Forest fire detection with AI and 5G

T-Mobile, Pano AI and Portland General Electric are deploying 5G connected cameras to enable active AI-powered wildfire detection that identifies the first sign of fire.

Here’s a new use for 5G networks: spotting wildfires before they get out of hand, a growing concern with climate change. Firefighters are looking for ways to detect, confirm and locate a fire within minutes, and modern technology makes this entirely possible. Wildfire detection is especially important in rural and remote areas. Last year, nearly 60,000 wildfires burned more than 3 million acres of land in the United States, according to the National Interagency Fire Center . And the data shows that these fires are getting worse over time, due to stronger winds and drier conditions.

Early detection is key to stopping a wildfire before it spreads, but with traditional methods identifying and assessing a fire can take hours, delaying response. Using T-Mobile’s wide-range, high-capacity 5G network, Pano AI can collect and analyze large amounts of data in near real-time to detect, confirm, and locate new ignitions in the critical first minutes of a fire. forest, allowing it to be contained before it endangers lives and property.

Startup Pano AI uses a series of cameras that monitor the wilderness and AI algorithms that monitor smoke, an indicator of small fires that could turn into raging wildfires. These images are sent to the startup’s headquarters for human confirmation, and if a fire burns, evidence is sent to customers who might be affected.

While Pano AI used to send evidence photos over 4G LTE networks at slow rates of around 20-30 6-megapixel images per minute, its new partnership with T-Mobile allows it to use the carrier’s 5G network. to send video at 30 frames per second, which is about 90 times more data. Ultimately, delivering evidence to Pano AI customers, which include utility companies, much faster over 5G means faster response from firefighters and potentially crushing large fires before they get bigger. dangerous.

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