Robotics to impact every sector of the Australian economy
BlueZone is pleased to participate in Robotics Australia Group and supports the release of the Robotics Roadmap for Australia 2022.
Robotics Australia Group was established in 2020, bringing together a network of more than 800 people from industry, government and research institutions, and is a founding member of the International Alliance of Robotics Associations (IARA). Interest in the emerging area of robotics has grown since the first Robotics Roadmap for Australia was released in 2018 by the Australian Centre for Robotic Vision, shown by the increase from 92 participants in roadmap consultation sessions in 2017 to 1,058 participants in 2020-21. The number of case studies submitted for inclusion in the roadmap has grown, from 58 to 100 and we have seen investment in the robotics sector increase over the last 4 years by $130m.
The 2022 roadmap is one initiative of Robotics Australia Group, another being the development of a Robotics Venture factory, that will fully support Australian innovators in commercialising their solutions within our local market, generating local revenue, creating jobs and expanding our sovereign capability.
Innovation in robotics is not just confined to design and production of robots. In a local success story, BlueZone Group has supported uncrewed maritime systems operated by the Royal Australian Navy since 2000. BlueZone has grown to provide a capability to maintain, modify and modernise many robotic systems operated by Defence, and has also developed systems for water infrastructure applications and other customers.