Driving innovation with the Department of Defence

WINNER OF 2019 INNOVATION OF THE YEAR, DEPT OF DEFENCE, BASE SERVICES AWARD 

The Department of Defence had an ongoing problem of generational habitation of birds at various facilities across Defence sites. The long-term bird activity became an increasing problem, causing damage to critical infrastructure and assets, posing a major health risk to site personnel, alongside the outgoing cleaning cost which was not financially sustainable. Unfortunately, current bird deterrents such as bird netting, spiking, adhesive strips, lasers and ultrasonic systems had been exhausted and only achieved temporary results. 

Spotless developed an award-winning, Australian first innovation for the Australian Department of Defence, using ozone technology to remove and deter birds. Ozone is a non-intrusive generator that disperses diffused air through a simplistic pipe design and installation. Once birds inhale the ozonated air, they experience slight discomfort, causing them to quickly vacate the area to seek a more desirable environment. The ozone repels birds without causing harm to them, the infrastructure and surrounding environments. 

The results of the new ozone technology included: 

  • 97 per cent decrease of daily bird activity, 
  • 95 per cent decrease in new nests in the area, and 
  • significant reduction in faecal patches requiring less specialised cleaning. 

 

Mr. Steane Blanch Boeing Defence Australia Operational Manager said “The system itself is non-intrusive, chemical free and safe for humans. It also acts a natural sanitiser for a cleaner environment. Operators now spend less time on difficult and lengthy workplace washdowns, and spot cleans and the risk to faecal exposure is eliminated. 

The system is not exclusive to defence hangers. Installation of ozone generators as an effective bird deterrent would widely benefit other sites such as open and closed hangers and shipyards, transport depots, stores, warehouseslogistics storage and outdoor open public spaces. 

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