Mapua high school students develop fire alert system

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Posted at Mar 20 2019 10:30 PM

An internet-connected gas sensor forms part of an online fire alarm system developed by Filipino high school students. Handout photo from DOST

MANILA -- Homeowners and firefighters can receive smartphone alerts in case a fire breaks out using a system developed by Mapua senior high school students, the Department of Science and Technology said.

Fire Luminosity and Multisensory Equipment or FLAME uses cameras and sensors to detect heat signatures in homes. The Mapua team developed the system with funding from the DOST's Philippine Council for Industry, Energy and Emerging Technology Research and Development, the DOST said.

Alec Denji Santos, the project's team leader, said rising cases of fire as the group learned in school, moved them to come up with the alert system.

"This caught our attention thinking about what we can do about this alarming situation. Using our knowledge in our own fields of expertise, we developed Project FLAME," he said.

Team FLAME (From Left to Right) Adrian Robert Doroteo, Engr. Ericson Dimaunahan, Alec Denji Santos, Emmanuel Freeman Paloma and Jacob Martin Manguiat

FLAME uses a mobile app that alerts users if there's a fire in their home. The notificiation is also sent to the Bureau of Fire Protection so firefighters can respond faster.

The system can be scaled up and adopted by government agencies to help mitigate fires, said Enrico Paringit, PCIEERD Executive Director.

“This spark of ingenuity by our young students from Manila shows that we have a bright future for our scientific community,” he said.

Project FLAME's network topology

Under the DOST's Young Innovators Program, high school and college students can get a grant of up to P1 million for their research.