Essential Services and Communities get Early Warning of Bushfires with AI Surveillance Solutions
Remote Connectivity for Surveillance, Security, Bushfire Detection and Telecommunication Services
The Communications Challenge
Many of the country’s most remote areas are looked after by organisations such as National Parks, which encompasses a partnership of state-based forestry, private-based forestry, and the Rural Fire Service.
Almost all rural and emergency response organisations are experiencing problems due to a lack of situational awareness of fires starting in their locality. Without gaining early warning of risks nor being able to pre-empt fires, significant damage and loss of wildlife becomes inevitable.
Rising Connection’s Solution
We used a selection of cameras from Axis Communications and Robotics Cats, networking hardware from Peplink|Pepwave and Cambium Networks, professional antennas from Telco Antenna, solar solutions from Victron Energy, as well as customised software solutions for the monitoring and capturing of data using high-capacity data centres such as Amazon Web Services and Google Cloud Engine.
As a result of these collaborations, Rising Connection deployed surveillance systems to capture the information needed to detect bushfires and potential fire risks. Due to the solution’s integration with artificial intelligence, these systems provide accurate real-time location information with situational awareness without physically attending watchtowers.
Rising Connection’s solutions enable our clients to have an automated video wall to monitor situations and receive real-time alerts of detected risks. These professional systems can support access from multiple agencies, including commercial, government, education and public services.
Many bushfire watchtowers have had installed bushfire detection solutions that are physically visible to the public, accessible via bush trails to locations like Mount Coree (the starting point for the survey to the ACT boundary) and One Tree Hill. Three of the four sites are on the shared state boundary of the ACT & NSW, allowing an expanded service beyond the project’s initial scope.
Rising Connection is working with other organisations to implement a similar solution in additional locations. Rising Connection was one of four successful finalists in the ACOMM Awards 2021 out of over 100 entries for our communications solutions, further demonstrating the impact of this ground-breaking system on the environment across Australia.