Digital and smart utilities

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Managing water supply with smart technology

In December 2016, SA Water announced it was investing more than $4 million on emerging smart technology to help manage the water supply network in Adelaide’s CBD, making it one of the first Australian water utilities to broadly adopt this type of technology. SA Water CEO Roch Cheroux discusses how the trial is progressing and […]

Smart meters – maturing in cyber security but still at risk?

By Garry Bentlin, National Director of Cyber Security, Deloitte, and Roger Jeffrey, Consulting Partner, Deloitte Energy & Resources Data security is a critical focus area for modern, digital utilities, with smart meters at the frontline for potential attack. Garry Bentlin and Roger Jeffrey outline the key risks utilities need to consider when it comes to […]

The meter-to-customer challenge

The meter-to-cash process is important for utilities to collect revenue for the consumption of their services but it also has the potential to create challenges which could have a major impact on the utility itself. Oracle has a complete meter-to-cash solution to overcome these challenges. Meter-to-cash has a number of benefits including higher revenue, lower […]

Asset management for critical infrastructure: the cornerstone of modern life

Managers of critical infrastructure, such as water, electricity, and transport networks, have more tools available to them than ever before to ensure safe and efficient operation. At the same time, public and government expectations regarding the management of these assets, and delivery of their critical services have never been higher. Technology moves at a rapid […]

AEMC backs five minute settlement

The Australian Energy Market Commission (AEMC) has outlined the impacts of changing the settlement period for the electricity spot price from 30 minutes to five minutes in a new directions paper. AEMC Chairman, John Pierce, said the proposed change would signal more accurately the value to consumers of fast response technologies, such as aggregating distributed […]

New positioning technology testing for utility industry

Geoscience Australia and the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI) are planning to spend around $400,000 on user testing of a Satellite-Based Augmentation System (SBAS) for the utilities industry in Australia. Geoscience Australia and CRCSI are looking for Australian businesses in the utilities industry interested in improving the capacity of their positioning technology to […]

ACCC to monitor Australia’s broadband performance

The Federal Government will fund a new broadband performance monitoring program to provide Australian consumers with accurate and independent information about broadband speeds. The program will use hardware-based devices to perform remote testing of around 4,000 households to determine typical speeds on fixed-line NBN services at various times throughout the day. ACCC Chairman Rod Sims, […]

National growth plan for Australia’s spatial sector

The recently released 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda (2026 Agenda) represents a change for the industry and aims to maximise the innovation, productivity and competitiveness of the spatial industry across Australia. Collectively created by business, government, academia and spatial-user organisations, the Action Plan is underpinned by 34 transformational initiatives, and will be delivered […]

Utilities taught methods for managing data security

Utility professionals came together for the inaugural Secure Utilities event on 23 March in Melbourne where experts in data security discussed the steps that utilities should be making to ensure their organisations are protected against cyber attacks. Due to the rapid digitisation of the utility industry, security is now more important than ever before, and […]

OECD report raises NBN questions

A new report by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) has highlighted a number of questions concerning the nbn rollout. Economic Survey of Australia 2017 found that across the OECD distribution, broadband prices are relatively high and penetration is low, most notably at higher speeds. For example, according to OECD data Australia has […]

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