During a recent series of technology road shows, Madison Technologies has talked at length with customers in the power and water utilities sectors, learning about the industrial technology challenges and opportunities they are currently facing. A number of topics and technologies have formed the basis of these conversations, including edge computing, connectivity, IIoT technologies, and the one word that is […]
By Ken Mathers, Senior Utilities Consultant, Hexagon’s Safety, Infrastructure & Geospatial division Fibre optic networks are rapidly expanding. This change is being driven by digital transformation, upscaled competition and increasing demands for service reliability. While this expansion will serve the Asia Pacific telecom networks well, it is being stymied by network providers needing more real-time information and optimised connectivity. Traditionally, […]
For Australian water utilities, non-revenue water is a continuous challenge, with no clear solution at scale. Andrew Forster-Knight, General Manager of Digital Utility at South East Water, discusses how digital solutions are enabling utilities to identify and locate network leaks. Network leaks have a number of serious consequences for water utilities, including the wastage of a finite resource, loss of […]
In Victoria, Intelligent Water Networks (IWN) has a Data and Analytics Program focused on trialling new and emerging technologies to help the water industry optimise data management. Here, Utility explores its recent projects and findings. For the Victorian water industry, intelligent data can deliver cost efficiencies and improve customer service. It will also play an increasingly important role in meeting […]
Digital cadastre modernisation programs are well underway in most jurisdictions across Australia. These will significantly improve the accuracy and reliability of the register of real property that underpins our economy. Greater accuracy of land parcel boundaries will allow much closer alignment with GPS, high-resolution imagery, LiDAR, and other high-precision data collection methods. This new alignment will underpin initiatives such as […]
At the foundation of Industry 4.0 (I4.0) – or the Fourth Industrial Revolution – is data and connectivity. I4.0 is not a technology, but rather a concept of how automation can be better utilised to help companies achieve operational goals that are aligned with business strategies. SICK outlines the three simple steps needed to bring your manufacturing processes in line […]
Imagine a simple solution for fleet management which maximises efficiency, minimises cost and improves the security and safety of your vehicles and drivers. Would you like the solution customised to suit your unique needs? The answer is two10degrees’ award-winning Global Alerting Platform for Fleet solution, which equips clients with tools for emergency alerting, message routing, location tracking, scheduled reporting, dashboard […]
by Chris Hoey, Managing Director, Bürkert Fluid Control Systems Australia Early in any innovation wave, there tends to be a lot of hype and even more buzz words. This leads to wild interpretations and claims with growing confusion in the market. That said, as this technology has not passed the maturity curve, there remains debate on definitions between institutions, vendors […]
As underground cable and distribution systems age, electrical faults occur with increasing frequency due to damage, workmanship issues and general deterioration. Energy utilities need a quick, effective solution to identifying these faults before they can cause damage or harm the community. Recently, a utility deployed a mobile contact voltage solution to perform a survey of their underground distribution areas. The […]
Facing ongoing influences such as climate change, dam owners are under increasing pressure to ensure the safety of their assets. The consequences of failure are becoming more significant too, in light of factors like downstream urbanisation. With asset owners integrating new solutions to help them rise to the challenge, Hunter Water has turned its eyes skyward in a bid to […]
GWMWater has enhanced customer experience with the launch of a Customer Portal – empowering customers with more information about their water supply than ever before. Available on multiple devices, the portal allows customers to view recent and historical water use and set up automatic alerts to notify them of high usage or leaks.
Access to near real-time water meter data presents opportunities for significant improvement in water and asset management, billing and customer service. However, it also brings with it a range of challenges. Taggle Systems has worked closely with councils and water utilities for over ten years delivering smart water metering solutions and has gathered a wealth of knowledge and experience in […]
Using the power of the cloud, water operations can be financially and operationally more accessible, powerful and flexible than traditional on-premises systems. Water utilities everywhere in the world are facing challenges that did not exist a couple of decades ago. From growing urban populations and climate change to aging infrastructure, regulatory pressure and budgetary constraints, utilities now must deal with […]
A landmark virtual event for the Australian utility sector, Digital Utilities took place over the course of two weeks in March 2021. This major summit consisted of four Virtual Conferences, diving deep into some of the critical challenges and focus areas for the sector, and providing delegates with genuine learning opportunities from some of the best and brightest minds across […]
Technology has become a major part of our modern world, helping to make life easier and safer for many – and utilities are no different. For Gippsland Water, the implementation of advanced technology into its operations has been a no-brainer, with the water utility embracing the use of drone technology over the past few years to help improve the way […]
Reliable, business-grade internet is critical to the success of utility operations. With Activ8me Business Services’ satellite solutions, remote sites can be connected online no matter how limited the local connectivity options may be. The increasing adoption of remote monitoring systems and near real-time analysis of data flows to and from facilities has necessitated a constant, reliable internet service on every […]
by Imogen Hartmann, Journalist Victorian Power Networks (VPN) (encompassing the CitiPower and Powercor networks) and United Energy (UE) own and operate large electricity distribution networks, totalling over 850,000 poles and more than 800,000km of line. VPN and UE are required to comply with strict regulations governing the design, configuration and environment of their assets as safely and cost-effectively as possible. […]
The chemical treatment of wastewater is perhaps the most crucial part of wastewater treatment practices, and it has largely remained unchanged for the last 100 years. Conventional operations can include the processing of sewage/effluent through various stages of comprehensive chemical treatment, like pH neutralisation, oxidation, ion exchange, coagulation and flocculation. Although these practices can help achieve better outcomes for plants, […]
Industry insights communicate debates on the reshaping of the utility sector, describing changes which will make the sector more different, challenging and exciting than ever before. It looks like the new educated customer and global trends will play a big part. Learning about your customer’s lifestyle With a high level of confidence, some market players are being described as enablers […]
Water utilities are often challenged to do more with less. With ever-growing pressures on service delivery, quality and cost, the demand for improved service levels, and justifications for cost of service are at an all-time high. One solution is to adopt customer-centric approaches to service delivery, asset management strategies and investments. A customer-centric approach adds velocity and adaptability to stability, […]
Nbn co and CSIRO have signed a new agreement to combine expertise and resources to boost research and planning for Australia’s digital needs. With nbn co’s knowledge of broadband traffic patterns across its national network and CSIRO’s expert analysis and modelling capability, the two organisations will develop data insights to support the development of the future digital capability needs of […]
Jemena and Deloitte have teamed up in the development of a new cloud-based application on Amazon Web Services (AWS) that provides insights from its smart meter data to assist consumers with their energy decisions. Jemena delivers electricity to more than 360,000 residential and business customers across Melbourne’s north-west. By leveraging the cloud-based application, Jemena said it can better understand customer […]
Construction has begun on the build of Newcastle’s Leading Edge Data Centre facility to boost jobs, network infrastructure and the Greater Hunter region’s digital economy. The construction is in partnership with Ausgrid, who are providing the land, access to the electrical network and fibre infrastructure at Mayfield West. Ausgrid is the largest distributor of electricity on the east coast and […]
The rapid evolution and maturity of smart and digital technologies is creating diverse opportunities for utilities to adopt emerging devices and systems which improve operational efficiency, customer experience and enable greater safety outcomes. With a long history of innovation, SA Water is embracing change by fostering and developing new applications of technology for the benefit of its customers and communities. […]
The Australian utility industry recently gathered online for The Digital Home: new opportunities for utilities Virtual Conference, which was held on Thursday 30 July. Close to 250 delegates registered for the Virtual Conference, which was hosted by Utility Editor, Charlotte Pordage. Over the course of approximately two and a half hours, the speakers explored the challenges and opportunities the growing […]
Machines are learning to think. Deep learning is a machine learning technique − and the most significant future technology in artificial intelligence. SICK transfers this key technology to its sensors, offering customers added value for greater productivity and flexibility. Sensors remain the source of information, and integrated software offers a solution for evaluating and communicating network data. However, the Industry […]
By David Wagner, Vice President of Industry Solutions, InEight The engineering, construction and operation of utility projects has long been known to generate massive amounts of various project data. How you manage this data often dictates how well your projects perform, and in turn the success of the project’s stakeholders. So how do you better manage your project data? In […]
Technology is rapidly transforming many Australian and global industry sectors. For electric, natural gas, and water utility companies, the need to embrace digital transformation and evolve to become a “digital enterprise” has never been clearer. What is a digital enterprise? A digital enterprise can be defined as an organisation where digital technology plays a central role in how the company: […]
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