Sentient Vision Systems’ (Sentient) newly appointed CEO, Mark Palmer, had the privilege of attending a reception in Washington D.C. during Australian Prime Minister (PM) Anthony Albanese’s inaugural official visit to Washington D.C., hosted by President Joseph R. Biden Jr. This visit celebrated the enduring Australia-United States partnership, spanning over a century, and provided an invaluable opportunity to discuss Clean, Green, and Critical technologies that enhance Indo-Pacific security.
The reception, a significant component of PM Albanese’s three-day official visit from October 23 to 26, also saw the presence of senior representatives from the US Department of Defense and White House staff. The Australian Prime Minister was joined by the Australian Ambassador to the United States, H.E. The Hon. Dr. Kevin Rudd AC, as well as Australian embassy attachés.
Prime Minister Albanese emphasized the importance of his visit, stating, “My visit is an important opportunity to discuss our ambitious climate and clean energy transition, and shared goal of a strong, secure and prosperous Indo-Pacific.”
The White House has issued a statement highlighting that during this inaugural official visit, President Biden and Prime Minister Albanese will deliberate on strengthening collaboration concerning critical issues, ensuring the Alliance is well-prepared to address evolving regional and global challenges.
Mark Palmer, Sentient’s CEO, expressed his gratitude, stating, “It is an honor for Sentient to have been invited by Ambassador Rudd to meet the PM. We have achieved leadership in enhanced situational awareness for our customers with computer vision, AI, and edge-processed optical detection. Our unparalleled experience positions Sentient at the forefront of the Search and Rescue industry, as well as expanding our force-multiplier applications in Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) missions worldwide.”
ViDAR® (Visual Detection and Ranging), the world’s first passive optical search system developed by Sentient, is an AI-enabled onboard processed solution deployed with electro-optic and infrared wide area sensors. It is designed to detect and classify small objects that would be challenging to spot with the human eye or conventional radar.
Key announcements made by Sentient during PM Albanese’s visit included:
- A multi-year agreement with Shield AI to integrate ViDAR on the V-BAT UAS (Uncrewed Aerial System).
- Successful completion of ViDAR integration and evaluation on a Group 2 UAS under the US Marine Corps FCT (Foreign Comparative Testing).
Mark Palmer further explained, “Our mission mirrors that of Australia, collaborating internationally on the responsible use and development of AI, and is absolutely aligned with the AUKUS security partnership’s focus on Artificial Intelligence and autonomy under Pillar 2.”
The Australian PM’s Official Visit to the US underscores the strategic relationship between the US and Australia, as well as other partners dedicated to safeguarding the Indo-Pacific region.
With nearly 4,500 systems deployed, Sentient’s clientele includes the United States Marine Corps, United States Coast Guard, UK National Police Air Service, Canadian DFO, Mexican Navy, the Australian Defence Force, Australian Maritime Safety Authority, Netherlands Coast Guard, as well as various militaries, police, border patrol, security agencies, and forces worldwide.