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New crocodile spotting drone unveiled in Australia

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 26, 2019 13:50

New crocodile spotting drone unveiled in Australia

A new drone service designed to spot crocodiles and used to protect tourists from them was unveiled in Australia. The project to create a crocodile-spotting drone was initiated by the Queensland state government following the privately owned Ripper Group’s success in using drones that can identify sharks in northern New South Wales. The Westpac Little Ripper 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 trained to separate crocodiles from mangroves in northern Queensland’s dense rainforest areas, something the ocean drones do not have to contend with. Queensland government data shows that 11 crocodile attacks have taken place since 2011, with the most recent fatal attack occurring in 2017 in the popular holiday area of Port Douglas, in the north of the state near the Great Barrier Reef.

ITN News Editor
By ITN News Editor September 26, 2019 13:50