In response to the 2018 Camp Fire, California native Ryan Honary developed an early detection technology for preventing wildfires after witnessing the devastation including the deaths of 85 people and the destruction of over 18,000 structures at a cost of over $16.5 billion. The invention led to Ryan, then a fifth-grade student, receiving the Grand Prize at the 2019 Ignite Innovation Student Challenge and establishing the Early Wildfire Detection Network, for which he was named the 2020 American Red Cross Disaster Services Hero for Orange County.
In March of 2020, Honary won the prestigious Office of Naval Research (ONR) Naval Science Award after presenting his AI technology at the Orange County Science and Engineering Fair. This grant led to the formation of Honary’s company, SensoRy AI.
The company has gone on to receive multiple rounds of funding from ONR for continued research and development of Ryan’s AI-driven Wireless Mesh Sensor Network for Early Detection and Growth Prediction of Environmental Hazards.
SensoRy AI recently entered into a partnership with the Irvine Ranch Conservancy to evaluate a multitude of environmental management and protection applications for the technology.
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