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City’s groundbreaking tech detects/responds to wildfires: Early minutes = crucial

Austin, Texas, is using artificial intelligence tool Pano AI to enhance its wildfire detection and response capabilities. The technology uses a network of high-definition 360-degree cameras to scan wooded areas for smoke and alert Austin Energy as soon as a fire breaks out. The system can also determine whether power needs to be shut off during a wildfire. The early detection provided by the technology is crucial in combating wildfires, as response time in the early minutes of a fire can determine the threat to lives and property. Austin Energy has signed a five-year contract with Pano AI and if successful, other cities may also adopt similar technology to combat the effects of wildfires and other extreme weather events.

Wildfires have become more frequent and intense, and the use of this technology is seen as a crucial step in preventing these destructive events. The technology not only helps protect lives and property but also mitigates health problems caused by the spread of smoke. The extreme weather conditions in Texas have worsened wildfire conditions, making it even more important for cities to invest in advanced technologies to prevent and respond to wildfires.

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