- Avoiding the perils of ERP system implementation
Companies tend to replace their Enterprise Resource Planning (ERP) systems for one of two reasons. Either an existing system has reached the end of its operational life, or it is no longer providing the level of support required writes Robert Frandsen, Managing Director of InfoMotion.
- The threat of mobile malware is rising
Companies urged to protect their mobile devices with the same robust security as traditional PCs and networks. Research by Check Point Software Technologies, the largest pure-play security vendor globally, has identified more than 1,400 different malware families globally during February this year. For the second month running, the Conficker, Sality, and Dorkbot families were the … Continue reading The threat of mobile malware is rising
- Leveraging data for smarter energy management
Data has completely revolutionised how we live from the way we utilise technology and interact with our loved ones to how we go about our work. In fact, almost 90 per cent of all the data in the world today has been generated over the past two years alone. People and machines are gaining easier … Continue reading Leveraging data for smarter energy management
- What to do when machines take our jobs? Give everyone free money for doing nothing
It was Groucho Marx who said, “While money can’t buy happiness, it certainly lets you choose your own form of misery.” Quite true, but what if there’s no money coming in from work because your job’s been taken over by a machine? Low wage earners appear to be most at risk from automation. In February … Continue reading What to do when machines take our jobs? Give everyone free money for doing nothing
- Could robot submarines replace the ageing Collins class?
The decision to replace Australia’s submarines has been stalled for too long by politicians afraid of the bad media about “dud subs” the Collins class got last century. Collins class subs deserved criticism in the 1990s. They did not meet Royal Australian Navy (RAN) specifications. But in this century, after much effort, they came good. Though they are expensive, Collins class boats have “sunk” … Continue reading Could robot submarines replace the ageing Collins class?
- Disruption in the form of the IoT
To say that the global manufacturing industry has undergone an era of profound upheaval (or disruption) would be an understatement. Today, there is another, more far-reaching form of disruption in the manufacturing sector, also known as the Internet of Things or IoT. The IoT is fast becoming one of most disruptive forces that Australia’s and … Continue reading Disruption in the form of the IoT
- 5 ways to protect industrial networks from cyber attack
Cyber security is about more than just protecting computer systems. In 2014, hackers caused massive damage to a German steel mill, after a cyber attack disrupted its control system, preventing a blast furnace from shutting down. More recently, hackers hijacked the systems of two power distribution companies in Ukraine and cut power to more than … Continue reading 5 ways to protect industrial networks from cyber attack
- Why secure DNS is critical for business
Just like cables, switches and routers, the Domain Name System (DNS) is a critical component in business data networks. Every organisation needs a functioning DNS to allow proper routing of traffic and to maintain everything from email systems to public-facing websites.
- Bicycle manufacturing on rise as cars take back seat
Boutique manufacturers Astir Frames, Bouwmeester Composites and Finch Composites are taking advantage of South Australia’s strong manufacturing history and access to university testing facilities to gain a foothold in the potentially lucrative cycling market.
- The promise and pitfalls of mobile computing
More and more manufacturers are taking advantage of mobile computing devices in the workplace, but many remain unaware of the problems they can generate.
- Machines can (finally) breathe easily
The right compressed air improves performance while efficient air preparation improves machine productivity.
- Sensors helping to streamline production processes in the steel industry
Steel plants achieve efficient and fault-free production processes with effective logistics concepts. Every steel plant has its own production cycle.
- Explosives control system upgrade all under control
Australia boasts world-class capabilities to manufacture propellants and high explosives. To retain these capabilities and ensure ongoing domestic access to munitions and explosives, aging manufacturing plants can benefit from investing in new technologies.
- Can the power grid survive a Cyber attack?
It’s very hard to overstate how important the power grid is to any society and its economy. Every critical infrastructure, from communications to water, is built on it and every important business function from banking to milking cows is completely dependent on it.
- Connected Cars: Mitigating the Risks to Reap the Rewards
Performance and reliability have been the cornerstones of every successful car brand since the birth of the automotive industry.
- Arsenic-free water: A major goal for Far North Queensland town
When arsenic levels in the drinking water supply for the Far North Queensland town of Chillagoe were found to exceed recommended levels, it was clear a failsafe solution was needed.
- Should Davos delegates live in fear of the ‘Fourth Industrial Revolution’?
The World Economic Forum Meeting at Davos, Switzerland this year is all about navigating a path through the “Fourth Industrial Revolution”. Preceding industrial revolutions were centred on machinery, electrified mass production, and computers. The fourth is premised on emerging breakthrough technologies based on artificial intelligence, nanotechnology, brain research, robots, the internet of things, and much else.
- The disruptive technologies that will shape business in the years ahead
Regardless of your industry, the marketplace is continually evolving. The reason, increasingly, is the evolution of disruptive technology.
- Ultrasound could transform 3D printing for a future of smart materials
The advent of 3D printers supposedly means we can manufacture anything in our homes. But in reality most existing home 3D printers can only make things out of certain plastics, although there are industrial systems that can print certain metals.
- The ‘G’ in 5G: how mobile generations have evolved
Some of the biggest carriers in Australia, Vodafone, Telstra and even Chinese manufacturer Huawei are preparing for the next generation of mobile phone network, 5G, even though 4G has only just been rolled out.