Insitu, FireWhat, Esri join in fighting wildfires with Eyes in the Sky

Insitu, a information servicescompanywith more than one million operational unmanned aircraft systems flight hours, has announced its partnership with FireWhat, and Esri, the world provider of spatial analytics, the company said.

Through this partnership, aerial reconnaissance for fighting wildfires will be provided by Insitu´s INEXA Solutions, comprised of INEXA Control, Insitu air vehicles including the ScanEagle®, and payloads including the new High Accuracy Photogrammetry (HAP) payload.

The INEXA Solutions professional aerial remote sensing services group will work with FireWhat´s fire professionals, using its geographic information system (GIS) customized for firefighters, and hosted on Esri´s ArcGIS platform.

Currently, fire incident commanders must work with fire line information that often is 12-to-24 hours old — while a fire continues to burn. Now, Insitu´s ScanEagle UAS can “fly the gaps” — both day and night — using its military-grade electro-optical (EO) cameras during daylight, and infrared (IR) cameras for nighttime imaging.

Flying at these times will provide previously unavailable data collection, analysis, and delivery of decision-making information to manned firefighting fleets operating in difficult terrain, smoke, or temperature inversion situations. The comprehensive spatial analytic capabilities of ArcGIS leverage FireWhat´s unique ability to effectively fight wildfires using technology in an entirely new way.

Insitu, FireWhat, and Esri´s efforts are supported by HP, Inc., (HP) hardware, including servers, laptops, and printers. This collective partnership represents expert knowledge and resources that now are combined to deliver a system surpassing any fire emergency and disaster tracking solution currently available in North America.

Insitu is an industry-leading provider of information for superior decision making. With its headquarters in Bingen, Wash., and offices in the US, U.K., and Australia, The companycreates and supports unmanned systems and software technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and understanding sensor data.

FireWhat, Incorporated, founded in 2011, is a Natural Resource Managment Technologycompanybased in Dunsmuir, Calif., with offices in Bend, Or. FireWhat, Incorporated develops mobile and web based technologies for land, asset, and resource managers.

Esri, the global market provider of geographic information system (GIS) software, offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the full potential of data to improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in more than 350,000 organizations including the world´s largest cities, most national governments, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 colleges and universities.