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Jessica Irwin made her dream a reality at Telstra Vantage™ 2017

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on September 21, 2017

2 min read

Jessica Irwin is an inspiration to us all. Born with cerebral palsy, Jessica’s incredible drive and creative talent means she has cemented her place as a highly regarded professional photographer in the live music field. But, Jessica had a dream to step out from behind the shadow of the camera into the bright lights of the stage.

With the help of Dr. Jordan Nguyen and his technology business Psykinetic, a start-up seed funded by Telstra Foundation that improves quality of life for people with disabilities, Jessica realised her dream.

In a pre-record to the Telstra Vantage audience, Jessica said “I always had a strong desire to perform, but even I knew my limits.  One evening Dr. Jordan attended a gig with me and saw first-hand my desire to perform on stage, and made it a goal to make this day happen.”

Opening Telstra Vantage™ with her musical debut, Jessica performed live with Australian music legend Steve Balbi in front of more than 3,500 attendees. Jessica’s performance combined the use of conventional instruments and an incredible piece of inclusive technology developed especially for her. Using eye-tracking technology, Jess manipulated a computer screen to create melodies, rhythms, sound sequences and stunning harmonious effect leaving the audience in awe.

With Telstra Vantage bringing together the most innovative tech and ideas under one roof, it seemed only fitting that Jessica open the show with her musical performance. Jessica relies on technology innovation to live her life to the fullest, reinforcing the important role of technology in transforming the way we live, create and do business.

Jessica Irwin is a distinguished photographer, with a passion for live music photography. She had a dream that she would one day perform with the band – and today that dream become a reality at Telstra Vantage 2017.

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How IoT is transforming the agriculture industry

Telstra Vantage™

Posted on September 21, 2017

3 min read

Exporting fresh produce over 7,000 kilometres from Australia to China is not an easy task. At Peloris I’m in the business of connecting Australian producers to the rapidly expanding Asian markets for imported premium food categories. One of our biggest export items is fresh milk to China.

Three years ago, it was impossible for us to export milk products to China. It could take more than two weeks for a shipment of milk just to pass through Chinese quarantine, which we all know exceeds the milk shelf life. Fast forward to today, we are now responsible for around 40 per cent of all fresh milk exports into China worldwide. This weekend we’re celebrating a pretty exciting milestone – with our two millionth litre of fresh milk arriving in China. We know it will arrive on time and at the right temperature, as always.

How did we make the export of fresh milk commercially viable? With a lot of persistence and the helping hand of the Internet of Things technology.

A few years ago we were seeing the great impact that drones and robots were having on the agriculture industry. We took notice and started to think about the logical extension of this ‘internet of things’ technology to the supply chain as well.

Technology has helped open up new markets for exporting fresh food. We did this in partnership with Telstra and M2M Connectivity, who helped us tailor Sendum technology to create a solution that ensures the integrity and traceability of the fresh milk. It means we can access data in real time to assure the quality of the milk by monitoring the temperature all the way from the farm to when it arrives in China. This visibility and transparency allows us to see the products at all stages of the supply chain, helping to improve overall efficiency. From my hometown of Woolgooga, NSW, I can monitor exports across the world.

Thanks to this technology we have been endorsed by China Inspection and Quarantine Bureau for rapid border clearance for China food imports. Where it used to take two to three weeks to clear shipments, we can now achieve this in just 36 hours.

The Internet of Things technology has also provided the ability for our partners, in our case food producers, exporters, and Chinese quarantine officials, to monitor temperature and conditions of any perishable goods shipped in, including location  – all in real time.

One of the great things about this technology is that it also provides the consumers who buy the milk with the same information, so they can have confidence in the integrity and quality of the food they are purchasing. This enhanced consumer confidence in the product leads to increased demand which is good for Australian producers.

Technology has created new possibilities for Peloris. We’re already developing channels to market for other short shelf life products into China and new markets across Asia. We have already established an office in Malaysia, which has potential to be a hub for us to start a supply chain for foods such as dairy, meat, fruit, vegetables and chilled seafood from Australia into the ASEAN region including Singapore, Thailand, Vietnam and Indonesia. With technology and the right partners, Peloris has been able to improve the performance of the food export cold chain, helping us reach and grow new markets for Australian produce.

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Ready. Set. Vantage. Check out must see tech at Telstra Vantage™ 2017

Business and Enterprise

Posted on September 20, 2017

3 min read

Ready. Set. Vantage. Check out must see tech at Telstra Vantage 2017.

Telstra Vantage enters its fourth year this week with two full days of talks and exhibitions of the latest in technology and innovation. With 120 exhibitors and a big showing of Telstra’s own tech, there’s lots to see. To get you excited, here’s a quick rundown of five of the coolest bits of tech on show in the Vantage Village.

Infosys PlantIO

Technology services and consulting company Infosys has artificial intelligence, augmented reality, automation, machine learning, and data and analytics all wrapped up in its Plant IO tech. It hooks a plant up to a UV light and a few knobs and tubes that control the flow of nutrients and water. Then through random variables and machine learning algorithms that measure plant growth, the system figures out what the ideal pH level is for each plant.

The company also has a Microsoft HoloLens augmented reality app that lets you monitor plant growth from afar and adjust the input variables with hand gestures.

Telstra Globecam

Telstra’s Globecam miniature wearable cameras hint at an exciting future for sports television. They can be mounted to a helmet or strapped to the chest or worn like a headset just above the ear, and while right now they’re mostly used on referees they could potentially go on players in training or during matches.

The system is currently in use FOX SPORTS with cameras mounted on both the head and chest of the referee. The camera operator can pan up and down for a better view of a player and switch back and forth between cameras to get the best angle.

Samsung Gear VR rollercoaster

Samsung leveled up its GearVR mobile VR experience in perhaps the most exhilarating way possible. They’ve hooked up two of their headsets to special chairs that vibrate and tilt in four directions, and attendees can strap themselves in for a virtual ride of two real rollercoasters from the Six Flags amusement park in Florida – complete with all the twists and turns of the real thing.

Anki Overdrive powered by Oracle Cloud

Anki Overdrive pits AI-driven toy race cars against each other on a modular track, with Mario Kart-style virtual weapons mixed in via an Android/iOS app to give a player something fun to do.

And as if it’s not already cool enough to have real-world and virtual play blend together, Oracle has gone and turned it into an Internet of Things demo. They pull data from the cars and crunch it in the cloud to provide both real-time and post-race analytics. They track lap times, battery life, speed, and more, and there’s even a drone that acts as incident response vehicle – if a car crashes, it flies over, picks the car up, and puts in back down safely.

Easy Mile autonomous shuttle bus

Easy Mile’s EZ10 driverless electric shuttle bus can be a bit bewildering to see up close. It has neither a steering wheel nor a “front” and “back”. Rather, it operates autonomously back and forth along a predefined route using a mix of lasers, cameras, GPS, and other technologies to track its location.

It’s already in operation in transport centres in 19 countries around the world – including Darwin, right here in Australia – and can carry up to 12 people at a time at a maximum speed to 40 km/h, with around 14 hours of battery life.

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Launching ‘Liberate’: Combine the best of the desk phone and the mobile

Business and Enterprise

Posted on September 20, 2017

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We live in a world where the lines between work and personal life are blurring and people are using their personal devices more frequently for work purposes. From Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) to mobility as a service, technology is enabling flexible ways of working for employees.

But, on the flipside, with the proliferation of mobile technology, people are communicating inside and outside of the office using multiple devices, various mobile communications tools and social media channels. This is causing implications for employee communications, and customer experience.

But all that is about to change.

‘Liberate’ your workforce

Today at Telstra Vantage, we announced our latest technology for businesses, bringing to market a solution to address the growing complexity of workplace mobility. And we’re proud to say, this is an Australian first.

The ‘Liberate’ product will provide our customers with a fixed to mobile network convergence capability natively to a mobile device.

This means, whether employees are on their own outside the office, or as a team in the office, they can now be as effective regardless of where they are.

How does it work?

Liberate unifies desk phones and mobiles in a single solution to simplify and enhance communications between teams and customers. Since call integration happens in the network, there’s an effortless handover between mobile and landline calls.

The mobile phone also has versatile Unified Communications functions, so employees can enjoy the best of your desk phone on the mobile for an office-like experience on the go.

Why is it so important?

We know that roughly 72 percent of enterprises businesses are either implementing or considering workplace transformation.

We want to help our customers on this journey, and that means arming them with the right technology that will empower their staff to mobilise, as well as meet the expectations and needs of their customers.

With our world-class network and reach, we know we are the best provider in Australia to meet our customers’ needs for an integrated fixed and mobile service at the network layer which will ‘Liberate’ their workforce.

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Do you have a platform for digital transformation?

Business and Enterprise

Posted on September 20, 2017

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We know that every organisation must embrace digital transformation to ensure its relevance in today’s marketplace. It’s likely your organisation has been, will be, or is being disrupted by digital technology.

Digital disruption is changing the business landscape as we know it. The rise of new technologies like blockchain, machine learning, analytics, virtual reality, cloud, mobile and connected devices has led to the creation of a new digital ecosystem. In this ecosystem, non-traditional competitors have emerged to create new troves of customer value that threaten to break down traditional industry barriers that once stood tall. Incumbent organisations have found it increasingly difficult to protect market share and sustain a differentiated competitive advantage within the ‘Digital Vortex.’

A recent study from the Global Center for Digital Business Transformation (DBT Center), IMD and Cisco, draws on survey data provided from hundreds of executives around the globe, around their digital transformation efforts. The results show large differences amongst industries in how they are experiencing the effects of disruption in the ‘Digital Vortex.’ The vortex represents the inevitable movement of industries towards a digital center, where business models and value chains are digitized to the max.

The five most vulnerable industries in the vortex are – media & entertainment, technology products & services, retail, financial services, and telecommunications.  We also know the pace of disruption is accelerating across all industries, due to faster digital technology innovation cycles, an explosion of well-funded start-ups and the rise of digital giants across Asia. You can read more about the study here.

Given industries are being disrupted at vastly different rates, it’s evident, and almost expected, that not all organisations are able to keep pace with the changing technology. Organisations must develop their digital business agility by focusing on; hyperawareness, informed decision-making, and fast execution. Leaders also need to adapt their approach, with new knowledge, skills and behaviors required in order to succeed in a digitally disruptive environment.

You can find out more about digital business agility, agile leadership and developing a secure and intelligent digital infrastructure platform by joining me and David Coventry, Executive Director, Solutions Sales, Telstra at Telstra Vantage on the 20th September, where we will explore how Cisco & Telstra is working together to tackle digital transformation, and the steps you can take in your own organisation.

Digital transformation is here, whether we want it or not, and whether we like it or not!

It’s essential that your organisation has a secure platform to enable you to transform, evolve and capture the opportunity and digital advantage.

Digital Vortex provides prescriptive insights and the “next practices” that mature companies can use to go on the offensive and become disruptors themselves. More specifically, the book shows how to develop the strategies and capabilities that innovative, disruptive companies employ.

Digital Vortex: How Today’s Market Leaders Can Beat Disruptive Competitors At Their Own Game.

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