LOC it in: AARP unveils integration of Fugro’s remote operations technology

Media Release

2 May 2024

  • AARP users have access to new state-of-the-art remote operation facility
  • Fugro’s support to upskill people, promote innovation and collaboration
  • Investment lowers entry barriers for SMEs

 

A state-of-the-art remote operations facility will be available to users of the Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct (AARP) in Perth’s north, giving many businesses access to the technology for the first time. 

The Local Operations Centre (LOC), unveiled on Thursday May 2, has been provided by global Geo-data company Fugro and will be housed at the AARP, which is operated by CORE Innovation Hub on behalf of Development WA.

AARP users can access the LOC for their testing, demonstration and training activities in a real-world remote operations environment, supporting the growth of local innovation. 

As part of this agreement, Fugro will have a 12-month+ user agreement at the AARP for future development of its long-range uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs) technologies.

Remote operations technology has many applications in the energy industry, such as remote operation of autonomous vehicles, machinery and equipment. Fugro is currently delivering remote survey, inspection, piloting and positioning services using remote operations solutions for both maritime and land-based industries.

Tamryn Barker, the AARP National Lead, said the new facility is an example of the continued investment in critical innovation infrastructure between industry and government. 

“The LOC is a strategic asset that can lower the entry barriers to remote operations for SMEs, build new capability and allow industry giants to collaborate on developing advanced technological innovations and deep tech,” she said.

“Fugro is the latest global industry user of the AARP. In just two years, a mix of start-ups, SMEs and big companies, both local and international, are active across AARP’s unique facilities, leveraging its 51 hectares of test beds as Australia’s largest industrial test and innovation precinct.

“This investment by Fugro will only help grow this innovation ecosystem by facilitating cross-sector collaboration and contributing to the dynamism of the AARP.”

Paul Mullins, Fugro’s Director of Remote Operations APAC, said that through this collaboration, Fugro intends to support the local innovation ecosystem with state-of-the-art technology.

“The AARP is an ideal site for testing and development of technologies without interrupting live operations or production, which is often a barrier in developing technologies and innovations,” he said. 

“Using our technology in partnership with the AARP, we want to build a greater understanding about the part remote operations can play in advancing local business and providing an opportunity to trial the technology.”

The Hon. Stephen Dawson MLC, Minister for Innovation and Digital Economy, said the State Government was focused on investing in Western Australia’s automation and robotics capabilities to build critical skills. 

“The AARP serves as an enabler of innovation, showcasing how our state is not just embracing the future, but actively shaping it,” he said. 

“Innovation infrastructure such as this fosters an environment where businesses can upskill or reskill their people, collaborate and future-proof their organisations.”

 

A state-of-the-art remote operations facility will be available to users of the Australian Automation and Robotics Precinct (AARP) in Perth’s north, giving many businesses access to the technology for the first time.