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An advanced autonomous response for bushfire prevention.

The CBI A3 program is a yearly collaboration between DFM and Switzerland-based science organisation CERN’s Ideasquare lab, along with other partner institutions in the Design Factory Global Network. Students are challenged to use design innovation to develop solutions that connect technology with societal needs. The concepts are framed around a United Nations Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) and utilise the latest technologies developed by CERN.

This year, our team of students explored SDG 11 (Sustainable Cities and Communities) and how it could relate to their local context of Melbourne, Australia. The students sought to address regional Victoria’s ability to respond to intense bushfires. Using CERN technology, the team designed an automated, eco-friendly bushfire detection system, Helios, which uses drones to detect and begin extinguishing bushfires in remote areas, and immediately relays bushfire information back to emergency services personnel to ensure quick response times.

The Helios system is also designed with the environment in mind, as Exodus runs on solar power and uses an eco-friendly inert gas as the extinguishing agent, saving water. These measures work to reduce the CO2 emissions produced by Helios, which in turn aims to lessen the effects of climate change which are causing more intense and frequent bushfires.

Concept by Bhishag Mohan (Communication Design), Shivani Pradhan (Architecture) & Pratibha Kohli (Lifestyle/Product Design).

Industry Partner: IdeaSquare CERN