Pano AI Deploys Successful Wildfire Detection Technology Pilot Program in California’s South Bay
Pano AI, the leader in wildfire early detection and intelligence, is excited to announce the successful completion of an initial pilot in the South Bay Area, which includes San Mateo, Santa Clara, and Santa Cruz Counties. Through the pilots, Pano AI provided early access to Pano Rapid Detect, an easy-to-use platform that enables fire districts to quickly detect, assess, and pinpoint new fires earlier, so that they can be contained while still small. Leveraging a network of connected, ultra-high-definition cameras continuously rotating atop high vantage points, Pano Rapid Detect captures a dynamic 360-degree panoramic view of the landscape every minute. This rich camera data, combined with satellite imagery, emergency call details, and other data feeds enables Pano AI’s artificial intelligence to monitor for threats and provide actionable intelligence in a single, intuitive interface.
“With wildfire response, every minute matters. We created Pano Rapid Detect to help first responders get to the scene faster and more safely—with the right equipment, up-to-date information, and enhanced coordination—so that they can stop a new ignition in its tracks,” said Sonia Kastner, founder, and CEO of Pano AI. “We are thrilled to be working with such qualified and experienced partners in the South Bay. Together we can help protect lives, homes, and businesses, from the ever-growing threat of climate change and wildfires.”
Wildfire season is starting sooner and ending later, as the impacts of climate change create the ideal conditions for fires to spread. In 2021, there were over 7,000 California wildfires, burning more than 2 million acres of land. Responding to these wildfires commands significant resources from fire departments across the state. Along with identifying actual fires, one of Pano AI’s advantages is the company’s ability to distinguish false positives, or non-fires, from real wildfires, preserving fire departments’ resources for legitimate fires via their 24/7 Pano Intelligence Center.
“With the growing threat of climate change, the risk and devastating impact that wildfires have in our forests, parks, and communities is too great to ignore. We need cutting-edge solutions to keep pace with this constantly growing threat, and Pano AI is exactly that solution,” said Training Chief Chuck Lax of the Redwood City Fire Department, a participant in the pilots. “Pano’s 360 24/7 cameras, combined with its A.I. technology and network, empower us with the tools we need to stay constantly vigilant and help prevent potential wildfires. The technology has also helped us understand how we can better optimize our own system from deployments to evacuation strategies so that we are able to provide the best quality of protection to those that rely on us.”