MEET THE AI TECHNOLOGISTS: Creating Decision Advantage for Water and Defence Organisations




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In today’s fast-paced and data-driven business landscape, organisations are constantly seeking innovative solutions to unlock the true potential of their data. Enter Spiral Data, a leading player in Adelaide, Australia, revolutionising the way organisations extract insights from complex datasets. With a team of dedicated data scientists, machine learning engineers,and technologists, Spiral Data collaborates closely with large, asset-rich organisations in utilities, water, food, and defence sectors. CEO and Founder Kale Needham has a clear mission – to empower decision-makers with actionable contextual intelligence, providing them with a significant decision advantage. Their work is making a significant impact in risk mitigation and resource management. They deploy, test and retrain AI solutions in the field, evaluate their effectiveness and prove their impact in an operational environment to enhance decision making ‘in the wild’.

Ram Balachandran – Chief Data Scientist (CDS), Kale Needham – CEO and Chris Jansz – CTO

At Spiral Data, we firmly believe in harnessing the transformative power of artificial intelligence (AI) and big data to drive tangible outcomes. Through our thoughtful application of cutting-edge technologies, we enable organisations to minimise risk, enhance operational efficiency, and gain a competitive edge. Leveraging our extensive expertise and experience, we offer a range of specialised services designed to cater to the unique needs of asset-intensive and data driven organisations. I guess you could say, we are big data.

Consulting: Our seasoned team of experts have over 50 years of collective experience, providing strategic guidance and advisory services, navigating organisations through the intricate landscape of AI and big data. By closely collaborating with clients, we gain a deep understanding of their challenges and develop customised solutions that align with their specific goals and objectives.

Data Science as a Service: With our state-of-the-art data science techniques, we offer the professional services of our skilled team of data scientists. This service empowers organisations to extract valuable insights, identify patterns, and make informed decisions based on data driven analysis using sophisticated algorithms.

IoT-to-AI Platform: Managing and analysing massive volumes of sensor data and then using AIML to drive deliver business value can be a daunting task. SpiralData treats data science as a creative endeavour that requires scientific, mathematical and statistical discipline supported by a battle-hardened platform. Our platform is set up in hours, and on day 1 can ingest data from diverse sources at scale. It includes an AI workbench for rapid algorithm selection, training and deployment. Its composable architecture means outputs can be via API or visualised so your team at-a-glance insights to enhance decision making. By harnessing the power of big data technologies, we help organisations unlock the full potential of their data assets. And we now offer our platform offline in a ruggedised briefcase for secure AIML at the edge.

What sets Spiral Data apart is our ability to execute end-to-end AIML and big data projects seamlessly. From data acquisition and preprocessing to model development and deployment, we possess the expertise and resources to handle every stage of the project lifecycle. Whether organisations require support for specific project phases or comprehensive managed services for their data analytics needs, Spiral Data delivers reliable and high-quality solutions.

Key Milestone
In a recent celebrated partnership with Alexandrina Council (regional SA) Spiral Data led a progressive project optimising waste water in pristine environments. As a direct result, in 2023 Spiral Data took out a prestigious innovation award for Sustainability at the Amazon Web services (AWS) partner summit awards and was a finalist in the AI/ML and IoT category. This signals the company’s capability on
a national and global scale. Spiral Data continues to win major contracts with SA Water, Cleanseas, SA State Department of Environment and Water and others.

Spiral Data empowers organisations to thrive. Our expertise in AI and big data enables clients to make informed decisions, minimise risks, and optimise operational efficiency. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and innovation, Spiral Data is shaping a future where data becomes a strategic asset for organisations across industries.

Key Applications

  • Offline AIML for secure workloads at the edge in defence 
  • Transient detection in potable water networks using machine learning to calm the network 
  • AI to facilitate demand forecasting for SA’s non-urban water meters to ensure water security 
  • Algorithms to solve specific uses cases in water; 
  • a. Valve integrity testing using AI and IoT
  • b. Wastewater pump station anomaly detection (blocked drains, leaky taps, etc)
  • c. Global pump optimisation
  • d. Vacuum sewer ingress and valve optimisation
  • e. Predictive maintenance for water reuse

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