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Shark-spotting software to make beaches safer

Aerial surveillance software that is being used to create shark-spotting drones for Australian beach and surf patrols has been developed by engineers at the University of Technology Sydney.

The battery-powered drones can provide real-time analysis of overhead footage and send information to lifeguards and emergency services. The university research that developed the drones was funded by a $16-million shark strategy sponsored by the Westpac bank.

The drones, known as Little Rippers, are designed and built by the Ripper Group, a company based at Port Macquarie in northern New South Wales. It specialises in manufacturing remotely piloted aircraft systems for search and rescue operations.

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