Our website use cookies to improve and personalize your experience and to display advertisements(if any). Our website may also include cookies from third parties like Google Adsense, Google Analytics, Youtube. By using the website, you consent to the use of cookies. We have updated our Privacy Policy. Please click on the button to check our Privacy Policy.

Leitek Protects Portugal Forests from Wildfires using AI

Our partner Leitek Innovative Solutions recently supplied and deployed in the Portuguese Island of Madeira our AI early wildfire detection systems in more areas to protect the environment and communities in Madeira. The contract was signed with the Regional Government of Madeira.

Figure 1: One of the new camera systems equipped with our AI early wildfire detection deployed recently in Madeira

The system integrated the Firestation fire spread simulation system developed by the world class Forest Fire Research Laboratory (ADAI/LEIF).

Because its lovely nature, incredible green landscapes and beautiful beaches, Madeira is-known as the “Pearl of Atlantic” which make it a world recognized upend holiday destination. Many people know Madeira because the football star Cristiano Ronaldo was  born there and home its own museum. The region is noted for its Madeira wine, gastronomy, historical and cultural value, flora and fauna, and embroidery artisans. The landscapes (laurel forest) are classified as a UNESCO World Heritage Site.


Figure 2: Madeira is well-known as a holiday location, and as the home of football star Cristiano Ronaldo.

Sweeping across much of the northern and central parts of Madeira island in the Atlantic, the world’s largest remaining expanse of primeval laurel forest not only dates back to the dinosaurs but has somehow survived almost six hundred years of human habitation.

The Laurisilva of Madeira, within the Parque Natural da Madeira (Madeira Natural Park), conserves the largest surviving area of primary laurel forest or “laurisilva”, a vegetation type that is now confined to the Azores, Madeira, and the Canary Islands. These forests display a wealth of ecological niches, intact ecosystem processes, and play a predominant role in maintaining the hydrological balance on the Island of Madeira. 


Figure 3: The Laurisilva of Madeira, within the Parque Natural da Madeira (Madeira Natural Park), is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Preserving the island’s nature is very important, so sustainability becomes an essential element of government policy. Madeira uses more renewable energies than fossil fuels. The production of electricity from renewable sources supplied 51 percent of consumption in 2019, with wind power representing 27 percent.

Figure 4: One of the new camera systems, equipped with our AI early wildfire detection deployed recently in Madeira, is protecting the primary forests and the nearby wind turbines from wildfires.

Leitek introduced RoboticsCats AI early wildfire detection to Madeira in 2018. “The pilot project of a new wildfire detection solution met our goals of detecting and fighting wildfire outbreaks in their early stages,” said Miguel Albuquerque, the President of the Regional Government of Madeira, during an interview by the newspaper JM Madeira in March 2019. “We will add more systems in the coming years. The plan is to cover 50% of Madeira’s forest area.”

“With climate change, we have more and bigger wildfires. We can mitigate wildfire risks and damages by wildfire detection. The RoboticsCats AI early wildfire detection can detect a wildfire in the first few minutes of its ignition. The earlier we detect a wildfire, the better we can control the wildfire. It helps protect our forests, infrastructure, and communities. Madeira is beautiful. It is our pleasure to support the government to protect Madeira from wildfires.” said Clelio Dinis Leite, CEO of Leitek Innovative Solutions.

Please feel free to contact us at info@roboticscats.com for any questions and information.

Related Posts