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Plymouth Rock Technologies Forms Strategic Alliance With Hummingbird Drones to Fight Wildfire Threats

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Plymouth Rock Technologies Inc. a leader in the development of cutting-edge threat detection technologies is pleased to announce a strategic alliance with Hummingbird Drones fire AI for wildfire analysis from PRT’s fleet of drones.

Fire AI is a division of Hummingbird Drones, an infrared service provider in Canada, and has been used as their in-house hotspot detection platform for wildfires for the past three years.

“Live actionable data is precisely what the PRT unmanned aviation platforms were designed to deliver,” stated Carl Cagliarini, Chief Strategy Officer of PRT. “This partnership is a further step in our mission centric focus. To date, commercially adapted Drones have used Wi-Fi frequencies with a limited range, usually under 2-3 miles. The X1 has both short-range capabilities, along with an optional military-grade system that enables high bandwidth data feeds up to 60 miles. These capabilities combined with best in class Artificial Intelligence applications such as fire AI will deliver essential data when moments matter”.

In the pursuit of providing the highest quality of intelligence, Hummingbird developed a wildfire-focused, data analytics software known as fire AI. Bringing fire AI to the public provides the global community with the highest quality of wildfire data analytics. Maximizing the potential of infrared data sets, fire AI specializes in high resolution hotspot maps, providing precise locational data for fire crews in pursuit of heat. These aerial maps provide fire managers with higher levels of confidence and fire crews with more effective, accurate data to extinguish and efficiently reallocate resources.

Due to the vast data analysis combined with data download constraints of almost all UAS platforms, fire AI is currently a post-processing service, where the ground is scanned and footage data is removed from the drone and uploaded to the fire AI portal, which after process delivers fast data analytics results, to the fire management authorities. This service has been an invaluable tool in helping incident commanders and fire crews tackle blazes more effectively. The incorporation of the fire AI into the X1 and XV platform will involve using this tried and tested method, whilst also utilizing PRT’s high speed VPN data capabilities that will enable a connection directly to fire AI servers to get analytics to the fire fighters as close to real time as possible.

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