Boulder County Installs AI Enabled Cameras To Improve Wildfire Detection

Boulder County Installs AI Enabled Cameras To Improve Wildfire Detection

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Boulder County Installs AI Enabled Cameras To Improve Wildfire Detection

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“What it’s looking for is texture, movement, gradient, and it’s trying to pick up smoke starts. We’re using computer vision to stitch a full 360 panoramic image, and that does not exist elsewhere in the industry right now.” -Arvind Satyam, CCO of Pano

Boulder County just got a bit of high tech help in the ever going battle against wildfires. 9NEWS reports the Boulder County Sheriff’s Office brought two new wildfire lookout cameras online Tuesday morning, with a third will be installed later this month.  The cameras come equipped with software by Pano that employs artificial intelligence that detect fires faster than the humans in many cases.

The cameras provide a continuous 360 video feed and are monitored 24/7 by a computer program. If a smoke is detected Boulder County Sheriff’s Office staff will get instant notification on their cellphones. Arvind Satyam, CCO of Pano says the AI cameras will give firefighters a least 10 minutes of extra lead time, and in some cases could mean more than an hour of saved time.

“We as firefighters are constantly getting outworked, out-flanked, out-maneuvered by wildfire these days. This is just the evolvement of wildfire. To introduce this modern-day technology where I have the power of these cameras in my pocket, that’s a big step forward. Is it going to replace firefighters making decisions? No. It’s going to help us make better decisions.” –Seth McKinney, Boulder County Sheriff’s Office Fire Management Officer 

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