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Dryad Silvanet Quick Start

This Quick Start walks you through the process of planning the deployment of the Silvanet setup in an forest location using the Proof of Concept (PoC) as an example.


The setup in this example includes one Silvanet Border Gateway and sixteen Silvanet Wildfire Sensors. The sensors are placed in a grid pattern in the forest with the Border Gateway in the center near a building which provides a power supply to the gateway. The sensors are installed on trees with a maximum of 100m between sensors.

The following provides an overview of the Silvanet System.

1. Log in to

You begin by logging in to the Site Management app to begin planning your deployment of Silvanet devices.

To log in:

  1. Open

  2. Click Login.

  3. Enter your username and password (provided to you from Dryad).


    If this is the first time logging in, you need to change your password.

  4. The Site Management dashboard appears.

2. Open a Site

Once you have logged in, all Sites that you have access to are displayed.

To open a Site:

  1. You may see one or more sites, depending on your access level.

  2. From the available sites on the dashboard, select a site by clicking the site name.

  3. The Site dashboard appears.

3. Build a site packet

A Packet is a planned deployment of a set of Silvanet devices (sensors and gateways) to be deployed in a forest location. Within a packet, each device has a set of GPS coordinates which are used to find the location in the forest to deploy the device. Once a Packet is built, it is assigned to a user who receives the Packet in the Dryad Deployment app.

To build a packets

  1. Click Planning > Add Packet.

  2. Give the packet a descriptive name.

  3. Add 16 sensors by:

    1. Selecting Sensor from the Device type dropdown

    1. Entering 16 in the Amount of devices field.

  4. Add 1 Border Gateway by:

    1. Selecting Border Gateway from the Device type dropdown

    1. Entering 1 in the Amount of devices field.

  5. Place the devices on the map by selecting all devices, then clicking Place on map. The devices appear as grey icons in the center of the map.


    Before placing the devices on the map, ensure the map is centered on the location where you plan on deploying the devices. You can use Search function to locate the area in the map.

4. Sensor placement density

Before placing the sensor icons to their locations, it is important to understand sensor density in a forest. Distances between devices depends on many factors.

5. Place the Border Gateway

Place the Border Gateway on the map. Keep in mind power supply requirements and placement within the sensors.

To place the Border Gateway:

  1. Click and drag the Border Gateway icon to a location based on the requirements for this type of gateway.

  2. The GPS coordinates of the Border Gateway is updated.


    When clicking on an icon, distances to the three nearest devices are shown on connecting lines. This helps to you place the device within the required distances to other devices.

6. Place the sensors

Place the 16 sensors in a grid pattern with a maximum of 100m distance from other sensors and a maximum of 1000m from the Border Gateway.

To place the sensors:

  1. Begin by placing one sensor approximately 100m from the Border Gateway.

  2. Continue placing the sensors in a grid of three rows of 5 or 6 sensors, ensuring each device is no more than 100m away from other sensors to each side of the device.

7. Completed planning

The completed placement of the devices in the example PoC deployment is shown in the following video.

8. Assign a Packet

Once the Packet is complete, it needs to be assigned to a registered user of the Dryad Deployment app.

The devices are now ready to be deployed in the forest.

9. Deploy the Silvanet devices

Once you have assigned a packet, teams of two or more can begin deploying the devices in the forest site. Each sensor has a QR Code which the worker uses to sync the actual location of the device with the planned location as set in the Site Management app.

  1. Using the Dryad Deployment app, locate the closest tree to the planned location of the device.

  2. If required, prepare the tree for deploying the device by clearing a small area of bark so the device sits flat and horizontal.

  3. Scan the QR Code on the back of the device into the Deployment app (alternately, enter the Device ID manually). This syncs the actual location of the device in the Silvanet Cloud and appears updated in the Site Management app.

  4. Use crop wire (or treenail) and spacer to attach the device to the tree. Ensure the device is at least 3 meters above ground level. It must also face towards the sun at 12:00 noon.

  5. Ensure the device is securely attached to the tree.

  6. Continue to the next location and repeat the deployment procedure for the next device, and so on.

10. Test the deployment

Once the devices have been deployed, verify the deployment and run a controlled fire to test the deployments. Fire alerts should be sent to registered users via email and displayed in the Site Management app.

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