Our CTO (Luke Cole) previously worked for Hemisphere GPS (orginally called BEELINE, and now bought out by AgJunction) as a "Robotics Engineer" implementing auto-guidance solutions for various quadbikes and agriculture tractors that was used by 100's of vehicles around the world.
For 10 years, starting as a teenager in 1998 - Luke Cole has also worked for leading research institutes and companies such as NICTA (now called CSIRO Data61), CSIRO, Seeing Machines and ANU Robotics System Lab (lead by Alex Zelinsky, who received a rare prestigious AO award in 2017 and was Defence Scientist of Australia from 2012 for 6 years). Luke's work included various autonomous mobile robot projects, involving computer vision, and even a self-driving car early 2000's. Back then OpenCV and ROS didn't exist, so we did a "roll-your-own" called VisLib and DROS comprised of 364,578 lines of code.
Lance Cole has also worked at NICTA and has a background of various hardware development, such as working for a contract company to the US millary (EOS), building the Common Remotely Operated Weapon Station (CROWS).
Banyo is a suburb north of the Brisbane CBD. It is a community split between both residential and industrial land, the latter being attracted by the accessibility of local transport, including the Gateway Motorway.
Banyo has vastly increased the number of its business and industrial parks in recent years due to its close proximity to Brisbane Airport and the nearby Port of Brisbane.
Banyo and the neighbouring suburb Nudgee, with whom it is intertwined in many respects, are both rich in local history. This history includes the recent preservation of an Aboriginal Bora Ring. The areas of Nudgee and Nudgee Beach borders on the Boondall Wetlands, which is protected by the Brisbane City Council.
The Australian Catholic University chose to establish their Brisbane campus on the site of an old seminary, which boosted the housing market within Banyo. Nudgee Road is progressively becoming a commercial hub due to its connection to the motorway, with a large service centre and petrol station and with new industrial grounds under construction overlooking the motorway itself.
Recently a new residential estate has gone under construction on the site of an old Army depot lying adjacent to the Golden Circle company based in Northgate.
Banyo is within easy reach of two of Brisbane's contrasting attractions - Alma Park Zoo and Tropical Palm Gardens at Kallangur and, a little further on, the Abbey Museum of Art and Archaeology at Caboolture.
Alma Park Zoo, 28km north of the Brisbane CBD, extends over 18ha and its garden environment is home to a comprehensive range of native animals and such exotic visitors as grizzly bears, Malayan sun bears, leopard, monkeys and deer.
The Abbey Museum houses an extensive collection of artefacts from almost the entire range of human history.