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A Brisbane business is helping companies such as beverage giant Asahi leverage data from legacy processing equipment with wireless sensors and AI tools.

The world is increasingly awash with data, with no sign of it receding any time soon.

One driver of the flood of data is the burgeoning ‘internet of things’ (IoT), which refers broadly to the range of machines and sensors that are connected to both each other and the internet.

IoT devices enable us to gather data as never before, greatly expanding our ability to monitor and improve performance. However, the amount of data being thrown up can be somewhat overwhelming for the humans trying to process it, making it difficult to realise the supposed benefits.

At this hurdle artificial intelligence (AI) steps into the picture. The scope of AI is not strictly defined, but generally refers to capabilities of machines that would otherwise require human intelligence.

At the low end of the complexity scale are tasks like recognising numbers or letters in an imag), while at the high end is the ability to manoeuvre a car through busy traffic.

AI offers us a practical means of efficiently sifting through the data streaming out of IoT devices.

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