Listeners ask ‘why not use drones to fight fire?’ A drone expert answers…

The use of drones for the continuous monitoring of fires is unfeasible for many reasons, not least of which is human safety.

So said Theo Pistorius (founder and CEO of IntegriSense & DroneClouds) on the John Maytham Show.

However, drones can be very effective in predicting fires around areas of increased biomass.

For a detailed explanation listen to the interview in the audio below (and/or scroll down for quotes from it).

Drones cannot prevent arsonists from setting fires.

Theo Pistorius, IntegriSense & DroneClouds

There are legal and privacy issues to using drones.

Theo Pistorius, IntegriSense & DroneClouds

You’ll need at least 60 drones – and up to hundreds - in the air at any time.

Theo Pistorius, IntegriSense & DroneClouds

It’ll cost tens to hundreds of millions of rand.

Theo Pistorius, IntegriSense & DroneClouds

On a very windy day drones wouldn’t be able to safely fly.

Theo Pistorius, IntegriSense & DroneClouds

Drones are very useful for the scanning of biomass.

Theo Pistorius, IntegriSense & DroneClouds

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