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Kansas Proving Grounds Partners with Sky Scout AI Innovations Inc. to Deploy AI-Powered Drones for Wildfire Solution at America’s First Carbon Zero Industrial Park

PARSONS, Kansas, April 23, 2024 – The Kansas Proving Grounds at Great Plains

Industrial Park, a leading facility for testing and innovation, is proud to announce its

partnership with SkyScout Ai Innovations Inc., a pioneer in AI-powered wildfire detection

and response using drones and satellites. This collaboration marks a significant step in

the deployment of cutting-edge anti-wildfire drone technology at America’s first carbon

zero industrial park.

Brad Reams, Director of the Great Plains Industrial Park, expressed excitement about

the partnership, stating, "We are thrilled to join forces with SkyScout AI to introduce their advanced wildfire drone and AI solution to our 14,000-acre park. This initiative offers a

vital tool in addressing the growing threat of wildfires and our commitment to public


Scott Shepherd, CEO of SkyScout AI, added, "Our collaboration with the Kansas Proving

Grounds is a strategic move to position our wildfire solution using a network of drones

and satellites in the heart of the continent. We believe this partnership will be

instrumental in detecting and combating wildfires, ultimately protecting lives and

property here and around the world."

The partnership will initiate a pilot project to train wildfire drone pilots, including local

individuals and veterans from across North America. The trained pilots will also utilize

SkyScout AI technology to monitor the 14,000-acre Great Plains Industrial Park for

potential wildfire and industrial fire outbreaks and take their skills back to their own


SkyScout AI employs a comprehensive network of satellites and drones to rapidly detect

early signs of wildfires. Upon detection, the system dispatches tanker drones equipped

with environmentally safe fire retardants to extinguish or contain the fires. SkyScout AI

also offers the capability to pre-spray properties and land to prevent ignition, adding an

extra layer of protection in areas prone to wildfires. The mobility of SkyScout AI's drone systems, which can be housed in easily transportable customized trailers, ensures swift deployment to regions at risk of or currently experiencing wildfires. This agility, combined with the system's affordability and scalability, makes it an essential tool for communities, property owners, and agencies facing the challenge of unprecedented wildfire incidents.

SkyScout AI and the Kansas Proving Grounds are now formalizing the financing of the

first pilot project, with the goal of making it available for the coming wildfire season.

About the Kansas Proving Grounds:

The Kansas Proving Grounds’ home is Great Plains Industrial Park, America’s first net

zero industrial park dedicated to testing and innovation of sustainable, low carbon

technologies. Located outside of Parsons, Kansas, the proving grounds serve as a hub

for the development and deployment of sustainable technologies, creating local

employment and advancing America’s journey to a low-carbon future.

About SkyScout AI Innovations Inc.:

SkyScout AI Innovations Inc. specializes in wildfire detection and prevention, utilizing AI,

drones, and satellite surveillance to protect communities, properties, and lives from the

threat of interface wildfires. The company's platform and drones can quickly detect

small fires or ember hotspots, pinpoint their location, and dispatch Tanker Drones™ to

the site within minutes, keeping carbon emissions from wildfires out of the atmosphere.

For more information, visit

Contact Information:

Brad Reams

Director Great Plains Industrial Park

Phone: 620-241-1228

SkyScout AI Innovations Inc.:

CEO Scott Shepherd

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