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Good news! Rogers announced it is investing in industry-leading wildfire detection and prevention technology as part of the company’s commitment to keeping Canadians and first responders safe.


Rogers will use satellite-connected sensors, with SpaceX’s low-bandwidth Swarm service, to better predict wildfires in remote areas of British Columbia without wireless networks. We’re introducing Pano AI cameras on the Rogers 5G network that detect smoke up to a 20-kilometre range. The AI cameras will be located on wireless towers in the province near Fort St. James, Smithers and Chetwynd. Rogers is also donating satellite phones to the British Columbia Search and Rescue Association to support first responders.


The new technology builds on ongoing 5G research by Rogers, the University of British Columbia (UBC) and BC Wildfire Service (BCWS) to monitor key wildfire indicators. Now, real-time information from the satellite-connected sensors and tower cameras will be shared with BCWS and UBC to enable better detection and help first responders manage these devastating events.


Rogers is committed to building a resilient Canada and partnering with organizations to enable emergency preparedness, provide immediate support when disasters strike, and assist in recovery efforts.


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These new technologies will expand the reach and capabilities of our existing network of 5G IoT sensors, giving us real-time data that can provide the foundation for an early warning system for wildfires and improve public safety. This announcement builds on work Rogers is doing with SpaceX and Lynk to bring satellite-to-phone coverage in parts of Canada that are unserved by traditional networks.

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