Voltree Power Completes First Installation of the Javelin Rapid Deploy System for US Forest Service
CANTON, Mass., March 30, 2010 – Voltree Power (www.voltreepower.com) announced today that it has completed the first installation of its Javelin Rapid Deploy system as part of a contract with the US Forest Service. This collaboration enabled Voltree to finalize the design and begin production of five Javelin Rapid Deploy systems, which will be delivered to the US Forest Service in May for use and evaluation in this year’s fire season. Video coverage can be viewed at YouTube.
The first Javelin Rapid Deploy system was installed at the National Interagency Fire Center in Boise, Idaho. The Javelin Rapid Deploy’s cost-effective, portable mesh network of plug-and-play climate sensors extends the usefulness of the data collected by the US Forest Service’s established Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS) by collecting detailed information from hard-to-reach areas such as under the forest canopy and on ridges of different elevations. Data including wind speed and direction, air temperature, relative humidity, accumulated rainfall, barometric pressure and GPS coordinates are sent by the Javelin Rapid Deploy nodes to RAWS, and then transmitted each hour via the GOES satellite network system to fire officials for review. The data can be used in many ways, such as prepositioning fire resources, determining when to perform prescribed burns, monitoring wildfires and other fire weather management purposes such as the study of fire behavior.
“Working closely with the US Land Bureaus has not only provided us with valuable insight into fire weather management but has also allowed us to customize the Javelin to better address needs expressed by these government agencies who, along with Voltree, share the vision of helping to preserve our country’s resources,” said Stella Karavas, Chief Executive Officer of Voltree Power.
About Voltree Power (www.voltreepower.com)
Voltree Power is leading the way in the practical integration of three distinct technologies: energy harvesting, lower-power radios and wireless mesh networks. Such integration offers solutions for numerous remote-sensing applications that include forest fire detection and prediction, agricultural sensing, waterway/reservoir monitoring, hydrology and border and other remote location surveillance of motion, heat, and radiation under triple canopy.
Voltree’s patented “Bioenergy Harvester” converts metabolic plant energy into usable electricity. It is a pioneering alternative to the battery that eliminates the impracticality of battery replacement in extensive mesh networks. Voltree’s Javelin family consists of two product lines; one that incorporates the bioenergy harvester technology and one that utilizes battery pack replacement for placement versatility.
Voltree Power offices and manufacturing facility are based in Canton, Massachusetts U.S.A.