Air attack aircraft have changed the way forest fires are fought. By providing a bird’s eye view of the area, ground crews and aerial fire suppression assets can receive timely information on the location, speed, heading, and severity of a fire. This allows ground commanders to position their crew in the most beneficial areas out of harm’s way and coordinate the placement of water and fire retardant drops.
The next evolution of fire fighting is the inclusion of video and geolocation data from air attack assets. MotionDSP ISR software can transform live aerial video from images to information through real-time video enhancement and geospatial product creation. The software cuts through smoke and haze to provide a clearer view of the fire and creates updated fire line and hot spot shape-files simply by panning the camera and clicking on the video. This gives the ground commander updated fire line intel in minutes with contextual graphics in the form of 2D mosaics.
Using infrared (IR) cameras linked with geospatial positioning, sensor operators can mark and label hotspots with the click of a mouse, directly from the video feed.
Tracing the current fire line is as simple as panning the camera. Our software uses the center frame location to create accurate poly-line shape-files that are easy to share with any GIS system.
Our Matchpoint feature lets you quickly rectify the errors inherent in GPS data by referencing a few key frames or images to existing base map imagery for up-to-the-minute, accurate 2D maps