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LookOut protects Vietnam power lines from wildfire

Vietnam is a major industrial nation in Southeast Asia, with a land area of  331,699 km2 and a population of 96 millions. The forest cover is about 14.5millions hectares, more than half of the country

According to the Forestry Department under the Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, the peak wildfire season is between June and July, mostly in the central provinces of Nghe An, Ha Tinh, Quang Binh, Quang Tri, Thua Thien-Hue, Da Nag, Quang Ngai and Phu Yen.

Figure 1: Many forests in central Vietnam are facing high wildfire risks. (Source: Cong Hau)

Climate change, the prolonged heatwave in central coastal areas are the main causes of forest fires. The pine, melaleuca, bamboo, eucalyptus, and dipterocarp plantations are easily flammable and increase the wildfire risks. These kinds of trees are very common in the central region with a total area of nearly 6 million hectares. The Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development will apply technologies to detect wildfires and prevent them from spreading.

Wildfires destroy forests and biodiversity, pollute the air and impact people’s health, and disrupt electricity service and the economy. We teamed up with an AXIS partner in Vietnam to implement a LookOut wildfire detection pilot in November 2021. We are exploring the use of early wildfire detection technology to mitigate wildfires risks and damages to the electricity infrastructure.

Figure 2: power transmission infrastructure passing through forest areas in central Vietnam

We installed an AXIS Q6215-LE on a high-voltage power transmission tower and connect it to the 4G cellular network. We deployed our LookOut wildfire detection service on the camera.  We monitored the equipment performance in the high electromagnetic energy environment. The equipment worked perfectly and then we moved to next step – to do multiple controlled burns in the nearby areas to evaluate the detection accuracy and response time.

Figure 3: An AXIS Q6215-LE is installed on power transmission tower.

The fire tests were very successful! LookOut detected all the early ignitions within the first two minutes. We evaluated the results and derived a plan to optimize the equipment performance and AI wildfire detection accuracy in the Vietnam forest environment.

Figure 4: LookOut wildfire detection service identified a control burn in the pilot area.

It is our first project in Vietnam. It is a great working experience with the AXIS ecosystem in Vietnam. They are very professional and they move very fast! It is impressive that the teams worked together seamlessly according to the deployment plan. We’re looking forward to working with them more in the year 2022!

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