Search and Rescue
The Ripper Group is the Official Drone Partner to Westpac Rescue We are category pioneers in the utilisation of drones to deliver lifesaving solutions.
Westpac partnered with the Ripper Group to develop and integrate a Ripper Group RPAS/Drone Strategy Package for their beach rescue operations. This encompassed stakeholder engagement, intensive R&D, rapid prototyping and continuous deployment with over 18 collaborative technology partners.
In late 2018, after successfully quantifying the rescue potential of drone technology for the surf environment, we successfully handed over to Surf Lifesaving Australia to self manage the ongoing drone deployment across their patrolled beaches. The Ripper Group is proud to have started this program 2015 with the ground breaking technology and strategy which continues to deliver a world-leading rescue product into to this ever-changing high-demand environment.
The Ripper Group will continue to provide the leading edge of drone rescue innovation, in particular shark recognition technology, through its ongoing role as Official Drone Research and Development Partner to SLSA.
This is innovation at its best that will lead to a safer Australia. For over 40 years, the Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service has been a crucial community service in Australia, and we believe this investment in the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver technology has the potential to help save even more lives. Mr Brian Hartzer, Westpac’s Chief Executive Officer.
The Ripper Group in conjunction with UTS successfully developed and demonstrated the world’s first drone-enabled automatic shark detection system. This delivers 90% accuracy in detecting sharks.
The appropriately named SharkSpotter™ RPAS uses breakthrough artificial intelligence (AI) which leverages cutting-edge, deep-learning neural networks and image processing techniques that can – in real time – detect and alert an operator if a shark is present.
Sharkspotter’s video processing capabilities enable it to distinguish between sharks and other marine life such as dolphins, rays and whales, as well as human beings such as swimmers, board riders and objects such as boats…irrespective of whether the sharks are moving or not.
When combined with the sound speaker functionality, the automated drone-enabled system can warn surfers and swimmers that a shark is nearby, and simultaneously relay this information direct to emergency services and beach lifeguards for appropriate action.
Award-winning research solutions. The Ripper Group and University of Technology Sydney (UTS) are 2018 iAward winners in three categories for the Sharkspotter™ RPAS: Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning Innovation of the Year Award, Research and Development Project of the Year Award, and the Community Service Markets Award.
Disaster and Emergency Services
The total recent funding in post-disaster response by the Australian Government is close to $3 billion per year with almost $4 billion spent by emergency and fire service organisations across the country.
Natural disasters cost the Australian economy over $6.5 billion per year with average insured losses of over $1.5 billion and the annual economic cost of these natural disasters is expected to rise to $33 billion by 2050.
The Ripper Group has the capability to deliver a sophisticated rapid response RPAS solution that integrates and enhances existing government systems: first responder post-disaster search and rescue, delivery of ‘in the field’ intelligence, damage assessment, live streaming of vision, imagery and radar to command centres and in field teams with the provision of hi-res stills and images.
Australia’s ‘paddock to plate’ agricultural trade and industries is one of the benchmarks of our economy, the delivery of new-era monitoring applications using RPAS will play a vital and integrated role in the new agri-tech economy.
The Ripper Group, in association with industry partners, has the ability to deliver a range of services to assist farmers to manage efficiencies and reduce crop yield risk.
We are currently working with research partners on the integration of hi-tech drone-based sensors, beyond visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) abilities and SWARM technologies (fleet of small drones linked via AI to work in unison).
Our companion community engagement packages provide the opportunity to work closely with farming communities to enhance outcomes for them. A Ripper Group RPAS/Drone Strategy Package can identify the important operational foundations to deliver precision agriculture through intelligent aerial mapping and surveying, weeding, pest identification, monitoring and control, and stock counting.
Asset and Infrastructure Inspections
PwC announced that by the beginning of 2018 the commercial market for drone technology applications to the global power and utilities industry alone is worth $10 billion USD per year
The Ripper Group delivers asset and infrastructure management including inspection, maintenance and security monitoring capability, which is fast becoming an essential element of our business service and is set to become the world’s largest market for RPAV systems. We can develop a customised Ripper Group RPAS/Drone Strategy for your business to serve as an adjunct to your asset management.
We can deliver asset and infrastructure inspection services worldwide to businesses such as power (wind, hydro, solar, coal) companies, gas companies, roadways and bridge maintenance groups, traffic controls, oil and gas producers, high rise and property management groups, telecommunications and media groups, railway companies, pipeline operators and construction groups. The secret is to get in early to integrate a Ripper Group RPAS/Drone Strategy into your suite of business intelligence gathering.
The mining industry was an early adopter of RPAS. Now it is rapidly developing applications for drone technology across the whole range of mining services such as pre-mine development, operations, and post-mining environmental assessment and rehabilitation.
Benefits for mining safety include monitoring and early warning delivery regarding mining blast activity as well as the potential deployment into mine sites of ‘land drones’ or autonomous drovers to deliver emergency and first responder kits to emergency situations. Mine sites often have complex road safety issues, including the monitoring of large scale trucking, which can be made simpler and safer using drone ‘overwatch’.
Other RPAS applications include the use of the latest imaging and sensing technologies integrated with big data streaming for reviewing mining compliance issues, inspecting overhead towers, measuring stockpiles, delivering mine samples from remote regions, and multi-use of 3D mapping.