Firefighters gain a high-tech aerial edge using Insitu’s INEXA Solutions, FireWhat, and Esri technologies
COSTA MESA, Calif., August 10, 2017 – Insitu, a leading information services company with more than one million operational unmanned aircraft systems flight hours, today announced its partnership with FireWhat, and Esri, the world leader in spatial analytics. Through this partnership, aerial reconnaissance for fighting wildfires will be provided by Insitu’s INEXA Solutions, comprised of INEXA Control, Insitu air vehicles including the ScanEagle™, and payloads including the new High Accuracy Photogrammetry (HAP) payload. The INEXA Solutions professional aerial remote sensing services group will work with FireWhat’s fire professionals, using its geographic information system (GIS) customized for firefighters, and hosted on Esri’s ArcGIS platform.
Currently, fire incident commanders must work with fire line information that often is 12-to-24 hours old — while a fire continues to burn. Now, Insitu’s ScanEagle UAS can “fly the gaps” — both day and night — using its military-grade electro-optical (EO) cameras during daylight, and infrared (IR) cameras for nighttime imaging. Flying at these times will provide previously unavailable data collection, analysis, and delivery of decision-making information to manned firefighting fleets operating in difficult terrain, smoke, or temperature inversion situations. The comprehensive spatial analytic capabilities of ArcGIS leverage FireWhat’s unique ability to effectively fight wildfires using technology in an entirely new way.
Integrating Insitu’s proven aerial remote sensor imagery with FireWhat’s gold-standard GIS will provide near-real time live, web-based video feed of thermal images to FireWhat’s ground-based mobile command centers. The Infrared/thermal camera technology penetrates smoke or darkness, gathering and disseminating georeferenced still images of points of interest, and allows FireWhat’s data to quickly create geo-referenced high-resolution mosaics in Portable Document Format (PDF), and digital fire progression/suppression maps. Combining these exciting new technologies will dramatically increase strategic and tactical awareness and decision-making for firefighters and first responders.
Insitu, FireWhat, and Esri’s efforts are supported by HP, Inc., (HP) hardware, including servers, laptops, and printers. This collective partnership represents expert knowledge and resources that now are combined to deliver a system surpassing any fire emergency and disaster tracking solution currently available in North America.
According to Sam Lanier, FireWhat Chief Executive Officer, “FireWhat, HP, and Esri previously have enjoyed a strategic business relationship, and partnering with Insitu will allow all of us to continue developing advanced technologies that can be deployed globally to effectively and intelligently fight wildfires.”
“This is a revolutionary breakthrough in firefighting, as the typical 12-to-24 hours of critical information lag time during darkness or in smokey conditions is eliminated,” said Jon Damush, Vice President and General Manager, Insitu Commercial. “Combining INEXA Solutions’ integrated imagery with FireWhat’s solution that incorporates Esri’s ArcGIS creates a ‘best of breed’ solution that will enable firefighters to quickly determine the best possible actions to take through GIS mapping.”
“We are pleased to be working with these great organizations on efforts that are so important for saving lives and protecting resources,” said S.J. Camarata, Director, Esri Worldwide Global Business Development and Strategies. “Employing UAVs to provide real-time data to track, plan and predict how dangerous events like wildfires evolve is important to the future of emergency response.”
Insitu is an industry-leading provider of information for superior decision making. With its headquarters in Bingen, Wash., and offices in the U.S., U.K., and Australia, the company creates and supports unmanned systems and software technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and understanding sensor data. We proudly serve the diverse needs of our global customers in the defense, government and commercial industries. To date, our systems have accumulated more than one million flight hours and 123,727 sorties. Insitu is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.
FireWhat, Incorporated, founded in 2011, is a Natural Resource Managment Technology company based in Dunsmuir, Calif., with offices in Bend, Or. FireWhat, Incorporated develops mobile and web based technologies for land, asset, and resource managers. With a core mission to automate and streamline practices in the Emergency Management arena, much of the company’s energy is focused on developing innovative solutions to help us better understand “Where.” Through constant innovation, by use of Geographic Information Systems, FireWhat has become a leader in Natural Resource Management technology for the greater good!
Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world’s largest cities, most national governments, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities. Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and location analytics to inform the most authoritative maps in the world. Visit us at esri.com.
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