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:
Gaythorne is a suburb of Brisbane, Queensland, Australia. It is located seven kilometres north-west of the Brisbane central business district. Gaythorne is situated on the slopes of Enoggera Hill. It shares some streets with the neighbouring suburb of Mitchelton. In the late 1990s it was split from Enoggera, a much larger suburb and a suburb it still shares its postcode with. It is a leafy, residential suburb with the dominant architectural style being "Queenslander" architecture. It adjoins the Enoggera Barracks and many of its streets are named after World War I sites.
Public transport facilities includes Gaythorne Railway Station on the Ferny Grove - City line.
Facilities such as hospitals, schools and shops are readily available. Brookside Shopping Centre, which opened in 1972 and is now a landmark in the area, was one of the first retail shopping centres in Brisbane and offers residents a choice of two large supermarkets, Myers, Target and smaller retail chains. Residents are also close to Stafford City Shopping Centre and Westfield Chermside, both with cinema and entertainment outlets.
Numerous private and public schools accommodating both primary and secondary aged children in Gaythorne and neighbouring suburbs including the McAuley Campus of the Australian Catholic University, Mt Maria Senior Catholic College, Mitchelton High and Mitchelton Primary to name a few.
According to the 2001 Census (Gaythorne was included in the 4051 postal area survey) there were 21,697 people living in the area with a median age of 33. The median individual income was between $400 and $499 per week. Of all occupied private dwellings 62% were either fully owned or being purchased; 38% were being rented.