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IBM Develops Technology to Help Prevent Power Outages


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The system aims to support grid reliability, wildfire prevention, and storm management and assessment.

A new system developed by IBM Corp. uses data from multiple sources to monitor the status of electrical transmission and distribution lines.

Credit: VP Electrical Power Systems.

IBM Corp. has developed a system that uses data collected by satellites, drones, aerial flights, sensors, and weather models to monitor the state of electrical transmission and distribution lines, and to predict where trees and vegetation threaten to cause power outages.

The system aims to support grid reliability, wildfire prevention, and storm management and assessment.

Said IBM’s Cameron Clayton, "The ability to layer weather data with satellite and sensor data gives utility companies powerful new insights to help them improve operations and minimize impact on their customers."

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