Fire app fights wildfires with data

Every second counts when combating a wildfire. Time lost can result in devastating loss of life or property. The University of the Aegean in Greece developed the VENUS-C Fire app, featuring Bing Maps, Microsoft Silverlight, and Windows Azure to determine the daily wildfire risk and fire propagation in the vulnerable island of Lesvos during its dry season. The university team generates a visualization of environmental factors each morning for the island’s fire management team, who then use the app to determine optimal resource allocation across the island for the day.