The 2019-2020 fire season in Australia showed what can be expected from bushfires in the future: longer fire seasons, more intense fires, and widespread destruction to lives, property and the environment. To counter this threat, Adelaide-based FireFlight Technologies has developed a real time bushfire mapping system, which has been deployed to fire danger regions around the world. This presentation will describe the technical challenges of real time fire mapping, and its role in modern firefighting.
Accurate and timely geospatial fire intelligence is essential for fighting bushfires. It is not possible to deploy firefighting assets efficiently and effectively, if the location, intensity and direction of travel of a bushfire is not accurately known. Firefighting agencies currently use intelligence from a range of sources when planning the strategic deployment of assets. These sources include trained spotters in planes and helicopters, ground-based situation reports, airborne thermal video, and to a limited extent, geospatial fire mapping using linescanning instruments mounted on multi-million dollar business jets.
FireFlight Technologies has developed a geospatial fire mapping and intelligence gathering system that can be widely deployed on lower cost general aviation aircraft. The premise is that having a large number of fire mapping sensors based over a wide geographical area is more effective at intelligence gathering than a small number of sensors based on high value platforms. Multiple lower value assets can provide better coverage than a small number of high value assets. This presentation will demonstrate, with real world examples, how the FireFlight system has been successfully deployed to fire danger regions globally.
Furthermore, the future of geospatial fire intelligence will be discussed. That future is intrinsically linked to rapid advances in sensor and platform technologies, machine learning and artificial intelligence, and integrated sensor networks. In the past fire intelligence has been the sole preserve of firefighting agencies. In the near future every citizen will have easy access to accurate and timely fire data. This will change how everybody interacts with bushfires.
Dr Paul Dare (FireFlight Technologies)
Time & room
2:15 pm–2:30 pm
City Room 2
Date & venue
Friday 17 September 2021 at the Adelaide Convention Centre