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 […]
With thousands of devices deployed across the water sector since mIoT’s inception, the Captis solution has become a staple for utilities and commercial enterprise clients in tracking their water usage, detecting leaks and improving processes with the capability of remote monitoring. More recently, however, the scalability of Captis has been utilised to full advantage, with one of Australia’s largest water […]
By Norman Ballard, Senquip By 2030, 25 billion IoT devices worldwide will deliver trillions of data points, powering Industry 4.0 and the associated productivity, efficiency and profitability gains. Yet, processing and storing trillions of data points is not efficient. The next generation of IoT devices deliver insights, not data points. Report by Exception (RBE) in IoT is gaining traction; a […]
To efficiently manage a reliable gas distribution network, you need data from various points within the network. Understanding the actual pressures across the network will assist in validating modelling, optimising system regulation, identifying leakages and help prevent negative customer experience. Although telemetry may already exist as part of the network control system, this is generally installed where control assets are […]
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 […]
Australian Private Networks (APN) supplies fixed and portable satellite internet services to allow internet connectivity at utility sites in even the most remote Australian locations. APN was recently contracted by State Gas Limited (ASX:GAS) to devise a solution for its remote gas extraction operations. Located in central Queensland, its projects are in remote places lacking fixed-line communications services with no […]
Chesterton Company, a leader in equipment sealing and reliability, has released its latest IIoT innovation – Chesterton Connect Cloud – a web-based dashboard and analytics platform for viewing and analyzing data collected from Chesterton Connect equipment monitoring sensors. The Chesterton Connect Cloud provides 24/7 access to process and operating conditions of pumps or other equipment being monitored to easily recognise […]
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 […]
Whether publicly or privately owned, utilities operate within a strict legislative and regulatory framework. Some utilities and their respective parent companies, have recognised the value of venturing into unregulated business areas – such as helping consumers monitor energy consumption, undertaking compliance auditing, providing metering and connection services, and offering engineering and construction services to external clients – as part of […]
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 […]
Pivotel’s Inmarsat BGAN satellite service provides voice and data connectivity at speeds of up to 492kbps, wherever your operations take you. Whether you need to stay connected on the road, at a work site, or anywhere else, Pivotel has a satellite communication solution that will meet your requirements. Choose from terminals that can be carried in a backpack, installed in […]
SUEZ has partnered with Goulburn Valley Water (GVW) to implement a market-leading digital water metering network solution to optimise and reduce peak water consumption and water losses across northern Victoria. After a public tender process, SUEZ was awarded the contract to lead the intelligent water metering project trial using ON’Connect™, an internationally-recognised intelligent water meter solution built on the WIZE […]
As one of the early adopters of Taggle Systems’ innovative remote sensing technology, Townsville City Council (TCC) leads the way in collecting data from a wide variety of applications via Taggle’s Low Power Wide Area Network (LPWAN) to identify and solve problems. One of these applications is remotely monitoring water pressure to better understand pressure fluctuations, identify the cause of […]
By Rob Bryant and David Wagner Australia’s capital project industries are realising major efficiencies by eliminating disconnected siloed solutions and implementing a more holistic approach to connect all project data from the start of a project through its turnover and startup. In this article, we examine multiple factors to help us answer the question “Why has Australia adopted the connected […]
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 […]
A major infrastructure agreement has been signed between energy distribution utility, TasNetworks, subsidiary business 42-24 and National Narrowband Network Co (NNNCo) to roll out a state-wide enterprise-grade Internet of Things (IoT) Network. The agreement is being heralded as an unprecedented partnership between a regulated utility, unregulated utility business and a licensed telecommunications carrier. The three-way deal will see TasNetworks and […]
The last few months have seen significant changes in the way we live, work and communicate due to COVID-19. Routines have been disrupted and for many companies, business as usual has disappeared. While some of the country is starting to experience an easing of restrictions, cities such as Melbourne are still facing strict lockdowns. At the beginning of the COVID-19 […]
Tackling the challenge before it happens Many of Sydney Water’s assets – including its network of 46,000km of pipes, treatment plants, pumping stations and reservoirs – are in remote locations, a demanding and complex maintenance task to manage over a large operating area. Currently, trunk main assets are successfully monitored and controlled using SCADA technology. When it comes to distribution […]
Technological innovations, such as Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things, have opened up new opportunities for businesses to improve and optimise their operations, but the increase in connected and intelligent devices has exposed a number of vulnerabilities in the utility sector’s approach to cyber security.
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by Michael Litherland, Cyber Security, Thales Australia Critical infrastructure providers are under increasing pressure to deliver services more efficiently and at a lower cost, as a result of market competition, technological change and stringent regulations. To achieve this, many organisations have sought to automate and integrate more and more of their Information Technology (IT) and Operational Technology (OT) systems. […]
by Andrew Joyner, Cyber Security, Thales Australia Cyber attacks pose an ever growing threat to organisations across the water, energy, transport and communications sectors as IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology) converge, creating new and unique risks in both the physical and digital worlds. In order to manage and minimise these risks, organisations first need to assess their […]
by Andrew Joyner, Cyber Security, Thales Australia Today’s digital and physical worlds are increasingly overlapping as digital devices that monitor and/or control physical effects become commonplace. While the convergence of IT (information technology) and OT (operational technology) can bring many benefits, it also poses new and unique risks to critical national infrastructure, particularly with cyberattacks having consequences in the […]
by Michael Litherland, Cyber Security, Thales Australia Many industrial organisations still view IT (Information Technology) and OT (Operational Technology) security as unique issues to be addressed in isolation. While IT & OT environments are foundationally and functionally different, the need for convergence between the two in the new world of increased and pervasive cyber risk can no longer be […]
The COVID-19 pandemic has resulted in state-wide lockdowns, mass event cancellations and the closure of workplaces, as social distancing measures become key to slowing the spread of the disease. Despite the restrictions on travel and in-person meetings, the Digital Utilities event was able to connect utility leaders across the country by moving quickly to deliver a successful digital conference. Hosting […]
Construction has commenced on a $6 million research and development hub in Cairns, set to help shape the future of energy in Queensland. Member for Cairns, Michael Healy, said the world-class facility, to be built at Ergon’s existing Spence Street site, puts Cairns at the forefront of energy innovation in Queensland. “This is the first large-scale facility of its kind […]
The concept of having both long- and short-term planning in a single solution is now a reality. InEight Schedule combines artificial, human and risk intelligence at the program and project level with a new interval planning interface. By providing this execution intelligence, project plans instantly become more realistic and achievable. InEight has reintroduced InEight Basis as InEight Schedule with the […]
The automation team at Melbourne Water is analysing historical and real-time data to change the water treatment process at the Eastern Treatment Plant (ETP), saving hundreds of thousands of dollars and lowering energy use. ETP uses ozone as part of its water treatment process. Ozone is a powerful oxidising agent which when dissolved in water, destroys all bacteria. The ozone […]
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