The Australian Government is funding the research and development of autonomous tanks equipped with 5G technology to help fight the country’s wildfires.
Called a “fire tank,” this machine is tasked with assisting missions such as firefighting, path opening, and rescue across extremely dangerous terrain.
The federal government has awarded Rheinmetall Australia, a subsidiary of the German-based Rheinmetall Group, which specializes in defense and security technology, a $ 1.5 million (US $ 1.1 million) grant.
Based on the German Army Murder tank design, we operate fire trucks by establishing drone-based 5G communication relays using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).
Gary Stewart, Managing Director of Rheinmetall Defense Australia, said Telstra, Australia’s largest telecommunications company, will support Rheinmetall in delivering 5G networks to tanks.
“Rheinmetall is pleased to partner with Telstra and is looking forward to starting testing at MILVEHCOE, a state-of-the-art facility in southeastern Queensland,” said Stewart. Media release..
According to Stewart, the tank was designed to reduce the risk to front-line firefighters following the 2019-20 Australian wildfire.
Space-visible fires struck New South Wales, Victoria, Queensland, Western Australia, and South Australia, burning 17 million hectares of land and killing 33 Australians.
This investment is one of 19 federal investments and is part of a $ 20 million (US $ 14.5 million) 5G innovation initiative aimed at supporting a variety of research on 5G technology applications. ..
Paul Fletcher, Minister of Communications, Urban Infrastructure, Cities and Arts, said investment will strengthen the country as 5G continues to spread throughout Australia’s industry.
“This initiative will help businesses leverage innovative digital technologies to create jobs and help Australia recover in the’5G year’,” Fletcher said in a media release.
“This is an important technology and these projects will help Australians realize the benefits of 5G faster.”
The initiative has announced an additional $ 2 million (US $ 1.5 million) in funding for Moorebank Logistics Park in New South Wales, Australia’s largest cargo warehouse.
The Moorebank project plans to develop fully automated cargo processing and processing backed by 5G, such as automatic cranes and unmanned electric carriers.
The government has also granted $ 1.5 million to high-resolution, 4K video streaming 5G applications for sheep to enable quick and accurate counting of livestock using artificial intelligence.
The tank has joined the growing arsenal of firefighting technology, and earlier this year three Australian space organizations have joined forces to announce the launch of an Australian-made wildfire detection satellite into orbit.
The satellite, launched in 2022, will detect and track wildfires within three minutes of the outbreak, allowing emergency response personnel to quickly control and crush unplanned fires. To.