The Pench Tiger Reserve in Maharashtra has launched an advanced Artificial Intelligence (AI) system for early detection of forest fires, marking a significant leap in forest fire management. 

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  • This state-of-the-art system, equipped with high-resolution cameras and satellite integration, aims to enhance the accuracy and reliability of forest fire alerts.

Collaboration and Funding: The successful deployment of this system was achieved through a collaborative effort involving:

  • Pench Tiger Reserve, Maharashtra
  • Satpuda Foundation
  • Umgrameio (Brazil)
  • Forest Fire Tech, a division of Scaale Inc, USA

Funding for the project was provided by Solar Industries India Ltd, Nagpur, and the Maharashtra government.

Key Features of the AI System:

  • Real-time Monitoring: The system operates 24/7, providing real-time surveillance of the forest cover.
  • AI-powered Differentiation: The AI can distinguish between smoke and clouds with high accuracy, minimizing false alarms and ensuring a swift response to genuine fire threats.
  • Night Vision Capability: The system functions effectively even during nighttime hours, thanks to its in-built infrared technology.
  • Data Integration: The AI system integrates with satellite-based data, providing a comprehensive picture of environmental conditions that might influence fire risk.

Benefits and Broader Implications:

  • Early Warning: Prompt detection allows for faster response times, potentially containing fires before they escalate into major infernos.
  • Improved Efficiency: The system’s real-time monitoring and accurate fire identification reduce the reliance on manual patrolling, optimizing resource allocation.
  • Enhanced Protection: By minimizing the impact of forest fires, the AI system safeguards the rich biodiversity of the Pench Tiger Reserve.

About Pench Tiger Reserve:

  • Located in the southern reaches of the Satpura hills, the Pench Tiger Reserve straddles the states of Madhya Pradesh and Maharashtra.
  • Itnamed after the Pench River, which flows through the reserve from north to south.
  • The Reserve in Madhya Pradesh comprises Indira Priyadarshini Pench National Park, Pench Mowgli Sanctuary, and a buffer area. 
  • Interestingly, the area encompasses the real-life setting for Rudyard Kipling’s famous “The Jungle Book.” 
  • The terrain is undulating, with a mosaic of vegetation ranging from moist valleys to dry deciduous forests. 
  • The reserve boasts a rich tapestry of flora, including teak, saag, mahua, and diverse grasses and shrubs.
  • Pench Tiger Reserve is home to tigers, leopards, sloth bears, and over 325 bird species. Lush forests and diverse landscapes make it a crucial habitat. 

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