How the
exci system

At the heart of exci’s technology is a series of sophisticated AI models, fusing data from ground-based cameras and satellites.

exci system elements

exciMap is our user interface where fire and emergency services and other clients and stakeholders have access to all the real-time information and visuals of the emergency.

This is supported by our ground-based camera network where cameras are used to detect smoke visually using computer vision algorithms and our geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites which use algorithmic processing of heat data and provides broad area, 24/7 detection capability.

Under normal circumstances, it can often take a significant amount of time from when a fire starts before it is noticed and emergency services are alerted. The lost time between the ignition and the arrival of firefighters can mean the difference between a minor incident that can be easily contained and a major bushfire that gets out of control, which can lead to days or weeks of destruction before being extinguished.

The exci system eliminates the crucial lost time with instantaneous detection and alerts. It allows firefighters to respond immediately while giving them continuing real-time updates on the exact location of the fire, the affected area, the direction of spread, and other crucial information to help decision-makers contain and then extinguish the conflagration. 

Real-time information and visuals

The combination of the early warning alerts provided by the exci system, with fast and effective action by firefighters may make major bushfires a thing of the past. Early detection can help save lives, prevent infrastructure disruption, protect assets, protect habitats, and save billions of dollars in recovery costs.

Detection system

The exci system acquires imagery from ground-based cameras and sensor data from satellites. The data is processed by a sophisticated AI that detects signatures of fires such as smoke and heat. If a fire is detected, reports are immediately presented to the relevant users, such as first responders or asset owners.

The ground-based system is camera-agnostic and works with a broad range of cameras available on the market. It is best suited to high-value areas – including those on the rural-urban interface, and high-risk areas such as national parks, state forests and conservation areas – providing fast detection during the day. 

The satellite data is streamed from existing satellites in near real-time. The coverage is broad-reaching and cost-effective. As satellite sensors have lower resolution than cameras, this capability is better suited for remote and broad area coverage, night-time detections, and to provide comprehensive coverage in all weather conditions.

Camera/ground-based detections

The exci system uses ground-based camera networks to capture images that are analysed for evidence of fire. These cameras capture images that are processed through AI/Machine Learning systems. Detecting the characteristic colours and movements of smoke allows us to alert firefighters when the fire is still very small. exciGround is camera agnostic and works with a wide range of “Off The Shelf ” cameras. exciGround can also be integrated into existing camera networks. If needed, exci can advise clients on the hardware requirements and facilitate the supply of cameras from a trusted supplier partner.

Satellite/space-based detections

Our geostationary and polar-orbiting satellites use algorithmic processing to detect fires, looking for signatures of heat from satellite based sensors. This allows us to leverage both geosynchronous and polar-orbiting platforms to provide layered, low latency coverage over large swathes of the globe. We are continually developing and improving our satellite based capabilities, and plan to launch our own satellites by 2022 (LEO) and 2025 (GEO).

User interface

The exci system includes three options for notification and presentation of detected fire incidents:

Electronic notifications

are sent directly to nominated users as soon as a fire event has been detected by either a camera or a satellite source. Notifications can be provided via SMS or email.

Map alerts 

The web-based map interface presents all the detection information from cameras and satellites. Detection reports are viewed on a map that includes images from the fire detection cameras, satellite imagery, and reference maps. Our map is ideal for display in operations or monitoring environments, such as fire stations or emergency services centres, to provide a comprehensive overview of the camera and satellite coverage. Access to individual camera feeds is also available from this interface, allowing remote assessment of a fire. Our map can also be accessed on mobile platforms.


The raw detection information is processed from both ground cameras and satellites by the exci intelligence system. An API for access to this data can be provided for integration with existing GIS or other mapping/Common Operating Picture style systems. We understand there are likely multiple platforms that would need to have access to the detection data, and we can provide the data in multiple formats and with custom parameters (e.g. temporal extent, metadata). 

exci pty ltd
Kon-Tiki Business Centre, T1.404,
55 Plaza Parade, Maroochydore, QLD 4558


Australia: 1300 903 940
International: +61 497 803 276


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exci pty ltd

ACN 633 824 852
Kon-Tiki Business Centre, T1.404, 55 Plaza Parade
Maroochydore, QLD 4558



1300 903 940
international: +61 497 803 276