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Use case: Wildfire

Commanders and field crews can get real-time information to make life-saving decisions fast and in a secure environment that enables situational awareness as the event unfolds. 

NSC3™ applied in wildfire situation

When fighting a wildfire, seconds count to make life-saving decisions. Fire behavior has multiple elements. For example, terrain, fuel types, density and moisture, wind direction, humidity, the rapid growth of the perimeter, and weather conditions.

In order to convey this information and make intelligence-based decisions, NSC3 ™ offers a robust, scalable communications platform to bring you and your team to the scene of the fire.

Commanders and field crews can get real-time information to make life-saving decisions fast and in a secure environment. In particular, it enables higher awareness of the situation as it unfolds.

From the moment that the wildfire is detected until the last embers are out, NSC3™ can be the eyes and ears of your organization when seconds count.

   

Monitoring flights to detect wildfires

In Finland, civilian volunteer pilots monitor possible wildfires while flying their own planes. If they detect smoke in the forest, they start to broadcast a live video stream from a plane window about the situation with their own mobile phones. Their devices have NSC mobile application installed, and it is connected to a local fire department wildfire monitoring task. Push one button and stream from the plane is visible in the operations room and on mobile devices of fire department managers. Distraction to flying the plane is minimal. The Source of the video stream appears on the map and the pilot can use PTT (Push-To-Talk) for communication with the fire department. Managers can assist the situation themselves and decide on a response based on their own evaluation.

NSC3 has been a very cost-effective way to get visual from the flights and has reduced issues in locating the source exactly on the map. NSC provides an easy and secure way for civilians to stream visual connection to authorities. 

Drones in wildfire fighting

Drone pilot has an excellent view of a wildfire situation. NSC3 enables an easy way to share the same view to fire chiefs and individual firefighters, whether in the operations room or on the field.

Drone video footage is captured by the NSC application and broadcasted to the ongoing task force fighting the wildfire. Drone location, as well as firefighters, are visible on the map, you know where the stream is coming from. Push-To-Talk feature enables all firefighters to communicate with a drone pilot and request aerial view wherever it is needed.

NSC3 can also broadcast thermal view from the drone, this enables firefighters to see through the smoke and detect the hot spots on the ground.

Often wildfires happen outside of good network coverage. NSC3 incorporates a unique engine monitoring network capacity and adjusting the broadcast to fit the capacity of the network. Video may not be super smooth, but you get images through even in 2G or radio-based networks and images you see are always in real-time.

Mobile phones of the firefighters and volunteers

Firefighters rarely have time to play with mobile phones while fighting wildfires. But sometimes it is beneficial to broadcast live video stream of the situation to the fire chiefs and team members. With NSC mobile application they can stream video and location information without any additional hardware or cameras. They can also observe any video broadcasting to the task.

Volunteers and residents can also stream live videos to firefighters. They can download the app from Play / App store. Fire department can send them a link to join the task. Then they can broadcast video of their situation to the task. Their location appears on the map. Optional user credentials also enable chat and PTT messaging to them. 

Fire truck dash cams

NSC3 enables video footage from dash and other cameras in vehicles to operations room or fighters on the field. Some fire chiefs have started to pay attention to how the trucks are parked when arriving to the scene. They have found it so useful to be able to observe the situation through the dashcam footage. Since NSC can broadcast video in any network, they always have visual.

Some older trucks do not have cameras in them, then someone can place a mobile phone to the window for video footage. Very cost-effective solution.

The NSC3 Platform™  is made up of these component apps:

NSC Webapp™ is a web application that provides a dashboard view through any device that supports a web browser. This allows the Command Center and field locations to be on the same page throughout the deployment of the fire.


NSC Mobile™  enables video from smartphones to be streamed, recorded and shared with team members. Also, NSC Mobile ™ allows team members to see the video stream from drones and different mobile phones. Furthermore, features include Push-To-Talk, mapping and chat capabilities.

NSC Drone™ enables live video streaming from the drone camera or cameras. Other than that, it allows secure recording for after-action review, training and evidence, if needed.

NSC IOT™ enables integration of other devices, such as cameras, sensors, and license plate readers into the platform. If your fleet of vehicles is equipped with mobile routers, NSC3™ can add more capability to your investment.

When a second is a lifetime