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Little Ripper deploys croc-spotting AI drones ZDNet


The same artificial intelligence (AI) drone technology that the Little Ripper Group used for its shark detection drones is now being used to spot crocodiles in Queensland. Little Ripper Group co-founder Paul Scully-Power said the company was approached by the Queensland government to help keep beachgoers safe in the water and on land from crocodiles. "The Queensland government said, 'Hey do we have a challenge for you and asked can you spot crocodiles for us?' Crocodiles are slinky people that like dark, muddy water, so we took on that challenge," he said. The launch of the crocodile-spotting drones follows on from a trial that was carried out between Surf Life Saving Queensland and the Little Ripper Group to identify, monitor, and track the movement of crocodiles in November. The drone technology, dubbed the Little Ripper and designed together with the University of Technology Sydney, uses an AI system that was originally designed to detect sharks in real-time.

AU$8m fleet of shark-spotting drones and drumlines for the NSW coastline


In a bid to protect beachgoers from the animals that live in the water they're entering, the New South Wales government will spend AU$8 million on a new strategy that includes a fleet of shark-spotting drones to patrol the state's coastline. Minister for Agriculture Adam Marshall is calling the strategy "shark management" and said it is based on five years of scientific research into shark behaviour and the most effective ways to protect beachgoers. "As a government, our number one priority is keeping people at our beaches safe and that's why we're rolling out a revamped strategy to reduce the risk of shark attacks," Marshall said on Wednesday. "Our world-leading research showed SMART drumlines and drones are the most effective detection and surveillance tools." The government, in partnership with Surf Life Saving NSW, will deploy new drones at 34 beaches across the state and deploy 35 SMART drumlines in locations deemed high-risk along the state's north coast.

Australia's shark-detecting drones to protect swimmers

Daily Mail - Science & tech

A drone that can spot sharks and warn people has been developed by Australian researchers. The battery powered, unmanned drone uses an artificial intelligence technology to identify sharks and send out a safety warning through a megaphone. The drones will be used to patrol many main beaches in Australia from the summer of 2017 or 2018. The battery powered, unmanned drones uses an artificial intelligence technology to identify sharks and send out a safety warning through a megaphone. The drone works via real time analysis of overhead footage, and information can be relayed immediately to emergency services, beach lifeguards and beach users to help make safe decisions about getting into the water.

Artificial Intelligence-backed drones used to spot crocs and sharks


Many fear the potential for Artificial Intelligence (AI) to be weaponised against humanity, but Australian lifesavers are showcasing the positive power of the technology with a drone that can prevent crocodile attacks. On Thursday, lifesavers in Queensland demonstrated how a drone backed by a'CrocSpotter' AI-algorithm can reveal the presence of crocs before they become a danger to humans. Developed by researchers from the University of Technology Sydney (UTS) in collaboration with Westpac Little Ripper and Amazon Web Services, the technology was initially designed to protect beachgoers from sharks. CrocSpotter and SharkSpotter are two of five'spotter' AI algorithms developed by The Ripper Group and UTS. In 2018, a Westpac Little Ripper drone performed the world's first rescue by a drone at Lennox Head in NSW, dropping an inflatable pod to save two teenagers in massive surf.