Sensor Technology to Solve a Burning Problem

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A new initiative by the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) advances the studying sensor-based technology to combat wildfires that specifically impact urban areas. The project is part of its Smart Cities Internet of Things Innovation (SCITI) Labs initiative, focusing on using technology to enhance public safety across the U.S.

The new wildfire-focused sensor project initiated by the department’s research and development arm, Science and Technology Directorate (S&T) comes after the SCITI Labs concluded a two-year project that focused on testing sensor-based tech for public safety.

Four industry partners were selected to work on the project, and over the next six months, they will work on prototype development and modification for the new technology. 

Sensor tech created for this project will also be tested against DHS requirements, the department said in a press release.

“The goal of this effort is to identify where technology solutions can be brought in line with other commercially-available products for home and property security,” said Jeff Booth, director of S&Ts Sensors and Platforms Technology Center, in a statement. “We want to identify a development roadmap that works hand-in-hand with a commercialization path that advances not only the science and engineering aspects of this technology, but also the availability of these capabilities to the broader homeland security enterprise.”

The four industry partners selected include Ai4 Technologies, Breeze Technologies, Valor Fire Safety, and N5 Sensors. They will collaborate with potential users such as FEMA and local fire departments to gain feedback to bring their products to market. 

When evaluating the technology, DHS will also be looking at how the companies incorporate heat source detection, fire perimeter tracking, evaluation of fire characteristics and other capabilities, according to

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