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How AI is spotting wildfires within minutes

How AI is spotting wildfires within minutes 


with land parched from drought and temperatures on the rise wildfires have become larger and deadlier in California saw the largest and deadliest wildfires in its history the notorious campfire spread at a rate of football fields per minute that means detecting wildfires as early as possible and responding quickly have become essential to thwarting a potentially deadly disaster and one up says its found a way to spot fires just minutes after they sparked from the image being captured in space to us producing an alert its about nine minutes to finish based in Santa Fe New Mexico decart labs uses cloud based artificial intelligence to analyze huge swaths of realtime satellite imagery and identify fires we decided to focus on satellite imagery just because theres so much of it and this means theres lots and lots of data about the planet today fire authorities most often rely on human spotters to report a blaze but des cartes AI platform scams thermal imagery from NOAA satellites to look for what the company calls heat anomalies and this turns out to be a pretty challenging problem because the temperature of the earth is always changing and we basically seek out these hot spots by modeling what the earth would look like if there wasnt a fire there and then comparing that to the image that we get from the ghost and satellites and if we notice a big discrepancy then thats a pretty good indicator that if theres a fire there the company says its already pinpointed exact locations for fires and is currently testing a wildfire alert system with the local Forestry Division in New Mexico but des cartes sees a future where it could help fire authorities in other states I think the Kinkaid fire is a good example of you know how this technology could change how we respond to fires in October
 the Kinkaid fire ed in Sonoma County California and went on to sports more than thousand acres of land the company says it generated an alert before most people even knew the fire existed we detected it about minutes after it ed but it was a lot more challenging for people because this fire ed around at night and it wouldnt be until half an hour after we had already broadcast our alert that CalFire would have a plane over the fire and another few hours until they actually reported it publicly to the team its evidence of the systems advantage over human spotters of course to really make an impact the technology will need to integrate with firefighting authorities that can respond to the fires on the ground its all about making sure that less fires slipped through the cracks and go on to become these massive mega fires the companys ambitions dont stop there its currently using the same technology to find methane leaks in oil fields and scan crops in Africa to identify potential food shortages other companies are working on similar technology as well theres lots of different ways you can apply this AI technology at scale and try to monitor the earth and try to stop problems before they become much much bigger '
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