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LookOut HTTP GET image input method

LookOut wildfire detection SaaS now supports live web photos as image inputs. LookOut will detect early-stage wildfires in web images.

There are tens of thousands of websites that provide live photos (updated every few seconds or minutes) captured by surveillance cameras in different parts of the world. Some photos show forests and urban-wildland interfaces, and they might capture the moment of wildfire ignitions in the areas. We can apply AI wildfire detection to these live photos, provide warnings of early-stage wildfires, and help stakeholders to take timely action and mitigate wildfire risks.

What is HTTP GET?

The Hypertext Transfer Protocol (HTTP) is designed to enable communications between clients and servers. HTTP works as a request-response protocol between a client and server. We set up AXIS cameras to use HTTP POST method to send photos to LookOut. HTTP GET method is used to request data from a specified resource. We can now set up LookOut to use HTTP GET method to request live photos from websites.

Figure 1: LookOut wildfire detection SaaS – network diagram

It is easy to set up LookOut HTTP GET, two steps on the Edit Camera page:

1.select “HTTPS Get (Beta)”

2.enter the URL of the live photo in HTTP GET URL input box

Figure 2: LookOut HTTP GET setup interface

Early Results

We ran internal trials in the last six months. We set up LookOut HTTP GET on different websites, evaluated the AI wildfire detection performance, and fine-tuned the new feature to make it easy to use.

Figure 3: LookOut detected early-stage wildfire from live photos on Hong Kong Observatory, www.hko.gov.hk

Video: LookOut detected early-stage wildfire from live photos on AlertWildfire, beta.alertwildfire.org

Public Beta

Do you know if there are live web photos of wildfire risky areas near your communities?

The new LookOut HTTP GET feature is now available for global public beta.  We invite users to try the new feature, detect forest fires, help mitigate wildfire risk, and share with us valuable feedback. Please register your free trial account at lookout.roboticscats.com

We need more technology and workforce innovations to combat challenging fire seasons ahead.

Please contact us at info@roboticscats.com if you need assistance setting-up LookOut HTTP Get.



I learned many cool stuff about the HTTP protocol when working at EdgeCast Networks, the best Content Delivery Network (CDN) in the world. The EdgeCast product and engineering teams made innovative uses of the HTTP protocol to help websites provide content faster. RoboticsCats now uses the same standard HTTP protocol to help deploy wildfire detection faster and easier. Long live HTTP!

Figure 5: EdgeCast Networks headquarter office at Santa Monica, California. Year 2012.
By Andre Cheung

I am lucky working in the ICT industry in the past 20 years to collaborate with colleagues, partners and customers to use technologies to change the way we work, live, play and learn! I have strong interests in cloud computing, AI and information security. “It is the technologies marry with liberal arts, marry with the humanities, that yields us the result that makes our hearts sing!”

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