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Overwatch Imaging, Airborne Energy Solutions bring advanced sensor technology to Canadian wildfire efforts

Collaboration follows TK-8 sensor passing rigorous testing standards

Overwatch Imaging, a leading developer of cutting-edge multispectral sensors and geospatial intelligence software, is pleased to announce a collaboration with Airborne Energy Solutions, a leading flight services provider based in Alberta, Canada.

With the 2024 Canadian wildfire season off to an early and volatile start, on the heels of an historic fire season in 2023, the collaboration comes at a time when utilizing cutting-edge technology to aid in response efforts is more important than ever. It also marks an important milestone for Overwatch Imaging as an initial entry into the Canadian wildfire market.

Airborne Energy Solutions will leverage Overwatch Imaging’s TK-8 multispectral smart sensor. The TK-8 is designed for high resolution, large-area mapping and intelligence missions and is equipped with powerful onboard software that delivers a variety of time-critical wildfire detection and mapping capabilities.

Overwatch Imaging TK-8 Smart Sensor with RGB, NIR, SWIR, LWIR and MWIR sensors, capable of imaging all spectral bands simultaneously and processing image data in real-time on the edge.

The collaboration, and the acceptance of the TK-8, follows the successful completion of the Hinton test grid, a rigorous requirement for vendors seeking to provide infrared services within the province of Alberta. The test, also recognized by other provincial fire services, is designed to confirm a system and operator’s proficiency in three critical areas: Detection, Accuracy, and Efficiency.

Overwatch Imaging Smart Sensors are equipped with a powerful suite of onboard software and processing capabilities that enables operators to capture, analyze, process and deliver wide-area intelligence products rapidly via an intuitive and interactive user interface.

"We are proud to bring our proven wildfire intelligence technology to Canada.  Our relationship with Airborne Energy Solutions is an exciting and timely progression for Overwatch Imaging," said Greg Davis, founder and CEO of Overwatch Imaging. "We’ve been a leading provider of large-scale wildfire intelligence technology in the United States for several years. As we see wildfires and the smoke they produce become larger, more severe, and more threatening, we firmly believe our technology can make an immediate and important impact by delivering the large-scale, time-critical intelligence that agencies, responders, and communities need to make the most informed decisions possible.”

Airborne Energy Solutions, a well-established provider of aerial services across western Canada and the Arctic, brings extensive regional expertise and operational excellence to their environmental-focused services in inspection and transport services for oil, gas, forestry and mining industries.

"We are thrilled to introduce the impressive capabilities Overwatch Imaging and the TK-8 sensor can bring to our region’s firefighting efforts,” said Travis Mizera the General Manager of Airborne Energy Solutions. “The addition of this technology will significantly enhance our ability to detect and monitor fires over vast areas and to deliver the important intelligence our agencies need to protect our communities and natural landscapes."

"This really goes to show the important steps Alberta Wildfire is taking to invest in new and emerging technologies and AI," Mizera commented. "Alberta has always been a leader in Canada as far as infrared scanning and this only helps establish their program as one the best in the country.”

With sensors in five spectral bands (RGB, NIR, SWIR, LWIR, and MWIR), the TK-8 is a versatile, high-resolution, wide-area inspection and mapping tool. Airborne Energy Solutions plans to leverage the capability beyond wildfire intelligence purposes for inspection and mapping work in the coming months, as time allows.

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