For more than 30 years, the Dial Before You Dig program has become a trusted go-to service for asset owners and contractors. It protects more than $340 billion of infrastructure, covers more than 740,000km and plays a vital role in preventing utility strikes, which can cause expensive damage, widespread inconvenience and, in some tragic circumstances, injury and death. And now, […]
The Tasmanian Cyber Security Innovation Node, launched in Launceston on 30 January 2020, has joined five other state and territory nodes created in partnership with the government-backed AustCyber. Federal Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, said the new node would help drive innovation and economic growth in the cybersecurity sector. “Growing the sector in Tasmania will attract business […]
Virtual reality (VR) programs have been introduced by electricity distributors CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy as a training tool for field workers. VR, commonly used in video-gaming, uses headsets to create realistic, virtual images and sounds. CitiPower, Powercor and United Energy have adopted the technology to improve its ‘Safe Approach Distances’ training as part of a six-month pilot to introduce […]
A device the size of a large matchbox will help protect Melbourne Water’s extensive water transfer network of pipes and tanks, and at the same time provide information on air quality, thanks to cutting-edge technology developed in collaboration with Victoria’s Environment Protection Authority (EPA). Melbourne Water created the monitor using Internet of Things (IoT) technology, which allows computing devices embedded […]
Withstanding extreme heat, floods and pesky cockatoos, Taggle telemetry is built to last and is going the distance. Smart water meters installed in early 2013 located in Mackay Regional Council are still producing hourly data without skipping a beat. Some of those devices are sending their consumption data to Taggle’s busiest receiver located on Mt Oscar in Mackay, which is […]
by David Edwards, Technical Visionary, Horizon Power Horizon Power aims to deliver energy solutions for regional communities in Western Australia by developing a pathway to the effective management of high-penetration Distributed Energy Resources (DER) and energy storage. Through the DER trials in Carnarvon, Horizon Power is planning for a highly decentralised energy resource future where customers have a choice in how they […]
Ergon Energy and Energex, as part of Energy Queensland, have won a Safe Work Award for a lifesaving tool to help improve safety around powerlines on work sites in the air and on the ground. The online mapping application lookupandlive.com.au pinpoints the location of 178,000km of overhead powerlines and 1.7 million poles across Queensland. Ergon Energy Community Safety Manager, Aaron […]
A new era of digital transformation will benefit Unitywater customers. Head of Technology and Digital Solutions, Gavin Kelly, has a grand vision to deliver something deceptively simple at the water and sewerage utility: a single source of data truth that enables key decision making and, in some scenarios, automates outcomes. This so-called ‘data lake’, perhaps better known as an intelligent […]
Innovative technology that has been proven to automatically restore power within one minute of a fault is now being further developed by United Energy to deal with more complex network issues. Known as Fault Location, Isolation and Service Restoration (FLISR), the technology was developed by distribution service provider United Energy and has been in operation around 90 times since 2017, […]
The 2019 AFR BOSS Most Innovative Companies list, published by The Australian Financial Review and Boss Magazine, has released its list of the most innovative companies in Australia. The highly competitive ranking is based on a rigorous assessment process managed by Australia’s leading innovation consultancy, Inventium, and a panel of industry expert judges. More than 800 organisations were nominated across […]
By Simon Vardy, Utilities Strategy Lead, Accenture Australia and New Zealand; Tony Histon, Transmission & Distribution Lead, Accenture Asia Pacific, Middle East & Africa The convergence of information and operational technologies (IT/OT) enables cost savings, reliability improvements and new services across the utility sector. More efficient investments, greater customer choice and lower risk operations can result where digital technologies are applied […]
Sydney Water has embarked on a journey to harness its massive amounts of asset data to improve its strategic decision making. Here, Tammy Falconer, Head of Asset Knowledge at Sydney Water, explores what the utility has been doing in the space and how others can use data to inform their own asset management strategies including in the exciting new world of IoT. Asset […]
Launceston is set to become home to a combined energy-Internet of Things (IoT) hardware start-up accelerator led by EnergyLab. The Tasmanian Government is investing $900,000 to help turn the concepts of Tasmania’s best and brightest into viable, real-world products and services. The funding supplements its commitment to Tasmania’s burgeoning start-up community via the Enterprize Hubs in Launceston and Hobart. The […]
SA Water’s smart wastewater network has celebrated success at the Australian Internet of Things (IoT) Awards for the second consecutive year, with the corporation’s smart technology claiming Best Industrial IoT Project for 2019. Winning two accolades at the 2018 awards ceremony, the success further recognises the step change in customer experience achieved by the utility after rolling out its smart […]
Updated interactive investment and constraint maps, also known as Network Opportunity Maps, have been released as part of a push by network businesses to improve network efficiency and lower network prices. Energy Networks Australia, in partnership with the University of Technology Sydney, has released the 2019 update of the Network Opportunity Maps for distribution businesses based on December 2018 Distribution […]
Why asset-intensive sectors have been slow to upgrade enterprise capability and how they will benefit. by Brian Devlin, Industry Director, TechnologyOne While sitting further behind other industry sectors when it comes to uptake of new technologies, a staggering 80 per cent of Australasian utilities, water, ports and airports organisations surveyed intend to replace or adopt new enterprise solutions within the next […]
A new, digital innovation trial by Hunter Water is currently underway to assist in finding and fixing hidden leaks and predicting water main bursts before they occur. The 12-month trial will involve using Internet of Things (IoT) devices with data science, and acoustic monitoring technology, to monitor the water pressure and flow in parts of the network at Lake Macquarie […]
Industry 4.0 Testlabs are an Australian Government initiative aiming to showcase and promote technologies which can improve the competitiveness of Australian businesses. The University of Western Australia’s Testlab is a state-of-the-art facility that will contribute to development of interoperability standards that will be critical to fully unlocking these improvements. The University of Western Australia (UWA) is one of six universities […]
Sydney Water’s Customer Hub has taken out a Global Water Award for 2019 Smart Water Project of the Year, following on from its achievement as the Australian 2019 Digital Utility of the Year – Water. The Smart Water Project of the Year award recognised the project that most effectively harnessed digital solutions to achieve excellence in water or wastewater management in […]
The Smart Energy program returned to Melbourne for its second year running, culminating in a Demo Day that took place at Federation Square on Thursday 11 April 2019. The 13-week program is a three-year partnership between one of Australia’s leading energy retailers, EnergyAustralia, and the largest industry-focused accelerator, Startupbootcamp. At the end of the program, all ten startups have the […]
The University of New South Wales (UNSW) is making new partnerships that will investigate the potential of smart cities and hybrid energy storage systems. UNSW Sydney will lead Australia’s first fully integrated smart city trial in partnership with Providence Asset Group (PAG) and Tamworth City Council, in a deal announced at an event at the University. The trial will be […]
The winners of the 2019 Digital Utility Awards have been revealed at a Gala Dinner at the Digital Utilities Conference in Melbourne. Six awards were handed out celebrating the utility industry’s greatest achievements in the digitisation of utility networks, processes and practices across Australia. The winners are: Best Customer Innovation Award – Jemena Best Use of New Technology Award – […]
We are operating in a time when virtually anything can be connected to the internet, creating a global network of physical devices that are collecting and sharing data – referred to as the Internet of Things (IoT). IoT can offer huge benefits for utilities, such as optimising asset performance, enhancing the customer experience and improving operational efficiency, but integration within […]
There was a time when customers had no choice when it came to energy. They didn’t have the option of solar, central or independent, from whom and at what price. In this historic context, EnergyAustralia’s core business was once the generation of energy from large power stations, predominantly fuelled by coal and gas, and the supply of that output to homes and businesses.
Melbourne Water has been adopting new digital technologies, tools and processes to enhance management of its assets, make operations safer and more efficient, and enhance the service provided to customers. As a result, the utility was shortlisted as a finalist for the Digital Utility of Year at the 2018 Digital Utility Awards. Melbourne Water is implementing technologies such as Virtual […]
The Internet of Things (IoT) remains nebulous and under-utilised for many asset management companies. Here, Dr Carla Boehl, Principal Consultant at SNC-Lavalin, demonstrates how IoT can transform a business’s asset management operations. Ahead of her presentation, Transforming from Mechanical to Cyber-Experience, at the Asset Management for Critical Infrastructure conference, 12-13 September in Sydney, Dr Boehl explores how the Internet of Things […]
Melbourne Water is trialling new Internet of Things (IoT) technology to replace its existing radio transmitters used to relay data from its network of rain gauges. The water authority operates a network of approximately 100 rain gauges around the greater Melbourne area. Information drawn from these gauges, combined with Bureau of Meteorology data, provides information for early flood warning and […]
The Australian Government has launched two new research projects to focus on the emerging areas of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT). Minister for Education and Training, Simon Birmingham, and Minister for Jobs and Innovation, Michaelia Cash, said the new projects would put Australia at the forefront of research into these two scientific and technological developments. “We […]
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