Southern California Edison has partnered with Neara to implement dynamic AI capabilities across its 50,000-square-mile service area to enhance network analytics capabilities, wildfire risk mitigation, and vegetation management programs.
The enterprise-grade, 3D network modeling technology uses AI/ML to aggregate utilities' broad spectrum of data sources into one hyper-realistic digital simulation environment. Utilities can use the model to simulate how their assets will respond in the real world under multiple conditions based on hundreds of environmental and behavioral variables. These models help minimize network monitoring blind spots in stress-testing grid resilience and improving severe weather response while reducing reliance on manual field surveys.
By combining data sources — such as LiDAR and satellite imagery — into Neara’s digital network model, SCE will be able to automatically discover and address potential issues before they become serious risks. This bolsters a core pillar of SCE’s network-wide safety and reliability strategy by leveraging automation and analytics to diagnose network risks.