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NBN speeds report shows providers are lifting their game

NBN speeds report shows providers are lifting their game

The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) recently released its 6th report on real-world NBN speeds. The results were not too bad between all the major providers, who now deliver between 80.4 percent and 86.7 percent of maximum plan speeds during the peak usage hours of 7pm – 11pm. The sample is now large enough to provide peak hour speed information about 9 major ISPs [Internet Service providers]. TPG topped the pack coming out with customers found to be receiving 86.7 percent of its plan’s maximum speeds during busy periods, putting this ISP ahead of the eight other providers, Aussie… Read more »

Smart move: council backs Generation STEM

Smart move: council backs Generation STEM

It is widely accepted science, technology, engineering and mathematics – STEM for short – will be the key to success for young people in the next few years. Recognising this, Campbelltown Council will back Generation STEM, an innovative new program launched last week. Campbelltown has committed to supporting this new State Government initiative from the start and will partner with the CSIRO in a three-year agreement to deliver Generation STEM to local high schools. Eight Campbelltown schools have already signed up to participate in the first year: Ingleburn, Macquarie Fields, Robert Townson, Sarah Redfern, Thomas Reddall high schools and Macarthur… Read more »

High speed internet for the health care system tackles hepatitis C

High speed internet for the health care system tackles hepatitis C

A unique health program operating in South West Sydney is providing patients with rapid access to specialist advice to fast-track their treatment. Many refer to Project ECHO as “high speed internet for the healthcare system”, because specialists are providing input to help cure and treat patients with hepatitis C at rapid speed. Instead of waiting to see a specialist, a patient’s primary health care provider contacts the expert for advice and takes that knowledge back to treat them. Liverpool Hospital Gastroenterology and Hepatology Department head Miriam Levy said a weekly video conference between health professionals was de-centralising knowledge and empowering… Read more »

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Women are more cautious with robots that stare at them

Women more cautious than men with robots that stare

Women are less likely to trust robots who stare at them. Research by Dr Chris Stanton, a roboticist at the MARCS Institute for Brain, Behaviour and Development at Western Sydney University investigated if the same physical elements that made humans trust one another could be applied to robotics. What heRead more »

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OnStar to be rolled out Down Under in Holdens from 2019

GM started the connected car revolution 20 years ago with the launch of OnStar. Now Holden has confirmed that cutting-edge OnStar technology will be rolled out across the Holden portfolio from 2019, offering Australian customers connectivity and peace of mind. Holden will be launching OnStar in 2019 initially with theRead more »

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Camden Council’s dynamic new website hits the spot

Camden Council has launched what it says is a dynamic new website designed to connect customers with information and services quickly, easily and efficiently. The look, function and navigation of the site have been developed to optimise the accessibility and user experience for Council customers. “The website is council’s virtualRead more »

New plan calls for use of data to deliver better infrastructure, such as roads.

How data can help deliver better infrastructure

There are big opportunities to use data to deliver better infrastructure services such as roads to Australians, according to Paul Fletcher, the federal minister for urban infrastructure. He was speaking after releasing the Draft National Infrastructure Data Collection and Dissemination Plan (Data Plan) for public comment. “The Data Plan projectRead more »

health professionals to share patient data online to achieve better outcomes.

Health system set to finally embrace the digital world

A project to deliver an Australian fi­rst, fully integrated data sharing solution which enables doctors and other health professionals to access vital patient information in real time is being launched today by South Western Sydney PHN (SWSPHN). Project iRAD, which stands for Integrated Realtime Active Data, is an online programRead more »

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You get to choose the internet speed you want, says nbn

New research shows the majority of Australians (76 per cent) don’t know what internet speed they are receiving, with more than a third (35 per cent) of the nation unaware they have a choice in picking a speed tier when making the switch to a retail plan on the nbn network.Read more »

MP Jai Rowell

Website, app make it easier and cheaper to access hospital parking

Patients and carers who frequently visit NSW public hospitals will benefit from significantly reduced car parking fees under expanded concessions. And now a website and smartphone app – the first of its kind in Australia – will provide information on how to access the discounted rates. They are both availableRead more »

digital farmhand robot prototype

Digital farmhand: robot could be game changer on the land

Greater Sydney growers will be the first to get a glimpse of a newly developed “digital farmhand” robot. A live demonstration of the low cost prototype robot developed by The University of Sydney’s Australian Centre for Field Robotics (ACFR) will be the highlight of an upcoming field day later thisRead more »

MP Greg Warren at the recent Science and Engineering Challenge at Thomas Reddall High School.

Why our young people face brand new challenges

Young people today face a completely new set of challenges in getting the education, training and skills they need to get a good, stable job from those faced by any previous generation, writes MP GREG WARREN: The days are long gone when anyone could leave school after year 10, enterRead more »

Tech Savvy Seniors program will offer sessions in Cantonese

Program helps seniors stay connected in our digital world

Technology skills are essential for anyone who wants to keep in touch with family and friends across the country and around the world. Covering basic computer skills, email and the internet, Campbelltown City Council’s free Tech Savvy Seniors program offers small group training at local libraries over four weeks, withRead more »

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