Australia could soon use croc spotting drones to protect swimmers from attacks in a world first
- An Australian company is testing world-first crocodile drones in QLD
- The Ripper Group already uses life-saving surfing and shark spotting drones
- Drones use sensors and AI to accurately distinguish animals from other objects
Australia could soon use drones to protect swimmers from crocodile attacks in a world first.
New drones have been developed that are equipped with sensors and artificial intelligence that the animals can spot in their favorite dark water habitat.
They can distinguish the crocs from other marine life and objects such as tree trunks.
Drone company The Ripper Group, which previously built surf lifesaving and shark spotting drones, confirmed that it is currently testing croc-spotting technology in Far North Queensland.
The Ripper Group, which previously built surf lifesaving and shark spotting drones, confirmed that they are currently testing croc-spotting technology in Far North Queensland
An image of a crocodile captured by one of The Ripper Group's drones during testing
The company's chief operations officer, Ben Trollope, said the tests have been promising, but they still have to do work to refine the technology.
& # 39; Our teams in Far North Queensland conduct tests to collect more data and test a range of different senses and possibilities, & # 39; he said Triple J.
& # 39; The biggest problem for us is turbid water and the crocs can spend 45 minutes under water. & # 39;
& # 39; We have a range of different senses with water penetration ability and the ability to notice something else in the water that is different. But it is constantly evolving. & # 39;
From 1985 to 2017, a deadly crocodile attack has taken place in Queensland every three years.
The company planned to keep testing silent, but co-founder of the company and Australia's first astronaut, Dr. Paul Scully-Power, let the trial slip during the Amazon Web Services Public Sector Summit in Canberra on Wednesday.
The company has already used surf drinking and shark spotting in Queensland, New South Wales and Western Australia in the form of their Westpac Little Ripper Drones.
The AI on the drones is about six times better at scanning the water for sharks than in humans – with an accuracy of 93 percent.
A recent partnership with Amazon Web Services has reduced video latency on the drones from 10 seconds to less than a second – resulting in a huge leap for rescue operations where every second counts.
The company's chief operations officer, Ben Trollope, said that while the tests have been promising, they still have to do work to refine the technology
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