Westpac Little Ripper Drones Keep Watch over Blackmores Bilgola Swim
Westpac Little Ripper drones were on duty again this year at the Blackmores Bilgola swim, keeping watch of the swimmers taking part in this iconic event. Thanks to Marcus Blackmore for his continued support through Blackmores sponsorship of the event, his home beach and through the Little Ripper he donated last year. Blackmores Bilgola Surf […]
Safety from the sky: Shark spotting drones rolled out across Australia
By Liam Phelan 19 December 2018 — 4:51pm The Sydney Morning Herald – exclusive What do you do when you become the killer shark capital of the world, have to ban residents and visitors from even entering the water and your tourism industry goes into freefall? The answer, in the case of Reunion Island in […]
SLSA benefits from 3 years of Research & Development by The Ripper Group.
Our sponsor Westpac partners with Surf Life Saving Australia to put more eyes in the sky over Aussie coastline this summer. This new program follows on from Westpac’s three year partnership of the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drones in NSW and QLD, and 45 year partnership with Westpac Lifesaver Rescue Helicopter Service. The Ripper […]
Surf Life Saving Queensland and Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver rescue 9 News presenter
Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drones and our partner’s Surf Life Saving Queensland on patrol this summer. 9 News anchor, Andrew Lofthouse get rescued by this proven cutting edge technology on the Sunshine Coast this week. https://www.facebook.com/9NewsQueensland/videos/678677459167556/
Developer reveals plans for emergency response drone
A GROUNDBREAKING plan to see the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone technology deliver blood and medical supplies is being developed in Norwest. Jake McCallum, Hills Shire Times September 18, 2018 12:00am The unmanned drone program, the brainchild of developers Mulpha Norwest and The Ripper Group, is being explored following the success of the Westpac Little […]
Incredibly accurate shark spotting drone keeping Aussie beach goers safe
Natasha Christian, Reporter, News Corp Australia Network September 6, 2018 12:26pm WORLD first, Australian made AI is making waves in the tech circuit as a reliable assistant in search and rescue operations and it could be the solution needed to replace controversial shark nets used at some east coast beaches in the future. The lifesaving […]
Lifesaving drones can detect sharks from other marine life
By Mark Burrows • Reporter Channel 9 – News – 7:11pm Sep 4, 2018 They’re the constantly-learning shark spotters that will return to our skies smarter than ever this month in a bid to keep beachgoers safe. The Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone, which won a national innovation award last week, is fitted with a […]
National iAwards Winner – Artificial Intelligence Innovation of the Year – 2018
The Ripper Group and University of Technology Sydney(UTS) in a highly successful collaborative partnership have done the top award in Melbourne this week for the National Award for the iAwards Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning Innovation of the Year. This was for the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver and SharkSpotter© AI algorithm which was developed collaboratively with University of […]
Australia’s First Female Aboriginal Search and Rescue UAV Pilot
Meet Australia’s first female aboriginal search & rescue drone pilot – 23 year Rajarni Gibson of Fingal in New South Wales, Australia. Rajarni was part of a team of 9 aboriginal pilots from the Coodjinburra Clan of the Bundjalung Tribe that were trained in August 2018. The history of Fingal’s Indigenous people helping save life goes […]
The World’s Oldest Living Culture Embraces Hi Tech Skills To Save Lives
The Juraki Surf Culture group from Fingal in New South Wales Australia newly trained indigenous UAV pilots – Kevin Slabb, Joel Slabb, Aubrey Phillips, Clinton Penola, Kyle Slabb, Elijah Slabb, Kaleb Slabb, Malachi Urquhart, Rajarni Gibson and Budjerah Slabb with the Westpac Little Ripper team – Eddie Bennet-Ripper Group CEO, Ben Trollope, Michale Kirby, Sam […]
The Drone Leader Newsletter
Welcome to the first edition of our newsletter “The Drone Leader” – keeping you up to date with all the latest drone news, events and technology. We’re breaking new ground as we take our passion for community forward.
London Science Museum features our SharkSpotter™
London Science Museum featured the Westpac Little Ripper drones in this clip featuring the SharkSpotter Algorithm developed with our partner – UTS – University of Technology – Sydney.
Australia leading the way for Drone use
Al Jazeera’s Andrew Thomas reports from Mooloolaba “Later this year, during the Southern Hemisphere summer, Westpac Little Ripper drones will be used to help rescue stranded swimmers and to spot sharks that might be getting a little too close for comfort.”
🇦🇺 Australia to use drones to help rescue stranded swimmers | Al Jazeera English
Australia to use drones to help rescue stranded swimmers BY ANDREW THOMAS – Al Jazeera – JUNE 30, 2018 Later this year, drones will be used to help rescue stranded swimmers and to spot sharks that might be getting a little too close for comfort. Every day in Australia, 30 people are rescued from drowning. […]
Sharkspotter™ Wins the Triple Crown of Industry Awards
The Ripper Group and University of Technology were big winners at the Australian Information Industry Association awards taking out three main categories for the Sharkspotter™ technology. This is the first time in its 25-year history that a single entity has won the Triple Crown.
Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver for Port Macquarie
Naturally Sugar Free pioneer Nexba announced its support of the Port Macquarie region by donating a Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone to the Surf Life Saving New South Wales Mid North Branch. Six volunteer surf life savers will be trained as remote pilots at the Ripper Aviation Academy.
A Current Affair – Reporter experiences a real life rescue. with Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver
Channel 9’s A Current Affair reporter Harry Clark gets up close and personal with the incredible capabilities of the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone in a real life rescue.
BBC Profiles the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver
Our little rescue drone is making big news. “BBC Click” broadcast a 7 minutes segment featuring the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver Drone and went into details about “Sharkspotter” shark recognition and our world-first drone rescue in Lennox Head
World’s first surf rescue by a drone – Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver
The Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver, Australia’s most successful and famous drone, executing the world’s first surf rescue by a drone in January 18, this year when two young men got swept out to sea at Lennox Head and the Westpac Little Ripper drone was deployed to drop it’s SOS marine pod to the boys. The […]