The fire season is just a few weeks away in California and is expected to be worse than ever. But there is a new business plan to help in the fires before they get out of hand. XPRIZE Organizes a public technology competition that can quickly find and extinguish wildfires.
"It will be face-to-face between companies, and if one can detect and extinguish a fire in a repeatable manner, then it becomes a technique that every farm and every piece of land [can get]"Explained Diamandis on stage," Let us reinvent what was an old form of fire suppression – for people who endanger themselves. "
Instead of the remote control (and decomposing) of the fire, like Jack Kerouac's Desolation Peak, this firefighter in the wild technology world has turned into an Internet device that can capture even smoke or heating tracks, UAVs that can go dump water buckets are precisely guided.
XPRIZE contests are designed to attract foreign investment to new ways of major problems, with ambitious goals usually taking years to win. So far, the non-profit entity has been successful in promoting results on space flight, health care and cleaning up pollution among many other areas. The fire award is currently looking for sponsors to support the full program and has already raised half a million dollars in funding from Dick Merkin, chief executive of the Heritage Provider Network, to develop the plan.
The problem addressed by this award was clearer. Climate change, Urban extension to Naturally burned ecosystemsAnd A very successful historical approach To reduce wildfires have all contributed to larger and more damaging fires in recent decades.
Today, California is full of growth-like growth of new plants The wet winter we just hadIt is about to be dehydrated and ready to burn when the storm shows the following lightning, mechanical spark, cigarette butt or arson.
Of course, the prize winner will not be able to solve all the big problems, but detection and rapid repression will buy at least human time to discover other parts and prevent a lot of the state from smoking.
"Since 2015 we have seen ten of the most devastating forest fires in California's entire history," Newsom highlighted. "You look at the last 24 months, all these headlines … We lost 139 dead to 16,600 huge fires, we lost more than 32,000 buildings in this state. [We’re] Still trying to calculate cost destruction. Only the costs of removing the rubble currently in Paradise … are now approaching three billion dollars. "
At the same time, like anything else in the state, fire-fighting infrastructure is stuck in the middle of the last century.
"I mean, we're still trying to get old cameras in the woods," continued Newsom. "We still have a representative 911 system in California, we have 234 of these fire stations, more than half of them are over 50 years old, or are dilapidated, they fall." People can not be in a predetermined situation. The first responders do an exceptional job, and mutual assistance from all over the world is second to none, but we should not celebrate this tournament in the back end, we must celebrate the championship and creativity on the front line. "
Diamandis presented some additional ideas for what the successful prize competitor might offer.
"You must be able to say in an area of 500 acres of forest land, there should be no fire more than ten times the size of camp fire … if something is monitored by infrared by satellite and drones, then it is even bigger , [then] Place it immediately. Independently. The concept is fire detection and XPRIZE extinguishing. Can we find it and put it before it grows? How are they put out, are they unmanned aircraft, water hoses, who knows? This is our hope, and our work with you, you have a lot of test facilities here. "
He and Newsom also highlighted the economic angles and physical proximity of the problem, referring to geographical areas such as East Bay Hills where, to my knowledge, some near-rich, technology-centric people live – which can help raise funds for a prize.
"They do not believe in what they call this urban facade of land land anymore," he said. Eleven million Californians live in this urban wilderness. You see your discounts go up, or your premiums go up – or they simply do not renew because they can not absorb those losses anymore. "
The Governor was also busy Debate Other ways to plan against fire because it Reveals the first state budget. The concept of the award, which he talked about earlier, is in this light an easy way to save taxpayer money, with access to much better tools than the state can build or buy today. If successful, it can also produce solutions for many other fire-prone parts of the world.