National Safety Agency President Des Bahr (left) and Data61 CEO Adrian Turner with the Hino-based Emergency Services Integrated Communications (ESIC) vehicle.

Australia’s largest data innovation group has displayed a world-first emergency service communications vehicle based around a Hino prime mover at its inaugural showcase event in Sydney recently.

Data61 is the CSIRO’s new research unit and Australia’s largest data innovation group. The first Data61 D61+ LIVE event was staged at the Australian Technology Park recently and featured demonstrations of Australian innovation in data, research and industry collaboration.

The Emergency Services Integrated Communications (ESIC) vehicle which was on display is hauled by a Hino 700 Series SS 2848 and features equipment that allows emergency services to supply consistent, up-to-date information and connectivity to communities and the front line of service during an emergency.

The National Safety Agency (NSA) in partnership with Australian government departments developed the ESIC vehicle.

It houses technology that gathers a wide array of data to monitor and provide predictive modelling of floods, fires and other emergency crisis situations.

NSA President Des Bahr (pictured on left) is the director of the ESIC project and said the reliability of the Hino 700 Series prime mover was a key factor in the vehicle’s effectiveness.

“Choosing the Hino truck was an important decision that enables us to get our technology to an emergency in a safe and timely manner,” Mr Bahr said.

“Reliability is paramount as the truck is an all-agency, all-hazard approach. Agencies rely on us to provide vital assistance, intelligence and capability in crisis situations.

“We also chose Hino due to their global presence. As they are such a well-supported vehicle brand internationally, our prototype reflects a model that can be replicated without the need for modification.”

Data61 CEO Adrian Turner (pictured on right) said the ESIC vehicle promotes Australian innovation and collaboration at its best.

“Innovation is the product of two things – an idea and its outcome – and I think they’re multiplied by each other,” Mr Turner said.

“Hard science has gone into the underlying technology that drives the systems on board the ESIC, and the application of this vehicle is a perfect example of what innovation is about.”