Australia’s Digital Economy Strategy identifies 5 key areas as building blocks to help Australia become a world-leading digital economy by 2030. One of these areas is digital infrastructure, which includes the as a key deliverable. The goal is to maximise the benefits of 5G by leveraging other technologies such as the internet of things (IoT) and artificial intelligence (AI).
Round 1 recipients
Below we highlight some of the round 1 projects.
Wastewater pipe inspections — 5G and AI
The current system of inspecting wastewater pipes across Australia is manual, visual inspections. To create a faster and cheaper method, designed AI that detects problems with pipes. For the 5G funding, VAPAR combines its AI with 5G to deliver real-time AI inspections. The end result will be an improved public infrastructure and reduction in water costs.
project combines the 5G network with AI image processing and edge computing. High-definition video streams are set up, with AI counting the stock and a 5G edge network processing the counting on site so the real-time data can be delivered onto farmers’ devices.
- More than 50% reduction in costs to monitor assets
- Reduction in time to find and document assets that need maintenance
Salsa Digital’s take
5G has the power to open up many innovative applications using Australian digital infrastructure and high-speed mobile data. The supports this innovation within government and industries across Australia, as we roll out 5G. We’re also looking forward to seeing the round 2 successful projects.