When fires cause storms

New technology is now available that predicts fire-generated thunderstorms, prompted by a sharp increase in the number of these storms and associated extreme fire events such as the devastating bushfires they caused in the 2019–20 fire season. Fire-generated thunderstorms, sometimes…

IoT-enabled valve monitoring system can ease inspection burden

A new wireless valve monitoring system, which recently earned the FM Approvals certification, promises to help organizations lower the cost of monitoring critical sprinkler control (and isolation) valves and make it easier to receive alerts and other information from anywhere,…

Bushfire-fighting future state – how do we get to artificial intelligence, data and cloud?

In 1955, General Electric invented GERT. GERT was a computer and at the time the fastest in the world. Today, your phone is 927 million times more powerful than GERT. In 1955, people held hoses and pointed them at fires.…

Providing a clear picture of landscape dryness

The Australian Flammability Monitoring System provides a clear picture of vegetation and soil dryness across the Australian landscape, assisting fire and land managers with their operational decisions. Fire and land managers are now benefiting from the world’s first near-real-time web…

OroraTech develops the first global wildfire intelligence service

The 2020 wildfire season of the West Coast in the United States painted a familiar picture of the damage we saw in Australia in the 2019/2020 season. High temperatures and dry vegetation fuelled record-breaking fire spreads, causing damage to millions…

Digitizing evacuations

Traditional evacuation systems require a fair amount of specialist installation, management and maintenance because they tend to be hard wired and permanently positioned. They also use a ‘press and guess’ approach in that there’s little visibility on the system’s power…

Enhancing responders’ performance and safety through smart wearable technologies

Wearable devices such as smartwatches have become increasingly popular in recent years, given their effectiveness in monitoring the physiological condition of the wearer. In particular, they have been used in sports to provide targeted feedback to enhance the wearer’s performance.…

Future directions in the acquisition of aerial fire intelligence

Australia suffered some of its worst bushfires ever in the summer of 2019/2020, a period now known colloquially as the ‘Black Summer’. Although difficult to accurately quantify, it is estimated that fires burnt almost 20 million hectares of land and…

Next-Gen fire station alerting

Radical new designs in fire station alerting technology are helping to save lives and property. It’s an unfortunate fact that, every hour of every day, people find themselves in some form of danger. Luckily, however, in those instances, sophisticated new…

Database crucial for learning lessons from the past

Australia’s emergency services can now easily navigate through 130 years of data from inquiries, reviews and coronial inquests into natural hazards in one place. The Bushfire and Natural Hazards CRC’s Disaster Inquiries Database captures and categorizes recommendations, ensuring lessons from…

Trusting reliable rugged solutions in times of emergency

The fire-services industry has recently evolved with the emergence of new technologies such as software tools, facial-recognition software and artificial intelligence (AI). According to a report from Australian government ‘Australia’s Tech Future’1, more emergency services, including fire, are using digital…

The new addressing system helping UK emergency services

Emergencies can happen anywhere, from a wildfire in a park to an incident outside one of the gates at a crowded stadium. Saying precisely where first responders are needed is crucial but can sometimes be near impossible for callers to…

A tool to understand large buildings in an emergency

Locatrix (previously Concept Safety Systems) is a technology inventor, partnering with first responders and emergency industry professionals to help Government, corporations, property owners and managers alike to achieve breakthrough standards in protecting occupants and visitors in and around buildings. We…

Automation: saving money, staff and lives

When repetitive, time-consuming tasks are automated, Australia’s vital fire and rescue staff are free to do what they do best – keep the public safe. In the Australian environment, fire and rescue operations provide a vital and longstanding service to…

Bigger is not always better in the age of modern lighting technology

For the last 25 years, lighting manufacturers have been in a fierce competition to out-shine each other. The focus of modern manufacturers has been one-upping the next with more lumens from their latest fixture. Specifically, with regard to LED technologies,…

New development in the world of wildland firefighting equipment

Again and again, huge fires are destroying large parts of nature in this world, destroying the habitat of humans and also animals, destroying agricultural land and property. At this time, the forest fires on this planet can not be enumerated.…

Infrared cameras for firefighters

Fire is a very hostile atmosphere for most people, including firefighters. When you have smoke that is so thick that you can’t see your hand in front of you, and you couple that with high heat, it’s an atmosphere that’s…

How innovative technology can lead to significant gains in lone worker safety

In a recent case in New Zealand involving the death of a lone machinery operator the company were ordered to pay $85,000 in reparations to the worker’s family as the company involved had no lone worker policy in place. Putting…

Satellites to help show when the bush is ready to burn

Soil dryness and flammable vegetation are two of the primary factors affecting the severity of a bushfire. But a new interactive map is providing better information that will help fire managers undertake prescribed burns safer and assess the risk of…

Modern technology will further improve fire safety around the world

On March 25, Russia experienced its deadliest blaze in nearly a decade, killing 64 people in a mall. The subsequent investigation found a deactivated alarm system was to blame, in violation of safety rules. I can’t stop questioning that if…

Transforming fire safety

Fire safety is a major concern. We’re living in a world that has been shaken by technological advances, in cities and buildings full of cutting edge innovations where one of the most pressing dangers is still the threat of fire.…

Approaching the flame fire fighting robot

Australia has a considerable amount of petroleum and gas terminals across the country. These terminals support our daily life and pumps energy into our economy. But what if one of these terminals and its tanks go wrong? In a blink…

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