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ReportFires app: What is it?

Figure 1: Kickstarter campaign prelaunch landing page
Figure 1: Kickstarter campaign prelaunch landing page

It is a free AI wildfire detection app. It will

  • alerts you of nearby wildfire reported by other users
  • detects wildfire near your home
  • helps you report wildfire location easily by map clicks

ReportFires will protect you, your family, and your community from wildfires. No matter you’re running in countryside trails in the morning, working from home in the afternoon, or watching evening TV with the family, ReportFires will alert of nearby wildfires and allow you to take timely action! Wildfire can spread at 6 miles (10km) per hour uphill! Early alerts can help you to get your family in the car and evacuate on time, so every second counts!

Figure 2: ReportFires app notification
Figure 2: ReportFires app notification
Figure 3: click notification will show wildfire location map

If you see a wildfire, you can click the wildfire location on the map in ReportFires and report it. This location will be sent to the Cloud, share with other users nearby, as well as the local authority/wildfire service organization. You will help alert all stakeholders at once and they can react promptly!

Figure 4: report wildfire easily by map clicks
Figure 4: report wildfire easily by map clicks

No more sleepless nights because you are worried about wildfires ignited by lightning, broken transmission lines, or other human activity! You can put your iPhone on a tripod, connect it to a power supply, point it to the wildfire-prone area, and use ReportFires in Detect mode. It brings you peace of mind.

Figure 5: Put your iPhone on a tripod and point it to wildfire-prone forest. Source: clipchamp.com
Figure 5: Put your iPhone on a tripod and point it to wildfire-prone forest. Source: clipchamp.com

ReportFires app detects wildfire smoke by analyzing live images captured by the iPhone [1] rear camera. ReportFires uses Core ML APIs to run AI Smoke Detection on iPhone.

ReportFires app detects wildfire smoke
Figure 6: ReportFires app detects wildfire smoke

ReportFires will detect wildfires and their smoke 24/7, identify their approximate locations and share the information with the ReportFires community. All these are done automatically! You can use your idle to protect you and your neighbors from wildfires!

Figure 7: ReportFires can detect smoke and estimate the wildfire location
Figure 7: ReportFires can detect smoke and estimate the wildfire location

ReportFires will sound to alert you when it detects wildfire. If you are a registered user and you have a spare iPhone, you can use the spare iPhone to detect wildfire and ReportFires will send to your current iPhone alert of wildfire detected by the spare iPhone. You can protect your cat at home when you’re in the office. More than one house? A registered user can use multiple iPhones to detect wildfire and receive alerts from them.

Figure 8: A registered user can use multiple iPhones to detect wildfire and receive alerts from them
Figure 8: A registered user can use multiple iPhones to detect wildfire and receive alerts from them

ReportFires is built on top of InsightFD technologies. InsightFD is the market-leading early wildfire detection solution. InsightFD can detect wildfire at 9 miles (15 km), while ReportFires can detect wildfire as far as 1.5 miles (2.4km) away [2].

Figure 9: ReportFires app uses Machine Learning to detect smoke
Table: InsightFD Early Wildfire Detection System vs ReportFires app
Table: InsightFD Early Wildfire Detection System vs ReportFires app

Recent research in the US and Australia all show early detection is the most useful technology to fight wildfires.  The adoption of early detection solutions is increasing. 

 

Figure 10: InsightFD in Thailand
Figure 10: InsightFD in Thailand

Hundreds of InsightFD robots are now protecting national parks, forests, public infrastructure and resorts in Asia, Europe, Central and South America.

We built this app to help you and everyone to mitigate wildfire risks and damages. We will win as a team!

“The problem is bigger than any one of us, but it is not bigger than all of us!”

ReportFires will be available at App Store this October. Please support our coming Kickstarter campaign.

  

Remarks:

1: ReportFires support devices with iOS 13+. Detect mode location estimation supports the following iPhone models: iPhone 8,  iPhone 8 Plus,  iPhone XR, iPhone XR Max, iPhone XS,  iPhone XS Max, iPhone 11, iPhone 11 Pro, iPhone 11 Pro Max, iPhone SE (2nd gen)

2: The iPhone is assumed to be positioned at 1500-foot or 500 meters altitude and tilted 30 degrees from the horizon.

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