What are cyber-physical systems?
Cyber-physical systems are at the heart of the industry 4.0 transformation, allowing smart equipment to communicate with humans and one another. But what exactly are cyber-physical systems? We asked RMIT’s Cyber-Physical Systems Research Group Leader Professor Roberto Sabatini to explain.
Not a gimmick: AR use in business
While it’s easy to dismiss augmented reality as simply a marketing gimmick, recent innovations have seen the technology used by businesses to create valuable workplace tools that augment their human workforce. With the potential to deliver unprecedented engagement, it seems inevitable that this will continue.
In the ever-changing world of digitisation, it’s business leaders who manage the negative consequences and capitalise on the positives. However, research has found that many leaders are not prepared for the future of work and have not developed into digital leaders. So how exactly can you become a digital leader who drives a culture of innovation, continuous improvement and adaptability?
Digital natives are a myth
Forget the stereotype that millennials are better at using technology than their older colleagues because it turns out the idea of a ‘digital native’, who can intuitively use digital systems, is a myth. Yet most education systems and workplaces continue to buy into this idea, potentially harming both older and younger workers.
Upskilling to meet the demands of industry 4.0
To thrive in the labour market of the future, Australians will need to be digitally literate, which will require upskilling for many workers. Although a lot of businesses are starting to invest in this training, employees also need to be doing more to refresh and update their skills.
Digitisation and privacy
Privacy issues and regulations are becoming increasingly important as businesses digitise their operations and make use of new and emerging technology to unlock new insights about customer behaviour. However, it is also one of the most confusing parts of the digital transformation journey.
Digital skills and the smart office
Australia is trailing behind its global counterparts in digital skills at a time when these capabilities are becoming increasingly important as businesses transition to smart offices. We look at how RMIT’s simulated Digital Office is helping students build these skills and prepare them for the future of work.
How automation will make our jobs more human
There have been a lot of reports in the news lately about how many jobs automation will replace over the coming years. However, these only tell part of the story, with automation also predicted to create a number of new job opportunities with more fulfilling tasks for employees.
Technology coming to our assistance
Voice-activated digital assistants like Samantha from Her might not be as far away as you think, and soon they might even be implemented into your workplace to optimise business performance.
How everything is connected:
A look at the technology powering industry 4.0
The Internet of Things (IoT) is one of the most widely recognised ‘smart technologies’ of industry 4.0, yet for many people there is still a lot of confusion around what the IoT actually is and how it’s being used in businesses. In this article we explore where the term IoT originated and how its transforming Australian industries.
Preparing your workforce for digital disruption
Although digital disruption often has negative connotations, the new business models evolving out of the implementation of emerging technologies offer many opportunities for innovation and growth. However, harnessing these opportunities requires business leaders who educate and empower their employees throughout the change process.
Cyber-security in the age of connectivity
In the interconnected era of industry 4.0, where smart devices are used to virtually control critical infrastructure in a growing number of industries, businesses are facing unprecedented cyber risks. We look at what these risks are and how businesses can protect themselves.
Smart food supply chains
Australian agriculture is quickly becoming an advanced industry where technology is used to automate tasks, reduce waste and collaborate with other farmers. Now, digitisation is making its way to the customer thanks to blockchain technology. We look at how digitisation is transforming how customers and farmers connect, enhancing the transparency of food supply chains.
Health 4.0: aged care use cases
Known as ‘health 4.0’, the digitisation happening in the health sector is helping to enhance the effectiveness and efficiency of care. We look at how these new technology solutions can be adapted for aged care to improve patient experiences as the industry prepares for the Royal Commission.
Industry 4.0 design principles
Most people associate the term ‘industry 4.0’ with smart technologies such as automation and blockchain, however technology is only part of the picture. There are also six design principles that have been identified by researchers as emerging from the implementation of digital capabilities. We discuss what these are and how they can be incorporated into business operations.
Industry 4.0 and SMEs
Industry 4.0 and smart technologies are offering small and medium-sized enterprises a wealth of opportunities for growth and expansion. We take a further look at why SMEs should be engaging with these technologies and how they can be implemented.