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Next Generation of Intelligent Vegetation Management: Sven Przywarra, Co-Founder of LiveEO, Discusses Using Satellite Imagery and AI on the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast

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    On the latest episode of the Energy Central Power Perspectives Podcast, Sven Przywarra, the co-Founder and co-CEO of LiveEO, joins to discuss modern solutions to utility vegetation management. LiveEO is a digital solutions company and in light of the increased focus on vegetation management across the grid-- to prevent outages, reduce chances of wildfire, and increase overall resilience & reliability-- they tap into the capabilities of satellite-imaging to be an eye in the sky for major power transmission & distribution networks. For utilities, sending out crews can be costly but the consequences of oversights can be even costlier, so this process of utilizing state-of-the-art technology to streamline and optimize this process is essential.

    By combining satellite imaging with intelligent processing tools, Sven and his team are able to transform the way utilities approach the multi-million dollar line item that vegetation management has become for power providers. In this episode, Sven shares with podcast host Jason Prices and producer Matt Chester the origin of these ideas, the challenges LiveEO’s tools are helping utility leaders overcome, and other ways in which intelligent satellite processing is becoming a mainstay in the energy industry:

    With all the grid work overview, which is up to date, it's really difficult to catch all potential risk trees which are too close to the overhead lines, which could fall into the overhead lines during a major storm event, or which could also get in contact with them and then cause a wildfire. What we do is, we provide this overview they have there, but there are also other things which we can do. Furthermore, we can, for example, provide information on tree health and tree species, which are really important factors to decide which tree is a danger tree and which tree isn't. So it really helps you to narrow down from the millions of trees which are next to thousands of miles of overhead lines, to really just a few, which maybe other ones with the highest risk potential. So this is all pre-active.

    This entry into the podcast, like all of the series episodes, can be found on all major podcast outlets, including iTunes and Spotify, or it can be listened to directly on the Energy Central platform. Give it a listen and share your reaction in the comments.

    Episode #46: 'Reinventing Utility Vegetation Management With Satellites And AI' with Sven Przywarra, Co-Founder of LiveEO [an Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast]

    About Energy Central Podcast Series:

    The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ features conversations with thought leaders in the utility sector. At least twice monthly, we connect with an Energy Central Power Industry Network community member to discuss compelling topics that impact professionals who work in the power industry. Some podcasts may be a continuation of thought-provoking posts or discussions started in the community or with an industry leader that is interested in sharing their expertise and doing a deeper dive into hot topics or issues relevant to the industry.

    The ‘Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast’ is the premiere podcast series from Energy Central, a Power Industry Network of Communities built specifically for professionals in the electric power industry and a place where professionals can share, learn, and connect in a collaborative environment. Supported by leading industry organizations, our mission is to help global power industry professionals work better. Since 1995, we’ve been a trusted news and information source for professionals working in the power industry, and today our managed communities are a place for lively discussions, debates, and analysis to take place. If you’re not yet a member, visit to register for free and join over 200,000 of your peers working in the power industry.

    The Energy Central Power Perspectives™ Podcast is hosted by Jason Price, Community Ambassador of Energy Central. Jason is a Business Development Executive at West Monroe, working in the East Coast Energy and Utilities Group. Jason is joined in the podcast booth by the producer of the podcast, Matt Chester, who is also the Community Manager of Energy Central and energy analyst/independent consultant in energy policy, markets, and technology.

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