Incredibly accurate shark spotting drone keeping Aussie beach goers safe
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 technology — SharkSpotter — is being used in the Westpac Little Ripper Lifesaver ‘smart drone’ to monitor Australian beaches from the sky and it’s able to find a needle in a haystack.
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.