A students group from the Computer Engineering Department at Oporto Engineering Faculty is developing a mobile application that aims to help identify landowners in need of cleaning. This project, entitled “Safe Forest”, is being developed in partnership with the Tondela city in order to prevent forest fires, in this area extremely affected in October last year.
After an initial visit in February 2018 of the Computer Engineering Department, led by its director João Cardoso and some subsequent conversations with Tondela city, it was defined that the software and applications will be developed within the curricular unit of Laboratory Management Project (LGP). A students team, who meanwhile created the fictitious company APPly, are working together with the GnR Prevention and Relief Intervention Group (GIPS) and other local agents in order to develop a functional prototype in the creation of a forest register that can identify to whom each territory belongs, as well as the state of cleanliness and conservation , and collect relevant information to help prevent future fires. It also aims to promote more active citizenship by allowing citizens to contribute data and reporting problems in the application.
The project is being guided by Ademar Aguiar Professor, specialized in Software Engineering, and integrates students of Computer Engineering, Multimedia, Service Engineering and Management of FEUP, as well as Communication Design students of Fine Arts Faculty (FBAUP).