Companies urged to do more to help create a digital workforce

Australia’s National Centre for Vocational Educational Research (NCVER) has urged employers to do more to prepare for a digital future of work. In a report, Skilling the Australian workforce for the digital economy, NCVER found preparedness for a digital future was highly varied between workplaces. NCVER managing director, Simon Walker said: “This new report focuses…

F-35 to be used to develop industry 4.0 supply chain

The F-35 Lightning, the world’s most advanced fighter plane, will be used to develop the world’s most advanced digital supply chain under a new partnership. BAE Systems Australia and the Advanced Manufacturing Growth Centre (AMGC) will bring Industry 4.0 to reality through a $750,000 project to develop a new approach to supply chain digitisation. The…

Austrade markets Australian Agriculture 4.0

The Australian Trade and Investment Commission is focusing on Agriculture 4.0 as it markets local capabilities and products in this fast-developing area. The Agriculture 4.0 theme will help the global agricultural sector to be more profitable, efficient, safe and environmentally friendly, according to Austrade. “These technologies include biotechnology, smart farming, ‘precision for decision’ agriculture, robotics,…

Bringing the NBN up to speed

Analysis by Peter Roberts It is hard to believe but after tens of billions of dollars spent, Australia heads towards 2020 with slow internet speeds that are going to affect the country’s economic future. New figures released in the Speedtest Global Index show Australia comes in at number 55 globally in terms of internet speed,…

Where does Australia stand in digital transformation?

Analysis by Peter Roberts Digital technologies giant Dell Technologies released a survey on digital transformation this week that suggested Australia, and its manufacturers, were confident about their path and progress towards a digital future. But on reading the results I am not so sure – perhaps we are further behind than we think. The global…

Fleet Space lures manufacturers with global connectivity

Adelaide nanosatellite builder and operator, Fleet Space Technology, has thrown open its array of small satellites to manufacturers wishing to connect their operations and devices. The company has launched a website seeking applications from companies and will connect up to one million devices at a cost of US$2.00 (Aud$2.75) per device, per year. Applications are…

Liquid Instruments revolutionises laboratory equipment

Precision laboratory test instrument manufacturer, Liquid Instruments has raised $11.1 million in Series A venture capital funding. The company, which developed a software configurable hardware platform that integrates 12 test and measurement instruments in one, raised the funds from US-based Anzu Partners and Canberra’s ANU Connect Ventures. The funds will accelerate product development and sales…