A research project for innovative solutions based on 5G reaches an important milestone


Brimbank Council’s 5G-based innovative solutions research project has reached a milestone with the development of artificial intelligence capable of detecting damaged road signs and discarded litter.

Mobile 5G Internet of Things (IoT) solution for data-driven road asset maintenance is delivered in partnership with Swinburne University of Technology and Optus.

High resolution stereo vision cameras and GPS sensors were fitted to 11 waste collection trucks to collect data during their regular rounds of the Council’s 900km road network.

The technology documents visual evidence of damaged signs and discarded litter and shows their exact location on a municipal map dashboard.

This data allows the Board to explore opportunities for asset monitoring and automated notifications of real-time maintenance needs. The next phase of the project is to integrate this into the Council’s digital systems and processes.

Residents had told Council in a community poll that improving the appearance of Brimbank’s roads and roadside spaces was a high priority.

The council manages over 20,000 street signs and receives over 7,000 litter reports each year.

This research also aims to identify road maintenance needs such as potholes and faded lines.

The research project is supported by a $1.18 million grant from the federal government under the Australian 5G Innovation Initiative. The program was created to help small and large businesses test and develop 5G uses, applications, services and products.

Quotes to be attributed to Mayor of Brimbank Cr Jasmine Nguyen:

“This research project for innovative solutions based on 5G allows us to explore the possibilities of more efficient ways of identifying assets in need of maintenance and how we can transmit this information to our work teams to respond to them.

“Our exciting step in the project shows that artificial intelligence can not only capture an image, but also identify something that shouldn’t be there, like graffiti on a traffic sign or a mattress thrown along the road.

“This research is a great example of how we can integrate technology into our current processes and optimize our existing services to the Brimbank community.”

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