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Australia to develop advanced sensing technology

6th May 2019 - 11:30 GMT | by The Shephard News Team


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The Royal Australian Air Force (RAAF) and the University of Sydney Nano Institute have launched a scientific collaboration to develop advanced sensing technologies, the Australian Department of Defence announced on 1 May.

Researchers at the Jericho Smart Sensing Laboratory at the university will develop nanoscale devices that will be able to assess physical, chemical, biological, acoustic or electromagnetic environments.

The laboratory will form a critical part of the RAAF's Plan Jericho project scientific infrastructure. Plan Jericho aims to develop augmented intelligence capabilities to protect Australia from advanced and rapidly changing threats.

Cara Wrigley, associate professor, Sydney School of Architecture, Design and Planning, said: ‘The technology developed at the Jericho Smart Sensing Lab will be optimised for Australian conditions, including humidity, foliage and other environmental factors that currently pose challenges for airborne sensors.

‘When used on aircraft, satellites, vehicles and integrated into a sophisticated combat cloud – or internet of defence things – these sensors will enable game-changing awareness.’

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