Smart Henges Sensor Integration

Smart Henges Sensor Integration

SAPHI has been working closely alongside the City of Newcastle, FASTLAB and the team at Design Anthology to integrate various sensors into Newcastle’s latest smart cities initiative, ‘The Smart Henges Project’.

Project Background

The intent behind the Smart Henges project was to create interactive digital experiences in three major locations across Newcastle’s CBD as part of the City of Newcastle’s Night Spaces initiative. The project is an exercise in the concept that the more people there are in a space, the safer it will be. 

 

The purpose-built systems are designed to encourage engagement via playful interactions that foster well-being in the community. The secondary intent of the project was to collect anonymised data that can be used for the further development of smart technologies. 

What Was The Problem?

To encourage the community’s engagement with the Smart Henges, the City of Newcastle wanted the systems to come alive when a person was within a predefined proximity of the systems. Additionally, they wanted to record data about the frequency and duration of each engagement.

What Was The Solution?

The solution would come in the form of integrating a series of proximity sensors into the existing infrastructure that would be programmed to trigger music and animations when a person approached.

 

SAPHI analysed, procured and tested a range of proximity sensors to identify the most suitable options for the project. Once selected, our team developed custom software to integrate them into the systems and trigger pre-developed animations and music as well as capturing data on the number and length of interactions.

 

SAPHI also optimised the power management to achieve a 60% reduction in power usage.

What Were The Outcomes?

The high-level outcomes for the project were as follows:

 

  • Automated interactions
  • 60% reduction in power usage
  • Safer night-time spaces
  • Improved community engagement
  • Improved look and feel of public spaces

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

The tech and experience required for this job included a broad range of skills from our team of computer, electrical and software engineers, including:

 

  • Embedded C programming language
  • Sensor integration
  • Solar and power optimisation
  • Zephyr operating system

What Support Did SAPHI Offer After Completion?

SAPHI provides customised packages to support the full system development life cycle and implementation of upgrades to support the evolving needs of our clients and their customers.

 

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SIMPACT

SIMPACT

SAPHI is the technical integration lead for Australia’s largest smart green infrastructure project (SIMPACT) using irrigation, IoT sensors and AI to reduce the ambient temperature of Sydney Olympic Park.

SIMPACT

SIMPACT Project Background

Dubbed SIMPACT (Smart Irrigation Management for Parks and Cool Towns), the project is a collaboration between the NSW Government, several universities and private industry to address the growing problem of heat islands in cities.

The project aims to leverage irrigation, IoT devices and artificial intelligence to cool the park’s microclimate for residents and visitors.

What Was The Problem?

The SIMPACT project requires a significant amount of hardware and software infrastructure to be developed, deployed and integrated to achieve its goal. With several industry partners, each delivering a specific piece of hardware and software, the client needed a technical lead who understood both the hardware and software components to develop an integrated solution.

What Was The Solution?

The engineering team at SAPHI was selected as the technical integration lead to provide the needed guidance and expertise to integrate each component within the system. Our team is managing the development, delivery and integration activities of the SIMPACT project to ensure the objectives are met.

What Are The SIMPACT Objectives?

The SIMPACT project has several major objectives including:

  • 4-degree reduction in temperature
  • 15% reduction in water usage within the first year
  • Fully automated irrigation management

What Support Does SAPHI Offer After Completion?

SAPHI provides customised packages to support the full system development life cycle and implementation of upgrades to support the evolving needs of our clients and their customers.

 

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Automated Crane Load Levelling System

Automated Crane Load Levelling System

SAPHI developed a custom automated crane load levelling system for a mechanical engineering firm in Queensland to stablilise large loads when in movement.

Automated Crane load levelling system

What Was The Problem?

Our client was relying on the manual control of crane operators to maintain the stability of the load throughout movement. This process was unreliable and posed safety risks to both employees and the assets being transported.

What Was The Solution?

The engineering team at SAPHI developed a custom automated crane load levelling system built into the crane’s hook, preventing the load from slipping via real-time variable tilt control. 

What Were The Outcomes?

  • Significant safety improvements
  • Improved system reliability
  • Improved workshop efficiency 

What Support Did SAPHI Offer After Completion?

SAPHI provides customised support packages to manage the full system life cycle from ongoing maintenance through to the design and implementation of upgrades to support the evolving needs of our clients and their customers.

 

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Remote Controlled Irrigation System

Remote Controlled Irrigation System

SAPHI produced a scalable remote controlled irrigation system for an established Australian Agri company to innovate the way irrigation is currently implemented and managed.

Remote control irrigation system

What Was The Problem?

An established Agri company approached our team looking for a better solution to existing irrigation systems. Our client wanted us to provide an alternative method of irrigation control that didn’t require a physical connection and remove the immense amount of trenching needed to lay those connections.

What Was The Solution?

The engineering team at SAPHI developed a low powered remote controlled irrigation system to enable our client’s customers to control their farm’s irrigation activities remotely. Our team designed the system for scale and successfully achieved a per-unit cost that was attractive to the market.

What Were The Outcomes?

  • Thousands saved in trenching & cabling
  • Reductions in water usage
  • Improved system reliability
  • A scalable product line

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

The tech and experience required for this job included a broad range of skills from our team of computer, electrical and software engineers, including:

  • Embedded microcontroller development
  • Encrypted RF communication development
  • Solar & battery power integration
  • Low power device analysis
  • Custom PCB design & implementation

What Support Did SAPHI Offer After Completion?

SAPHI provides customised support packages to manage the full system life cycle from ongoing maintenance through to the design and implementation of upgrades to support the evolving needs of our clients and their customers.

 

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Software For Predictive Analytics

Software For Predictive Analytics

SAPHI have been delivering software for predictive analytics to companies around the world. These powerful algorithms for predictive analytics have been proven to detect failures up to six days in advance, significantly reducing overall downtime of assets.

Software for predictive analytics

Who Was Our Client?

BHP is a world-leading resources company. They specialise in the extraction and processing of minerals, oil and gas, with their products being sold worldwide. 

What Was The Problem?

As with most companies that rely on machinery, BHP was looking for ways to reduce the overall downtime of their assets. They noticed that vehicles and machinery would malfunction at irregular periods, sometimes immediately after a scheduled service. To address this, BHP began exploring the use of powerful software for predictive analytics.

What Was The Solution?

BHP partnered with SAPHI, Reliability Extranet and Sorba to integrate powerful algorithms for predictive analytics that both technical and non-technical people could operate with ease. The system analysed CAN Bus data extracted via our custom CAN Bus Sniffer System and is able to detect failures up to six days in advance.

What Were The Outcomes?

The outcomes as a result of this innovative software for predictive analytics included:

  • Predicting failures up to 6 days in advance
  • Significant reduction in downtime
    Increase productivity
  • Significant financial and time savings
  • Reduced maintenance cost
  • Improved data quality for decision making

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

The tech stack and experience required for the AI imaging system included a broad range of skills, including:

  • Network configuration
  • Electrical device & wiring specification
  • Hardware assembly
  • Software testing & configuration

What Support Did SAPHI Offer?

SAPHI provides a range of customisable support plans and packages to ensure your systems continue evolving and adapting with the times. Our team will develop a support plan that suits your needs, from maintenance to upgrades.

 

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Underground Development Charging System

Underground Development Charging System

SAPHI plays an integral role in developing Orica’s latest product, Avatel – the most advanced underground development charging system ever designed. 

Underground Development Charging System

Who Is Our Client?

Orica is the world’s largest provider of commercial explosives and innovative blasting systems to the mining, quarrying, oil and gas and construction markets, a leading supplier of sodium cyanide for gold extraction, and a specialist provider of ground support services in mining and tunnelling.

What Was The Problem?

Ordinarily, to conduct an underground explosion, a technician would be required to approach the mine face using a cherry picker and manually feed the explosives into the mine face. Avatel revolutionises this process by enabling the technician to remain in the vehicle’s cab.

 

The engineering team at SAPHI plays a lead role in the development of the low-level control code that remotely delivers the explosives as well as software for the implementation of the user interface and 3rd party app integration into the control system. SAPHI continues to support, maintain and upgrade the software to ensure the ongoing success of the system.

What Was The Solution?

The engineering team at SAPHI plays an integral role in the development of the low-level control code, implementation of the user interface, 3rd party app integration into the control system. SAPHI continues to support, maintain and upgrade the software to ensure the ongoing success of the system.

What Were The Outcomes?

  • Improved advance rates through continued safe access
    even in challenging conditions
  • Eliminating redundant face support systems
  • Reduced downtime
  • Significant safety improvements

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

The tech stack and experience required for this job included a broad range of skills from our team of computer, electrical and software engineers, including:

  • LabVIEW Real-Time
  • FPGA Code
  • API Development
  • Adobe XD Mockup Translation
  • No SQL Database Design Implementation

What Support Did SAPHI Offer After Completion?

SAPHI has a support contract with Orica and has been providing on-going support and maintenance since 2017.

 

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Automated Test System

Automated Test System

Our team at SAPHI designed and developed an automated test system for Ampcontrol to use to reliably and efficiently test their new products throughout the assembly line

Automated test system

Who Was Our Client?

Ampcontrol is a global company that delivers integrated electrical, electronic and control solutions to improve safety and efficiency in mining, renewable, infrastructure and industrial applications.

What Was The Problem?

Ampcontrol has a production line for manufacturing its products and was experiencing efficiency problems when testing through the assembly line. Ampcontrol reached out to our team to make this process more efficient.

What Was The Solution?

The team at SAPHI developed an automated test system using LabVIEW and TestStand combined with custom PCB design and manufacture. Our engineers designed the system to test one of Ampcontrol’s products to Australian standards automatically.

What Were The Outcomes?

Our custom solution provided an array of benefits for Ampcontrol, including: 

  • Improved product quality
  • Improved fault finding
  • Improved reliability
  • Reduced manufacturing time

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

The tech stack and experience required to construct the automated test system included:

  • Test Jig PCB Design 
  • Hardware Specification
  • Test System Control Software
  • Test Sequencing Software for Unit Tests
  • PCB development
  • Jig wiring and installation
  • Test system commissioning and documentation

What Support Did SAPHI Offer?

We are so confident in the quality of our solutions that we provide 12-months free ongoing support for all in-scope items for all our projects.

 

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Tide Monitoring System

Tide Monitoring System

Our team at SAPHI developed a tide monitoring system for a major port in Australia to inform incoming and outgoing cargo ships of the fluctuating tide levels to ensure safe passage into and out of the port

TIde monitoring system

Who Was Our Client

SAPHI’s client was a major port in Australia that is responsible for over 100 billion tons of cargo and contributing over 100 billion in gross state product each year

What Was The Problem?

Our client required a new tide monitoring system that leveraged the existing communication protocol for more efficient communication between the port and vessels.

What Was The Solution?

Our team at SAPHI developed a tide monitoring system to collect and transmit tide levels to all incoming and outcoming ships. The system utilised a tide sensor to record water levels before sending the data to a cloud database before being queried using a closed API and converting the data into the correct format for communication to the vessels’ radio.

What Were The Outcomes?

  • Improved communications between port and vessels
  • Digitalisation of data
  • Modernisation of communication protocols

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

The tech stack and experience required for the AI imaging system included a broad range of skills, including:

  • API development for querying data
  • FTP integration to store tide data
  • RS232 for communicating the data to vessels
  • Systems integration to tie together all hardware and software components of the system
  • CLI app for querying historic tide data and generating CSV files

What Support Did SAPHI Offer?

We are so confident in the quality of our solutions that we provide 12-months free ongoing support for all in-scope items for all our projects.

 

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GPS-Denied Proximity Detection System

GPS-Denied Proximity Detection System

Our engineering team at SAPHI developed a GPS-denied proximity detection system used to avoid collisions between assets. The asset tracking system using IoT leverages the latest in location detection technology that is 20x more precise than traditional GPS. Read on to find out more.

GPS denied proximity detection system

What Was The Problem?

Our client required a precise proximity detection system for deployment in remote locations with no GPS access. 

What Was The Solution?

Our experienced engineers developed an advanced asset tracking system using IoT that leverages the latest in GPS-denied location tracking technology that is 20x more precise than traditional GPS. Along with asset tracking functionality, we programmed the end product to perform as a proximity detection system to prevent collisions between assets.

What Were The Outcomes?

The custom proximity detection system delivers an array of benefits and advantages over traditional proximity detection systems, including:

  • 20x more precise than GPS 
  • Improved performance reliability
  • Ability to function in GPS denied locations (inside, underground, remote locations etc.)

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

SAPHI leveraged its broad expertise across both hardware and software to develop the bespoke solution including:

    • JavaScript – to program the logic that determines the positions of various assets in space
    • Ultra-wideband – for GPS denied location tracking
    • Real-time operating systems 
    • Angular – used to develop the web app for configuring settings

What Support Did SAPHI Offer?

We are so confident in the quality of our solutions that we provide 12-months free ongoing support for all in-scope items for all our projects.

Do You Have A Similar Need?

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Testing Smart City IoT Sensors

Testing Smart City IoT Sensors

Through testing smart city IoT sensors, our team saved the City of Newcastle over $100 000.00 by uncovering hidden, hard to detect problems with the devices they wanted to deploy throughout the city.

Testing smart city iot sensors

Who Was Our Client?

City of Newcastle is a local government authority in NSW, Australia. Council employees over 900 staff helping residents and visitors live, work and play in Newcastle. Newcastle has six beaches, two ocean baths, five inland pools, 630km of footpaths, 350 parks and fields, 118 playgrounds, 634 buildings and structures, 798.5km of roads and plenty more. Council also manages Newcastle Art Gallery, Newcastle Museum, Civic Theatre and nine branch libraries.

What Was The Problem?

As an innovative smart city, the City of Newcastle has implemented several initiatives leveraging the latest IoT technology to improve how the city operates. The City of Newcastle engaged our team at SAPHI when they were looking to procure a large volume of sensors from a national provider. They needed a specialist team with the domain knowledge and expertise to configure and test these devices to ensure they met the specifications they claimed before purchasing.

What Was The Solution?

As specialists in both hardware and software and with close relationships with local government, we are a trusted source for testing smart city IoT sensors. Our team conducted a series of experiments following strict protocols to rigorously test the reliability and functionality of each device type before compiling the information into a formal report for the council’s review.

Results from testing indicated that 50% of the devices failed to live up to expectations. Our findings saved the council over $100 000.00, which was then reallocated to activities that benefited the city.

What Were The Outcomes?

  • $100 000.00 saved 
  • Additional expenditure savings for labour required to deploy the sensors

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

The tech stack and experience required for the testing included:

    • Scientific testing methodology 
    • Hardware configuration

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