TechCrunch: How Neara Uses AI to Protect Utilities From Extreme Weather


Neara, an Australian startup, utilizes AI and machine learning to help utility companies model power networks and assess risks from events like wildfires. Since 2019, it has raised $45 million AUD and collaborated with major entities. Neara’s technology eliminates the need for manual surveys and has been integrated into its platform, benefiting global utilities. The AI enables simulations of extreme weather impacts on electricity supplies, expediting power restoration and ensuring safety. Using lidar data, Neara creates digital twin models, providing more robust analyses. Ongoing research aims to enhance data value, expand data sources, and develop features for precise risk analysis during events like wildfires. Essentially, Neara helps utilities stay ahead of extreme weather, ensuring power continuity and community safety.


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