Lifesaving drones can detect sharks from other marine life
The Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver drone, which won a national innovation award last week, is fitted with a SharkSpotter artificial intelligence (AI) algorithm to detect sharks from live video feeds, differentiating them from 16 other types of marine life.
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 Technology, Sydney. It follows on from the three category wins at the NSW State Awards recently.
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 by The Ripper Group.
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 trained by the Westpac Little Ripper team.
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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
Al Jazeera focuses on the Westpac Little Ripper drones and the cutting edge technology for search and rescue.
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 SOS marine pod inflated on contact with the water, and the two boys hung onto the inflatable device and were pushed safely to shore by the wave action.
INDIGENOUS RANGERS DRONE TRAINING WITH LITTLE RIPPER GROUP
The Little Ripper Group has just undertaken a major UAV training program with the Cape York Development Group working with indigenous rangers in the remote north of Queensland.
The rangers from Coen and Aurukun have undergone a UAV training program with specialist trainers from the Ripper Group.
THE SOUTHPORT SCHOOL – FIRST SCHOOL IN QLD OFFERING CASA APPROVED DRONE TRAINING AS PART OF SCHOOL CURRICULUM
TSS has partnered with the Westpac Little Ripper Group to offer students their Civil Aviation Safety Authority’s Remote Pilot Licence. Through Westpac Little Ripper’s CASA approved training course, TSS can offer an ‘in house’ theory modules through the Engineering Technology teacher, Mark Lockett. With this exciting new partnership TSS can provide the opportunity for students to sit their theory and practical flight exams and obtain their Remote Pilot License whilst at school.