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14-year-old inventor-environmentalist invited to work with Irvine Ranch Conservancy to leverage technology to address environmental challenges

April 6, 2022
By FFIC Staff

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April 5, Irvine, CA – Irvine Ranch Conservancy (IRC) has invited Newport Beach resident Ryan Honary, 14, to conduct a pilot project evaluating a multitude of environmental management and protection applications for his proprietary AI-driven sensor network technology including the detection, measurement, notification, and prediction of a variety of environmental threats to facilitate their mitigation and prevention.

Honary is a 14-year old student at the Pegasus School in Huntington Beach, CA who has been putting his STEM-fueled passion for people and the environment into developing science-based solutions to local and global climate challenges.

His project with Irvine Ranch Conservancy, a non-profit, non-advocacy organization created to help preserve and support the Irvine Ranch Natural Landmarks, comes as the severity and cost of wildfires reach historic and catastrophic levels.

The project will test Honary’s system for use in land management and fire prevention in sensitive areas as well as an array of monitoring techniques that inform the response to various environmental threats. The technology for the pilot program will be deployed in this year, with research into various environmental applications of the sensors continuing throughout the year.

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Utilizing remote sensors and AI capable of both identifying the initial sparks of a fire and predicting spread patterns, Honary’s low-cost, self-contained mesh network can be deployed anywhere and communicate with scientists as well as emergency personnel in real time via an app. The technology has been further developed by Honary and the startup that he founded, SensoRy AI, for additional capabilities, including detecting and measuring air and water pollution and soil moisture levels.