Amazon partners with Australian drone maker in croc-spotting drone programme


Ripper Group has partnered with Amazon to create a drone service that could protect tourists from crocodiles in holiday destinations.

Initiated by the government of the northeastern state of Queensland, the partnership comes after Ripper Group successfully used drones to identify sharks in neighbouring New South Wales.

According to a report from Reuters, the partnership with the Amazon unit Amazon Web Services, will help with development in the capability of the new drone service, including reducing delays in transmitting footage, Trollope added.

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Ben Trollope, chief exec of Westpac Little Ripper drones, told the news agency: “It gives them a second set of eyes over the top of the human element to try and make it safer for crocodiles and the humans. Amazon have been vital. They’ve opened up their whole capability, which has allowed us to quickly get to somewhere that could have taken quite a long time.”

The drones use an algorithm created with the University of Technology in Sydney that developers say can identify 16 different types of marine life and has an accuracy rate of 93%.

The algorithm is adjusted to separate crocodiles from mangroves in northern Queensland’s dense rainforest areas, a factor the ocean drones do not have to contend with.

The drones featured at the World of Drones Congress in Brisbane on Thursday, where images were beamed in from a demonstration at a Queensland crocodile park.

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