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Industry participant wearing the Smartglasses while inspecting underneath a container during a rural tailgate inspection with an Inspection Services officer onsiteImage captionArticle written by Compliance Division

New technology could allow rural tailgate inspections and audits to be conducted remotely.

Smartglasses technology is being tested to see if it is capable of showing biosecurity contaminants. Particularly in areas such as twist locks, tynes and dark crevices of the container.The pilots test the connectivity and usability of the remote technology. Also, whether they are fit for purpose.

The Strategic Risk and Business Improvement Team's Kirsty Creek, Tony Brennan and Amy Mason are leading this work 'For the pilot in rural tailgate inspections, industry participants wore the Smartglasses device. Meanwhile, a biosecurity officer would watch the feed remotely by from their home or office’ Amy said.

‘During the pilot our officers directed the industry participant to different areas around the site. This was done using the device’s audio function.

‘We also had the ability to manage any urgent biosecurity risk matters should they have come up during the activity.

These types of trials and innovation projects help us to redefine how we use our eyes on the ground to enable us to work differently and efficiently. 'They also help address some of our pressing challenges such as increasing trade volumes and the growing spread of diseases,’ Amy said. 'The main focus of these pilots is to test the concept’s applicability to remote inspections and audits. Also to extend into other areas where we could really start to see more benefits.’

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