Cal Poly Faculty and Students Work on an Early Fire Detection Project


California wildfires have taken their toll on the state this year causing thousands of people to evacuate their homes and millions of dollars in damages. But Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering Professor Joseph Callenes-Sloan, working with a local team of Cal Poly students and professors, hope to address this threat with a new wildfire detection system.

A team of Cal Poly students and professors gathered to work on a new wildfire detection system prior to the pandemic.

Their startup is called Perch and their product is a power line mounted sensor that collects wind, temperature, humidity, and other data to help monitor area conditions. The basic idea is to distribute these sensors on power lines to detect early onset wildfires and measure important environmental conditions related to wildfires to help better manage them.  The students participated in the Cal Poly CIE accelerator program over the summer, with efforts continuing this Fall, including in-field testing and demos.

Watch the news story on KSBY Here.

Learn more about Perch Here.

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