ACT government picks Frontline Data Systems' technology to detect potholes – iTWire

The ACT government will trial Frontline Data Systems’ AI technology as part of its annual road resurfacing program in Canberra.
Minister for Transport and City Services Chris Steel said in a statement over the summer, government will repair 925,000 square kilometre of roads and waterproof them against future potholes, costing $19.5 million.
“Major roads planned for renewal include the Monaro Highway, Tuggeranong Parkway, Long Gully Road, Ginninderra Drive, College Street, Mirrabei Drive, Mawson Drive, and Cooyong Street in the city,” Steel said. “These are some of our city’s important road links connecting people between and within our regions, so these resurfacing works will deliver better driving conditions for tens of thousands of Canberrans.”

The resurfacing program will also see the ACT government using Frontline Data Systems’ new defect detection technology to implement the resurfacing faster and more efficient.
According to the ACT government, cameras will be attached to vehicles and will scan and automatically photograph road surfaces with the artificial intelligence software identifying and classifying areas in need repair.
“We are piloting this AI technology [Frontline Data Systems] to test if the data can improve both the efficiency and accuracy of the ACT’s road maintenance program going forward,” said Steel.
“Our system will detect, classify, assess and geo-locate potholes, cracks and other hazardous defects by analysing footage captured from cars equipped with optical devices driving at normal speeds across some of Canberra’s roads,” Frontline Data Systems director of operations Jonathon Staples says.
Frontline Data Systems says it won a tender worth $19,000.
The ACT government is also currently undertaking a tender process for the next contractor/s to collect data on the condition of roads in Canberra which will also help determine preventative measures and future road resurfacing priorities.


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