“This technology offers the possibility of improving the way we respond to and control the threat posed by bushfires, by better protecting people and property in areas prone to bushfires,” said the Minister of Innovation and Skills David Pisoni.
FireFlight Technologies – a startup based at the Center for Innovation and Collaboration at the University of South Australia – received $ 100,000 in funding from the Marshall government to test its FireFlight system with the Country Fire Service (CFS).
The FireFlight sensor system is mounted on a manned aircraft flying over an active bushfire.
It takes less than a minute to fly over the fire front, create the fire map and hand it over to the fire agency, allowing them to accurately follow the path of the fire. fire and potentially limit its destruction.
Minister Pisoni said Marshall’s Liberal government is committed to helping startups and entrepreneurs grow, grow and create jobs in South Australia’s economy.
“Launched last year, the Go2Gov program helps start-ups present their innovative product or service to government agencies in South Australia,” said Minister Pisoni.
“This is another example of a project that pushes the boundaries and provides a solution to an important problem.
“As South Australia faces another potentially dangerous bushfire season, this essay will help CFS identify how a bushfire moves so it can better allocate its resources to fight it.”
FireFlight Technologies founder and CEO Dr Paul Dare said the system has proven to be invaluable to firefighting agencies during trials in Queensland and Tasmania, and that the SA trial will be the first full test of the system in a season in Australia.
“The FireFlight system will provide real-time fire intelligence to incident controllers, helping them to efficiently deploy assets such as fire fighters, fire trucks and fire bombers to where they are most needed,” said Dr. Dare.
“The fire maps provided by the FireFlight system will show exactly where the fire is at that time.
“The maps can be updated minute by minute, allowing the CFS to follow the progress of the fire and better understand its behavior.
“The length of the trial will allow us to make changes to the system throughout the season, based on CFS feedback, to ensure we are meeting their needs. “
Emergency Services Minister Vincent Tarzia said the lawsuit is another example of how the Marshall government is protecting the state against bushfires.
“Our $ 97.5 million response to the Keelty review has significantly strengthened South Australia’s defense against the bushfires,” said Minister Tarzia.
“We have augmented CFS’s resources with new trucks and state-of-the-art thermal imaging cameras, and we have just opened our new $ 80 million emergency headquarters in Keswick.
“Two Black Hawk helicopters are now on call to fight the fires this summer and we are now testing a real-time fire mapping system in a move that could have huge community safety benefits. “
CFS State Flight Operations Director Nik Stanley said the trial would help further develop the technology.
“CFS looks forward to seeing the results of further testing, development and evaluation of FireFlight fire mapping technology,” said Mr. Stanley.
“The ongoing trial will be fully evaluated at the end of this fire danger season by our fire behavior analysis team within the SCF and our partner agencies. “