The federal government has announced Defence Innovation Hub grants of $10 million ti support development of artificial intelligence (AI) technologies and defence industry.
The investment supports the government’s new Blueprint for Critical Technologies and Action Plan, released by the Prime Minister yesterday, which included AI as one of nine listed critical technologies of national interest.
Minister for defence industry Melissa Price today announced a package she said would support jobs growth in the defence industry while navigating the challenges posed by the pandemic.
Price said: “These contracts will help develop exciting and new AI technologies.
“This will be achieved through the use of Defence’s intelligence mission data to improve situational awareness, and intelligent virtual reality to enhance simulation, modelling and training for our ADF personnel.
“Overall, these technologies have the potential to improve how our military train and operate.”
Among the successful proposals is the South Australian-based company Lumination.
It has been awarded a $1.9 million contract to develop an immersive visualisation platform using virtual reality and training simulation technology to provide highly realistic training scenario experiences.
New South Wales company Droneshield received a $945,000 contract to develop an agile software system with the potential to detect and relay unknown signals directly to the operator.
This would allow ADF personnel to focus on categorising unknown radio signals.
A $669,000 contract has been awarded to Victorian company Real Response to develop a highly realistic medical training simulator using AI.
Contracts announced today under the Defence Innovation Hub:
Lumination – Technology For Education Solutions Pty Ltd, $1.9 million to develop an immersive, portable visualisation platform
Simbiant Pty Ltd, $2.2 million for an AI radio frequency generation, detection, characterisation and classification system
Solinnov Pty Ltd, $1.4 million to develop a portable radio frequency monitoring solution
Droneshield Limited, $945,000 to develop an AI enabled software to detect and relay contact signals from multiple input feeds
Mellori Solution Pty Ltd, $920,000 for an innovative software application to automate radio frequency analysis from multiple sensors
Ignition Immersive Pty Ltd, $914,000 for the generation of photorealistic imagery in a virtual reality environment using AI
Real Response Pty Ltd, $669,000 to develop a highly realistic medical care training simulator using AI
CAE Australia Pty Ltd, $644,000 for a deployable augmented reality 3D virtual modelling tool
CruxML Pty Ltd, $946,000 for for a real-time Specific Emitter Identification system
Cirrus Real Time Processing Systems, $464,000 to develop an easily deployable Electronic Support Measure system.
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