Audio-Based Wildfire Detection on Embedded Systems
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The occurrence of wildfires often results in significant fatalities. As wildfires are notorious for their high speed of spread, the ability to identify wildfire at its early stage is essential in quickly obtaining control of the fire and in reducing property loss and preventing loss of life. This work presents a machine learning wildfire detecting data pipeline that can be deployed on embedded systems in remote locations. The proposed data pipeline consists of three main steps: audio preprocessing, feature engineering, and classification. Experiments show that the proposed data pipeline is capable of detecting wildfire effectively with high precision and is capable of detecting wildfire sound over the forest’s background soundscape. When being deployed on a Raspberry Pi 4, the proposed data pipeline takes 66 milliseconds to process a 1 s sound clip. To the knowledge of the author, this is the first edge-computing implementation of an audio-based wildfire detection system.