Fires have burned an average of 8.8 million acres in the United States between 2017 and 2020, according to data released by the National Center for Inter-Agency Coordination, which oversees all inter-agency coordination activities in all United States.
The disaster this year was huge. The Dixie Fire in Northern California has become the second largest fire in the history of the state. Fires in Italy, Greece and Turkey have already burned 568,000 acres this year, according to NASA data. And 343 megatons of carbon have been released into the environment due to the fires, according to a report by The Guardian.
Greek Prime Minister Kyriakos Mitsotakis was due to apologize Monday for failures to deal with devastating wildfires across Greece. (Reuters Photo)
While many options are working to address this threat, such as a return to indigenous practices, the technology of a Los Angeles-based company could offer a helping hand in fighting fires.
KSI Data Sciences is a company that has developed technology that allows the delivery of live video collected by drones and other devices from remote areas.
“We have always worked on the hypothesis that the only value for drones is really for the data they produce,” said Jon Gaster, founder of KSI Data Sciences, in an interaction with Timesofindia.com.
The idea behind the project allows for effective and collaborative risk-taking, which can certainly be useful in emergencies such as fire.
Thus, the company has created a technology called Mission Keeper, accessible to both mobile and desktop computers, which allows live video streaming from drones through its application. It takes video from the drone controller and uses cloud storage and then transmits it for greater access.
A distinctive feature is that there is no limit to the number of users who can watch or stream these videos.
“You may have an incident where I suddenly have to call people from many different services to see what is happening. Wildfire is a perfect example. “Therefore, you can not get to the point where, due to low latency, you can only support five users,” Gaster said.
Gaster, a graduate of the London School of Economics, came up with the idea for KSI while working with a start-up company in the early 2000s working with the US government on video from drones in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Learning from the challenges faced during this term, Gaster created KSI in 2015 to leverage the market.
The application allows the user to watch multiple videos, chat capabilities, the option to archive a set of videos and data for future use.
The company is in discussions with the Los Angeles Fire Department about the use of its technology. The New York Fire Department is also testing KSI systems. It is also part of First Net – the national network created for America’s first correspondents and also plans to start working in Canada and Germany.
While the company’s hardware solution could potentially help firefighting, the company’s activities are not limited to this, with uses ranging from agriculture to site inspections.