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Revolutionizing Wildfire Management: How Robotto Empowers First Responders and Wildlife Teams

Wildfires are a threat to lives, property, and the environment. The 2021 wildfire season in the United States saw 58,950 wildfires burn over 10.3 million acres of land, causing significant loss of lives, homes, and businesses. To mitigate the damage caused by wildfires, it is essential to have timely and accurate information about the location, size, and direction of fires. This is where the Tactical Fire Remote Sensing Advisory Committee (TFRSAC) comes in.


The TFRSAC is a partnership between NASA and the US Forest Service that brings together experts in fire management, remote sensing, GIS, and other related fields to prioritize the development of technologies that enhance wildfire observation and decision support systems. The TFRSAC is a "Community of Practice" that focuses on sharing best practices and creating new knowledge to advance the wildland management domain of professional practice.


At Robotto, we create cutting-edge devices that make robotics smart and empower first responders, wildlife teams, and critical infrastructure. Our solutions include assisted flight planning, flying autonomy, and state-of-the-art object avoidance and situational behavior. Our real-time fire detection and search and rescue solutions utilize aerial AI detection, making it easier to make speedy and safe recoveries. We are proud to be a part of the TFRSAC and contribute to the ongoing discussions about advancing the wildland management domain of professional practice.


The TFRSAC meets twice a year to discuss the developments and results of ongoing investigations for new and evolving capabilities that support improved fire observation. These bi-annual meetings are open-access, and the presentations are shared with the wider community. The agenda for the TFRSAC includes updates from USFS Fire & Aviation Leadership, NOAA/NESDIS Wildland Fire Program, NASA FireSense Project, and USGS wildfire activities.


The second day of the committee includes presentations on AI for real-time wildfire perimeter and hot spot mapping, post-wildfire impacts on water resources & planning for future resilience, and support to USFS and CALFIRE operations for real-time IAA, aerial-based, multi-spectral sensors, among others.


On the second day of the committee, Robotto's CEO Kenneth Richard Geipel will present its edge-computing devices that make robotics smart for the first responders, wildlife, and critical infrastructure sectors. Our real-time fire detection and search and rescue solutions empower teams with aerial AI detection, making it easier to recover quickly and safely.


Our real-time fire detection solution empowers first responders with instant fire detection, autonomously altering flight paths to fly along the curves of the fire, and calculating the location, size, and direction of the fire in real-time. This cuts fire data collection and analysis down from 12-36 hours to instant. Our search and rescue solution strengthens operations with aerial AI detection, allowing drone teams to actively make decisions that assist ground teams in creating a speedy and safe recovery.


Robotto is also developing 3D real-time mapping, which will help first responders with real-time mapping and overlaying satellite images to empower them even in the worst natural disasters.

At Robotto, we are committed to using robotics and AI to help the greater good. We believe that our solutions can play a significant role in mitigating the damage caused by wildfires. We are excited to be a part of the TFRSAC and contribute to the ongoing discussions about advancing the wildland management domain of professional practice.


With the threat of wildfires continuing to grow, it is critical that we come together as a community to share best practices and develop new technologies that can help mitigate the damage caused by these fires.


As we've seen, the TFRSAC is a critical initiative that brings together experts in various fields to advance wildfire management and decision support systems. At Robotto, we are proud to be a part of this community of practice, contributing to ongoing discussions and sharing our cutting-edge solutions for real-time fire detection and search and rescue operations.


Through collaboration and innovation, we can create a safer and more resilient future for our communities. The ongoing work of the TFRSAC and other similar initiatives is crucial in developing technologies that can help us better understand and respond to wildfires, ultimately mitigating their damage.


At Robotto, we remain committed to using robotics and AI to help the greater good. Our solutions are designed to empower first responders, wildlife teams, and critical infrastructure to respond quickly and effectively to wildfires, saving lives and property.


As the threat of wildfires continues to grow, it is essential that we continue to invest in technologies that can help us better understand and respond to these fires. By coming together as a community and collaborating on innovative solutions, we can make significant progress toward mitigating the damage caused by wildfires.


To sum up, the TFRSAC is a crucial initiative that unites experts in different fields to advance wildfire management and decision support systems. Collaborating and innovating through initiatives like the TFRSAC can help us create a safer and more resilient future for our communities in the face of growing wildfire threats. At Robotto, we are honored to be a part of this community and will continue to contribute to discussions and developments in wildfire management to empower first responders, wildlife teams, and critical infrastructure to respond effectively and save lives and property.

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