You already know FTS as a leading provider of situational awareness solutions for bushfires and extreme weather events. We help private businesses, local governments and emergency response agencies address the entire wildfire event curve at scale.
Our Remote Automated Weather Stations (RAWS), Wildfire PTZ overwatch cameras, and industry-leading FTS360 software empower teams around the world to create local monitoring networks, calculate reliable fire danger ratings, and track fires before they even start.
Back in the winter of 2020, we shared with the Asia Pacific Fire readership that FTS was joining the AEM family after 40 years of success. As an AEM brand, FTS now offers a wider portfolio of services for forestry, emergency management and first-response agencies in their mission to protect communities and wildlife.
FTS’ new wildfire solutions & expanded capabilities
Enhanced 360 Overwatch network
Monitoring for bush or wildfires requires constant vigilance, and every second counts. With our increased network capabilities, we can now help you get even more value out of your PTZ cameras with 360 Overwatch.
The 360 Overwatch platform creates a simplified command centre for monitoring fire weather, presenting live video feeds from the field directly alongside corresponding weather station data. This significantly streamlines monitoring and accelerates fire detection.
Lightning detection and mapping
Lightning starts over 8,000 fires each year in Australia alone. In partnership with AEM’s Earth Networks brand, FTS now offers interactive convective weather mapping, which provides a greater level of insight into where bushfires are likely to develop during a storm.
With FTS360’s expanded capabilities, you can gain real-time insights into when dangerous storms are approaching your service area and visualize lightning as it’s striking. In conjunction with FTS’ existing fire weather network and PTZ cameras, this provides a best-yet glimpse into live conditions during a storm and gives your team the best possible chance to identify and suppress fires before they grow.
On-call meteorological services
During the critical early stages of a fire, making the right decision can be the difference between success and disaster. Now, FTS customers have access to a dedicated network of professional meteorologists to assist in data interpretation and inform decision-making.
Our in-house team of weather scientists is available 24/7/365 to customers around the globe, and each customer has a consistent point of contact. That means your meteorologist will build an authentic understanding of your needs and priorities so they can maximize the value of your FTS services and help your team make the best use of data.
Post-fire flood monitoring
After a destructive wildfire, flood risk in the affected area is significantly elevated for up to five years. When you’re in that recovery period, it’s crucial to keep surrounding communities safe with additional flood monitoring and detection measures.
FTS can now provide ongoing support to local agencies and businesses after a bushfire to forecast when floods could develop and monitor conditions at key strategic areas in real time. This maximizes your ability to respond to floods proactively and protect the public.
Get the conversation started
Now more than ever, as a part of AEM, we are able to work with individual agencies to craft personalized fire monitoring, detection and response solutions that connect teams around the globe with the data they need to do their jobs at the highest level. If you’re looking for a partner who can help you identify wildfire threats before they begin, track bushfires as they develop, empower your team to carry out the best possible response, and keep the public safe, it’s time to sit down for a conversation with FTS.
For more information, go to ftsinc.com