Detection of wildfire ignition-PTZ Camera
Although wildfires are now damaging large areas of northern California, Oregon, Washington, Idaho and western Montana, an interesting experiment is underway in Lake Tahoe and central Nevada. Imagine Steve Jobs encountering wildfire. The Nevada Seismic Laboratory at Reno University in Nevada has rapidly deployed pan and zoom 4K HD and static 4K video cameras on seismic networks in the Greater Tahoe and Central Nevada areas, with passive hands-on exercises.
Early detection and / or operational intelligence is key to quickly fighting a wildfire. As the fire season continues to grow and as the effects of storms increase, IP-based private microwave communication technology becomes an affordable and sophisticated method of bending this unfortunate downward trend. This high-tech wilderness Internet has created a whole new way to watch wildfires.
AlertTAHOE and the BLM Wildland Camera platform (alerttahoe.seismo.unr.edu) grew from one camera to a dozen (and evolving) in just one year. BLM, the U.S. Forest Service, CalFire and many local fire departments use these cameras for day-to-day reconnaissance; fire officers have real-time access to the PTZ zoom function. The public also has access to real-time images and on-demand time-to-day capabilities, effectively implementing 21st century crowd-watcher fire observers. Machine vision and smoke recognition through artificial intelligence are also underway. Together, this provides a comprehensive strategy for early detection and monitoring of wildfires.
Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval, California Governor Jerry Brown and US Senators Dean Heller (Nev.) And Dianne Feinstein (Calif.) At the annual Tahoe Conference on Institutional Representatives and Lake Tahoe Lakeside Research Conference on August 24, And protect the primitive lake dark blue. Unlike the 2014 summit, this year's forecast is a sunny but smoky sky. Fires hundreds of miles northwest of the Pacific now make the performance of fire camera systems significantly less effective as it tries to gain a foothold in the area. This unfortunate fact makes the strategy of Western countries urgently need to incorporate 21st century tools into the wildfire.