Can technology be used to track down arsonist and prevent the spread of fires?

Following reports about fires that are busy scorching the peninsula recently, John Maytham speaks to Philip Frost, Remote Sensing Specialist at CSIR Meraka Institute about the possibilities of technology assisting in tracking arsonist.

According to Frost, there are camera systems that have been deployed but it is very difficult to track arsonists.

He says since 2004 they’ve been working on a system that could detect occurrences of a new fire fast.

We use satellites to detect hotspots on the ground

Philip Frost, Remote Sensing Specialist at CSIR Meraka Institute

Technology is multiple and not just all about detecting the occurrence of a new fire, it’s all about the risks

Philip Frost, Remote Sensing Specialist at CSIR Meraka Institute

Listen to the full conversation on The John Maytham Show:


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