A Danish startup is developing a drone equipped with artificial intelligence, capable of monitoring forests and determining the start of a fire to facilitate extinction tasks.
A drone, equipped with artificial intelligence, flies looking for any sign of a fire. It is equipped with technology developed by Danish startup Robotto, and designed to track and monitor forest fires in real time. Its creators assure that with it, you can save a lot of time…
“Typically, when firefighters respond to a wildfire, they rely on 12-hour-old fire maps or even, in the worst cases, 24-hour-old fire maps. So in the first few stages of a wildfire, those early moments are critical to ensuring it doesn’t get out of control. With our technology, they can get an instant overview of where the fire is, how big it is, where it’s most intense, and then assign their resources,” explains Kenneth Richard Geipel, CEO and co-founder of Robotto.
The technology was created in 2018, when the startup’s founders witnessed fires in Greece, Sweden and California. The drone is equipped with a thermal camera that sends data to an AI-enabled processing unit.
“We train our model to identify smoke or flames, but we also look for heat signatures. So, by combining them, we can be sure that it is actually a fire,” explains Geipel.
The technology is already in the hands of Catalonia’s elite GRAF forest firefighting unit, which helped test the technology. “Around the world we are seeing emergency services realizing that they cannot simply provide resources, manpower or helicopters,” says Geipel.
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