Tag: spread

Can technology predict wildfires? New systems attempt to better forecast their spread

Flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon in Montecito in 2017. Utilities are turning to computer modeling to predict where their equipment poses the greatest fire threat. <span class="copyright">(Mike Eliason / Associated Press)</span>
Flames burn near power lines in Sycamore Canyon in Montecito in 2017. Utilities are turning to computer modeling to predict where their equipment poses the greatest fire threat. (Mike Eliason / Associated Press)

When freak lightning storms passed over Northern California’s wine country last month and sparked hundreds of wildfires, a newly established network of remote weather stations, orbiting satellites and supercomputers spun into action and attempted to predict the spread of what is now known as the LNU Lightning Complex fire.

Firefighters and technologists have long dreamed of a formula or device that would accurately predict the spread of

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Tech cruise ships could implement to combat spread of coronavirus: far-UVC sanitation, contact tracing

Today, the world faces an unmatched challenge: the coronavirus pandemic, which has infected nearly 6 million people, according to Johns Hopkins data.

And cruise ships have been at the center of the drama as passengers have been quarantined and crew members trapped on board. Now, cruise lines need to find new ways to make sure passengers feel safe when boardings resume after the CDC’s no-sail order expires in July.

Multiple companies are moving ahead with technology that could be implemented on ships so that cruisers could return to sea with less worry – though cruise lines themselves haven’t announced specific

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How a local start-up used location tracking and geofencing tech developed for retailers to help Hong Kong control the spread of coronavirus

A local start-up was crucial to Hong Kong’s coronavirus response, which has been hailed as “one of the best in the world”.

More than 65,000 people returning to the city had to wear electronic wristbands with location tracking and geofencing technology SagaDigits usually deploys in supermarkets to keep track of popular items and to guide shoppers to their favourite products.

The government paid more than HK$$1 million (US$128,993) for the technology, said co-founder Arthur Chan Chi-chuen, a 41-year-old father of two.

“The electronic wristband project is an important breakthrough for our company,” he said in an interview. “We have since

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