The CSIRO's greatest ICT hits

Wireless LAN may have boosted the bottom line for the Commonwealth Science Information and Research Organisation (CSIRO), but the organisation has developed a range of technological marvels. We take a look at the latest breakthroughs.

  • CSIRO has deployed a hydrological wireless sensor test bed to monitor water availability and use in Tasmania’s South Esk catchment. Photo credit: David McClenaghan, CSIRO.

  • CSIRO’s wireless sensor platform, FLECK, gathers data and acts on it autonomously in a scalable network. Photo credit: Nick Pitsas, CSIRO

  • The CSIRO’s Snorocket technology aids the development of clinical terminology used to record patient information, which gives hospital staff the ability to better manage information regarding the treatment of a patient. Photo credit: CSIRO

  • A robotic submarine was developed by the CSIRO for environmental applications such as underwater gas line inspection. Photo credit: CSIRO

  • An ultra-high visualisation tool, based on Optiportal technology from the University of California’s Cal-(IT), led to the design, installation and demonstration of CSIROvision. Photo credit: CSIRO

  • CSIRO’s field robotics research has been applied to aluminium smelting with the advent of the driverless Hot Metal Carrier. The carrier is used for expensive or hazardous operations and industry trials began this year. Photo credit: Eddie Safarik, CSIRO

  • The Virtual Critical Care Unit (ViCCU) was the first tele-medicine system to be deployed in Australia. It uses high bandwidth networks to enable specialists to treat critically ill patients at remote locations. In its first 18 months, 503 patients were treated by NSW hospitals using this technology. Another tele-medicine example is the Remote Immersive Diagnostic Examination System (RIDES - pictured) which allows specialist surgeons to examine patients in other locations. Photo credit: CSIRO

  • CSIRO‘s wireless localisation technology tracks people or assets in technically challenging environments such as built up areas or underground. Photo credit: David McClenaghan, CSIRO

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