The world is facing a pressing challenge – the increasing threat of wildfires that put our communities and precious natural landscapes in jeopardy. In the midst of this crisis, exci secured its position as one of the top 11 innovative startups in Omdena’s “Impact Tech Startup Series.” This resounding recognition validated exci’s relentless dedication to crafting an extraordinary solution to combat the global wildfire crisis. Through the power of cutting-edge AI technology, exci has become a trailblazer in revolutionizing wildfire detection, empowering communities to stay one step ahead of these devastating forces of nature.
Critical Importance of Forest Fire Detection in Populated Areas
Forest fire detection is of paramount importance due to the increasing risks posed by these natural disasters in our densely populated areas. While forest fires have been occurring for centuries, the escalating human population density and urban expansion have brought significant challenges to firefighting efforts. With our current population density, firefighting resources are indeed stretched thin, making early detection crucial to prevent catastrophic outcomes. Rapid detection of forest fires enables firefighting teams to respond promptly and efficiently, containing the flames before they can spread uncontrollably and cause extensive damage to lives, properties, and natural ecosystems. Implementing advanced detection technologies and systems can significantly improve our ability to monitor vast forested regions and facilitate immediate action, safeguarding both human communities and the invaluable biodiversity sustained by these vital ecosystems.
Addressing Unprecedented Wildfires
Founded in 2019, exci set out on a mission to confront the alarming rise of wildfires worldwide. With increasing frequency, longer durations, and intensified ferocity, wildfires demanded a revolutionary response. Inspired by their unwavering commitment to protect communities and ecosystems, exci developed a remarkable system that has since become synonymous with vigilance – the ‘Smoke Alarm for the Bush.’
The Power of AI-Driven Detection:
At the core of exci’s innovation lies a sophisticated blend of satellite and ground-based camera data, which is analysed by proprietary, powerful deep machine learning algorithms. These algorithms swiftly identify the presence of smoke and heat, enabling exci to detect wildfires within minutes of ignition. Moreover, the system boasts an unparalleled near-zero rate of false positives, ensuring that genuine alerts reach authorities without unnecessary alarm.
exci’s AI-powered early wildfire detection system, seamlessly integrated into decision support systems, holds the potential to aid forest managers in preventing and mitigating future wildfire disasters, as well as formulating effective strategies for fire management, response, recovery, and resilience in environments where human and natural spheres consistently intertwine and interact.
exci’s Unprecedented Wildfire Detection Success in 2021
The 2021 California fire season bore witness to exci’s unparalleled capabilities as it processed over one billion images from ground-based cameras, simultaneously analysing an astounding 500,000 satellite images daily – amounting to a staggering 30GB of data per day.
The success of exci’s system finds its most compelling testament in the reports from California, where authorities bear witness to its remarkable capabilities. In the 2021 fire season, exci detected an impressive 66% of fires within a minute, 95% within 5 minutes, and nearly 100% within 10 minutes after ignition, totaling 8,672 timely notifications issued during this period. This extraordinary achievement marked just one milestone in exci’s journey to excellence.
Since then, exci has continued to improve its system, enhancing its AI algorithms and expanding its network of cameras. As of today, exci’s vigilant technology has successfully detected an astounding 20,000 wildfires, safeguarding communities and preserving natural landscapes from the devastating consequences of these destructive events. These swift response times have been instrumental in enabling authorities to take decisive action promptly, mitigating wildfire damage and ensuring the safety of countless communities.
Large-scale Deployments and Global Impact
The success of exci’s system finds its most compelling testament in the reports from California, where authorities bear witness to its remarkable capabilities. In the 2021 fire season, exci detected an impressive 66% of fires within a minute, 95% within 5 minutes, and nearly 100% within 10 minutes after ignition. These swift response times have been instrumental in enabling authorities to take decisive action promptly, mitigating wildfire damage and ensuring the safety of countless communities.
exci’s impact reaches far and wide, covering expansive regions vulnerable to wildfires. It stands as the sole Early Wildfire Detection System to undergo large-scale deployments, boasting nearly 1,000 cameras that oversee over 125 million acres in California and over 2 million hectares of plantations and forestry in Australia. By effectively integrating with Fire Services’ systems and processes, exci ensures seamless notification channels, adding an extra layer of protection to safeguard communities and the environment.
Unyielding Dedication to Innovation
At the heart of exci’s journey lies an unwavering passion for innovation. Fueled by their commitment to delivering excellent customer service and experiences, exci continually expands its capabilities and refines its cutting-edge AI models. This boundless dedication to serving the global community propels exci forward, inspiring them to push the boundaries of what AI-driven wildfire detection can achieve.
Don’t let hazardous events become catastrophic!
Get in touch with our friendly team who are happy to give you a full demonstration of how exci’s system detects wildfires within minutes and can help you to protect your assets and community:
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by Gabrielle Tylor
exci – ‘The Smoke Alarm for the Bush’