Tag: Queensland

Ruralco has partnered with MLA to conduct drone research

By Sharon O’Keeffe

A DRONE may soon be as common, and as useful,  as a cattle dog on Australian properties. 

Ruralco, procurement manager, Leonie Furze said Ruralco, along with partner Precision Hawke, is carrying out a research project with Meat and Livestock Australia (MLA) to investigate the future of drones.

“We are looking at how drones can assist beef cattle producers,” she said.

Ms Furze said the project involved surveying producers to crowdsource information on how drones could or should be used.

“We are finding activities like checking water points, fence lines and stock are the obvious uses,” she said.

Ms Furze said labour saving and workplace safety were potential benefits perceived by farmers of the technology.

Read More: Queensland Country Life

Boeing Chooses Queensland for Autonomous Systems Development Programme

Boeing has announced Queensland will be the home for its new autonomous systems development program, with the three-year “rapid innovation program” expected to see the aerospace giant develop autonomous systems capability to increase the independent operation of air and sea vehicles.

During a press briefing , Boeing Autonomous Systems vice president Chris Raymond said autonomy is expected to enter both the company’s existing and new products, and explained the partnership with the Queensland government will allow the regulatory creases to be ironed out in unison with the development of new tech.

The program, the biggest investment the company has made in autonomous systems outside of the United States, will focus heavily on the regulatory side, and has been built on the existing partnership the company has with the Shell-operated, Queensland government gas initiative.

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