AI-based wildfire detection system implemented at Predator Ridge, Vernon, B.C.

July 9, 2024

Predator Ridge’s wildfire detection initiative

Following a successful pilot project, Predator Ridge in Vernon, B.C., has announced the commercial installation of an AI-based wildfire detection system, as reported by Global News.

The system, developed by a Vancouver-based company, features SenseNet technology.

This technology incorporates advanced sensors, AI algorithms, and real-time data analysis to provide accurate and early alerts for wildfires.

The installation comes after a two-year pilot project in partnership with the City of Vernon and Vernon Fire Rescue Services.

During the pilot, the SenseNet technology was rigorously tested and consistently demonstrated its accuracy and speed in providing real-time data essential for emergency response and public safety.

Technology and partnerships

The SenseNet system includes 100 sensors, five gateways, and five cameras installed around the perimeter of the resort.

These components work together to provide early wildfire detection using gas sensing and thermal imaging.

Vernon Fire Rescue will monitor and manage this technology around the clock.

Brad Pelletier, senior vice president at Predator Ridge, stated: “We are proud to be taking the lead on fire protection by partnering with SenseNet to become the first residential and resort community to enhance wildfire safety measures.”

He emphasized that SenseNet’s solution is crucial for protecting the Predator Ridge community and its natural environment through reliable and advanced wildfire monitoring.

Community and government collaboration

Chief David Lind, director of fire rescue services, highlighted the importance of proactive measures in today’s environment.

He said: “Cooperative efforts with the public, other levels of government, community-minded developers like Predator Ridge, and with our neighbors from the Okanagan Indian Band move the needle forward on building a more fire-resilient region.”

The fire department will utilize 360-degree views for AI-driven smoke detection and data-driven response, integrating AI with data from sensors, cameras, satellites, and weather inputs.

This technology aims to facilitate rapid wildfire detection and predictive analysis of wildfire behavior, essential for the North Okanagan region’s fire-resilience, which experiences higher wildfire risk during periods of extreme heat, drought, and lightning.

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