CREATING WEALTH …
FOR COMPANIES AND PUBLIC AUTHORITIES, NICTA delivers demonstrable performance improvement that translates directly to your bottom line. We have an enviable portfolio of case studies where NICTA’s capabilities in solving complex optimisation challenges, making sense of the data deluge, identifying new opportunities through breakthrough computer vision techniques, and more, have already been well demonstrated:
Intelligent Fleet Logistics - Changing the game in the transport and logistics industries by developing better planning and scheduling technologies to more efficiently use transport assets and resources. New vehicle routing and logistics algorithms will reduce operational costs, reduce carbon footprint and help enable industry to meet the increasing freight demand with existing resources. The flexible and user-friendly way the technology can be configured is key to meeting client problems, and is used to develop improved strategies for fleet and asset management.
Automap - In the ever-growing GPS navigation market, consumers expect maps that are accurate and up-to-date. NICTA’s technology automatically analyses video to help update maps ensuring drivers can better rely on their GPS system to give them critical information from speed limits to traffic restrictions.
TruckOn - A proof-of-concept demonstrator showing wireless crash-avoidance technology to help prevent 'over-height' vehicles from colliding with tunnels and enclosed bridges.
Human Performance Modelling for Next Generation Traffic Management - Many ICT implementations in safety systems fail because the complex needs of users were not understood, or properly taken into account. To prevent such failures, we are developing techniques and tools for modelling users’ needs in the areas of healthcare and air traffic control, so they can be addressed early in development cycles.
Decision Support for Incident Management - NICTA and the NSW Transport Management Centre are collaborating to improve traffic incident handling through early prediction of clearance time and other crucial business factors. Using advanced Machine Learning techniques on historical incident handling data, patterns of normal and abnormal actions can be identified and used to provide decision support to operators, and efficient communication to the road users.
FOR INDUSTRY SECTORS, with you, we solve challenges at a ‘systems’ level – bringing together multiple disciplines to break traditional thinking:
Fraunhofer Project Centre - A collaboration between NICTA and Fraunhofer Institute for Experimental Software Engineering (IESE) on transport and logistics. We are combiming world-class research and technology development capabilities to make a real difference to the transport and logistics sector.
Future Logistics Living Lab - Australia's first Living Lab provides a platform for industry and research to work together, investigate real-world problems and demonstrate innovative technology that will provide transport and logistics solutions for the future. The Logistics Living Lab is driven by a group of logistics companies, research organisations, universities, and IT providers, working together to deliver innovation shaping the future of the international logistics industry. The Future Logistics Living Lab is a collaboration between NICTA and Fraunhofer Institute.
G12/Opturion - Delivering efficient infrastructure investment and next generation optimisation technologies for large, complex industrial, infrastructure, and network problems.
Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) - Cities are overcrowded. Congestion costs are expected to double by 2020 and 17% of all greenhouse emissions are caused by congestion. Cooperative Intelligent Transport Systems is the future direction of urban transport management. Transportation assets will be increasingly integrated with citywide electricity, security and building systems communicating through a wireless communications system. Travellers and goods carriers will have full knowledge of system performance and will be able to plan their journeys accordingly.
FOR NATIONS, NICTA is tackling some of the greater challenges facing Australia, our region and the world. Globally prominent issues where Australian ICT capabilities contribute include energy utilisation, mobility of people and goods through all modes of travel, and effective use of natural resources:
SmartGrid - Australia has a unique advantage in the area of smart grids and more broadly cyber-physical networks - traffic, water, gas. By using advanced ICT capabilities to manage power grids we can create the right future power grid for Australia. NICTA participates in the “Smart Grid, Smart City” (SGSC) project, combining advanced communication, sensing and metering infrastructure with the existing electricity network, through a consortium of local, state and national sector leaders. NICTA contributions will involve new technologies for distributed observation and prediction of grid status, plus new methods for enhancing network reliability based on work in network architectures, fault detection and prediction, and optimisation.
NICTA’s development of next generation power grids will provide detailed usage information to consumers and better management of renewable energy sources. The effects will be shifts in consumption away from peak times (leading to reduced capital intensity and infrastructure needs) and overall reductions in electricity usage, both of which will have significant environmental impacts.
Structural Health Monitoring - Monitoring the structural health of civil infrastructure – such as bridges – is typically reactive, time consuming and labour intensive. NICTA is moving to an automated, real-time monitoring of the structural elements of infrastructure, which enables preventative maintenance, and smart management of the structure. Our unique contributions include differential sensor systems, efficient communications networking, “Big Data’ management and machine learning expertise.
Total Port Logistics - Moving freight quickly and economically through our ports is critical to accommodate high forecast growth in freight movements. There is a growing need to ensure that both old and new infrastructure surrounding port, road and rail supply chains is fully integrated and optimised in the interests of stakeholders and the general public. NICTA capabilities can be used to analyse current and planned infrastructure to build an optimised model delivering direct productivity and profitability improvements for operators.
Data Driven Pipe Failure Prediction - More accurate pipe failure prediction and preventive condition assessment for Australia's urban water infrastructure has the potential to save over $400M annually on reactive repairs and maintenance, as well as better prioritise capital spending and minimise disruption to water supplies, transport and traffic. NICTA's Machine Learning techniques use existing and historical data to predict future failures in water networks with the aim of delivering cost savings to Australia's water utilities.