Aerial Fire Tech

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Fire Heat Mapping and Aerial Thermal Infrared Transmitted to SmartPhones & Tablets
Thermal Infrared in the Cockpit, Live-streamed to the Ground and Near-real-time Mapping

Auto-tracking gimbal and inexpensive fixed Long Wave Infrared (LWIR) cameras can be live transmitted for real-time mapping and tactical field operations. Drone gimbals on manned aircraft offer operation from the ground or in the air by touching targets on the IR screen, hands-free lock-on, auto-tracking fire, and dozer lines. 
Stabilized super zoom will see details or show the big picture. Symbolized fire GIS on split-screen
moving-maps and Augmented Reality video overlays 
provides shared situational awareness (SA) to aircrews and everyone on the ground at the same time.

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History, movies, and articles:
  - Orange County Fire Authority (OCFA) and 5 Southern California counties rollout Live Streaming Thermal IR to firefighters, and near-real-time perimeter mapping with WiFire modeling fire spread
  - 4 bonded low-cost modems using FirstNet and Verizon stream live thermal infrared video from drone gimbal on a manned ISR aircraft to firefighter's personal phone
  - MANET mesh networks streams live streams infrared video over 70+ miles direct link from Los Alamitos Joint Forces Base to Maria Fire near Santa Paula
  - Installed AeroComputer UC-6000 for Augmented Reality street overlays on the IR video live streaming to firefighter's handheld mobile device
  - Live mapping with artificial intelligence (AI) perimeters (YouTube) from OverWatch (same as Insitu Scan Eagle) for National Infrared Operations (NIROPS)
  - Installed and operate FireFlight single FLIR TAU 2 maps wildfires with Artificial Intelligence (IA). Dial-in thermal thresholds real-time to map black or intense heat
  - Event News Enterprise article about FIRIS real-time mapping
  - Air Attack Magazine: FIRIS New Meaning to Air Attack Pages 78-89

  - Operate three flying aircraft gimbals simultaneously from home office desk while Air Attack's is over Utah, Oregon & California fires using cellular connectivity
  - Live streaming (~2 seconds) aerial full-motion video (FMV) to an unlimited number of users: Viewed in a simple browser on Android, iOS, Windows and Mac
  - Thermal Thresholds for simple live viewing of wildfire infrared on firefighters mobile phones (YouTube) 
  - Oklahoma fires video (YouTube) posted to Facebook received a record number of views 
  - Use ForeFlight to transmit retardant targets from Air Attack to tankers and helicopters
  - Division supervisor on the ground at the forefront operated the infrared gimbal from to scan for spotfires and slopovers. Team fire maps work on ForeFlight and Cal Fire publish MBTiles
  - Flew Manned-UAV to map Santa Rosa fire and transmit live video to IC team (YouTube), Courtney Aviation Fire View photo brief published 
  - Common Operating Picture (COP): Live sharing of fire perimeters, maps, and photos between Incident Command (IC) the plane and emergency operations center (EOC). Shared Situational Awareness (SA)
  - Soberanes fire tornado over a mile long (YouTube) 
  - Live broadcast of fire video with a contextual moving map to firefighters
  - XYhT article: Surrogate UAS (page 36)
  - IR+GIS as an off-the-shelf product. Tase 200 with or with Microwave (IR+GIS-2) control from the ground available from integrators
  - Bring IR+GIS to more aerial firefighter cockpits worldwide and stream it 
realtime to the ground 
Tase 200 installed for three Air Attack Aircraft. Remote control from the ground over microwave Silvus radio link operates the drone gimbal hitchhiking on manned-aircraft
  - New presentation slides and 59-second movie about Air Attack IR+GIS for TFRSAC (Tactical Fire Remote Sensing Advisory Committee) in Sacramento
  - Delivered moving-map GIS to 8 dozer operators and ground firefighters on iPhones & iPads
  - 3rd year FAIRGIS teaching at Region 5 ATGS refresher.  slides: Air Attack refresher course at McClellan, Sacramento, CA
  - Won 1st place in Silicon Valley, and two other developer awards for a SmartPhone & Tablet app that will automatically overlay fire Tactical GIS on moving-map topos.
  - Side Looking Infrared brought thermal visualization of the fire through smoke and dark to Air Attack teams
AirborneGIS and/or IR flew on twenty CalFire & Fed Air Attack planes.  Equipped planes could operate over smoke and darkness.
  - Spearheaded the use of Avenza PDF Maps on iPads to replace Windows Tablets.
  - Live Moving map on touch Windows Tablets using DeLorme XMap.

CloudCap Tase 200 designed for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), and used on Manned-aircraft, but operated from the ground

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Drone Gimbal on Manned Aircraft allows for targeting and oblique mapping

- Nadir mapping cameras

- Thermal Thresholds

- Artificial Intelligence heat polygons

- Operate gimbal from the ground

- Live mapping

- NIROPS mapping

- Streaming live video with 2-second delay

- Cellular downlink

- MANET microwave mesh

- Passive Augmented Reality IR

Passive hands-free Infrared: Long heralded as a breakthrough technology for fire fighting, good IR cameras have become so inexpensive that there is no reason not to install one on every Air Attack plane.  Installation & FAA certification are also easy, and so is usage.  A fixed mounted side-looking infrared (SLIR) sees through the smoke and dark. SLIR requires no training or 3rd person board.  It is so easy that on the first flight both the Air Attack and pilot will become completely functional.


Latitude, who makes many of the AFF (Automated Flight Following) boxes, already installed in fire aircraft, has written a Windows utility to transfer fire maps from the cockpit to the ground.  Maps transmits as Google Earth attachments through email to a group list.  Perimeter maps can transmit within a minute directly to anyone or everyone on the IC team, GIS and dispatch.  Even frontline firefighters can receive them on an iPhone or SmartPhone running Google Earth.

Microwave MANET mesh has reached up to 100 miles line of sight (LOS).
Courtney Aviation FireView van deployed on Soberanes fire

 This content is all provided as a free service by the community of aerial firefighters.  

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