The Fire Festival

Project Info

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Team Members


Sarah , Grace , Eddy

Project Description


What is resilience and how do we measure it? To answer this question, we looked for inspiration from the immune system - a resilient machinery that has evolved to fight against attacks.

A big component of immunity is memory - the immune system has a mechanism that retains information so that it is able to respond faster and more efficiently against future infection. Inspired by this concept, our team aims to harness experiences built from the 2003 and 2020 Canberra bushfires to prepare our community and build resilience for future bushfire seasons.

The Fire Festival is an annual multi-day public event that aims to educate families and individuals by demystifying the scale of bushfires, their causes, and their profound effects on society by examining previous bushfire crises in 2003 and in 2019-2020.

The Fire Festival will empower members of the public with the knowledge to suitably prepare for these catastrophic events through a variety of initiatives such as connecting with local emergency and social services, creating disaster plans, and fostering a support network with the community.

The Fire Festival will also be a platform to showcase a network of IoT devices connected through Telstra's IoT LPWAN involving a series of sensors that record data such as ambient temperature, thermal imagery, animal movement activity, particulate matter in the air, wind gust and more.

Sample festival path: https://www.google.com/maps/d/viewer?mid=1HFnXJC10DSpmPSD9vZauZhLXQsIEUiTn&usp=sharing

Sample festival schedule: https://drive.google.com/file/d/1Uu7Etmk_w2tfwpvFh7VNyIc5m_72Y86k/view

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Data Story


The motivation behind the proposal of the Fire Festival initiative is based on analysis of multiple ACT data sets.

ACT's projected population is only expected to grow, reaching around half a million by 2032. An increasing yearly rate of overseas migration into Canberra brings a population that has never experienced an Australian bushfire season and a dynamic mapping of Bushfire Prone Areas and ACT School Locations 2017 illustrates the need to educate a community surrounded by bushfire-prone land.

When mapping out a route for the festival tour, we've looked at the 2003 ACT affected areas map to find locations that were once devastated by the fires. We've also used the ACT Public Barbecue dataset to create a stop to discuss fire safe behaviour and fire safety ratings.

Since this event aims to educate and train the community, we also want to demonstrate the technology available for bushfire data collection. To support the use of the Telstra IoT network over other networks, we have compared the mobile network availability to the map of 2019/2020 bushfire affected zones to show that the current mobile networks are not suitable for data collection in the bushland surrounding Canberra.


Evidence of Work

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Team DataSets

Bushfire Prone Areas

Description of Use Used with the school location map to illustrate that canberra is surrounded by bushfire prone areas and that education is critical

Data Set

Net overseas migration, Arrivals, departures and net, State/territory, Age and sex - Calendar years, 2004 onwards

Description of Use Used to illustrate the growth in ACT arrivals from overseas between the 2003 and 2020 bushfires - population of ACT with no history of Australian bushfires.

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Public Barbeques in the ACT

Description of Use Used to find a stop on fire festival route - stop to discuss fire danger rating will be at a public barbeque to discuss fire safe behaviours

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ACT projected population by district 2015-2041

Description of Use Used to illustrate the amount of people in the ACT who won't have a history with the canberra bushfires.

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ACT School Locations 2017

Description of Use Used with the bushfire prone map to illustrate that canberra is surrounded by bushfire prone areas and that education is critical

Data Set

2003 Bushfire (Affected Areas)

Description of Use Used to map locations for stops on Fire festival route - places and neighbourhoods that were burnt in 2003 are stops along the route.

Data Set

Air Quality Monitoring Data

Description of Use Used to determine the scale of impact that 2020 bushfires had on canberra

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2019-20 Financial Year Bushfire Boundaries

Description of Use Used to illustrate the ideal area to deploy IoT detection devices to improve firefighting response.

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Cellmapper

Description of Use Used to demonstrate lack of conventional network connectivity necessary to connect multiple IoT devices in volatile bushfire environments.

Data Set

Challenges

Identifying government investment for enhancing community safety

How can governments apply resources so as to proactively address social issues before they escalate and require reactive interventions (e.g. social work, law enforcement etc.)?

Go to Challenge | 16 teams have entered this challenge.

Data Driven IoT Insights for sustainable communities

How can data from connected devices on the wireless Internet of Things (IoT) network be used to make our community spaces - our homes, towns, cities or region - more efficient and sustainable?

Go to Challenge | 14 teams have entered this challenge.

Engaging communities in hazard reporting & safety

How might we better prepare & deal with natural disasters in Australia?

Go to Challenge | 18 teams have entered this challenge.

Canberra Bouncing Back - First Hacker

How can we use data to help Canberra recover from the bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic and foster a city that is resilient against future disruptions?

Go to Challenge | 4 teams have entered this challenge.

Canberra Bouncing Back – a resilient City

How can we use data to help Canberra recover from the bushfires and COVID-19 pandemic and foster a city that is resilient against future disruptions?

Go to Challenge | 10 teams have entered this challenge.