3D Stereo Vision User Story: Garbage trucks with 5G to drive the future of smart cities

A research collaboration between Swinburn University of Technology (Australia) and Brimbank City Council is using our high-resolution 3D stereo vision system in conjunction with GPS sensors in a new 5G project. The 3D stereo vision system will be fitted to local garbage trucks to quickly identify road and roadside equipment in need of maintenance.

The project aims to demonstrate how 5G and the Internet of Things (IoT) can support smart cities in Australia. The Australian Government is funding the project with AU$ 1.18 million.

A connected network of waste trucks could be the future in local road repairs, thanks to a research collaboration between Swinburne University of Technology and Brimbank City Council that uses the 5G network and the Internet of Things (IoT).

The project will make use of high-resolution 3D stereo cameras and GPS sensors, both attached to Brimbank’s waste trucks. The extensive data collected by these networked devices will be sent in real time to a cloud-based system that can create an easy-to-use map of objects in need of maintenance, such as road signs, bus stops or damaged roads.

This dramatically reduces the time it takes to identify, report and fix problems, eliminating the need for costly manual reports and inspections and saving up to 50 per cent on asset testing costs.

The project is supported by AU$ 1.18 million from the Federal Government’s Australian 5G Innovation Initiative and will work with Optus to demonstrate how 5G can reliably meet the needs of smart cities in Australia.


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Associate Professor Prem Prakash Jayaraman and first 3D depth data; image: Swinburn University

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