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May 2023

Real – time seawater monitoring system transferred to local communities

Seawater Monitoring System
Seawater Monitoring System at Xuan Dai Bay in Phu Yen.

A seawater monitoring system developed in a project funded by the Aus4Innovation program was transferred to the People’s Committee of Song Cau district, Phu Yen province in April. The ceremony was attended by Her Excellency Ms Sarah Hooper – Australian Consul General to Ho Chi Minh City, during her opening remarks she emphasised the importance of innovation in improving people’s lives as well as contributing to the Vietnam – Australia bilateral agenda.

The University of Technology Sydney (UTS) and Ho Chi Minh University of Technology have worked together to introduce water monitoring technology from UTS and adapt it to Vietnam’s needs. The system is the first of its kind in Vietnam, and among a few in the world that can provide real-time offshore environmental measurements in hostile conditions. Including conditions such as saltwater corrosion and heavy seasonal tropical storms.

Four monitoring stations built at Xuan Dai Bay in Phu Yen are providing real-time data on the seawater quality for local authorities and communities, especially farmers who are raising lobsters at sea as this will help protect their investment.

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Stay Tuned for Our Biggest Event Yet!

This year is very significant for the team, as we mark 5 years of Aus4Innovation and 50 years of Australia-Vietnam diplomatic relations. To celebrate these key milestones, we will be hosting an event in June to showcase all our achievements and announce upcoming plans. This will also be the first time all our partners and alumni can come together for a face-to-face gathering.

A save-the-date notice will be sent to you in time. We hope to see you there!

Monitoring the health of the Mekong Delta with Earth observation

Mekong Delta, CSIRO and Boeing
Mekong Delta Earth observation workshop, 2023.

Earth observation is the gathering of information about planet Earth’s physical, chemical and biological systems via remote sensing technologies. Earth observation is used to monitor and assess the status of, and changes in the natural and manmade environment.

In the ‘rice bowl of Vietnam’ – the Mekong Delta, CSIRO and Boeing are deploying a remote sensing adoption project. It is believed that monitoring and managing data to detect changes in the natural environment can help the Mekong Delta to adapt and mitigate climate change, making the region more productive, innovative, and resilient.

Innovation Shines At Daklak Coffee Festival

A4I at 2023 Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival
A4I at 2023 Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival in the Central Highlands, Vietnam.

The 2023 Buon Ma Thuot Coffee Festival showed just why the Central Highlands are the centre of coffee production in Vietnam and a powerhouse in global coffee markets.

Aus4Innovation joined its local partner, the Community Development Center, to showcase the Central Highlands Innovation Cluster (CHIC) to the 40,000 farmers, officials, businesses and visitors to the festival.

CHIC is supporting green and sustainable development of Vietnam’s premium and speciality coffee industry by exploring how innovation and partnerships can advance shared goals.

CHIC was launched in June 2022, with a signing ceremony between CSIRO and provincial leaders of Dak Lak, Dak Nong, Gia Lai, Kon Tum and Lam Dong.

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Introducing Australian innovation to detect breast cancer

Breast cancer screening at the Department of Breast Cancer
Breast cancer screening at the Department of Breast Cancer.

Funded by Aus4Innovation and developed through a partnership between the University of Sydney and the Health Strategy and Policy Institute, VIETRAD is the first intelligent system in Vietnam using machine learning to test, monitor and improve radiologic diagnosis of breast cancer.

Introduced in 2021 at Hung Vuong Hospital, a leading medical center specialised in obstetrics and gynaecology (OBGYN) in the south of Vietnam. The system has since become a training tool for doctors at the Department of Breast Cancer and provides an international benchmark to rate radiologic diagnosis capacity. It was reported that doctors here achieved 80-90% rate of accuracy in detecting abnormalities on mammograms after taking the training on VIETRAD.

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Life-Saving Made Easier With Technology’s Assistance

A4I SAR technology transfer ceremony
Technology transfer ceremony.

Search and rescue (SAR) is an important and risky job. Rescue workers are exposed to all kinds of danger, while working under immense time pressures in hazardous environments or adverse weather. But technology can help with that.

UTS and Le Quy Don Technical University, with funding from Aus4Innovation, has implemented a project to develop a system with real-time remote sensing technology. Enabling unmanned aerial surveillance together with simulation training for different SAR scenarios. The project has completed a pilot in Hoa Binh province and has been transferred to Le Quy Don University for further replication.

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