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).
We have a combined 50 years of extensive experience with Automated Guided Vehicle (AGV's). Including cars, tractors, quadbikes and other custom ground-based vehicles.
COLETEK's team all has a background in vehicle automation, which have built a wide range of skills and technologies such as:
These technologies can be used for various applications such as:
Darra is a Brisbane suburb known for its high migrant population. It is one of the older suburbs and lies about 14 kilometres southwest of Brisbane. The houses are mainly older-style weatherboard and chamferboard homes built in the 1940s and 1950s. In the last few years, a property developer bought a vast tract of vacant government land. As a result, there are now many new homes and townhouses built in Darra, which has increased its population and its geographical boundaries.
The suburb is conveniently located on the Ipswich train line which provides an incentive for people to settle there, as travel to Brisbane is relatively fast and easy.
Surrounding suburbs include Seventeen Mile Rocks, Oxley, Willawong, Sinnamon Park, Sumner, Richlands and Mt Ommaney.
The Darra is right next door to the Centenary suburbs and conveniently located near the Mount Ommaney shopping centre, with its many retail and commercial facilities. The Centenary Freeway and the Ipswich Motorway provide convenient access to the Brisbane CBD.
Overall plans include the further redevelopment of the industrial park, which should provide an injection of capital into the community and further upgrade local infrastructure and community facilities. The Brisbane City Council has been active in rejuvenating the streetscapes of the Darra suburb as well as neighbouring recreational and parkland facilities in Jindalee and Sinnamon Park.
The Brisbane City Council has recently completed a Suburban Centre Improvement Project in the shopping area on Darra Station Road. Darra has a state primary school in Winslow Street, and a Catholic school, near the station.
According to the 2001 Census, 3,698 people living in the area with a median age of 33. The median individual income was between $400 and $699 per week. Of all occupied private dwellings, 62% were either fully owned or being purchased; 30% were being rented.