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Global case studies in SMART infrastructure

The need for more efficient and livable cities in Australia has led to the birth of SMART infrastructure - the integration of infrastructure assets with enabling technologies and big data analytics. With the impending arrival of fifth-generation broadband (5G) and a proliferation of SMART technologies emerging, the opportunity for developing SMART infrastructure is increasing; and…

20 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Solar PPAs – working towards a more sustainable future

With the amplification of corporate sustainability commitments and an increasingly volatile energy market, many corporations are now looking at renewable power purchase agreements (PPAs), as a means of buying ‘green benefits’ for their brand and hedging against rising electricity costs. Even previously ambivalent companies are beginning to show a strong interest. Energy bills have increased…

19 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Using non-thermal ultrasound procedures to treat Alzheimer’s disease

Neurological disorders such as dementia and its major form, Alzheimer’s disease, are an ongoing and increasing challenge for our ageing population. Sadly, the disorders remain incurable as there are limitations in existing treatments such as drugs and surgical therapies, due to their difficulty in accessing the brain. But thanks to the pioneering work of Professor…

19 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Business

How well is the ACL serving Australian consumers?

In March 2016, Consumer Affairs Ministers throughout Australia and New Zealand began a twelve-month review of the Australian Consumer Law – in a bid to better protect Australian consumers. The review sought to future-proof the law against new and emerging issues and in doing so identified a set of reforms to improve the operation of…

18 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

Using NDIS funding to create a big life

The National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) entitles 20,000 people living with disability in Australia to a portion of more than $1 billion funding. Applications are subject to a complex and strict review process, but can entitle people with significant, permanent disability to generous (often five figure) sums. This funding helps them get the appropriate inventions…

18 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Forecasting winners and losers in emerging digital energy tech

The Australian Technologies Competition has seen a number of “ground-breakers, risk-takers, challenge-seekers and game-changers” in the Energy space, since its inception in 2012. John O’Brien is Managing Director of the competition’s founding company Australian CleanTech, and is due to present at the Digital + Energy Summit this May in Sydney. In advance of his presentation,…

16 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Transport & Logistics

Mixed signals: SPAD-risk management and mitigation from the Network Controller perspective

The term ‘SPAD’ (signal passed at danger) is often considered the ‘Voldemort’ of the rail industry. It represents one of the sector’s most ominous safety concerns, given the potential for high consequence accidents, loss of life, and severe reputational damage to the offending organisation. SPAD violations have been attributed to a number of “human” errors,…

13 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities

Managing renewable energy intermittency: Case study of Genex’s Kidston Renewable Energy Hub

Australia has made a giant leap towards a future in renewables, largely owing to the pioneering work of Genex Power. Just last week, the firm announced plans to develop the third component of their Kidston Renewable Energy hub - a 150MW capacity windfarm - to be incorporated into the hub’s existing large scale solar and…

11 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare

What does a person with dementia look like?

Dementia is a pervasive collection of symptoms, including memory loss, confusion, personality change, multi-sensory challenges, and apathy, caused by a number of disorders affecting the brain. These symptoms can make it very challenging for people living with dementia to carry out everyday tasks. But as renowned dementia advocate John Quinn describes, it is often the…

10 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Infrastructure

Planning the delivery of schools in a changing world

The Greater Sydney Commission has forecast a 74% population growth in Sydney over the next forty years, driven by immigration policy and fertility rates. That equates to a population of 8 million Sydney-siders by 2056. Other states are also experiencing this phenomenom. How will the city landscape change to absorb this staggering increase? This is…

10 Apr 2018, by Amy Sarcevic
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