FireAlert

Team Name: 
TechFireFighters

FireAlert is an app designed to utilise all the live datastreams related to bushfires in Australia to save lives.

The app combines live incident data from Queensland and NSW as well as the Australian Sentinel satalight data to detect when fires appear close to those with the app. Because internet access can be patchy, the app uses the last known location of the user and sends a text to them saying that a fire is close as well as providing informative information on the app's screen such as how close the nearest fire is.

The modern farmer and rural person isn't in one place anymore and often contractors and bush battlers are constantly roaming into new areas. FireAlert makes sure that even if people are not familiar with the area and it's fire dangers, they can be alerted quickly and have the opportunity to get out before its too late.

Getting out early is critical for saving lives.

Farmers can't be relied upon to be checking their phone every ten minutes to see if a new fire has arisen, it simply is too much of an interference. Thus, many farmers simply check fire warnings and maps in the early morning and at night when they get home. This is simply too little when taking into consideration the possibly devastating consequences of bushfires and the speed which they can arise.

Furthermore, the app allows those in rural areas to report fires around them. This information is then delivered directly to the Authorities so the fire can be fought earlier rather than later when it's too hard to manage. This turns anyone with a smartphone into a fire spotter allowing us all to work together.

A small spark can turn into a grassfire and then into a life threatening bushfire in less than an hour. FireAlert makes sure that if a fire does arise then those threatened by the fire, within a 50km radius, are notified so they can prepare and leave early.

This is one of Australia's largest problems and the data is out there that can help save lives, FireAlert brings in this data to empower farmers and the authorities alike.

Team Prize Details: 
The Australian National University
Used Datasets: 
Dataset Name: 
Queensland Fire and Rescue current bushfire incidents
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Queensland Fire and Emergency Services
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Queensland Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
I gathered the coordinates of all active fires in Queensland from the data to compare with the user's location.
Dataset Name: 
Sentinel Hotspot Data
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
GeoScience Australia
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Australian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
I gathered the coordinates of all the active hotspots to use in confirming fires and reporting on new ones. The data however had more issue that the more localised datasets. http://sentinel.ga.gov.au/#/announcement
Dataset Name: 
ACT Emergency Services Agency Incident Data Feed
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
ACT Emergency Services Agency
Jurisdiction of Data: 
ACT Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
I gathered information regarding emergency incidents and sorted it so that I could extract all major fire incidents specifically to map and compare to the user's current location to check whether they were close to the fire or not.
Dataset Name: 
Victoria Emergency Incident Feed
Publishing Organisation/Agency: 
Victorian Emergency
Jurisdiction of Data: 
Victorian Government
How did you use this data in your entry?: 
Like the other datasets used, I compared the location of fire incidents specifically to see if they were close to the user's current location.
Event Location: 
Canberra Heritage Hack