Amplicam’s wildfire detection, monitoring & control system has just been launched in South Africa. It helps to protect local farmers against vandalism and wildfires caused by riots.
There are two treasures of nature in South Africa - forests and farming. Unfortunately, due to high temperatures, the risk of fire is high. Moreover, it is not easy to prevent vandalism - a lot of territories are burned down every year.
WM Digital Solutions (WMDS) is well-known in the region for protecting territories against fire. The company owns video cameras and has its own monitoring center. It has chosen to collaborate with Amplicam, enabling it to use Amplicam software. Amplicam software helps to detect smoke at any time of the day or night. The control center receives the warning and can react very quickly.
"In South Africa, fire prevention on farms is mostly taken care of by private businesses. It is a completely new segment for us because in most countries we collaborate with governmental institutions. We are very happy that the pilot project has been successful. It is a new concept for us. At the same time, this is what they have been looking for," says Amplicam CEO Andris Lurins. He points out that there is a similar interest in collaboration from Central America, where fires are being tackled on sugarcane plantations.
The case of South Africa is interesting from another perspective. Partners there already have the infrastructure and all they need is a software subscription service. "We are flexible and this model also works for us. The software runs on our servers anywhere worldwide. Also, it is accessible anywhere. In this case - to our partners in South Africa. And we just help out with software analytics. Internet infrastructure worldwide has developed to such an extent that we can receive data from the other side of the planet, process it, and send back results in next to no time. And this is just the beginning of the development of cloud-based services," explains Lurins.
"We are happy with the advanced level of the technical solution, as well as support from the software providers. Amplicam software is superior compared to the software we’ve used before. Currently, as a relatively new company in the fire detection solution provider business, we have provided a service to our client for the past three years with another software. We are now looking forward to the promotion of the Amplicam solution in South Africa and surrounding countries. Currently, there are two other solution providers in South Africa but I believe Amplicam is going to be superior compared to what we currently have," says WMDS CEO Mr. Wade Mosterd.