AI, computer vision help insurers, first responders fight wildfires

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On a tower in the Brazilian rain forest, a sentinel scans the horizon for the first signs of fire. They don't blink or take breaks, and guided by artificial intelligence they can tell the difference between a dust cloud, an insect swarm and a plume of smoke that demands quick attention. In Brazil, the devices help keep mining giant Vale SA working, and protect trees for pulp and paper producer Suzano SA. In the future, it's a system that may be put to work in California, where deadly wildfires abound. The equipment includes optical and thermal cameras, as well as spectrometric systems that identify the chemical makeup of substances.


How Artificial Intelligence Could Help Fight Climate Change-Driven Wildfires and Save Lives

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On a tower in the Brazilian rain forest, a sentinel scans the horizon for the first signs of fire. They don't blink or take breaks, and guided by artificial intelligence they can tell the difference between a dust cloud, an insect swarm and a plume of smoke that demands quick attention. In Brazil, the devices help keep mining giant Vale SA working, and protect trees for pulp and paper producer Suzano SA. In the future, it's a system that may be put to work in California, where deadly wildfires abound. The equipment includes optical and thermal cameras, as well as spectrometric systems that identify the chemical makeup of substances.


How artificial intelligence, satellites, and drone tech could help fight climate change-driven wildfires - Richard van Hooijdonk Blog

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As climate change-driven wildfires continue to wreak havoc around the world, artificial intelligence, satellites, and drones are emerging as a potential solution to this problem. Despite repeated warnings from the scientific community about the gravity of the issue, our greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise year after year, resulting in deadly heatwaves, devastating wildfires, severe droughts, and powerful hurricanes. While these extreme weather events once used to be few and far between, they've become more frequent and lethal in recent years, a direct consequence of climate change. According to Munich Re, one of the world's leading insurance companies, weather and climate events killed more than 4,000 people worldwide and caused around $42 billion in insured losses in 2019. Wildfires in particular have become increasingly destructive in recent years.


This Company Will Use Artificial Intelligence To Fight Wildfires

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As wildfires become tougher to control, one company is looking to fight the flames with tech. Compta Emerging Business is the winner of this year's Watson Build Competition sponsored by IBM. The Portugal-based company developed a solution that uses its patented spectrometric analysis technology to detect fires automatically within 5 minutes of ignition and within a range of up to 15 kilometers. "We are bringing artificial intelligence to the game so wildfires can be detected at the earliest stage," said Vasco Correia, Director of International Business at Compta. "We can detect very early and we can recommend firefighting measures."


Using facial recognition technology for hailstorms

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Technology similar to what Facebook uses for recommending what friends you should "tag" may soon be coming to hailstorms. David Gagne, a machine learning scientist at the National Center for Atmospheric Research, is using facial recognition technology to unlock the secrets behind big hail. "I'm using artificial intelligence techniques to predict the size of hailstorms," explained Gagne. Working with computer-simulated storms, he created software that is trained to determine which storms produce hail and then to recognize patterns associated with the storms behind the largest hailstones. "The shape of storms is really important."