Saturday, April 13, 2024

Rockhampton council seals AI deal

Rockhampton Regional Council and the Queensland AI (Artificial Intelligence) Hub yesterday signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to become strategic partners to strengthen Artificial Intelligence (AI) technology uptake and understanding across the region.

Council says the MoU will help facilitate industry engagement and consultation and enhances opportunities for collaboration for AI capability development in the region. It will also provide greater learning and development opportunities for local businesses looking to innovate and understand the opportunities available.

Under the agreement, Rockhampton Regional Council’s Advance Rockhampton team and Queensland AI Hub will continue to exchange information and expertise to achieve better outcomes for industry and business in the Rockhampton region.

Rockhampton Region Mayor, Tony Williams said AI technology would play a key role in the region’s future growth.

“Council is keen to see the continued adoption of AI across the region to continue to grow our vibrant region and secure the jobs of the future locally,” Mayor Williams said.

“Collaboration between industry and Council is imperative to drive innovation, AI technology will impact all businesses, and whilst change can be challenging, it also presents an opportunity for local businesses to find new and better ways to grow.”

He said AI adoption and capability development improves productivity, supports job generation and stimulates economic growth in regional Australia. By 2030, Artificial Intelligence is estimated to be worth $22.17 trillion to the global economy and is one technology that is truly globally accessible with relevance to current and emerging industries.

Advance Rockhampton Executive Manager, Greg Bowden said local businesses would need to continue to adapt and innovate to keep up with the constantly changing world and build resilience into their business.

“Advance Rockhampton teaming up with key players in the business innovation and AI space will show how emerging technologies can help Rockhampton businesses thrive,” Mr Bowden said.

“Innovation and collaboration across local businesses and industry groups will be key to ensuring the region prospers not only for the short term but for many years to come.”

One home-grown example of business innovation is local company InfoFish Australia. InfoFish are a family business established in Rockhampton with long involvement in fisheries research using Artificial Intelligence (AI).

Queensland AI Hub CEO, Dr Sue Keay says Rockhampton will be a key beneficiary of AI technologies given the region’s strengths in agriculture, defence, infrastructure, resources, tourism and healthcare, areas where Australia is developing plenty of AI technologies.

“Rockhampton’s diverse economy is well-suited to many homegrown AI applications and the development of companies like InfoFish shows that global AI businesses can emerge from solving local problems,” Dr Keay said.

“The Queensland AI Hub is keen to support innovative regions like Rockhampton to grow their AI capability to find solutions to problems, to make businesses more profitable and sustainable and to generate local jobs and stimulate the economy.”

For more information about the Queensland AI Hub visit: https://www.qldaihub.com/

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