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Why did we build the ReportFires app?

We built it because we want to help.

The Australia mega-bushfire in late 2019 was devastating: 27 million acres (11 million hectares) of bush, forest, and parks across Australia were burned, bigger than Portugal, about the size of Tennessee! 1 billion animals died in this tragedy, and at least 33 people have been killed.

Figure 1: 2019 Mega-bushfire in Australia
Figure 1: 2019 Mega-bushfire in Australia. Source: Eden Hills Country Fire Service's Facebook page

All the images and videos are heartbreaking. We felt and feel the pain. We hope we would help.

The coronavirus outbreak has postponed new InsightFD deployments.  We don’t know when the pandemic will end, but we know climate change will continue to bring devastating forest fires. It will be disastrous if the double whammy of coronavirus and wildfire strike at the same time!  Amid the new normal of social distancing, we want to provide the means to mitigate wildfire risks and damages even if more InsightFD deployments are postponed.

 

Figure 2: An InsightFD deployment was delayed by 3 months due to social distancing
Figure 2: An InsightFD deployment was delayed by 3 months due to social distancing

What can we do to help most people?

Under our market-leading InsightFD architecture, we develop ReportFires, a wildfire detection app that can be run from smartphones. No need to buy or install any extra hardware.  And we will offer the app for FREE.

Figure 3: Protect your family & community. Fight or flight before it’s too late. Source: Wikimedia Commons

InsightFD protects forests, lives, and communities from wildfires. ReportFires app helps people get early alerts of nearby wildfires and to take timely action to save lives.

“And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Matthew 22:39

ReportFires will be available at App Store this October. Please join us and support our Kickstarter campaign.

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