A lot of the time when we talk about the potential applications of WigL technology, we share some of the fun possibilities it opens up: flying cars, drones, wireless music and cruises. But the reality is that WigL’s technology also intersects with some crucial and life-saving needs.
We’ve shared before about how WigL could solve the massive power outage problems that often follow a hurricane. Let’s explore a few of the other ways that WigL could step into the aftermath of disaster to improve and even save lives.
This year, the Carr Fire in northern California ranked as the sixth most destructive in the fire-prone state’s history. With 8 fatalities, 230,000 acres of burned ground and 1,079 houses destroyed, the aftermath continues to leave residents in Redding and surrounding areas wondering what’s next.
One of the major challenges directly following the Carr Fire has been housing the multitude of displaced residents. Government officials problem-solved with motels and mobile homes, but the sudden scramble for housing resources posed a significant challenge.
WigL could step into situations like this by easily powering temporary shelters for families who were displaced. Even in the case of powering trailers, diesel-fueled generators eat at least a gallon of fuel per hour.
WigL’s wireless power broadcasting technology has the potential to transmit power directly to the trailer sites via satellite transmitters, instantly solving one of the major resource questions without the need for expensive generators or hauling around heavy equipment.
In even more immediate terms, WigL could broadcast power to the cell phones of those who have been displaced, ensuring that they wouldn’t have to worry about battery life while contacting loved ones and communicating with their insurance companies.
Another significant concern for fire recovery is erosion control, a necessary step to prevent the burned out areas from becoming major flood risks. In the case of the Carr Fire, the city of Redding provided resident with free erosion control materials like hay.
But distributing the hay to those who need it and then getting it all installed is a resource challenge in and of itself. Transporting hay requires baling it, which means making sure that hay baling machines are properly fueled — a problem that once again, WigL could solve while greatly reducing diesel consumption.
Evenly distributing the straw on muddy, ashy slopes would be made easier by tractors powered by WigL receivers, and freestanding lighting units with power broadcast to them by WigL transmitters would better enable teams to work around the clock.
Finally, a constant need in the aftermath of any natural disaster is rapid response medical assistance. WigL could power teams on the ground as they treated burns and smoke-damaged lungs. When it comes to saving lives, even minutes can make a difference. WigL could cut the cords and ditch the batteries for life-saving medical devices, speeding up the response time for medical units.