Advanced sensor for rapid detection of forest fires
Firewave represents an advanced and pioneering solution designed to identify and actively monitor forest fires, preempting their rapid escalation. This innovative endeavor signifies a paradigm shift in early detection methodologies, employing an advanced network of cutting-edge sound-based sensors meticulously positioned in areas of heightened susceptibility. By leveraging the capabilities of Firewave, firefighting units can confidently maintain a proactive stance, invariably staying ahead of potential wildfires, thereby safeguarding human lives and invaluable assets alike.
Each year, a significant number of lives are tragically lost, accompanied by the destruction of tens of thousands of structures, while over 4.5 million homes remain perilously exposed, primarily due to the expansion of residential areas into fire-prone regions.
The annual toll of devastating consequences unfolds before us, as billions of precious animal lives are needlessly extinguished, CO2 emissions surge by a concerning 10%, and the ravaging infernos engender an alarming escalation in air and water pollution, stemming from the incineration of forests and vegetation.
The financial burden stemming from these relentless fires extends into the billions of dollars each year, compounding the severity of their impact on various sectors of the economy.
The escalating damages inflicted by these fires possess an insidious exponential nature, perpetually exacerbating over time, thereby emphasizing the utmost importance of implementing preventive measures in order to curb this unfolding crisis.
Conduct user research to identify personas, their goals, needs, and preferences before, during, and after fires.
Analyze pros and cons of competing fire detection technologies and user interfaces.
Prioritize features based on user feedback, evaluate information architecture, and ensure easy accessibility to critical features.
Research the market for similar tools and solutions.
Existing fire detection technologies are costly and often provide warnings at a delayed stage, compromising their effectiveness.
Affordable fire detection technologies are available; however, they have limited detection range and only notify after a fire has already started.
High-risk residential areas near forests necessitate swift and comprehensive information dissemination and prompt action to minimize the risk factors involved.
Based on thorough research and considering the features required in the initial phase, the following personas have been prioritized as the primary recipients of the response:
Town security officer
Role: Responsible for receiving initial fire alerts.
Key Needs: Timely and accurate fire notifications, clear instructions on emergency protocols, real-time updates on fire progression.
Individuals residing in fire-prone areas.
Key Needs: Early fire warnings, evacuation guidance, updates on fire containment efforts, and communication with emergency services.
Detailed UX Design for the town security officer
Dashboard and App Platform for Town Security Officers: A comprehensive dashboard and app platform have been developed specifically for town security officers, enabling them to effectively oversee all the covered areas of the forest utilizing the cutting-edge Firewave technology. This intuitive platform offers a centralized hub for monitoring and managing fire-related information, empowering security officers with enhanced situational awareness and prompt decision-making capabilities.
Inform the security officer regarding the terrain conditions in the fire area
A dynamic timeline with which the security officer can understand the progress of the fire according to the current conditions
Side panel to switch between different screens of the system
Fire heat scale
For each sensor that is pressed, an information panel will appear depending on the status it is in
No alert mode
When clicking on a sensor that does not trigger a fire alert, the security officer will be presented with maintenance options related to the specific sensor in a side panel.
When clicking on a sensor that alerts of a fire, the side panel will display relevant options for immediate actions available to the security officer. This feature enables swift decision-making and effective response to the fire incident using the Firewave system.
Key functionalities in the side panel for fire alerts include:
Fire Status Updates:
Real-time updates on the fire level, indicating the severity and intensity of the fire.
Information on the size of the fire and its current duration.
Distance from the nearest city or populated areas, providing crucial context for response planning.
Notify Fire Forces and Brigade:
Alert the designated fire forces and brigade about the detected fire.
Direct communication channels for instant notification and mobilization of firefighting resources.
Seamless integration with communication systems utilized by fire authorities for efficient coordination.
Notify Residents through Firewave Applications:
Options to notify residents residing in the affected area through the Firewave applications
Instant alerts and instructions delivered directly to residents' devices, ensuring their safety and facilitating evacuation if necessary.
Beta & User feedback
During the beta testing phase of the Firewave system, valuable user feedback was gathered, enabling iterative improvements to enhance the overall user experience and address user needs effectively. The following highlights key feedback received and the corresponding enhancements made based on user input:
Streamlined User Interface:
Users expressed positive feedback for the clear navigation, streamlined workflows, and visually appealing elements to enhance usability.
Real-time Fire Updates:
Users emphasized the importance of receiving real-time updates on fire status and progression.
Enhancements were made to provide immediate and accurate information regarding fire level, size, duration, and proximity to populated areas, empowering users with timely and actionable insights.
Communication and Alerting Capabilities:
Users highlighted the significance of efficient communication and alerting mechanisms.
Integration with emergency services and firefighting authorities was strengthened to ensure seamless communication, enabling quick mobilization of resources and timely dissemination of critical notifications to residents.
Customization and Personalization:
Firewave applications were enhanced to allow for personalized messages and tailored guidance, catering to the specific needs and characteristics of different user groups.
Users were excited about the fast system responsiveness.
Extensive optimization efforts were undertaken to improve system performance, ensuring smooth and efficient operation even during peak usage.
The beta testing and user feedback played a crucial role in refining the Firewave system, resulting in a more robust and user-centric solution. Continuous engagement with users and incorporating their valuable insights will remain a key focus to further enhance the effectiveness and usability of Firewave in effectively detecting and managing forest fires.