AI4 CAMERAS TO MONITOR MANITOBA HYDRO’S HIGH VOLTAGE TRANSMISSION LINES
April 13, 2020
Manitoba Hydro has selected Ai4 Technologies, Inc. to deliver a TMC.2 camera system for the monitoring of 500 kV HVDC lines in the province of Manitoba.
TMC.2 cameras provide accurate situational awareness of transmission lines, structures, and the environment.
Ai4 Cameras to Monitor Manitoba Hydro’s High Voltage Transmission Lines
San Francisco and Winnipeg, April 13th, 2020 – FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Manitoba Hydro has selected Ai4 Technologies, Inc. (Ai4) to deliver a TMC.2 camera system for the monitoring of 500 kV HVDC lines in the province of Manitoba.
TMC.2 cameras provide accurate situational awareness of transmission lines, structures, and the environment. TMC.2 features 4K video cameras, LiDAR, and many environmental sensors such as wind speed and direction, humidity and temperature. The camera is very versatile for analyzing the external factors affecting reliability and safety of both transmission and distribution infrastructure.
Integrated LiDAR accurately measures the spatial distances and clearances and helps to detect unexpected changes. The LiDAR is part of the camera itself and can measure up to 400 meters (1,200 ft) allowing daily LiDAR measurements and continuous monitoring.
4K ultra-high resolution 37x Zoom-camera enables visual remote monitoring and recording of events along the right-of-way and surrounding areas.
The devices flexibly connect to Ai4 Cloud for monitoring and remote management over wireless connections. Manitoba Hydro’s deployment will be in a region without cellular connectivity and includes satellite broadband between the cameras and Ai4 Cloud. The use of satellite links enables the TMC.2 system anywhere in North America. TMC.2 can also use secure end-to-end encrypted connection over commercial cellular networks.
TMC.2 cameras feature integrated GPU hardware supporting modern Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications. As a result, the cameras can increasingly automate the detection of critical conditions in near-real-time. For the first time, this enables continuous monitoring and faster detection of risks and incidents. Automated processing of data in the device itself supports network-scale deployments, as only detected events need to be sent to the Operations Center for human review and response.
“Keeping lines and structures safe and reliable is a major challenge for many utilities. We want to support our customers in their needs to inspect and monitor their assets, and to better respond to incidents with an entirely new level of situational awareness,” said Tero Heinonen, CEO of Ai4 Technologies.
“We look forward to gaining new insights about the conditions around our remote assets. It is not easy to maintain 1,000 km of HVDC transmission lines in remote locations a long way from road networks”, said Jeff Laninga, Live Line Methods Safety Engineer at Manitoba Hydro.
For more information, please contact:
Ai4 Technologies, Inc. Manitoba Hydro
Mr. Tero Heinonen Mr. Jeff Laninga
Tel. +1 (415) 293-8214 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org