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Tech Companies Want More Eyes in the Sky for Wildfire Season

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A wildfire camera in the hills overlooking Cloverdale, CA, one of seven pilot stations installed in Sonoma, Napa and Lake counties.

Credit: Pano AI

The growing threat of wildfires in the U.S. has created opportunities for technology companies offering artificial intelligence (AI) solutions to help utilities and state governments bring them under control.

For example, Portland General Electric has deployed five high-definition cameras from startup Pano AI across Oregon, and intends to install 17 more this summer.

The cameras capture minute-by-minute snapshots of the environs, and Pano's Sonia Kastner said the company's software and 32 active camera systems have detected wildfires with 90% accuracy.

Union Park Capital's environmental technology subsidiary AEM sells weather stations and panoramic cameras for weather detection, as well as satellite data enhanced with AI that has learned to recognize wildfires.

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