The group has announced the first three participants for round one of the government-backed geospatial intelligence program.
Late last year, local firms were invited to apply for funding to support the delivery of geospatial intelligence products for Defence and government via the Australian Geospatial-intelligence Organisation’s (AGO) Analytics Labs program.
The program — led by the AGO in partnership with Victorian not-for-profit FrontierSI — aims to improve AGO’s understanding of modern artificial intelligence and data analytics methods for mapping and imagery.
FrontierSI has announced the three successful participants for round one of the 2021 AGO Labs program — Orbica, NGIS and Xerra.
“FrontierSI has been delighted to partner with AGO on the AGO Labs program, which delivers ongoing investment into our geospatial and space-enabled industries,” said FrontierSI CEO Graeme Kernich said.
“The program outcomes will improve the way in which AGO and Department of Defence work with innovative companies to test new innovations and applications and develop solutions, all with the objective of strengthening partnerships to build geospatial intelligence capability.’’
Orbica, NGIS and Xerra representatives welcomed the opportunity to participate.
“The labs initiatives co-ordinated by FrontierSI provide a great mechanism for industry collaboration with government. Our team is excited to have the opportunity to innovate with object detection algorithms leveraging high cadence satellite imagery,” NGIS executive director Nathan Eaton commented.
Orbica CEO Kurt Janssen added, “Our team of geospatial and AI experts are excited to put the last three years of R&D to use. A core tenet of our vision is to automate intelligence from massive datasets to enhance real-time decision-making capabilities for our customers and partners.
“We believe this is a great opportunity for Australia and New Zealand to lead the world through collaboration and partnership.”
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A further three challenge topics are expected to be released in the second round of the 2021 AGO Labs Program, with FrontierSI scheduled to open submissions in April 2021.