Technology, Innovation & Science

Resources tech ripe for startups

The startup space supporting the resources sector is Australia’s game to lose, according to Unearthed director Justin Strharsky, but vision and wise investment are needed amid growing competition.

Optus to pay $1.5m after ACCC proceedings

Optus will pay $1.5 million in penalties for pressuring customers to move to the national broadband network sooner than required and misleading some of them about NBN service options.

WA shark deterrent endorsed

The state government said today a second product developed by Perth company Ocean Guardian might be eligible for its shark deterrent subsidy program, based on research by Flinders University in South Australia.

Concerns for local lithium if Musk’s Tesla tanks

Recent comments by Tesla’s Elon Musk, and his company’s price dive immediately after, will be of interest to the state’s lithium miners.

Perth crypto innovators crack the code

A series of new blockchain plays and a growing assortment of associated businesses highlight how the new asset class is sparking entrepreneurship in Perth.

Hopkins to head Zelda Therapeutics

Perth-based medicinal cannabis specialist Zelda Therapeutics has appointed former Phylogica and PharmAust chief executive Richard Hopkins as its managing director.

Telstra blames software fault for outage

Telstra has blamed a software fault for its second widespread network outage in a month, which left customers unable to make calls or use mobile data. 

$9m BHP win for Minetec

Bibra Lake-based Minetec has been awarded a $9.5 million contract to supply BHP’s Olympic Dam mine in South Australia with an underground fleet management system, while the tech firm’s parent company, Codan, has posted a profit upgrade.

Rio's driverless trains gain approval

Rio Tinto’s autonomous train program at its iron ore operations is one step closer to full implementation after it received approval from the National Rail Safety Regulator.

Future tech drives network investment

Telstra is spending about $140 million annually on upgrading and expanding its network in Western Australia, as it seeks to enable the uptake of new technology such as the internet of things in mining, agribusiness and other industries.

Rethinking how we use tech

Determining what to teach at schools and how to teach it are critical as technology and education become inseparably interwoven.

Rio, Alcoa flag greener aluminium process

Rio Tinto, Apple and Alcoa have invested $C188 million ($195.5 million) to commercialise a new aluminium smelting process that reduces carbon emissions.

Surtech sold to Qteq

Brisbane-based georesources company Qteq is set to acquire local data logging company Surtech Systems in cash and scrip for an undisclosed sum.

Curtin at coalface on Indian emissions

With carbon emissions in India expected to double in the years to 2030, research by a Curtin University team could have a dramatic environmental impact by helping improve the efficiency of the country’s coal-fired generators.

Antilles in $6.3m backdoor listing

Antilles Oil and Gas has announced plans to acquire aged care technology company HomeStay, which counts Fastbrick Robotics chair Shannon Robinson among its directors.

More customers connect to faster NBN plans

More Australian homes and businesses are connecting to higher-speed services on the National Broadband Network, while NBN said today it had more than doubled revenue in the first nine months of the financial year.

Swift wins five-year contract

Local telco Swift Networks has secured a five-year services contract in the oil and gas industry.

No hard cell for Phylogica

Phylogica has a new chief executive who is determined to bring the Perth biotech’s commercialisation strategy to fruition.

Former Horizon Power manager faces CCC misconduct allegations

A former Horizon Power IT manager and his business partner are being investigated by the Corruption and Crime Commission over allegations the pair billed the state-owned company more than $1 million for services provided by a firm they jointly owned.

Board moves: AHG, Parkd, Panoramic

Local tech company Parkd has appointed Robert Freedman to its board, while former KPMG partner Andrea Hall has joined Automotive Holdings Group as a non-executive director and Panoramic Resources has announced the appointment of Nick Cernotta to its board.

The Growth Box shuts after nine months

Startup hub The Growth Box has shut its doors in recent weeks, less than a year after opening, with project proponent the Malaga & Districts Business Association facing an uncertain future after 26 years in operation.