IR on SmartPhone & Tablets for Aerial & Ground Firefighters
InfraRed + Tactical GIS in the cockpit, and live streamed to the ground
200+KTS auto-tracking gimbal. Finger touching the live IR or the synchronized moving-map locks-on hands free. Stabilized super zoom will see details and stream live to the ground.
Moving-map topos with symbolized fire GIS (Geographic Information System from NIFC)
provides instant situational awareness, and can be wireless updated every morning.
2014 fire season Goal:
* IR+GIS as off-the-shelf product. Tase 200 with or with Microwave (IR+GIS-2) control from the ground available from integrators
2013 fire season Goal acheived:
* Bring IR+GIS to more aerial firefighter cockpits worldwide and stream it
realtime to the ground
- 2014, Nov: TFRSAC working group started to gather industry feedback and recommendation for IR gimbal operations
- 2014, Oct: Happy Camp Complex Wildfire successfully uses IR gimbal+GIS, and live link to Incident Command
- 2013 Tase 200 set fo 3 Air Attack Aircraft. Remote control over microwave operating on one aircraft
- 2012: Stabilized gimbal with visible super zoom and IR runs completely by touch with iPad like interface
- 2012 fire season: IR+GIS used across the Western US on many fires. System is extremely low cost and automatic hands-free requiring no training
- 2011: New presentation slides and 59 second movie about Aoir Attack IR+GIS for TFRSAC (Tactical Fire Remote Sensing Advisory Committee) in Sacramento
- 2011: Delivered moving-map GIS to 8 dozer operators and ground firefighters on iPhones & iPads
- 2011: 3rd year FAIRGIS teaching at Region 5 ATGS refresher. slides: Air Attack refresher course at McClellan, Sacramento, CA
- 2011: 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.
- 2010: AirborneGIS and/or IR flew on twenty CalFire & Fed Air Attack planes. Equipped planes could operate over smoke and darkness.
- DIY IR+GIS: Aircraft operators should follow the instructions below - installation is inexpensive and realatively easy
- GIS for iPads is on the public NFIC server can be overlaid by Air Attacks, ask your GIS team, or call me to help
Passive hands-free Infrared: Long heralded as breakthrough technology for fire fighting, good IR cameras have become so inexpensive that here is no reason not to install one on every Air Attack plane. Installation & FAA certification are also easy, and so is usage. 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.
Detailed situational awareness and names can quickly earn the respect of locals. Clam-shell Laptops should not be used in the cockpit, but rather Tablet PCs. Use either DeLorme Topo USA or DeLorme XMap 7 Pro (requires Win7 Pro). They are easy to use and connect to Bluetooth wireless or USB wired GPS for moving-map.
GIS overlays on Windows Moving-Map Topos
GIS teams on large fires normally produce map data that helps Air Attacks. Fire lines, hot spots, burn out, dozer & hand lines, division breaks, drop points, dip sites and more overlays are all oriented on the moving topos with instant situational awareness and ability to zoom in - out. This will allow you to do some things previously not possible, in addition to the obvious of quickly finding everything. DeLorme XMap imports ESRI .shp files directly one by one. DeLorme Topo and Maptech require the GIS team to first create special .gpx files.
Free app downloads allow for offline moving map topos. Tactical GIS app is being developed for fire fighters. Anyone with a GPS enable SmartPhone can show their realtime GPS position on each others map.
On any of the Windows based Topo packages the DRAW function will allow an ATGS to draw fire perimeters that can be transmitted to the ground, or handed off once back on the ground. A right click will tell you the acreage. Fire perimeters can be saved as .kml fires so that anyone with Google Earth installed will see the perimeter
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.
This content is all provided as a free service by the community of aerial fire fighters. Questions or discussion should be posted to AerialFireTech Discussion Group . We might be out flying, especially during fire season, so participants will get back to as soon as possible.
Updated October 26, 2014