Guardian technologies

A new breed of industrial robots and ICT systems could transform Australian industry, creating safer environments and more efficient factories.

The Challenge

Transforming industry

We imagine an intelligent industrial environment in which people and autonomous machines can work safely and productively side-by-side.

Our Response

Introducing Guardian

This is why we've developed Guardian Technologies – a suite of lightweight assistive machines that will increase the productivity and global competitiveness of Australian industries.

Our Guardian Angel systems make work safer for humans, our Guardian Mentor systems provide virtual augmentation making work easier for humans, our Guardian Helper systems are robotic co-workers that work with humans and our Guardian Worker systems increase productivity by working for humans. Learn more about Guardian in this video: 

Guardian Technologies

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[Music plays and text appears: Guardian Technologies]

[New text appears: Guardian is a new concept]

[Image changes to show a computer generated picture of machines and people working together and text appears as spoken by narrator below]

Narrator: Guardian is a new concept for an intelligent, industrial environment, in which people and autonomous machines can work safely and productively side by side. This will increase the productivity and global competitiveness of firms. Guardian has some clever tools already designed by CSIRO.

[Image changes to show an aircraft hangar with different aircrafts inside and someone working on a yellow helicopter. Text appears: Guardian Mentor]

For a worker requiring expert assistance one mouse click and there is instant communication with a specialist.

[Image changes to show a spilt screen with the man working on the helicopter on one side labelled “Darwin” and a lady on the other side with a headset on labelled “Brisbane”]

[Image zooms in on the lady with a headset and an image of the machine the man is working on appears on her monitor]

Female:  Oh, that’s a really clear shot; I can see everything underneath the pipe there.

[Image changes to show another male worker wearing a headset]

Narrator: The worker wears a headset and glasses and sees the hand gesture of the specialist.

[Image changes to show the specialist and a screen with his hand gestures showing]

The specialist can also show technical notes.

[The specialist and his hand gestures continue to play on screen and text appears: Review technical notes and video]

[Image changes to show a worker with the Zebedee tool in action. Text appears: Guardian Angel]

The Zebedee tool scans about 40,000 laser points in a second and is used to create a 3D point cloud.

[Image changes to show different computer generated pictures of 3D point clouds]

This 3D point cloud can also be overlayed on an existing scan to see changes.

[Image changes back to show a man operating the Zebedee]

Mapping an environment can be as simple as walking through the space and is completed in real time.

[Text appears: Guardian Angel]

[Image changes to show men seated in front of a computer]

The positional tool is already used by professional sports teams in Australia and around the world.

[Image changes to show people playing basketball and the camera zoom in on the Anchor Nodes. Text appears: Anchor Nodes track athletes]

[Image changes to show a small transmitter being put into place. Text appears: Small transmitters give position information]

Using Anchor Nodes placed around the parameter of a field, radio signals help measure an athlete’s time of flight and velocity, it’s about ten times more accurate than GPS.

[Image changes back to show a computer generated picture of machines and people working together]

Guardian combines these and other technologies to create a safe working site for humans and robots.

[Image changes to show a computer generated picture of an autonomous machine and a person. Text appears: Guardian Helper]

In most cases robots will assist rather than replace humans. They will be designed to provide both awareness and physical assistance to their human co-workers, for example, holding something heavy or awkward. In other cases, robots will be deployed to work in areas that are not suitable or safe for humans, for example, during aircraft assembly.

[Image changes to show a computer generated picture of an autonomous machine and a person working on an aircraft]

[Image changes to show a computer generated picture of autonomous machines working at a production line]

CSIRO understands every manufacturer has unique challenges so it is building an industrial test bed to facilitate manufacturers to bring their machines and challenges to work alongside a suite of technologies. Coordinating machines to work alongside humans as a collective intelligence is the innovation for an exciting future. Together, we will build a solution for a highly productive and safe workplace and increase global competitiveness of firms.

[Music plays and CSIRO logo appears on screen with text: Big ideas start here www.csiro.au]

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Case studies

  • Hot metal carrier: driverless vehicle

    Part of our Guardian Worker suite of technologies, our hot metal carrier is a large driverless vehicle that can safely operate in industrial worksites such as smelters.

  • Wireless tracking with WASP

    We've developed wireless tracking technology that can operate indoors, underground and in built-up areas.

  • ReMoTe: wearable technology

    Part of our Guardian Mentor suite of technologies, ReMoTe gives maintenance workers in remote locations access to a virtual pair of expert eyes and hands to guide them through difficult tasks.

  • Zebedee: handheld laser scanner

    Zebedee is a handheld laser scanner that creates 3D maps of difficult environments in the time it takes to walk through them. It doesn’t rely on GPS, making it suitable for a range of scientific and commercial applications.

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