NSW trials AI in asset maintenance

Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is leading a $2.9m to a trial of AI technology that will help to track and prioritise the maintenance of road infrastructure.

The trial includes using sensors installed on 32 public transport buses across Greater Sydney area in combination with local weather observations to predict the rate of deterioration and streamline how asset maintenance activities accordingly.

Minister for Metropolitan Roads Natalie Ward said this cutting edge technology is revolutionising road maintenance across the state.

“It’s a brilliant use of resources already on our roads. Mounting cameras and sensors onto vehicles with regular routes, like garbage trucks and public transport buses, ensures road defects are captured incidentally, including those un-reported by residents.”

“This AI technology assesses the captured footage and logs any road defects detected into a database in near-real time, meaning it will find potholes and cracks in the road before they find you.”

Further testing is being rolled out across regional and metropolitan regions including Georges River, Blayney, Central Coast, Liverpool, Wingecarribee, Sutherland, Warren Shire, Liverpool Plains, Griffith, Tamworth, Wollongong, and Murray River Councils in September.

The Asset AI™ project is funded by the NSW Digital Restart Fund and is expected to be available to all NSW Local Government areas in late 2023.

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