Idea

Every year, Australia loses billions of dollars due to infrastructure failures, spends billions of dollars on inspecting its aging assets and loses some of its bravest men and women who take the risk to do this dangerous job.

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Dr Farid Kendoul and Dr Stefan Hrabar.

Utility companies and governments are turning to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to reduce costs and improve safety. However, current UAVs are ‘dumb and blind’ so require expert pilots and can’t fly in many places. Our solution is an intelligent UAV with advanced collision avoidance, non-GPS flight and accurate 3D mapping capabilities – all tailored to suit industrial inspection requirements.

Hovermap is the ultimate inspection tool of the future that can be used to safely and efficiently inspect hard-to-reach assets and collect extremely high fidelity data in previously unreachable places. It is suitable for inspecting telecommunication towers, bridges, power line assets and smoke stacks. This innovative technology will reduce risks, improve safety and efficiency and lower costs, all of which benefit customers and businesses.

Team

  • Stefan Hrabar : Principal research scientist with over 14 years of experience in UAV autonomy including collision avoidance and path planning.
  • Farid Kendoul : Senior research scientist with over 12 years experience in developing and evaluating autonomy technologies for UAVs.
  • Christian Richter : Product and project manager with rich experience in IT industry, innovation and business and tech transfer.
  • Lisa Devereaux : Business development manager with strong experience across broad based research, development and commercial environments.
  • Mike Zimmerman : Entrepreneur, CEO and investor/ board member with wide range of experience building technology companies.

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Andrew Bean:  My name’s Andrew Bean and I’m from the Health and Biosecurity Business Unit. 

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We’re developing new processes to help maximise vaccine production so that we’ll have cheaper vaccines that are available for all people. 

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Vaccine production uses methods that were developed in the 1920s and it’s now time to bring that into the 21st century. 

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At the start of the ON process we had a proof of concept idea but we didn’t know what its’ value was. 

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Flu vaccines are grown in eggs and using clever biology we’ve developed an egg that maximises vaccine production. 

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What ON did for us was to test that, to go out there and validate it. 

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It really gave us the impetus to develop it and expand it into a true product area where we could then interact with industry and that’s the phase we’re at right now. 

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We’re hoping to get the numbers that we need to go into industrial trials with some of the largest vaccine producers in the world.

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