The world is on fire.. Technology enters the battle

The world is on fire.. Technology enters the battle

A British airline in Edmonton, UK, has deployed high-tech drones to help firefighters fight massive, out-of-control bushfires in the area.

In the midst of an unprecedented heat wave in the world, and amid severe climatic changes, the fires spread from the lowest land to the highest, and in various continents and countries of the world: from Siberia and Russia to the Arab deserts, from America to China, from Italy, Greece and Turkey to Malaysia, Indonesia and eastern Australia, Through Tunisia, Algeria, Morocco and Spain, not ending with Albania and India. The world is burning due to the effects of global warming, climate change and the destructive activities of humans.


These fires have led to the destruction of millions of acres of land around the world, tens of thousands of forests, hundreds of deaths and injuries, and the displacement of thousands of people from their homes and homes.
A bleak future for humanity
During the past few days, the International Panel on Climate Change issued its sixth annual report on global climate change, and the details provided by the report are serious and bleak.
The report stated that regardless of the current adaptation and risk mitigation strategies, many of the negative changes taking place on Earth will continue unabated in all future scenarios, including changes resulting from greenhouse gas emissions, melting ice at the poles, sea level rise, and an increase in sea level. Earth's heat is increasingly and irreversibly.
The importance of investing in climate technology
The report indicated the great importance of investing in climate technology, and using modern technologies to control - or attempt to control - climate change, in particular reducing air emissions resulting from human activities in the agricultural, food and transportation sectors, and controlling natural disasters such as floods and fires that are constantly increasing in various regions. The report emphasized that natural disasters will intensify as the century goes on.
Commenting on the report, writer and researcher Danny Crichton said in an article recently published by, “Natural disasters are increasing everywhere in the world, and last week we witnessed the second largest fire in the history of California, where Hundreds of thousands of acres burned, and at the same time hundreds of fires in Greece caused an unprecedented crisis in the history of that country, as well as in Algeria and other countries, and droughts, floods, hurricanes, and others are exacerbated to affect the lives of billions of people on every continent. .
The writer believes that one of the most important solutions lies in the development of technology research, and the use of technology to overcome these great challenges facing humanity, pointing to the need to develop specialized algorithms, and use artificial intelligence to collect and analyze data to make emergency response faster and more efficient, as well as to predict upcoming disasters. And move quickly to avoid it.
He also pointed out the importance of developing hardware, software and cloud services that help firefighters fight fires, and this includes the design of precise sensors to identify faults in electricity and energy networks, which is one of the reasons for the increase in fires in the world.
Artificial intelligence enters the fray
In this context, a British airline in the Edmonton region of the United Kingdom has deployed high-tech drones to help firefighters fight huge, out-of-control bushfires in the region, as Global News reported in a report. Recently.
The report stated that these aircraft use artificial intelligence to collect and analyze basic information and data about fires in the region, not only to help manage and extinguish the fires and prevent their spread, but also to keep the firefighters on the front lines safe.
Pegasus Imagery developed this type of aircraft to fight fires and environmental disasters 3 years ago. "We spend billions of dollars every year fighting major fires in the country, like the one in Britain in 1975," said company founder and CEO Cole Rosentreetter.
These aircraft are primarily a reconnaissance tool equipped with airborne radar, and use artificial intelligence to draw maps and provide the necessary and very important information to firefighters about the fires that are occurring, their location and extent of spread, and the expectations of their extension to other areas throughout the hours of the day.
"We save a lot of time and effort for firefighters who have been walking for hours looking for fires and hot spots to put them out, and we give them all this information in just minutes," Rosentretter said.

He added, "The information we give them makes them safer and more effective in their tasks. Instead of looking for hours for fires, we give them the information, and within minutes they control the fire, and it's over."
This is the first year that these AI-powered aircraft have been used on the front lines of bushfire control, as they have been used to help put out many fires in different parts of Britain.
Important technical development
"The information we're getting from these planes gives us time and resources in terms of the number of firefighters and the equipment they need to have, to fight a particular fire, so when we act, we're targeting the area where the fire is occurring," said Brian Cornforth, chief of firefighting in the Parkland area. Exactly, and we have comprehensive and complete information about it, and this helps us a lot in controlling the fire quickly and accurately.”
"This is a very important technological development and we are pleased to see it in our emergency management...aI wish we had such technology years ago, when we struggled to find fires, and took a lot of time, effort and men to put them out. We are looking forward to working with this technology and increasing our intelligence in the field.”
Rosentretter emphasized that these aircraft are able to fly for up to 10 hours, which is a much longer period of time than the ability of regular commercial drones or helicopters that operate on a single tank of fuel.
These aircraft also provide air information services for commercial use for other natural disasters such as devastating floods and hurricanes.

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