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Thursday, August 10 2017 - 21:00
Insitu, FireWhat, Esri Join Forces in Fighting Wildfires With Eyes in the Sky
COSTA MESA, California, Aug. 10, 2017 /PRNewswire-AsiaNet/ --

-- Firefighters gain a high-tech aerial edge using Insitu's INEXA Solutions, 
FireWhat, and Esri technologies 

Insitu, a leading information services company with more than one million 
operational unmanned aircraft systems flight hours, today announced its 
partnership with FireWhat, and Esri, the world leader in spatial analytics. 
Through this partnership, aerial reconnaissance for fighting wildfires will be 
provided by Insitu's INEXA Solutions, comprised of INEXA Control, Insitu air 
vehicles including the ScanEagle(R), and payloads including the new High 
Accuracy Photogrammetry (HAP) payload. The INEXA Solutions professional aerial 
remote sensing services group will work with FireWhat's fire professionals, 
using its geographic information system (GIS) customized for firefighters, and 
hosted on Esri's ArcGIS platform.

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Currently, fire incident commanders must work with fire line information that 
often is 12-to-24 hours old -- while a fire continues to burn. Now, Insitu's 
ScanEagle UAS can "fly the gaps" -- both day and night -- using its 
military-grade electro-optical (EO) cameras during daylight, and infrared (IR) 
cameras for nighttime imaging. Flying at these times will provide previously 
unavailable data collection, analysis, and delivery of decision-making 
information to manned firefighting fleets operating in difficult terrain, 
smoke, or temperature inversion situations. The comprehensive spatial analytic 
capabilities of ArcGIS leverage FireWhat's unique ability to effectively fight 
wildfires using technology in an entirely new way.  

Integrating Insitu's proven aerial remote sensor imagery with FireWhat's 
gold-standard GIS will provide near-real time live, web-based video feed of 
thermal images to FireWhat's ground-based mobile command centers. The 
Infrared/thermal camera technology penetrates smoke or darkness, gathering and 
disseminating georeferenced still images of points of interest, and allows 
FireWhat's data to quickly create geo-referenced high-resolution mosaics in 
Portable Document Format (PDF), and digital fire progression/suppression maps. 
Combining these exciting new technologies will dramatically increase strategic 
and tactical awareness and decision-making for firefighters and first 

Insitu, FireWhat, and Esri's efforts are supported by HP, Inc., (HP) hardware, 
including servers, laptops, and printers. This collective partnership 
represents expert knowledge and resources that now are combined to deliver a 
system surpassing any fire emergency and disaster tracking solution currently 
available in North America.

According to Sam Lanier, FireWhat Chief Executive Officer, "FireWhat, HP, and 
Esri previously have enjoyed a strategic business relationship, and partnering 
with Insitu will allow all of us to continue developing advanced technologies 
that can be deployed globally to effectively and intelligently fight 

"This is a revolutionary breakthrough in firefighting, as the typical 12-to-24 
hours of critical information lag time during darkness or in smokey conditions 
is eliminated," said Jon Damush, Vice President and General Manager, Insitu 
Commercial. "Combining INEXA Solutions' integrated imagery with FireWhat's 
solution that incorporates Esri's ArcGIS creates a 'best of breed' solution 
that will enable firefighters to quickly determine the best possible actions to 
take through GIS mapping."

"We are pleased to be working with these great organizations on efforts that 
are so important for saving lives and protecting resources," said S.J. 
Camarata, Director, Esri Worldwide Global Business Development and Strategies. 
"Employing UAVs to provide real-time data to track, plan and predict how 
dangerous events like wildfires evolve is important to the future of emergency 

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About Insitu 
Insitu is an industry-leading provider of information for superior decision 
making. With its headquarters in Bingen, Wash., and offices in the U.S., U.K., 
and Australia, the company creates and supports unmanned systems and software 
technology that deliver end-to-end solutions for collecting, processing and 
understanding sensor data. We proudly serve the diverse needs of our global 
customers in the defense, government and commercial industries. To date, our 
systems have accumulated more than one million flight hours and 123,727 
sorties. Insitu is a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company. 

About FireWhat
FireWhat, Incorporated, founded in 2011, is a Natural Resource Managment 
Technology company based in Dunsmuir, Calif., with offices in Bend, Or. 
FireWhat, Incorporated develops mobile and web based technologies for land, 
asset, and resource managers. With a core mission to automate and streamline 
practices in the Emergency Management arena, much of the company's energy is 
focused on developing innovative solutions to help us better understand 
"Where." Through constant innovation, by use of Geographic Information Systems, 
FireWhat has become a leader in Natural Resource Management technology for the 
greater good!

About Esri
Esri, the global market leader in geographic information system (GIS) software, 
offers the most powerful mapping and spatial analytics technology available. 
Since 1969, Esri has helped customers unlock the full potential of data to 
improve operational and business results. Today, Esri software is deployed in 
more than 350,000 organizations including the world's largest cities, most 
national governments, 75 percent of Fortune 500 companies, and more than 7,000 
colleges and universities. Esri engineers the most advanced solutions for 
digital transformation, the Internet of Things (IoT), and location analytics to 
inform the most authoritative maps in the world. Visit us at 

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