Strata Worldwide says it has acquired the assets and intellectual property rights to Bright Path AI (BPAI) and its artificial intelligence-backed camera solution, developed by Boral Limited and Firetail Pty Ltd.
The acquisition of the BPAI technology and software platform will enable Strata to provide customers with powerful systems that allow operators from several industries – including mining – to improve workplace safety and reporting.
At the core of the BPAI system are two camera technologies: a fixed vision camera system that monitors people on foot in restricted zones, and a mobile digital vision sector – currently in development – which is mounted on equipment to alert operators to pending collisions with personnel or other objects. The technology is designed to provide an extra set of eyes to avoid mistakes while at the same time allowing organisations to monitor, benchmark and report overall performance to achieve data-driven improvements, Strata explained.
“BPAI was initially developed for the construction industry in Australia, but when we reviewed it, we realised that this was easily adaptable to any industrial setting,” Mike Berube, President and CEO of Strata Worldwide, said. “We’re excited to announce this because we see the potential for these technologies to improve safety and operational efficiency in many industrial workplaces across the globe. These state-of-the-art technologies are ideal additions to our product portfolio.”
As one of the largest integrated construction materials companies in Australia, Boral and its portfolio companies tested the technologies across a range of conditions.
Martin Guenzl, BPAI Manager at Boral, said: “Our innovative team and tech partners have worked hard to make this technology a reality as part of our broader commitment to zero harm. We’re proud of what we have developed and will remain a customer of BPAI. We believe Strata is best placed to take this innovative technology into its next phase and beyond.”
While Strata will continue supporting and developing the technology for the construction industry, Berube said the company’s vision is to develop the technology and expand it globally, diversifying into Strata’s primary mining, tunnelling and maritime industries.