10 May

Smart Cities and Suburbs Program

Round one of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program is open until 30th June 2017. The release of the Smart Cities Plan by the Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet, and recent launch of the new Smart Cities and Suburbs Grant Program, reflects a national focus on community projects involving innovation and technology. A […]

24 July

ICTC & Mainstreet Conference 2015

Pracsys’ own Principal Consultant, Jason McFarlane, recently presented at the ICTC & Mainstreet Conference 2015 on maximising place value using arts and technology. You can see his full speaker notes here.

21 October

City of Innovation Enabling Strategy – Academic Paper

Click on the following link to read the full Academic Paper written by Michael Chappell. City of Innovation Enabling Strategy Academic Paper Excerpt from the paper… “Problem Statement Traditional methods look at comparative rates of financial return on alternate uses of scarce capital. These methods examine the likelihood of future cashflows for well-understood activities, with […]

8 April

RDA Smarter Cities Conference

Pracsys has been invited to participate in the Smarter Cities Conference – an initiative to help councils, senior executives and management learn how to effectively employ digital technology. Michael Chappell will be presenting on how to better engage constituents in order to achieve participative democracy and to manage change by measuring, analysing and transforming service […]

7 April

The future of a technological workforce

Imagine reversing your workweek with your weekend: Monday blues would skip straight through the week to the Friday highs and the weekend. Economist John Keynes envisioned this world in 1930, when he predicted that increases in technology would outpace any new uses we could find for labour [1]. Increased efficiency and automated technology would drive […]

18 February

Free GIS data for Western Australians, can’t or won’t?

Does your suburb have as much parkland per person as the next one? What’s the average distance between houses and bus stops in your area? How fragmented are Perth’s cycle paths? Government agencies in WA and Australia currently produce or acquire GIS data that can be used to answer these questions. Yet, those files are […]

6 November

Implications for University Asset Use in the Digital Age

by Michael Brennan The internet has rapidly transformed the competitive landscape of industries like retail, media and music. It now has its eyes on the millennia-old industry of tertiary education. Recent research[1] describes the impact of Massively Open Online Courses (MOOCs) on Australian universities, “over the next 10 to 15 years, the current public university […]

26 April

The Third Industrial Revolution

The Economist recently published an interesting article about what they are calling the “Third Industrial Revolution”. Once again, I start a blog post with the words “The Economist recently published an interesting article on…”. http://www.economist.com/node/21553017 We’ve actually been taking an interest in manufacturing and productivity recently, and Michael and I have both posted recently on […]

16 April

What if Bill was one of us?

Is Australia a society that favours property speculation over invention and innovation? The linked article by Paul Wallbank explores the career path of Bill Gates if he had been born in Australia. http://www.smartcompany.com.au/business-tech-talk/what-if-bill-gates-had-been-born-in-australia.html Australia’s tax system penalises entrepreneurs for taking risks, while permitting negative gearing and capital gains exemptions on homes. Wallbank imagines that this […]

7 September

High Speed Rails

There have been talks of developing a high-speed rail network in Australia for decades now, and it is finally back on the agenda again in this election by the Labor government. Should it, at long last, be developed in Australia? This high-speed rail network is currently in operation in Asia, Europe and the United States, […]