There Have Been Other Attempts At Automated Wildfire Detection, But Our Approach Has Proven Far Better, Here's Our Story...

"The WFDS can monitor grasslands, but it shines in forest settings by detecting smoke far sooner than flames might reach the crowns of tall trees, finally making them visible to observers."

San Diego State University Research Council In The News Publication


Automated Wildfire Loss Reduction Is Our Business:

It's no secret that optical detection systems are proven to provide early detection of wildlands fires. In a pilot program by Deutsche Luft – und Raumfahrt (DLR, the German Aerospace Agency and a partner of NASA) in Northern Germany optical detection systems were compared to detection by human lookouts. Comparing 20 years of historical lookout detection data with data generated by the pilot program from 1995 through 2003, it was determined that optical detection could, with the same number of fires initiated, decrease the area burned by over 90%.

But even with this impressive record of earlier attempts at this life-saving technology, there were flaws. First, the dependability of the systems could be lower than needed with both under-detection and creation of spurious or "false positive" fire events being reported. Second was the cost, with many of the systems depending on proprietary equipment and sensitive installations, the costs were often out of reach of many entities and localities. And finally, was the use itself, with extensive training in operations and maintenance required.

Over the last six years, much of that has changed thanks to Wildland Detection Systems LLC (WDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Delacom Detection Systems LLC which has developed a cost effective, patent pending optical wildfire detection system to provide early wildfire detection. The Wildlands Detection System WDS technology utilizes a novel fractal wavelet transform-driven video analysis technique that processes and de-convolutes the image received from an optical sensor that monitors different light wavelengths including both visible and invisible spectrums, which enables it inturn to "see" smoke and fire instances during the night or day. The WDS approach is several orders of magnitude forward in technology and performance over existing systems. It will detect a smoke or fire emission almost immediately, identify the specific location, and automatically alert fire fighting resources in a multitude of ways, which means that 100% monitoring is not longer necessary.

The proof of the value of this technology is that it has been operating world-wide with over 70 installations on four continents, collecting over 150,000 continuous hours of monitoring and has yet to fail at detecting a fire while being operational. We invite you to learn more about this important technology by reviewing the material on this site and contacting us to discuss your situation and needs.

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