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NERA joins new Australian robotics and autonomous systems alliance

NERA (National Energy Resources Australia) has welcomed the formation of the Sixth Wave Alliance which brings together industry, research and government collaborators to deliver a national robotics strategy and promote the adoption of autonomous technologies to benefit Australian industries.

As a founding member of the Alliance, NERA joins Data61, AlphaBeta, Woodside, Defence Science and Technology Group, Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, METS Ignited, University of Sydney, University of Queensland and the Queensland University of Technology as part of the national initiative.

Sixth Wave Alliance has been formed following the development of the Robotics and Computer Vision Roadmap for Australia with a goal to make Australia a global leader in robotics by supporting businesses, drawn from a range of industries, adopt and adapt emerging robotic and autonomous technologies.

CEO Miranda Taylor said NERA will bring to the Alliance valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities that robotics, automation and digitisation present to Australia’s energy resources sector.

“Australia’s energy resources community is under immense pressure to balance energy security, affordability and accountability while transitioning towards a low carbon economy, and this will be guided by and facilitated through increased automation across all energy industries,” Ms Taylor said.

“While some segments of the energy resources sector are developing the talent and knowledge to find, adapt and apply digital and automation technologies, others are being left behind, this is why this national Alliance is so important to drive sector-wide transformational change and adoption of new technology opportunities across the entire supply chain.

“Without collaboration, our journey towards a decarbonised energy future cannot occur and it is only by supporting Australia’s traditional energy sector embrace automation and digital technology that we can realise a more flexible, networked and integrated renewable energy market.”