A majority of the research and development in seed treatments is undertaken by the private sector and usually major multinational companies. This means intellectual property is held very tightly and publicly available data is hard to come by.
Despite these obstacles, Baker Seed Co, a wholly owned and operated Australian family seed business, is developing innovative products by embracing new technology.
Industry 4.0 emerged out of an initiative aimed at strengthening Germany’s manufacturing industry. Given this starting point, it’s not surprising that the advanced manufacturing sector is at the forefront of industry 4.0.
Digital connectivity and improving analytics are creating more efficient supply chains and it is predicted that most factories will transform into ‘smart factories’ over the next decade. Already, there are businesses in Australia transitioning and these are being helped by companies like Okuma Australia, which specialises in the sale and service of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) machine tools, factory automation and support services.
An increasing number of aged care providers are implementing emerging technologies to drive efficiency improvements. They are doing this in response to the substantial growth the aged care industry is set to experience over the coming decade.
One of the aged care providers at the forefront of this new technology adoption is Sapphire Care, which has developed a number of initiatives to help both staff and residents embrace technology.
While the expected growth of the aged care sector could put additional pressure on aged care providers, it also represents an opportunity to implement new systems that utilise emerging technology to enable more efficient processes.
Westmont Aged Care Services - a community-based not-for-profit aged care provider - recognised this opportunity and recently introduced systems that take away some of the more routine aspects of staff’s work so they can focus on providing high-level, quality care.