Swinburne Alumni, Gabrielle and Christopher Tylor, who are the founders and directors of exci – a commercial early bushfire detection system – were awarded the “Innovative Planet Impact Award” on 13 October 2022 in Melbourne. The awards acknowledge Swinburne University of Technology alumni from around the world whose exceptional endeavour has significantly impacted local and/or global environmental sustainability.
The awards ceremony was joined by hundreds of guests from around the world. In her speech, Swinburne Vice-Chancellor and President Professor Pascale Quester said that “Swinburne has always been a place that has invited the curious, the creative, the innovative, and those with a drive to make a difference.”
Gabrielle and Christopher Tylor are passionate about finding innovative solutions to mitigate the most challenging social problems. Observing and experiencing the climate change-driven implications of unprecedented fire disasters across the globe, Christopher and Gabrielle decided to develop and commercialise an early bushfire detection system.
exci’s wildfire detection system is powered by proprietary deep machine learning algorithms (advanced Artificial Intelligence) that detect bush/wildfires within minutes after ignition by analysing satellite and ground-based sensor data for the presence of smoke and heat. Even small fires are automatically detected within minutes, with a near-zero rate of false positives. exci is the only early wildfire detection system that has been proven in large-scale deployments, with more than 800 cameras in California (monitoring over 125 million acres) and commercial deployments in Australia (over 2 million ha of forestry and plantations).
Christopher is currently in discussions with the Australian, South Australian and Queensland Governments. He also had the privilege to present exci to 3,000 delegates from more than 40 countries at the Asia-Pacific Ministerial Conference in September in Brisbane, which was hosted by Australia in partnership with the United Nations Office for Disaster Reduction.
Christopher and Gabrielle feel very honoured and proud to be recognised among this impressive group of alumni for their contribution to building a better world with exci’s world-leading bushfire detection system.
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