TVU Networks Partners with DRONERESPONDERS to Promote UAV Use for Wildfire Assessment

New White Paper Details How Real-Time Drone Footage Is an Effective Alternative to Manned Aircraft for Improved Situational Awareness

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MOUNTAIN VIEW, CA – August 5, 2021TVU Networks, the market and technology leader in cloud and IP-based live video solutions, today announced it has partnered with DRONERESPONDERS Public Safety Alliance to promote the use of UAVs with real-time video transmission by public safety agencies for assessing wildfires. The partnership has already resulted in the authoring of a new white paper, which is available on the TVU website.

The white paper, “Tactical Live Video Streaming Adds Missing Ingredient for Effective UAV Wildfire Assessment,” details the advantages of using drones to assess wildfires, as well as the challenges of transmitting video from UAVs in remote areas where many wildfires occur. It also includes a detailed case study of California’s Fremont Fire Department, which uses a TVU solution with its UAV program to transport live video to the command center and first responders on the scene for actionable intelligence. Unlike streaming solutions that suffer from latency and signal loss issues, TVU’s professional broadcast system provides real-time situational awareness that can substantially improve tactical decision making during incidents.

“UAVs are quickly becoming indispensable tools for fighting wildfires, because they improve situational awareness,” explained Chief Charles L. Werner (Ret.), director of DRONERESPONDERS. “Live overhead video helps first responders determine the scale of the fire and find hotspots. Those real-time images help firefighters deploy resources where they are most needed without risking the lives of helicopter pilots and other firefighting aircraft personnel.”

“We’re proud to be working with DRONERESPONDERS to spread the word about the effectiveness of UAV programs for public safety agencies. Wildfires burn millions of acres in the United States every year, but UAVs can help firefighters work smarter to minimize damage,” added Fred Poole, TVU director of government markets. “When coupled with drones, our video broadcast technology provides a simple solution that dramatically improves situational awareness by transmitting and distributing high definition live video to the proper personnel.”

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DRONERESPONDERS is the leading nonprofit program to advance the use of public safety drone programs. It is designed to unite these new aerial first responders, emergency managers, and search and rescue specialists through a unified and collaborative network to help learn, train, and test with one another, with the ultimate objective of maximizing drone operations for public safety to enhance safety, improve operational effectiveness, and provide real-time situational awareness.

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