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In 2021 over two million hectares burned across South Africa, destroying wildlife, killing livestock, and resulting in the loss of two firefighters. The Daily Maverick notes that the devastating results of wildfires include “massive job losses, destruction of livelihoods, food security for subsistence and emerging farmers, tribal lands, destruction of the environment and infrastructure.”

Arcanum Africa, Robotto’s new South African distributor, will provide local firefighters and organizations in the firefighting diaspora with advanced AI drone software, giving them the information they need to minimize burn sizes by up to 60% and reduce 50-70% of man-hours- helping save lives and save nature.

“Partnering with Arcanum Africa opens the doors to a unique market where parts of the emergency service industry are privately run, shortening the procurement process and getting our life-saving technology into the hands of first responders.” CEO and Co-Founder, Kenneth Richard Geipel.

“We are delighted to be working with such an innovative company and feel that Robotto will make a significant difference to the way a number of emergency situations are handled in South Africa. Saving lives, as well as time and money, is a comprehensive solution to bring to the market.” Arcanum Africa founders Peter Stolwerk and Aarhon van Schaik.

In addition to Robotto Fire, Arcanum Africa has chosen to aid first responders with Robotto’s new Search and Rescue software after the conclusion of beta testing. South Africa’s vast nature pulls in nature and hiking enthusiasts from around the world. Unfortunately, a wonderful nature experience can result in individuals finding themselves lost. South Africa’s unique landscape makes it difficult for traditional grid land and air searches to efficiently local individuals in need, as getting off the ground and arriving at the location uses precious time away from getting help directly to the individual in need.

About Arcanum Africa

Located in Cape Town, Arcanum Africa provides state-of-the-art security solutions, wildlife and environmental protection, and communications and monitoring solutions- including Robotto Fire.

About Robotto

The world’s most advanced wildfire ai drone software. Robotto helps firefighters locate and understand wildfires in real time, giving them the information they need to effectively extinguish the flames. With Robotto Fire firefighters can decrease burn sizes by up to 60% and save 50 – 70% man-hours, making this drone software the best investment fire departments can make!

Updated: May 9

We recently announced our participation in TV2 Denmark’s new program, Min Idé – Vores Mission a new show dedicated to promoting sustainable ideas and innovation here in Denmark. It’s exciting to be on a national program, but our excitement goes beyond simply seeing our idea on television- we’re excited to see sustainable ideas and innovation get their time in the sun!

Sustainability is often referred to as something that we as individuals must choose, be it by reducing our intake of meat, avoiding single-use plastics, buying electric cars, or choosing sustainability-marked items at the store. It’s portrayed as our individual responsibility for the future, putting the burden of rising temperatures and melting ice caps on our shoulders as we try and make the best choices for our budgets and our families.

While we as individuals can move the market as a collective unit, avoiding the disastrous 1.5 degrees will require large innovative ideas that drastically change things we as individuals have no control over (i.e. wildfires, transportation methods etc.). This is exactly what the judges on Min Idé – Vores Mission are on the lookout for: large-scale, innovative ideas that can impact our collective future.

An example of such an idea (though they were not chosen to go further) is Biomend. Their idea is to establish treatment plants where greenery works with the existing system to absorb remaining nutrients found in wastewater (nutrients that harm our oceans). Their idea doesn’t end there! When their systems are established and tested they foresee use cases within other industries such as biogas for electricity production. It’s largescale ideas that have the potential to alter an industry where consumers typically have no influence.

This new show is the first of its kind here in Denmark, where sustainable ideas are promoted for their mission to save the planet. We would, however, be remiss if we didn’t mention the impact organizations like the Footprint Firm are already making when it comes to promoting sustainable ideas. An investment firm in Copenhagen, the Footprint Firm makes targeted investments in green, sustainable ideas, helping them make the journey from idea to business. Their investment in Robotto allowed us to finalize the development of Robotto Fire, putting us in a position to aid firefighters to control large-scale wildfires at an earlier stage, helping lower emissions.

While ideas that help implement changes to our recycling methods as individuals can provide some benefit to creating a sustainable future, it’s important that we also focus on finding and supporting large-scale innovative changes to pollutive industries (where individual consumers’ choices have no impact).

You can watch the first episode on TV2 Play and tune in next Tuesday at 20:40 to see the next batch of innovative sustainable ideas! If you would like to read about the first contestants, including Biomed, you can do so here

Robotto was featured as an example of one of Vækstfonden's investments and was intereviewed by TV2 Nord on thursday morning. CEO and Co-founder Kenneth Richard Giepel spoke about how partnering with Væksfonden has aided our growth from a bachelor's project to a startup, on the road towards success in saving lives and saving nature with unique, specialized, AI drone software.

Read the article here or tune into TV2 nord at 19:30 on Thursday April 21st.