Development & Prototyping

Drones for Firefighting in High-rise Buildings

Autonomous drones for urban firefighting

Application

Firefighting in High-Rise Buildings

Firefighting in high-rise buildings can present unique challenges compared to fighting fires in lower buildings. Generally, a high-rise can be defined as a building with seven or more floors, including the ground floor. While firefighting lifts and high-reach appliances, such as fire trucks with long ladders, have long been essential tools for firefighters in high-rise buildings, emerging technologies like drones offer exciting new possibilities. Drones offer a fresh and innovative level of support that surpasses traditional strategies, while also minimizing potential delays caused by factors such as power outages for firefighting lifts or heavy traffic hindering fire engines.

X500 - Universal Research Drone

Firefighting in high-rise buildings brings unique challenges.

Solution

Autonomous Firefighting Drones from Fly4Future

Fly4Future’s founder & CTO Dr. Martin Saska and some of our employees were core members of the MRS CTU international team competing at the renowned Mohamed Bin Zayed International Robotics Challenge (MBZIRC) 2020, in Abu Dhabi, UAE. Read more about the competition here.

Under the guidance of Dr. Saska, the team made a remarkable impact and achieved success in the challenge that was inspired by the application of robotics in urban firefighting. The objective was to utilize robots, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and an Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV), to autonomously execute a sequence of tasks in an outdoor-indoor setting. Specifically, the team aimed to independently extinguish simulated fires in an urban high-rise building scenario.

The members of the successful MRS CTU competition team were later recruited by Fly4Future and have since become valued employees who, thanks to the experience gained in the competition, expanded the expertise of the company. The successful results from the MBZIRC 2020 competition were further developed into a firefighting drone, named DOFEC, for our valued client.

CTU MRS DARPA winning team

The drone successfully extinguishing fire during the competition.

More success

Solution Development for Our Client

Drones are transforming the landscape of emergency response, particularly in challenging circumstances like battling fires at hard-to-reach heights. Armed with advanced cameras and heat sensors, these airborne aids demonstrate exceptional situational awareness abilities. They can effortlessly maneuver through windows and other openings, pinpointing the exact location of fire outbreaks with precision. The agility and advanced technology of drones make them invaluable assets in firefighting efforts.

The DOFEC drones are fire-extinguishing flying robots equipped with special launching devices that carry fire-extinguishing capsules, eliminating the need for firefighters to enter potentially dangerous buildings without proper risk scanning. In contrast to costly high-rise equipment that may get held up on busy roads, drones provide a rapid and efficient alternative. Their ability to reach heights quickly is unmatched, making them invaluable when quick responses are needed in crises situations.

CTU MRS DARPA winning team

DOFEC, the firefighting drone developed by Fly4Future.

To sum up, drones are not just improving the efficiency of firefighting operations but also safeguarding both firefighters and civilians by offering quicker and more precise assistance in demanding circumstances.

CTU MRS DARPA winning team

DOFEC eliminating fire by launching fire extinguishing capsules.

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