Startup's AI technology could help power line operators prevent wildfires
image credit: Buzz Solutions
- Aug 5, 2020 3:58 pm GMTAug 5, 2020 2:27 pm GMT
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Smokey Bear may soon have to amend his catchphrase to "Only you and artificial intelligence can prevent wildfires."
The reason is Buzz Solutions, a Palo Alto, Calif.-based startup that recently announced it had raised $1.2 million in seed funding.
Buzz Solutions' AI technology analyzes images of power line infrastructure and surrounding vegetation looking for faults and fire risks. The company says it can perform image analysis and provide actionable reports in hours or days, compared to the six to eight months engineers now take to do the work, while reducing the cost of the process by 50 to 70 percent. A large southern California utility, a large Midwest utility, and two large New York utilities are using the technology in pilot programs, according to the company. One of its dashboards is pictured above.