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Xerox partners on infrastructure IoT in Australia

Xerox Holdings Corp. continues to reinvent itself.

Xerox has partnered with the Australian state of Victoria government to launch Eloque, a joint venture to commercialize new technology that will remotely monitor the structural health of bridges.

Eloque uses tiny fiber optic sensors attached to the bridge to accurately measure and estimate structural strain, thermal response, bending, loads, corrosion and more. Advanced analytics then are used to evaluate the sensors’ data and deliver insights directly to the bridge owners and operators in real-time. The data will monitor whether a bridge is being over or underutilized, has structural problems or damage that needs repair.

“Aging and deteriorating public infrastructure is a global problem. We are pioneering technology that maintains the safety of bridges, extends their useful life and positively impacts planning,” said Xerox Vice Chairman and CEO John Visentin in a statement. “Our partnership with the Victorian government not only allows us to solve this problem for Victoria but also rapidly expand to customers around the world facing these challenges.”

The technology was developed at Xerox’s Palo Alto Research Center in California and trialed through a partnership between Xerox and VicTrack, the Victorian Government state-owned enterprise that owns all railway and tram lines there.

“This will help to detect problems earlier, reduce delays caused by road closures for manual inspections and repairs and help to find problems more quickly and accurately in the case of bridge strikes or other unexpected events,” said Victorian Minister for Transport Infrastructure Jacinta Allan.

The Victorian Government committed $50 million to introduce Eloque technology on priority bridges across the state. Xerox is the majority owner of Eloque, part of the company’s strategy for the broad entry into the Internet of Things market with new industrial offerings. Last year, Xerox said that PARC is working with the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) for the development of a technology that can enable large-scale monitoring of seas under the Ocean of Things program.

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