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What does it mean to be ‘technology ready’ in rail – and why does it matter?

The global rail technology market is currently valued at 116 billion euros and is expected to reach 126 billion by 2025. In the face of this growth, the term ‘technology readiness’ has become one of the rail industry’s most prominent buzzwords. But what exactly does it mean and why is it credited with so much…

24 Apr 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Occupational Health & Safety | Technology | Transport & Logistics

The safety program making significant savings for Downer Group

Since becoming Head of HSEQ for Downer Group, Nick Mountford - who investigated the 2003 Waterfall train incident and played a pivotal role in establishing the ITSRR - has taken a zero-tolerance approach towards rail safety. His recently implemented Rail Safety Improvement Program has already seen incidents nosedive from 23 in the 2020-21 financial year,…

11 Apr 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

Monitoring track assets in their natural state – how Vossloh is changing the game for rail maintenance

Intricate track components, like switches and point machines, can be a challenge to monitor under actual operating conditions. Allow maintenance crews on the ballast while trains are running, and there are often unacceptable safety risks. Don’t allow them, and it becomes hard to assess the true condition of the asset under its real load. With…

28 Feb 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

Prolonging the life of a rail turnout

Bearing enormous tonnage, and withstanding extremes of weather and temperature, life as a rail turnout is often tough in Australia. However, as John Smith of voestalpine Railway Systems points out, a turnout can maintain good health and reach an impressive life span if cared for appropriately. He says advances in sensors and data-based applications now…

16 Feb 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Education | Technology

Maths marvel Eddie Woo on the future of teaching

Prof Eddie Woo – an award winning maths teacher whose YouTube tutorials have earned him global fame and a dedicated fan-base of almost 2 million followers – believes the world of teaching as we know it is about to become radically different. Known colloquially to students as ‘Mr Woo-tube’, Eddie – who is also a…

5 Feb 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

How RISSB is improving the safety and effectiveness of rail turnouts

Turnouts are an integral piece of equipment when it comes to rail safety and efficiency, which is why they have always been a key focus for the Rail Industry Safety and Standards Board (RISSB). This year is no exception, as the organisation continues its work with industry to ensure turnout technologies are working optimally. RISSB’s…

22 Jan 2024, by Amy Sarcevic

Healthcare | Technology

Bridging the valley of death – how Australia can make more impact with its inventions

Australia's universities are world-class, ranking seventh globally for academic performance and tenth globally for the production of highly cited publications. When it comes to translating this research into real world industrial applications, however, we perform poorly, relative to our global peers. In fact, the percentage of Australian companies that introduce a new-to-market innovation is comparatively…

30 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Defence & Security | Technology

What is space resilience and how can we achieve it in the current fiscal climate?

The space domain is fraught with risks - from radiation, to supply chain worries, cyberattacks, and the kinetic and physical threat to ground and space infrastructure. In this context, what does it mean to be resilient; and how can we best achieve it in the current fiscal climate? Chris Jewell, Program Director for JP9102 at…

15 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Energy & Utilities | Technology

The trends impacting the size and nature of hydrogen demand

With global demand for hydrogen reaching 95 megatonnes last year, there has never been a more pressing time to understand the trends and market characteristics shaping this fast-evolving sector. With this in mind, Informa Connect spoke with Izzi Messina, Vice President of Growth & Development at Wood, ahead of the Australian Hydrogen Conference (West). He…

6 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic

Technology | Transport & Logistics

How Siemens Mobility is improving the emissions, safety and security profile of rail

Climate change, cybercrime, and safety in the rail industry are not easy problems to solve, but thanks to the efforts of Siemens Mobility, they are becoming much easier. In recognition of the enormous role rail plays in our clean energy future, the technology vendor has designed a range of solutions to make transport options cleaner…

6 Nov 2023, by Amy Sarcevic
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