How to modify tests
Change only one element of the test at a time.
When you modify the testing environment, it is best practice to only change one element at a time while keeping the other elements the same.
Any time sensors are moved, they need at least 5 days to stabilize (recalibrate) in their new locations. So, it is not advised to move sensors prior to testing. However, if the sensor location remains the same but another aspect of the test is modified, 4 to 5 hours are needed for the sensors to settle (return to ready state).
Change burning material
If you burn forest material but need to test the Silvanet System with other materials such as creosote-soaked wood (railroad ties), then change ONLY the burning material without making any other modifications to the test. This way you only modify one element.
However, any changes you make require time to let the sensors settle. Wait 24 hours before running the next test.
Clear out the ashes from the previous test and replace with new material.
Wait 24 hours to begin the next test. Do not interact with the sensors nor allow vehicles near the sensors.
Burn a test fire as described in Burn test fire continuously for 30 minutes.
Record the results of the test, including wind conditions and other parameters. For details, see Record the results.
Change test location
If you change the test location within the 1 km range of the Border Gateway, you may not need to change the location of the Border Gateway. However, if the sensors are further away to make the Border Gateway out of range, you need to move the Border Gateway and update the GPS coordinates of the Border Gateway in the Site Management app.
Prepare the sensors and Border Gateway for the test as was done for the initial setup, with some exceptions.
(1) The sensors need 5 days to stabilize (recalibrate) after setup so the fire detection capabilities of the Silvanet System should not be tested during this period.
(2) The longitude and latitude of the new location needs to be updated in the Dryad Site Management app for each sensor in the Silvanet solution.
When changing test location:
Redeploy the Border Gateway (if required).
Use the existing Deployment Packet. Another Deployment Packet does not need to be built as the sensor GPS coordinates can be updated.
Another Packet can be made with the new location coordinates, if required.
Arrange the sensors as suggested in Deploying the sensors.
Update the sensor location in the Dryad web app, as described in Sensor GPS coordinates update.
Let the sensor stabilize (calibrate) to the new location for 5 days.
Burn a test fire, as described in Burning a test fire.
Record the results of the test, including wind conditions.
Modify the test by changing burning material.