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NDK detects early-stage forest fires in Korea

좋은 아침.

The land area of South Korea (Republic of Korean) is about 10.0Mha. According to GlobalForestWatch and FOA, there was 6.18Mha of forest in South Korea in 2015, and 3.46Mha was primary forest. There are eight provinces in South Korea, and three of them – Gangwon (1.33Mha), North Gyeongsang (1.10Mha), and South Gyeongsang (565kha) – represent more than half of all tree cover in the country.

The peak fire season in South Korea typically begins in late February and lasts around 12 weeks.

On March 4th 2022, two blazes started in Uljin (North Gyeongsang Province) and Samcheok (Guangwon Province), burned continuously for 213 hours and torched 20,923 hectares of forests.

Figure 1: Weekend rains in the mountainous areas of Samcheok, Gangwon, helped put out the flames, according to the Korea Forest Service (KFS). Source: YONHAP
Figure 2: wildfire smoke emitted by blazes at Uljin and Samcheok on 5-March-2022. Source: NASA
Figure 3: The black areas are the forests burnt by the Uljin fire. Source: twitter @RESTEC_Training

This “Uljin and Samcheok fire” is the largest wildfire since the year 2000.

Figure 4: The size of the circle represents the area affected by the wildfire, source: twitter @SBSDataJ

To mitigate wildfire risks in South Korea, NDK partners with RoboticsCats to provide early wildfire detection solutions in the country. NKD is a Korean company that manufactures precision machinery for industry application. NDK headquarter is located in Gumi City, North Gyeongsang Province. Gumi City is an industrial center of South Korea. It is the second-largest city of the North Gyeongsang Province.

“Why are you interested in our wildfire detection products?” We asked the NDK team.

“Based on our research, we find your technologies are the best in Asia. Your products  can protect the beautiful environment in Korea from forest fires,” said the NDK team.

Figure 5: the RoboticsCats wildfire detection demonstration system is installed on the rooftop of NDK office building. Do you see it?

The NDK-RoboticsCats discussion started in mid-2020. We did many sales discovery calls, product training and testing. We also conducted several online workshops about wildfire impacts and Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).

NDK recently set up a demonstration site in their office building to showcase our InsightFD 3 wildfire detection system and the LookOut wildfire detection SaaS. To see is to believe. The demo site will help potential customers visualize how camera system and AI wildfire detection identify early-stage wildfire ignitions.

Figure 6: the RoboticsCats wildfire detection demonstration system will monitor the surrounding mountains and forests and detect early-stage wildfires

It is our pleasure to work with NDK. The NDK team is very engaging and committed to our partnership. NDK builds a pretty and informative Korean website www.ndk22.com to introduce our wildfire detection technologies to the Korea market. We will work with NDK to protect our forest environments in northeast Asia.

Please feel free to contact us at info@roboticscats.com for any information.

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