Hood Tech Vision Makes Certain Local Fire is Contained with “Must-Have” Help

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Hood Tech Vision helps local fire department overcome wildfire with "Must-Have" help provided by EO and infrared UAV imagers.

Hood River, OR, October 02, 2015 - (PressReleasePoint) - Hood Tech Vision helps local fire department overcome wildfire with "Must-Have" help provided by EO and infrared UAV imagers.

From: Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., Hood River, Oregon
Date: September 29, 2015
Subject: Hood Tech Vision Makes Certain Local Fire is Contained with “Must-Have” Help
Contact: Dr. Andy von Flotow, Hood Tech Corp Vision, Inc., 541-387-2288, andy@hoodtech.com

On Sunday afternoon, September 27, 2015, a small wild fire was reported in the Indian Creek area of Hood River, Oregon.  The fire burned approximately one acre that evening. By early Monday morning, the fire had grown to two acres and was beginning to threaten homes and power lines. Hood River Fire Chief Devon Wells contacted a local camera sensor tech company for assistance. Hood Tech Vision, more commonly known for providing cameras for unmanned aircraft, or drones, responded rapidly by providing a manned aircraft outfitted with state of the art thermal and electro-optic sensors to assist fire crews on the ground. Within 30 minutes, the aircraft was launched and live video was streaming directly down to the Hood River Fire Command Truck. “Having aerial support from Hood Tech Vision with live streaming video using both infrared and standard daylight imaging allowed the incident commanders to see the fire progress and monitor the effectiveness of the operation. It also increased situational awareness and firefighter safety. This technology is a “Must Have” for progressive emergency management”, said Fire Chief Devon Wells. Jeremy Young of Hood Tech Vision states “Hood Tech Vision is focused on providing the best imagery possible for emergency and incident response teams. With added situational awareness and real-time video, decision makers can keep their people safe at the same time as maximizing efficiency.  We are proud to help those who serve our community and keep us from harm.

When Hood Tech began producing 800-gm video-camera turrets in 1998, it enabled an entirely new class of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). Hood Technology Vision now designs and manufactures imaging and video processing systems at the highest level of the National Imagery Interpretability Rating Scale (NIIRS): Level 9. Hood Tech Vision matches embedded stabilization technology with electro-optical lenses that zoom up to 200X. This results in a field of view of 0.24 degrees, in payloads that weigh from less than one to six kg. Hood Tech Vision imagers consume as little as one-fifth the power common for such systems, increasing the power budget available to other sensors for Multi-INT missions. Designed for manned and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), boats, land vehicles, and towed and stationary mounts, the reliability and utility of Hood Tech’s daylight and thermal imaging products has been demonstrated during more than 900,000 hours of use in a variety of temperatures, humidity, dust, smoke, haze, and other environmental factors (http://www.hoodtechvision.com).

Dr. Andy von Flotow founded Hood Technology in Hood River, Oregon in 1993.  Along with the design and manufacture of stabilized imaging systems, Hood Tech:

  • Develops, tests, and manufactures launch and retrieval systems for UAVs
  • Operates controlled launch and quiet wind tunnel test facilities
  • Monitors blade vibrations in industrial turbines and jet engines, including diagnostic methods that predict possible future turbine failures.

The Hood Tech web site is: www.hoodtech.com

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Hood Tech
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Hood River, OR 97031
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