firementor is a wild fire management software which operates standalone or integrated with OptumSense, to offer wild fire simulation integrated with operational optimization as described below.
The core elements of firementor can be integrated in any web GIS platform, including Google maps, OSM, and others.
Wild fire simulator
The Firementor fire simulator simulates wild fires using advanced meta-heuristics integrated with a neural network which has been trained using thousands of forest fire cases across Europe. Focused on estimating the potential of a fire to become a disaster, rather than matching the behavior of a fire for research and study purposes, the Optum forest fire simulator is a tool useful in supporting authorities' decisions on the assignment of limited resources to simultaneous fires, as well as in the formulation of scenarios to increase preparedness of fire fighters, volunteers, in the preparation of training and awareness material, and more. What makes it unique is its lighting speed in calculating the forest fire evolution, as well as its open architecture for input and output data. No supercomputers, no closed proprietary systems.
The wild fire simulator works seamlessly with OptumSense, but can also integrated with any forest fire alarm system, as well as with meteorological data sensors that provide real-time or historical meteorological data. Integration with the meteo data stream services for delivering alert messages to areas that is likely to be in the fire zone in the next few hours/days is also possible. Forest cameras that are able to provide the location coordinates of fire ignition points are also an integration possibility.
The Firementor vehicle routing application is useful for routing vehicles from any known location (station, point of observation, current position) to fire fronts or other points of destination. What makes this application unique is that it is fully integrated with the forest fire simulator and with the evacuation risk assessment software module. Integration with the forest fire simulator means that vehicles will not be routed through any road that is possible to become part of the fire core in the predicted period of time. This is extremely useful when non-local fire vehicles are to be routed to fire fronts in unknown to them territories. Integration with the evacuation risk assessment module allows the router to consider alternative routes based on the fact that many roads will be very loaded in the event of area evacuation. This way both the area evacuation and the approach of fire fronts, can be done more efficiently.
The vehicle routing application can be integrated with Automated Vehicle Location (AVL) systems that provide real-time information about the location of vehicles of any kind. In this case, event-triggered routing is possible when user-defined conditions relating to real-time location patterns of vehicles become true.
Evacuation risk assessment
The Firementor evacuation risk assessment application is useful for estimating the load of the road network during evacuation of an area under panic. A load index is calculated for each road segment, that can be used as an indicator that points out which roads will be most loaded in a panic evacuation. The attention of the police or the civil protection bodies should be focused on keeping these roads open so as to avoid congestions that, combined with the evolution of the fire, can lead to human casualties. Scenarios on opening new roads or keeping some roads reserved for use by operational vehicles only, can be examined from the viewpoint of their consequences on the behavior of the road network in area evacuation under panic. The evacuation risk assessment application is integrated with the forest fire simulator, which means that roads that will be in the fire front in a user-defined time period after the eruption of a fire, will not be considered as part of the road network through which evacuation will take place.
Optimal resource placement
The Firementor optimal resource placement application is useful for estimating how many vehicles are optimally required to totally cover the area of interest by achieving a user-specified response performance, as well as where should these vehicles be positioned. This is helpful for decision makers in determining how many vehicles are required to cover a given area by achieving a required response time. This means that at least one vehicle should be able to reach any point in the area of interest in at most a specified period of time. It also estimates the locations of these vehicles. At least two variants of this problem can be handled: a) estimate how many vehicles are required for a (e.g.) 30-minute response, and b) with a given number of vehicles, estimate what is the best response time that can be achieved. This can be used as a decision support tool for establishing the rationale to purchase new vehicles, as well as for optimally deploying the available vehicles.
The optimal vehicle positioning application can be integrated with AVL systems, as well as with emergency event management / dispatch systems. In this case, integration with the vehicle routing application allows the optimal routing per call to be calculated and communicated to the vehicles dispatched at each call.
Scenario / knowledge management
Running any combination of the above modules without being in a real forest fire crisis situation, produces a scenario, which is a set of coherent results under a certain crisis hypothesis. Scenarios are useful in operational planning, as reference/educational material, as public awareness content and most importantly as decision support for authorities responsible for any aspect of the crisis preparedness and management.
in the videos shown above, firementor is integrated in an emergency management application developed by SatWays S.A.
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