Leader in Collaborative AI Solutions Omdena Delivers Technology to Detect Wildfires in the Amazon Forest.

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By Laura Clark Murray 


 

 

For Immediate Release

February 26, 2020

Leader in Collaborative AI Solutions Omdena Delivers Technology to Detect Wildfires in the Amazon Forest.

Omdena delivers eleventh completed project challenge, and the second related to fire-detection, since May 2019 launch Palo Alto, California — Omdena, the global platform for building collaborative AI-based solutions, today announced the delivery of AI technology to detect the outbreak of wildfires in Brazil. Created in partnership with Sintecsys, a commercial agriculture technology company monitoring 8.7M acres across four Brazilian biomes, the system identifies flames and smoke in images with more than 95% accuracy.

Omdena’s diverse team of 47 data scientists from 22 countries joined Sintecsys’ small internal AI group for the eight-week machine learning project. With this challenge, Omdena builds on an impressive record of building artificial intelligence solutions through global collaboration. To date, more than 800 people from more than 75 countries have participated.

“Omdena provided Sintecsys with a ten-fold increase in the size of their AI team,” said Rudradeb Mitra, Founder of Omdena. “Our diverse experts brought deep AI knowledge and experience to solve the problem of accurately detecting wildfires from real-time images.”

The longer a wildfire burns, the more damage it can cause and the more difficult it is to contain. While Sintecsys had dramatically reduced detection time from 40 minutes to under 5, a high incidence of false positives meant a delay in calling in firefighters until a fire could be confirmed. The accuracy of the fire-detection system built with Omdena will allow Sintecsys to alert firefighters within the first few minutes of an outbreak.

“Every second counts in order to preserve life,” said Osmar Bambini, Sintecsys Head of Innovation. “Speed, accuracy, and power sum up my perception of Omdena. For Sintecsys, from now on Omdena is the official AI partner.”

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For media inquiries contact: Laura Clark Murray, Omdena, laura@omdena.com

About Omdena: Omdena is a platform for building AI solutions to real-world problems through global collaboration. Our partners include the UN World Food Programme and the UN Refugee Agency. Omdena is an Innovation Partner of the United Nations AI for Good Global Summit 2020. Learn more at Omdena.com.

Learn more about Omdena’s Wildfire Detection AI Challenge at https://omdena.com/blog/wildfires-artificial-intelligence 

About Sintecsys: Sintecsys is a commercial agri-tech firm delivering a monitoring system that detects fire outbreaks quickly and effectively. Learn more at https://sintecsys.com/en/home-en/

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