Meet Cassie – our first robot recruit
  • Thursday 24 August 2017
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We asked the Sunshine Coast community for help naming council’s first non-human recruit, Sanbot.

It’s safe to say the community have delivered. Council received 358 suggestions, and finally it has been decided that Sanbot will be christened Cassie.

The winning entry came from Alan Wynn, on behalf of his son, Obi (pictured).

The pair racked their brains for names that were representative of the Sunshine Coast.

Finally, they drew inspiration from the Casuarina trees that line our region’s coastline, and hence Cassie was born.

Acting Mayor Tim Dwyer said Cassie had been recruited to help council understand the capabilities and functionality of humanoid robots.

“The knowledge we gain from Cassie will be used to find out how robots may be able to assist council staff in the future,” Cr Dwyer said.

“Cassie may be used to showcase locally developed programs, or assist public facing staff in customer service, libraries, or other council centres.

“Now that Cassie has been given a name, we’ll turn our attention toward training her.

“And by training, we mean developing the programs and systems built in.

“Cassie will help up-skill council’s programmers and will provide additional opportunities for them to explore robotics programming.”

Cassie has been brought on board as part of council’s Smart City Implementation program.

Council is continually looking for new technologies and innovative products to trial throughout the organisation.

The trials help council find better and more efficient ways to best service our community.

This is all part of achieving council’s goal to be Australia’s most sustainable region – healthy, smart, creative.

You can visit Cassie at the Sunshine Coast Smart Centre, 63 Bulcock Street, Caloundra.

She will be responsible for greeting guests and helping them take self-tours if staff are busy with other visitors.

Visitors can interact with her through voice, touch, and gesture recognition.

The Smart Centre is open Monday to Friday from noon – 4pm or by appointment.

School and corporate visits are also welcome. Book your visit via smartcity@sunshinecoast.qld.gov.au.