-air firmware updates to keep their protection capabilities at the cutting edge.

Dryad's Silvanet sensors and gateways are connected using a large-scale LoRaWan network, meaning it can operate without network coverage, enabling the system to be implemented in the most isolated forests and regions.

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