New California Wildfire Alert System is a Network of 1,000 Cameras

By Jaron Schneider
May 17, 2023
Category: Forestry
Region: United States, US West

The University of California San Diego has launched a new cutting-edge system made up of more than 1,000 cameras positioned across the state designed to prepare for, respond to, and recover from wildfires and other natural hazards. The system integrates and expands on what was formerly the ALERTWildfire camera network that is now known as ALERTCalifornia. The expanded state-focused program manages more than 1,000 pan-tilt-zoom capable cameras and sensor arrays across the entire state and collects data regularly that can provide real-time, actionable information that serves to inform public safety during natural disasters. …Some of the new installations have more than traditional cameras. Some incorporate infrared systems that allow emergency responders to identify hotspots and flare-ups through thick smoke and provide firefighters with real-time updates on evolving situations on the ground during a wildfire.

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