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THE DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY AND AI4 TECHNOLOGIES TO COLLABORATE IN WILDFIRE DETECTION TECHNOLOGY

April 7, 2020

Today under the unprecedented situation of the spreading coronavirus pandemic, we need to, and we will remain vigilant to other dangers to the nation’s safety. Avoiding catastrophic wildfires will protect the already stressed public health and medical care system from further burden. We are honored to have this opportunity to work with DHS SCITI Labs to help making the nation safer. Our solution applies the latest sensor technologies and AI to enable intelligent and automated early detection of wildfire and other environmental hazards or risks

 

The Department of Homeland Security and Ai4 Technologies to Collaborate in Wildfire Detection Technology


San Francisco and Washington, April 7th, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) selected Ai4 Technologies Inc. (Ai4) as an industry partner in a new wildfire detection workstream of the Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs.


The DHS announced the collaboration in a recent press release:


“The SCITI Labs Initiative brings together an expansive network of innovative partners, keeping an active pulse on venture, accelerator, and other research advancements to identify potential solutions for homeland security research challenges. 


Having recently concluded a two-year effort focusing on sensor-based technologies for public safety, the SCITI Labs team will now embark on a similar effort for the fire service. Over the next six months, these wildfire sensor technology partners will begin the process of prototype development or product modification, to be evaluated against DHS requirements to specific to combatting wildfires that impact urban areas.


“Wildfires continue to threaten lives, homes and critical infrastructure. The goal of this effort is to identify where technology solutions can be brought in line with other commercially-available products for home and property security,” said Jeff Booth, Director of S&T’s Sensors and Platforms Technology Center. “We want to identify a development roadmap that works hand-in-hand with a commercialization path that advances not only the science and engineering aspects of this technology, but also the availability of these capabilities to the broader homeland security enterprise – from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to state and local emergency management to civilians.”


SCITI Labs will work with end-users – including FEMA, and state and local fire services – and the industry partners to incorporate feedback and assessment data into market-ready products. The SCITI Labs “commercial first” approach guarantees a streamlined commercialization process is included in the technology evaluation, ensuring the technologies are useable, affordable and scalable to suit the mission needs of DHS components, first responders, industry, and other stakeholders.


Capabilities evaluated in this workstream will focus on real-time and continuous identification of heat sources and smoke to detect ignition location, track fire perimeter, track fire characteristics, and allow for geographically targeted notifications and warnings.


“We’re excited to embark upon this effort where our technical subject matter experts will work directly with commercialization experts and first responders to advance these capabilities,” said John Merrill, Director, First Responders Division. “We hope this will drive down costs of available solutions to responders and introduce innovation into the marketplace.”


“Today under the unprecedented situation of the spreading coronavirus pandemic, we need to, and we will remain vigilant to other dangers to the nation’s safety. Avoiding catastrophic wildfires will protect the already stressed public health and medical care system from further burden. We are honored to have this opportunity to work with DHS SCITI Labs to help making the nation safer. Our solution applies the latest sensor technologies and AI to enable intelligent and automated early detection of wildfire and other environmental hazards or risks,“ said Tero Heinonen, the CEO of Ai4. “We expect this kind of technology to be widely leveraged in areas prone to wildfire or other security risks,” Heinonen continued.



For more information about SCITI Labs, please visit https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/st-smart-city-internet-things-innovation-sciti-labs.


For full copy of the DHS press release, please visit:  https://www.dhs.gov/science-and-technology/news/2020/02/05/news-release-dhs-st-evaluate-select-wildfire-sensor-technologies



For more information, please contact:


Ai4 Technologies, Inc.                                                       Department of Homeland Security

Mr. Tero Heinonen                                                             DHS S&T Press Office

Tel.       +1 (415) 293-8214                                                Mr. John Verrico

Web:    www.ai4.com                                                        Tel. +1 (202) 254-2385

Email:  info@ai4.com                                                        SPTechnologyCenter@hq.dhs.gov

 

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