We’re thrilled to be named as an AWS Social Impact Partner of the Year 2022 finalist at the AWS Partner Awards for our work with Swoop Aero to upgrade its technology platform with AWS IoT Core and machine learning for critical air logistics.
AWS has been a key part of DiUS’ 18-year journey, in fact, we’ve been an AWS Advanced Consulting Partner since 2012. We were also the first partner in Australia and New Zealand to attain the Machine Learning Competency in 2019 and the first in Asia Pacific and Japan to attain the AWS Applied AI Competency in 2022!
We’re extremely proud to add this nomination to our previous accolades—AWS Consulting Partner of the Year in 2016, and AWS Innovation Partner of the Year in 2017 and finalist in 2018.
This latest honour is especially meaningful as it recognises DiUS’ ability to apply our expertise and thought leadership to make a difference. We’ve always been at the intersection of cutting-edge technology development and practical business application, so we’re thrilled to have been able to apply Edge AI/ML—the game-changing combinatorial effect of AI/ML and edge computing—to improve the communities in which we live and work.
Integrating AWS IoT Core and machine learning for critical air logistics
Already operating in several countries from Africa and Europe to the Pacifics, demand for Swoop Aero’s medical air logistics service grew dramatically during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Melbourne-based startup needed to increase the scale of its operations, fast. In doing so, it needed to maintain and improve the quality, reliability and security of its global fleet.
DiUS collaborated with Swoop Aero to upgrade its technology platform with AWS IoT Core to enable greater reliability, security and safety at scale across its two-way autonomous drone networks. The underlying embedded firmware built by DiUS enabled feature-rich application software to be developed for the aircraft, including Edge AI/ML capabilities. State-of-the-art computer vision models were utilised across its global operations to increase safety, while landing its fleet and expanding its services to other impact-driven use cases.
Swoop Aero has flown over 12,000 missions, transported more than 700,000 critical items to rural and hard-to-reach communities and reached over 3.5 million people with air logistics, globally. Closer to home, Swoop Aero has commenced Australian operations in regional Queensland to improve the availability and accessibility of essential healthcare for remote communities, alongside TerryWhite Chemmart and Symbion. To do so, Swoop Aero obtained Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) approval for medical logistics operations in Queensland which allows them to operate in a fully integrated airspace—a first in Australia.
Beyond its delivery service, DiUS is supporting Swoop Aero across other impactful use cases including search and rescue, disaster management and environmental conservation—a true demonstration of how emerging technologies, coupled with a bold vision and a passionate team can help solve some of the world’s most pressing issues.
We would like to thank Eric Peck, Josh Tepper, Andrew Thomas and the team at Swoop Aero—we look forward to continuing our partnership and creating a positive social impact together. We would also like to express our gratitude and thanks to everyone at AWS for their support and AWSomeness—here’s to another 10 years together!