Truck drivers and logistic companies are safer on our roads thanks to Canberra-based Seeing Machines. By using computer vision to detect fatigue and provide alerts to reduce accidents, they have kept drivers safe for over 6.5 billion kilometres and created over 100 direct jobs since 2015.
Sydney-based VAPAR is revolutionising how water and sewage pipes are maintained. Its technology solution analyses video footage from pipe inspections to detect cracks and blockages, an error-prone task that takes hours when done manually.
Brisbane-based Voltin is bringing a 21st century solution to building façade inspections. Using machine learning and high-resolution cameras, its solution is automating inspections whilst keeping workers safer, reducing costs and speeding up accurate assessments.
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Green Atlas is dedicated to assisting tree-crop growers in managing the life-cycle of each and every fruit on every tree in their orchards. Its product, Cartographer, uses an innovative combination of hardware and AI software that allows buds, flowers, fruitlet and fruit counts to be quickly and accurately mapped over entire orchards. Growers and agronomists can access an unprecedented level of detail, unmatched by manual methods, allowing crop management to be tailored to every tree.
Spark by CSIRO’s Data61
Spark is a toolkit for the end-to-end processing, simulation and analysis of bushfires. The need for a flexible and customisable bushfire prediction tool motivated its development.
Spark uses a hybrid modelling approach to predict how and where bushfires might spread. AI plays a key role in this modelling process, deriving fuel and vegetation information from remotely sensed data sources. It then integrates this with weather data from the Bureau of Metrology and physics-based modelling to develop a range of simulations.
It was piloted in the 2019–20 bushfire season to help firefighters on the ground, and is now being scaled for nation-wide use (Donnellan 2021).
Brisbane-based digital health business, Coviu, is currently in clinical trials for an AI-powered tool that measures a patient’s range of motion over video telehealth systems. The tool supports physiotherapists to free up hospital beds.
SafetyCulture is the operational heartbeat of working teams around the world. Its mobile-first operations platform leverages the power of human observation to identify issues and opportunities for businesses to improve every day. More than 28,000 organisations use its flagship products, iAuditor and EdApp, to perform checks, train staff, report issues, automate tasks and communicate fluidly. SafetyCulture powers over 600 million checks per year, approximately 50,000 lessons per day and millions of corrective actions. It gives leaders visibility and workers a voice in driving safety, quality and efficiency improvements.
Brisbane-based engineering business, Synengco, built a ‘digital twin’ of an infrastructure, which serves as a real-time digital counterpart of the physical infrastructure. This digital twin allows the business to model and evaluate the impact of major business decisions. It has deployed this solution to one of Australia’s largest power generator to reduce costs and extend asset life.
Advanced Circular Polymers
Advanced Circular Polymers (ACP) runs Australia’s largest plastic recycling facility with a massive capacity of 70,000 tonnes per year. The recycling facility sorts the waste plastics using advanced AI-enabled robots. ACP is also developing advanced AI-enabled autonomous technologies needed for waste sorting, with financial support from the Cooperative Research Centres Projects initiative, ACP and the University of Melbourne.
Healthy Country AI Partnership
The Healthy Country AI partnership in Kakadu National Park is a pioneering program that is mixing responsible AI and science with Indigenous knowledge to solve complex environmental management problems and care for animal species and habitats. The partnership is part of the Australian Government’s National Environmental Science Program through its Northern Australia Environmental Resources Hub. It brings together Indigenous Traditional Owners and rangers, CSIRO, Microsoft, Parks Australia, the University of Western Australia and Charles Darwin University.
Under the direction of Indigenous Traditional Owners and rangers, drones capture video footage in dual World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. The data is collected, labelled and interpreted using a combination of Indigenous knowledge, Microsoft AI, data visualisation and scientific research. The models allow rangers to regularly survey large areas that are difficult to access and removes the need for people to review thousands of hours of video to count animals and identify para grass in its different states (burnt, wet, growing, dead). Rangers can now rapidly assess the impact of reducing para grass weed spread on the abundance of culturally-important magpie geese on Kakadu’s Nardab floodplain. In 2018, only 50 magpie geese were counted. Nine months later, more than 1,800 have returned to the wetlands.
The Healthy Country AI partnership represents an end-to-end solution to support adaptive co-management to solve complex environmental problems, create jobs and care for significant species and habitats.
Fujitsu Australia, GE Healthcare, Macquarie University and Radian Network are collaborating to develop an AI solution to detect and monitor brain aneurysms on scans faster and more efficiently. The collaboration brings together their individual strengths and expertise. The project is refining the technology to create a fully commercialised solution. It aims to better equip radiologists to make early, potentially life-saving diagnoses and improve the quality of life for patients with aneurysms around the world.