Brisbane Airport Corporation Expands use of Artificial Intelligence to reduce emissions

Brisbane Airport Corporation Expands use of Artificial Intelligence to reduce emissions

BrainBox AI, a pioneering leader in autonomous building technology, today announced its agreement with the Brisbane Airport Corporation Pty Limited (BAC) to expand its revolutionary artificial intelligence (AI) technology across multiple precincts of Brisbane International Airport.

This follows a successful trial of BrainBox AI’s technology in a select area of the Brisbane Airport property (BNE).

The results yielded from the pilot were significant with a 12% decrease in HVAC (heating, ventilation, and air conditioning) system energy usage, 17% reduction in building equipment run-time, and zero comfort-related customer complaints during the six-month pilot. These impressive results bolstered BAC’s confidence in BrainBox AI’s core product, enabling the AI’s installation in other areas of the airport. 

Brisbane Airport Corporation, the operator of Brisbane Airport (BNE), is committed to 2030 Sustainability Targets to address carbon, energy, water, and waste impacts.

Derek Boo, Head of Asset Optimisation of Brisbane Airport Corporation spoke about the airport’s approach to innovation.

“We are committed to achieving our sustainability targets and experimenting and adopting new technologies which can assist in reducing energy use that ultimately contributes to carbon emission reductions – this is one of the ways we’ll meet our goals. Based on our successful trial with BrainBox AI, we have identified several other opportunities to scale the program and we are looking forward to seeing the results.”

Using deep learning, cloud-based computing, and its bespoke proprietary process, BrainBox AI’s engine autonomously optimizes the building’s existing heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) system. With the technology, buildings can benefit from a decrease in their carbon footprint, reduction in HVAC energy costs, and extension of HVAC equipment life.

This installation marks a first for BrainBox AI; its official launch into the aviation industry. It is a pattern that Sam Ramadori, CEO of BrainBox AI would like to see repeated across more of the aviation sector given the size of these facilities.  

“In a world first, Brisbane Airport Corporation is the pioneer among international airport operators in terms of using autonomous AI to reduce emissions at its facilities,”

“We know that airports are significant users of energy, and we also know that across the globe, corporate users and the public alike want to see significant reductions in emissions at these large sites. BrainBox AI is a powerful yet painless way to achieve those reductions. The approved expansion of our technology is a positive step forward in what we hope will be a deep and lasting partnership between us and the sustainability-minded team at Brisbane Airport Corporation.”

For the Brisbane Airport Corporation, the decision to deploy BrainBox AI’s tech in the airport service centre fully aligned with its sustainable development strategy. Furthering its position as industry leaders in the sector; making impactful strides in the fight against climate change.

Since its launch in May 2019, BrainBox AI now manages over 100 million square feet of commercial real estate across 21 countries. This initial step into the aviation space for BrainBox AI marks yet another milestone in the expansion of the company’s footprint into various sectors. 

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New $142.2 million roadmap to drive Queensland’s innovation economy

New $142.2 million roadmap to drive Queensland’s innovation economy

The Queensland Government have officially launched the new $142 million Advance Queensland – Innovation for a Future Economy 2022-2032 roadmap.

This new roadmap builds on the success of the existing Advance Queensland innovation agenda, setting out Queensland’s innovation priorities to drive knowledge jobs in the lead up to the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games in Brisbane.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk made the announcement at a special Cabinet meeting at The Precinct in Fortitude Valley – home to the Queensland AI Hub.

“When we started on the Advance Queensland journey back in 2015, our aim was to drive innovation, entrepreneurship and jobs to engage in the emerging global future economy,” the Premier said.

“That includes things like the internet of things, artificial intelligence, robotics and biotechnology – that in effect are producing a range of new and interconnected industries, including circular, renewable energy, personalised health, biofutures, and digital economies.

“Since then, we’ve invested $755 million, in turn leveraging $988 million from industry partners and supporting more than 27,000 jobs in the state, of which over 11,400 are in the regions.

“Innovation and entrepreneurship are crucial as economies are fundamentally being transformed by major technological shifts – from AI to biotechnology. Places like Silicon Valley and companies such as Airbnb and Tesla.

“We have to continue to innovate and grow and to capitalise on the success of Advance Queensland initiatives to accelerate economic growth opportunities for Queensland in the lead up to Brisbane 2032.

“We also want to continue to reverse the brain drain. We want to build on Queensland’s enviable lifestyle as a strategic advantage to us being able to help get our smartest people back here.

“Today’s roadmap builds on that.”

The $142.2 million in funding includes:

    • $100 million over 3 years for new and existing programs under Advance Queensland.
    • $15 million for the Queensland Innovation Precincts and Places Strategy and Action Plan
    • $10.2 million for the Innovation Action Plan and Office of the Chief Entrepreneur, and
    • $17 million for Department of Environment and Science to support priority industry-science centres of excellence and partnerships and accelerate university commercialisation.

Advance Queensland initiative is designed to harness the innovation of Queenslanders to grow jobs and exports as the Beattie Government’s Smart State has with biotechnology research and infrastructure. 

For more information: https://advance.qld.gov.au/innovation-future-economy

AI In Action | Accelerating Neurological Rehabilitation

AI In Action | Accelerating Neurological Rehabilitation

Case in point. Researchers at The University of Queensland are using AI – embodied in robotics and virtual reality (VR) – to better understand and accelerate neurological recovery after stroke.

“We have to think of AI not just as artificial intelligence, but rather as augmenting human intelligence,” says Dr Alejandro Melendez-Calderon, an expert in human augmentation technologies used in medicine (robotics and wearable devices).

His research focuses on use of robots, incorporating computer vision and AI, to detect small changes associated with neurological recovery that are difficult for humans to quantify.

“We want to augment human capabilities, through AI, by extending the ability of physical therapists to capture changes in recovery that are difficult to detect with current methods,” Dr Melendez-Calderon said.

“AI should not be viewed as taking people’s jobs. It’s a transformative technology that can complement and improve the way health professionals perform their current jobs.”

Similarly, his colleague, Dr Antonio Padilha Lanari Bo, credits AI as the enabler for VR to be introduced into clinical rehabilitation.

“AI has enabled the development of VR headsets so interaction with the virtual environment is done with your bare hands,” said Dr Bo. He is currently leading a research trial at Metro North Health in collaboration with Herston Biofabrication Institute and Royal Brisbane and Women’s Hospital.

As Dr Bo explains, AI not only tracks hand and finger movements (without the need for sensors or controllers), but can adapt rehabilitation tasks in a virtual environment to best suit individual patients’ abilities and progress.

“It definitely means that rehabilitation will be accelerated, and patients may be able to achieve levels of recovery that were not possible before,” he said.

Special thanks to Drs. Alejandro Melendez-Calderon (pictured above) and Antonio Padilha Lanari Bo (pictured below) for visiting Queensland AI Hub to demonstrate AI in action to better understand and accelerate neurological rehabilitation.

Keen to find out more?

The ‘AI in Action’ research projects featured in this video fall under the Biomedical Engineering Group within The University of Queensland’s School of Information Technology and Electrical Engineering.

About the Queensland AI Hub

Queensland AI Hub exists to cement Queensland’s status as a national and international leader in AI-enabled social, economic and workplace positive transformation. We do this by connecting Queensland’s AI ecosystem and championing the AI community, ensuring the widest collective of stakeholders (AI creators, investors, industry, government, communities) have the right skills and support to understand and implement AI at scale.

AI in Action | KardiaMobile

AI in Action | KardiaMobile

Gold Coast-based company Alive Technologies has developed the world’s #1 personal electrocardiogram (ECG), KardiaMobile.

Easily operated via a smartphone – in just 30 seconds – there’s no question this cutting-edge device goes to the very heart of why AI matters.

Recognised as the most clinically validated (FDA-cleared) personal ECG, it’s been used over 20 million times and counting. It enables people to live their lives to the fullest by providing an early warning sign of a potential heart condition, like atrial fibrillation (irregular heart rate) which increases the risk of stroke five-fold.

“A lot of conditions like atrial fibrillation may not have any symptoms,” says Alive Technologies CEO Bruce Satchwell, an experienced electronics designer, biomedical engineer and innovator.

“With the right data you can get an early warning of the fact you have a medical condition that can be treated.”

A case of AI in action. Anywhere. Anytime.

Heartfelt thanks to Bruce for visiting Queensland AI Hub to demonstrate AI in Action via the globally acclaimed KardiaMobile device. Something that clearly caught the attention of Queensland’s Innovation Minister Stirling Hinchliffe. 

Keen to find out more?  

Learn more about Alive Technologies’ development of KardiaMobile here.

About the Queensland AI Hub

Queensland AI Hub exists to cement Queensland’s status as a national and international leader in AI-enabled social, economic and workplace positive transformation. We do this by connecting Queensland’s AI ecosystem and championing the AI community, ensuring the widest collective of stakeholders (AI creators, investors, industry, government, communities) have the right skills and support to understand and implement AI at scale.

AI in Action | Emesent’s Hovermap

AI in Action | Emesent’s Hovermap

How do we safely and accurately explore dangerous and/or inaccessible environments without putting lives at risk? Think, areas hit by natural disasters, like earthquakes, to challenging work sites including underground mines, civil construction works or telecommunications infrastructure.

Brisbane-based company – and CSIRO spin-out – Emesent has developed the world’s first ‘plug-and-play payload’, Hovermap, enabling industrial drones to navigate, map and collect valuable data in challenging, GPS-denied environments.

Their super smart, mobile LiDAR mapping solution, which won a 2019 Good Design Australia Award (Commercial and Industrial Product category), can also be attached to vehicles and even backpacks for walking scans.

A case of AI in action. Anywhere. Anytime (day or night).

Keen to find out more?  

Learn more about Hovermap here.

About the Queensland AI Hub

Queensland AI Hub exists to cement Queensland’s status as a national and international leader in AI-enabled social, economic and workplace positive transformation. We do this by connecting Queensland’s AI ecosystem and championing the AI community, ensuring the widest collective of stakeholders (AI creators, investors, industry, government, communities) have the right skills and support to understand and implement AI at scale.