ROAD SAFETY Project
Robotic self-wheeling traffic cones and smart rumble strips will be trialled on CityLink to help boost safety for people working in live traffic, in a new initiative developed with Telstra.
Remote-controlled robotic traffic cones will be tested and if successful would remove the need for road workers to manually place or move cones when setting up or taking down road works or emergency zones in live traffic.
Sensors will also be used on traffic cones and rumble strips to test the ability to communicate in real-time with workers via a wearable device such as a vest, which would light up, vibrate and sound an alarm when a vehicle enters the worksite, so they can get out of danger.
Transurban Group Executive Victoria and Strategy, Wes Ballantine, said the trial will commence by the end of the year and will be done during routine maintenance closures of the Burnley and Domain tunnels to manage safety in a controlled environment.
“Road workers can be vulnerable in live traffic and we currently have 10,000 people working to build new roads and more lanes on our projects across the country who all deserve to get home safely,” he said.
MARINE ROBOTS Project
The Firetail team was asked to come up with a marine version of the Firetail Autopilot that can compete with the best on the world stage.
Did you know that It can be extremely difficult to carry out a marine survey with equipment that is not easily carried or operated, The Surfbee boats range from 1.2 Meters to 6 Meters and can carry up to 1 tonne.
Surfbee provides a flexible marine survey product that can be packed into a back pack and easily transported anywhere in the world.
CYCLONE RELIEF Project
An idea by two guys in a shed in Albury’ is capturing attention in the world of disaster response. Back in 2014, helicopter pilot Jack Hurley joined with a small team of engineers to create an unmanned aerial robot—also known as a UAR or drone—that could be used to quickly capture photos and data after a disaster like a flood or cyclone.
The Firetail is an Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) consisting of a low-cost foam wing and Australian-made and designed Firetail autopilot and application that enables both the collection and presentation of real-time geo-referenced images and maps for damage assessment. The Firetail folds into a standard backpack and can be deployed in a matter of minutes. The advantages of utilizing a mobile device is that geo-referenced images can be delivered in real time to our Firetail cloud anywhere in the world. Another advantage is that users can review stitched together geo-referenced images upon landing.
HANDHELD GIMBAL Project
Firetail was the first company in the world to develop a hand held brushless gimbal for the GoPro and Black Magic Pocket Cinema Camera. Gyromatic now Firetail was put on the map by launching a successful Indiegogo campaign. Firetail built a Gimbal for GoPro in the USA to film the GoPro 3 Intro video! Gyromatic is a Firetail owned business.
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