February 22, 2024

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New Zealand promotes use of smart tech to do business smarter

New Zealand companies are turning to clever technologies in order to do their business smarter.

Callaghan Innovation, New Zealand’s Innovation Agency, is running a series of lunchtime sessions as part of Techweek 2019.

Techweek is an annual nationwide festival, which is a week-long opportunity for connection and cross-pollination to amplify New Zealand’s unique and inspiring innovation stories to the world.

As reported, The Agency has listed areas where tech is making a difference.

Advanced materials – upcycling and adding value

New Zealand needs to get smarter when it comes to using resources because the world is experiencing an increase in resource constraints due to population increase, climate change and depleted natural resources.

Add to that how consumer expectations in terms of the performance, quality and sustainability of products are on the rise as well.

One way to address this is to improve on the waste streams by turning trash into treasure, which a Kiwi company is literally doing by extracting gold from electronic waste.

Another approach is to use technology to add value to traditionally low-value commodity products. An example of which is using the wool off the sheep’s back to create high-performance air filters for application in a huge range of environments and industries.

Machine learning and AI in food and beverage

Around 70% of fast food sales in the US were made at the drive-thru.

Quick service restaurants (QSRs) are rapidly embracing machine learning and AI in order to predict more accurately who is about to pull up at the window and what they are going to order.

By using digital solutions provided by Kiwi smart companies, QSRs are gathering and processing data in increasingly sophisticated ways.

These data include the type of car a customer drives, what their drivers order and when they actually order.

This is helping fast food firms deliver better service, create efficiencies and ultimately, make more money.

Democratisation of space

A Kiwi company has proven that space innovation is no longer the sole domain of national space agencies.

They showed that it is now possible for innovators to form a space technology start-up with a couple of hundred thousand dollars.

Venture capital is increasingly flowing into this area, with whole firms dedicated to funding space tech.

Technology that harnesses “data from above” promises to have far-reaching applications in everything from agriculture and forestry, to fisheries and disaster management.

Industrial robots protecting lives on land and sea

New Zealand has some amazing expertise in robotics and these are being used to meet tough challenges faced in traditional industries.

For instance, a company was able to develop a climbing robot used in the dairy industry to inspect the inside of milk storage tanks, which is an important but challenging and risky task for humans.

Scientists working on projects as part of the Science for Technological Innovation National Science Challenges, for example, are turning their attention to forestry industry.

They have developed robotic pruning technology that could improve safety in one of the country’s most dangerous industries.

And research projects are also underway to develop robotic solutions for aquaculture, which could be used in environments too dangerous to send divers.

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CTC Global Singapore, a premier end-to-end IT solutions provider, is a fully owned subsidiary of ITOCHU Techno-Solutions Corporation (CTC) and ITOCHU Corporation.

Since 1972, CTC has established itself as one of the country’s top IT solutions providers. With 50 years of experience, headed by an experienced management team and staffed by over 200 qualified IT professionals, we support organizations with integrated IT solutions expertise in Autonomous IT, Cyber Security, Digital Transformation, Enterprise Cloud Infrastructure, Workplace Modernization and Professional Services.

Well-known for our strengths in system integration and consultation, CTC Global proves to be the preferred IT outsourcing destination for organizations all over Singapore today.

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Planview has one mission: to build the future of connected work. Our solutions enable organizations to connect the business from ideas to impact, empowering companies to accelerate the achievement of what matters most. Planview’s full spectrum of Portfolio Management and Work Management solutions creates an organizational focus on the strategic outcomes that matter and empowers teams to deliver their best work, no matter how they work. The comprehensive Planview platform and enterprise success model enables customers to deliver innovative, competitive products, services, and customer experiences. Headquartered in Austin, Texas, with locations around the world, Planview has more than 1,300 employees supporting 4,500 customers and 2.6 million users worldwide. For more information, visit www.planview.com.

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SIRIM is a premier industrial research and technology organisation in Malaysia, wholly-owned by the Minister​ of Finance Incorporated. With over forty years of experience and expertise, SIRIM is mandated as the machinery for research and technology development, and the national champion of quality. SIRIM has always played a major role in the development of the country’s private sector. By tapping into our expertise and knowledge base, we focus on developing new technologies and improvements in the manufacturing, technology and services sectors. We nurture Small Medium Enterprises (SME) growth with solutions for technology penetration and upgrading, making it an ideal technology partner for SMEs.

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HashiCorp provides infrastructure automation software for multi-cloud environments, enabling enterprises to unlock a common cloud operating model to provision, secure, connect, and run any application on any infrastructure. HashiCorp tools allow organizations to deliver applications faster by helping enterprises transition from manual processes and ITIL practices to self-service automation and DevOps practices. 

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IBM is a leading global hybrid cloud and AI, and business services provider. We help clients in more than 175 countries capitalize on insights from their data, streamline business processes, reduce costs and gain the competitive edge in their industries. Nearly 3,000 government and corporate entities in critical infrastructure areas such as financial services, telecommunications and healthcare rely on IBM’s hybrid cloud platform and Red Hat OpenShift to affect their digital transformations quickly, efficiently and securely. IBM’s breakthrough innovations in AI, quantum computing, industry-specific cloud solutions and business services deliver open and flexible options to our clients. All of this is backed by IBM’s legendary commitment to trust, transparency, responsibility, inclusivity and service.

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