The İzmir Directorate of Forestry started the project by placing digital cameras in four of the 67 watchtowers around the western cities of İzmir and Manisa. Once the project is completed, the surveillance cameras, which are sensitive to smoke and alert the center in such cases, will replace the old system of officers watching areas through binoculars.
"The alarm bells will ring when smoke is detected by the cameras and the images can be viewed on a giant screen in fire action center, where the location finding will be made," said the statement from the directorate. "The cameras are sensitive enough to detect smoke coming out of a stove."
The directorate has plans for future growth of the project as well.
"In the future, those images could be sent to cell phones, too," said the statement, adding that it needs to be more widespread first. "We will start a campaign to install this warning system in other watchtowers." "About 1 million hectares of forests, which are like the lungs of İzmir and Manisa, will be protected better with the help of technology," the statement said.