The Brain and the Brawn of the
FirstLine Home Protection System
A SafeGuard® Firstline system consists of one or more fire suppression units that scan a protected area using a Machine Learning neural network trained to identify fire outbreaks and hotspots as they occur. The position of each area is then targeted with water and retardant to suppress each outbreak.
Each suppression unit is capable of operating autonomously and is networked with a status reporting and control panel, adjacent units, auxiliary peripherals. It can be optionally connected with a centralized monitoring system via a satellite based interconnection that is operable even when conventional 4G cell towers are destroyed by fire. When a fire is detected the system reports the incident to the system owner, the central monitoring station, and
the local fire department via SMS text messaging. The
system hosts a web server that to provide information
about system health, need for maintenance, battery,
water reserves. Temperature, humidity, wind speed,
direction, panoramic video of the area covered, and
longer views of approaching fires currently beyond
the coverage area of the particular system.
The web server can be accessed from any standard
browser with proper name and password credentials.
The central monitoring station (may require a modest
monthly service charge for wireless connectivity) is a
central manned operation monitoring fire conditions
throughout the country that can remotely command a
FirstLine® system to prepare a property in advance of
an approaching fire that is initially beyond the range of its sensors. Trees and landscaping as well as structures within range of the system are protected. The system operates to suppress fire outbreaks quickly so as to conserve water usage under the expectation that public water pressure may fall, or fail completely, during wildfire outbreak. Communicating with a central monitoring station, multiple FirstLine® equipped homes in nearby areas collectively operate as a mesh grid to provide the central control much more accurate and highly localized information about localized fire movement and fire induced winds that can create dramatic localized effects such as the 165 mile per hour fire that killed a firefighter in the Carr fire. This information can be invaluable to firefighters.
The system frees manpower that would otherwise be dedicated to protecting homes and other structures, allowing this manpower to support public safety rescue operations and to implement more strategic fire containment breaks.