AI-IVMS

AI-IVMS

SAPHI developed, integrated, and now manage a cutting-edge mining IVMS, powered by advanced AI models. Our system ensures operator safety and optimizes routes for maximum efficiency.

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What Was The Problem?

In the demanding environment of mining operations, safety and efficiency are paramount. One of our clients, a tier 1 mining company, faced significant challenges in ensuring the safety of their operators and optimizing transport routes within their mines. 

 

Their existing vehicle monitoring systems were outdated and lacked the real-time capabilities necessary to respond swiftly to hazardous conditions and operational inefficiencies. The client needed a solution that could provide real-time data in some of the most remote areas, enhance safety protocols, and optimize transportation routes to reduce fuel costs and improve productivity.

What Was The Solution?

To address these challenges, SAPHI implemented the Shellshock AI-IVMS (In-Vehicle Monitoring System), a sophisticated solution backed by the latest AI models. The Shellshock AI-IVMS was designed to provide real-time monitoring, ensuring both the safety of operators and the efficiency of mining operations.

 

Key features of the Shellshock AI-IVMS included:

  • Real-Time Monitoring: Continuous monitoring of vehicles and operators, providing instant alerts for hazardous conditions and equipment malfunctions.
  • Route Optimization: AI-driven route planning to optimize transport routes within the mine, reducing fuel costs and enhancing operational efficiency.
  • Evergreen Technology: The system is designed to be evergreen, with the capability to be remotely extended and updated. This ensures that the solution evolves with the client’s needs and the latest technological advancements.
  • Seamless Integration: Integration with existing mining management systems for comprehensive data analysis and reporting.

What Were The Results?

Our successful deployment of an AI-IVMS for our client, a leader in mining, showcases our ability to deliver tailored AI-driven solutions. This solution improved operational safety and compliance monitoring. Key outcomes included: 

 

The implementation of the Shellshock AI-IVMS solution led to significant improvements in the client’s mining operations. Key outcomes included:

  • Enhanced Safety: Real-time monitoring and instant alerts drastically improved the safety of operators, reducing incidents and ensuring compliance with safety protocols.
  • Increased Efficiency: Optimized transport routes reduced fuel costs and minimized downtime, leading to a significant boost in overall productivity.
  • Operational Insights: The integration of the Shellshock AI-IVMS with existing systems provided the client with comprehensive operational insights, enabling data-driven decision-making and continuous improvement.
  • Evergreen Capability: The ability to remotely update and extend the system ensured that the client could continuously benefit from the latest advancements and customizations tailored to their evolving needs.
  • Global Implementation: The success of the system in initial deployments led to its trial in multiple locations, including Australia, Malaysia, and India, demonstrating its scalability and effectiveness across different mining environments.

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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 the 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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GPS-Denied Proximity Detection

GPS-Denied Proximity Detection

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.

Industry 4.0 solutions and mining operations

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 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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Creating Mangrove Forests in the UAE

Creating Mangrove Forests in the UAE

SAPHI developed a scalable custom seed spreading system to integrate in with major drone assets for creating mangrove forests in the middle east.

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“SAPHI's team brought an exceptional level of technical acumen and collaborative spirit to our mangrove restoration drone spreader project. Their ability to design and deliver robust, custom systems, enabled us to meet ambitious ecological goals in the UAE's challenging environments.”

Dendra Team

What Was The Background?

In an ambitious effort to combat climate change and restore biodiversity, Dendra, a leading environmental technology company, embarked on a significant project to restore mangrove forests in the United Arab Emirates (UAE). Dendra’s innovative approach, RestorationOSTM combines field ecology best-practice with high-resolution imagery, analysed through an AI-enabled data platform, to drive world-class ecosystem restoration outcomes. With a proven track record in restoring diverse ecosystems, from arid lands to mangroves, Dendra sought to leverage its technological and ecological expertise to address the pressing need for mangrove restoration in the UAE.

What Was The Problem?

The ambition was as vast as the landscape itself— to restore 27.3M coastal mangroves. Recognizing mangroves as both vital carbon sinks and natural coastal protectors. To fulfill their ambitious goal, Dendra required an advanced drone-based platform for mangrove seeding, designed for wide-scale seed dispersal. This state-of-the-art system had to be developed and deployed within just 3 months, showcasing the urgency and the innovative drive behind their environmental mission.

What Was The Solution?

In collaboration with Dendra, SAPHI’s experienced development team combined its cross-functional expertise in mechatronics, electrical and computer engineering to develop the innovative drone-based mangrove seeding platform. The team at SAPHI were responsible for the design, development, manufacture and roll out of the technology capable of reaching the target of 27.3 million coastal mangroves.

 

The solution was a fleet of six custom-designed seed spreading systems capable of efficiently and effectively distributing mangrove seeds across designated restoration areas. These systems were engineered to be robust and versatile, capable of operating in the challenging environmental conditions of the UAE. Our team supported the project remotely as they were operating in the UAE and now have our sights set on future collaborations right here in Australia.

What Were The Outcomes?

  • The system has successfully operated in the UAE testing environment.
  • Achieved the capability to seed up to 100,000 mangroves daily, showcasing exceptional efficiency and scalability.
  • For every attendee at COP28, the systems distributed ten mangrove seeds, symbolizing the commitment to restoring biodiversity and combating climate change.

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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Advanced Sway Detection

Advanced Sway Detection

SAPHI revolutionized the way telecommunication tower asset owners monitor and extend the value of their assets. In an age where consistent and efficient telecommunication is vital, the role of maintaining the integrity and efficiency of telecommunication towers is paramount.

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What Was The Problem?

Indara faced challenges with their telecommunication towers. Traditional methods of stress assessment, which utilized photos and drawings, were not only outdated but also resource-intensive. There was a significant financial burden from manual tower stress assessments, which also became increasingly inaccurate with the transition from 3G to 4G and now, 5G. The need to manually inspect towers, coupled with overly conservative measures, was resulting in higher costs, sub-optimal operational efficiency, and missed revenue opportunities.

What Was The Solution?

SAPHI engineered an advanced sway detection solution tailored for asset integrity. Using state-of-the-art sensors, our system provides Indara with real-time tower structural insights, allowing them to maximize tower load by adding new customers, consequently boosting revenue. This not only enhances the capacity for adding more customers per tower but also introduces predictive maintenance schedules and immediate alerts for potential structural anomalies. With this newfound intelligence, Indara can judiciously space out their maintenance, shifting from fixed periods to a more “as-needed” approach, which further amplifies cost efficiencies.

What Were The Outcomes?

  • Maximized tower loadings for increased revenue.
  • Real-time structural insights enabled.
  • Predictive maintenance schedules introduced.
  • Immediate alerts for structural anomalies.
  • Shifted to “as-needed” maintenance, cutting costs.
  • Enhanced capacity for more tower customers.

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

To realize the AI-powered crop yield tracking solution, SAPHI harnessed the collective knowledge of our interdisciplinary team of computer, electrical, and software engineers. The project leveraged a broad spectrum of our core competencies:

  • Embedded microcontroller programming.
  • Creation of robust and encrypted data communication channels.
  • Sway detection sensor integration.
  • Data visualisation.

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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Combating Urban Heat Using AI

Combating Urban Heat Using AI

SAPHI was the technical integration lead for Australia’s largest smart green infrastructure project (SIMPACT) designed to combat urban heat in Western Sydney. 

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What Did Western Sydney University Say?

"I recently partnered with SAPHI for a complex IoT/AI project and was thoroughly impressed. Their team displayed exceptional expertise in IoT and AI, delivering solutions that were not only innovative but also enhanced the capability of our system. Their approach to project management was professional and transparent, making the entire process smooth and efficient. SAPHI's systems integration was key to the success of our project. I highly recommend SAPHI for anyone looking for cutting-edge tech solutions in a supportive, client-focused environment."
Sebastian Pfautch
Researcher

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?

Western Sydney was grappling with the rising problem of ‘urban heat’ and significant water wastage in our parks. Cutting edge research from Western Sydney University proved theoretically that optimizing the performance of its parks could pave the way for both a reduction in temperature and water conservation. However, the challenge lay in harnessing the right technology to bring this vision to life. This is where SAPHI came in.

What Was The Solution?

To address the urban heat challenge in Bicentennial Park, our approach was straightforward yet impactful. We tapped into the potential of optimizing the park’s irrigation system. By deploying 250 IoT sensors and 4 advanced weather stations, we gathered nuanced environmental data. This data, when processed through two tailored AI algorithms, yielded an optimized irrigation schedule. The outcome was not only a noticeable 4-degree temperature reduction but also an impressive 15% annual savings in water usage. Through this initiative, we demonstrated that strategic adjustments, backed by technology, could create a cooler, more sustainable environment for the community.

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?

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Crop Yield Tracking Using AI

Crop Yield Tracking Using AI

SAPHI revolutionized the approach to crop management for a prominent agriculture business. Harnessing AI-driven analytics, we optimized crop yield tracking, resulting in data-informed farming strategies and increased harvest outputs.

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What Was The Problem?

In the realm of agriculture, accurate crop yield tracking is indispensable for planning and optimising harvests. However, traditional methods proved unreliable and lacked precision. The extant system faced challenges in predicting and managing yields, leading to missed opportunities and potential financial losses. With the pressing demands of a growing population and fluctuating market dynamics, there was an urgent necessity to transition to a more advanced, data-driven approach for efficient crop management.

What Was The Solution?

To address the crop yield challenges, SAPHI introduced an avant-garde AI-driven solution specifically crafted for crop monitoring. This system meticulously captured the vital details of crop growth and health using machine vision techniques. It analysed parameters such as plant height, colour variations, and other vital signs, ensuring a precise yield forecast. Utilising advanced AI algorithms, the solution identified potential issues, from pest infestations to suboptimal growth conditions. By integrating this solution, farms could make informed decisions without intruding on the natural growth process, ultimately ensuring maximised harvests.

What Were The Outcomes?

  • Significant cost reductions by sidestepping
  • Maintenance overheads were notably diminished.
  • Elevated crop monitoring through detailed AI-driven analytics.
  • High-fidelity data acquisition pivotal for accurate yield forecasts.
  • Tangible reduction in agricultural inefficiencies.
  • Swift insights into crop health and potential issues.
  • Enhanced farm operations with data-centric decision-making strategies.

What Skills Did SAPHI Use To Implement The Solution?

To realize the AI-powered crop yield tracking solution, SAPHI harnessed the collective knowledge of our interdisciplinary team of computer, electrical, and software engineers. The project leveraged a broad spectrum of our core competencies:

  • Embedded microcontroller programming 
  • Creation of robust and encrypted data communication channels.
  • Integration with specialised agricultural sensors and imaging systems.
  • Comprehensive data analytics tailored for agronomic insights.
  • Development and calibration of bespoke AI models for crop analysis.

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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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’.

Smart city solutions

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?

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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.

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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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