Australian inquiry wants advanced drones to aid firefighters
An inquiry into the recent bushfires that swept through much of Eastern Australia is calling for more advanced drones and remote sensors to be used by firefighters. The inquiry also wants firefighters to have access to more data and AI to better understand the fire.
The recent inquiry saw 76 recommendations made to improve the preparedness next time a wildfire comes through as it did earlier this year, of which all were accepted by New South Wales. The recommendations include the creation of a database to monitor trends and other key data, make New South Wales a world center for bushfire research, and the use of advanced technology to aid in bushfire prevention and firefighting.
The inquiry points out the use of sensing technologies for bushfires to allow fire crews to better prepare and understand what it is causing the bushfires to happen. It will also allow atmospheric data to be linked to bushfires so firefighters can be prepared for when a fire is likely to start.