Fire Monitoring

Fire Monitoring

Aerial Fire Monitoring has proven to be a very valuable tool to assist fire managers to fight forest fires. This new imaging technology in the hands of aerial observers, is literally changing the way fires are fought.

Whether you are utilizing traditional helicopter, fixed wing aircraft or employ the use of an unmanned aircraft, the TASE400 Imaging Systems integrates seamlessly into aircraft giving operators the ability to see through smoke and help identify hot spots early. By providing fire managers with critical stabilized day and night time full motion video imagery enables them to better fight forest fires thus saving wildlife, vegetation, homes, resources and lives.

Our Imaging Systems utilize long wave and short wave infrared imaging technology, in conjunction with our View Point software, will provide the aerial firefighting community with valuable real time information about the shape and position of the fire line.

The TASE400 Imaging Systems give operators the ability to clearly see through smoke and differentiate between burned areas in relationship to active areas. This imagery allows operators to strategically place fire lines and firebreaks thus depriving the fire of its fuel where it will be most effective.

Depending on aerosol levels, our cameras can completely see through smoke, giving operators the ability to see natural edges and boundaries such as roads, streams or fields. Aerial observers can quickly capture imagery and deliver information to fire mangers to plan controlled burns of all the fuel between the barrier and the fire.

Utilizing geo point referencing software, the TASE400 Imaging Systems delivers high resolution images and video to fire managers allowing quick deployment of air tankers delivering water, fire retardant or foam.

Millions of acres are devastated each year by wild fires. Forest fire fighting involves extensive human resources and is very dangerous. In many cases the lack of information can lead to disastrous social, economic, environmental impact and the loss of lives.

Immediately following a wildfire event, it is important to gain an aerial assessment of the amount, degree, and location of damage to human-built structures and infrastructure, plus the condition of soil and vegetation resources. When compared to pre-fire archived images, a detailed plan can be put in place to protect against soil erosion where it is needed most. Finally, the imagery from the TASE400 Fire Spotter will help inform fire management decision makers regarding post-fire land management and preparing for future seasons.

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Unmanned Platform – Tepee Springs Fire Monitoring with TASE Imaging Systems

The U.S. Department of Interior and the U.S. Forest Service planned several Proof-of-Concept trials during the 2015 fire season to test out UAS equipment in actual firefighting conditions. Cloud Cap Technology TASE Imaging Systems delivered high-performance imagery and data products while mounted on the Textron Systems’ Aerosonde™ Small Unmanned Aircraft System (SUAS) during a multi-day wildfire response effort in Idaho, led by the U.S. Department of Interior and U.S. Forest Service.

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Manned Platform – Happy Camp Complex Fire Monitoring with TASE Imaging System

Courtney Aviation was contracted by the Forest Service to fly the air tactical control platform over the Happy Camp Complex Wildfire. Pilot and president Hart Drobish served as ground liaison, managing the flow of infrared and visual imagery provided by Cloud Cap Technology’s TASE Imaging System from the aircraft to the end user.

The 5 inch TASE Imaging System, operating today on a number of unmanned aircraft, and several small aerostats, was selected by Courtney Aviation for its superior image quality and low SWaP footprint (Size, Weight, Power). The lightweight EO and LWIR camera provides hot spot detection, identification, and location information for the fire crews enabling them to pinpoint fire lines and more effectively employ the air tankers. Mr. Drobish stated “The TASE Imaging System is a vital part of our team to provide superior aerial firefighting services to Federal Wild land Fire Aviation Programs.”

The TASE Imaging Systems are low SWaP, and Cost (SWaP +C) and high performance, reliable and easy to operate. TASE is the ideal solution whether fighting fires in California, providing infrastructure inspection services or providing traditional military ISR support.

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File Name: Surrogate UAS - Combining UAV technology with manned aircraft gives professionals the best of both worlds, for applications from inspecting assets to fighting fires.  

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