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AI – A flying start

Energy company SSE is collaborating with Avanade, Microsoft and NatureScot on the roll-out of cutting-edge AI technology to continuously monitor sea bird populations at its renewable energy sites around Scotland, including hydro power stations and wind farms. 

The Flying Squad initiative, which will enable SSE to make sure that these developments are not having any detrimental effects on wildlife, follows a successful pilot in which four cameras were used to record footage of puffins on the Isle of May in the Firth of Forth during the breeding season and automatically detect and count them. 

The combination of the cameras and AI technology is less invasive for the puffins and more accurate and efficient.

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