Globally, climate change and natural disasters have immediate, tangible costs to communities – entrenching poverty for millions of people, destroying livelihoods, and undoing development gains. In Australia, experts projected that climate-driven fire risk would be detectable in the region by 2020. This projection seemed fortuitous as the unprecedented “black summer” bushfire disaster in 2019 stresses the need for urgent action and innovation. The risk to people, property, and planet are only ever increasing.
The challenge for governments is to develop a sustainable means to prepare Australian communities, health and emergency services for escalating fire danger. Climate Council estimates that “As seasons overlap and fires become more destructive, governments will be increasingly constrained in their ability to share resources and the costs of tackling fires will increase.”
To explore the role of technology in managing the effects of climate change and helping build resilient emergency services, UNOVA worked with a leading innovator in fire safety technologies and solutions with sustainability in mind. In this project, UNOVA co-developed an intelligent fire protection system that collects and displays up-to-date site data, supporting Emergency Services in time-critical risk assessment and decision-making. This project demonstrates that IT can help build resilience to climate change and disaster risks and push the sustainable development agenda forward.
Sustainable Development Goals:
9. Industry, Innovation & Infrastructure
11. Sustainable Cities & Communities
13. Climate Change
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Devesh Mitra, Jonathan Loong, Zayed Abdullah, Liam Ho, Yosha Joshi, Dr Felix Tan