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Media Release | Nova Systems Welcomes the Announcement of the Location of the Australian Space Agency

Dec 12, 2018

Nova Systems welcomes the announcement of the location of the Australian Space Agency in Adelaide, South Australia.

The Australian Space Agency will be based in the heart of the Adelaide innovative precinct of Lot Fourteen. The location provides the Agency with an excellent base to deliver their mandate to transform and grow the Australian space industry to inspire and improve the lives of all Australians, underpinned by strong national and international engagement.

Nova Group CEO – Nova Systems Parent Company – Mr. Greg Hume, said “We are excited for the Australian Space Agency to open its doors in Adelaide, providing a platform for engagement with the Australian and global space industry.

“The Agency will greatly benefit from the already established local space industry and defence presence in Adelaide.

“We look forward to continuing to work with the Australian Space Agency and national and international space industry to achieving transformation and growth”.

Last week, Nova Systems signed a statement of strategic intent with the Agency. The statement confirmed their commitment to enhancing the capability and competitiveness of the Australian space sector. Nova Systems outlined their strategic interest in solving problems of national interest through enabling satellite communications, next generation ground stations and space situational technologies.

Nova Systems is engaging and collaborating with industry to grow the Australian space sector. The growth within the sector will contribute to the generation of jobs and innovation to support a strong Australian economy.

The Australian Space Agency will be located in Adelaide by mid-2019 with the equivalent of 20 full-time staff is set to be employed.

 

Nova Systems

Nova Systems is a an Australian owned and operated Global Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of technology enabling solutions and world class expertise to deliver complex capabilities and systems and solve technologically challenging problems. We solve the problems that really matter.

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For more information contact,

Sarah de Valence, Group Communications Manager

Telephone: 07 3129 2237

Email: communications@novasystems.com

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Nova Systems Insight - Making Augmented Reality Real

Dec 7, 2018

Most people are familiar with Augmented Reality (AR) as a result of viral sensations like ‘Pokemon Go’ and social media experiences such as ‘Snap Chat’ filters.

Grant Krieg, Senior Systems Engineer and Anthony Blunden, Capability Lead -Co- Lead Authors

 

However, AR is not limited to these types of consumer applications. University research dates back to the 1960s and AR concepts have been used in Heads Up Displays for military aircraft since the 1950s.

Now companies such as Ikea are embracing AR technology to allow consumers to see new furniture in their own home by using a smart phone application and an Ikea catalogue. In the industrial space, AR is being considered as a new technology to assist operators in the maintenance of plants and as a supporting tool in manufacturing.

 

“We believe augmented reality is going to change the way we use technology forever. We’re already seeing things that will transform the way you work, play, connect and learn.”

Tim Cook, CEO Apple inc.

 

However, the introduction of any technology is seldom valuable in itself. The outputs must be linked to organisational purpose and coordinated with systems of assets and processes in order to realise value. Structured asset management processes, such as those identified in the International Standard ISO55001, allow for a systems thinking approach to problem solving and the application of new ideas and opportunities.

 Use cases for AR in support of asset management are well known. A recent Harvard Business Review[1] article showed that support to service inspections and remote expert advice are the largest enterprise roles for AR; support to operations, training, safety and quality assurance also feature. When implementing any technology, it is important to remain focused on the link to value; it is only through the realisation of value that technology delivers benefits. Systems thinking and asset management allows not only technical issues to be identified but also wider integration and acceptance considerations.

Nova Systems recently collaborated with SA Power Networks, University of South Australia and global software company PTC, on the demonstration of the University of South Australia AR concept called “Shared Sphere”. The concept is a computer generated 3-D environment based on a 360-degree video feed from a Host User that is augmented with hand gestures and annotations from the Guest User. The Guest User is fully immersed in the Host Users environment courtesy of a Virtual Reality (VR) headset. The Host User’s world is augmented by the Guest User courtesy of images projected into the real-world using AR glasses. Systems thinking was applied and stakeholders determined user requirements to ensure the demonstrations of the “Shared Sphere” technology addressed real world needs, therefore delivering real world value.

By engaging stakeholders with a series of demonstrations, the user experience was enhanced by analysing stakeholder feedback to address issues that were both perceived and real. The feedback was not just limited to the use of the technology itself. It included important feedback on how the technology can be integrated with other user equipment and the compatibility with Personal Protective Equipment.

 

“Asset management can make a significant impact when companies start thinking about the systems (the collections of assets that provide value) and stop focusing on maintenance of individual components.” 

John Woodhouse, TWPL Managing Director

 

As with any emerging technology, there are often gaps between demonstrating the capability in a controlled environment and moving to a real-world environment. This includes consideration of communications requirements, system architecture, cost of implementation, robustness and reliability. Including these real-world requirements in the systems thinking discussion in early stages helps to shape the research and engineering design of the system implementation. This makes for a simpler transition from technology demonstrator to value delivering capability.

Considering these aspects early in the product life cycle enables the circumvention of the common issue raised in initial feedback when demonstrating new technology to user groups: “nice technology however it will never work in my environment”. Armed with systems thinking, companies can manage the expectations of the demonstrations and engage with user groups to further refine the technology and implementation solutions. This provides additional information that can be fed back to the researchers and provides a connection and ownership of the technology with user groups. This is an essential initial step to effective change management for when the time is right to “Make Augmented Reality Real”.

The application of technologies such as AR offers exciting potential to improve performance, reduce costs and increase safety. Technology matched with sound systems thinking and aligned with clear enterprise objectives will deliver realised value.

[1] “Augmented Reality in the Real World” By Harvard Business Review Staff, November-December 2017

 

The above Insight has been published from Nova Systems Energy & Resources program. For further information regarding Digitalisation within complex operations, contact Tim Anderson, Program Manager – Energy & Resources  tim.anderson@novasystems.com

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Media Release - Nova Systems Makes Commitment to Enhancing the Capability of the Australian Space Sector

Dec 6, 2018

Today Nova Systems signed a Statement of Strategic Intent with the Australian Space Agency. This statement confirmed Nova Systems commitment to enhancing the capability and competitiveness of the Australian space sector.

The statement was signed following the 6th South Australia Space Forum by Dr Megan Clark AC, Head of the Australian Space Agency and Peter Nikoloff, Director of the Nova Group – Nova Systems parent company. Head of the Australian Space Agency Dr Megan Clark AC welcomed the signing with the Australian based company.

“Space activities are a global business. We are looking to this next generation of Australian companies like Nova Systems to help build the capability and competitiveness of Australia’s space sector,” Dr Clark said.

“We want to inspire young Australians to pursue an education in STEM and support our space endeavours. We thank Nova Systems for their commitment to deliver specialist capability training to ensure a pipeline of thriving space engineers, leaders and entrepreneurs.”

Nova Systems stated a commitment to enhancing the capability and competitiveness of the Australian space sector by supporting:

  • Future satellite communications through the development of a combined commercial, research and development, and training and simulation ground station;
  • Tackling the predictive and interpretation aspects of space situational awareness for the nation’s space-based infrastructure and improving the user-data interface;
  • Specialist training and support to Australian industry and government in negotiating the certification and regulation of space systems;
  • Provision of capability assurance services to enable Australasian space launch; and
  • Student internships to support the development of Australia’s future space engineers.

 

Nova Systems is also a strong supporter of the proposed SmartSat CRC initiative being considered by government. This initiative is supported by other space industry leaders and world class research institutions.

Commenting on Nova Systems commitment to the Australian Space Agency, Steven Robinson, Chief Executive Nova Systems Australia said, “Nova Systems has a strategic interest in solving problems of national interest through enabling satellite communications, next generation ground stations and space situational technologies.

“We are excited to collaborate and support projects and partnerships in the space sector that contribute to the generation of jobs, innovation and growth within the Australian economy.”

In 2018, the Coalition Government committed $41 million to establish the Australian Space Agency. The Government is investing more than $260 million to grow Australia’s space satellite infrastructure. The Australian Space Agency’s purpose is to transform and grow the Australian space sector and the broader use of space across the Australian economy and to inspire and deliver benefit to all Australians.

The Australian Space Agency’s priorities in space include communication; operations and ground stations; position, navigation and timing; space situational awareness; research and development; earth observation and remote asset management in space and on earth.

Nova Systems and the Australia Space Agency outlined their shared interest in enhancing the competitiveness of capability of the Australian space industry. They also share an interest in the broader use of space across a wide range of sectors of the Australian economy and noted the growing importance of commercialisation at every point along the space value-added chain. This includes from research and development, to high-tech manufacturing, to transportation, to satellite operations and to consumer services based on satellite signals and data.

 

Australian Space Agency

The Australia Space Agency is a whole-of-government body, with the purpose to transform and grow a globally respected Australian space industry and the use of space to lift the broader economy. This will be underpinned by strong international and national engagement. In achieving this purpose, we will aspire and improve the lives of all Australians.

Nova Systems

Nova Systems is a an Australian owned and operated Global Professional Service Provider, specialising in the provision of technology enabling solutions and world class expertise to deliver complex capabilities and systems and solve technologically challenging problems. We solve the problems that really matter.

SmartSat CRC

The SmartSat CRC is a collaborative effort to solve major satellite system and advanced communications challenges that will provide enhanced connectivity, navigation and monitoring of our country and its resources.

http://smartsatcrc.com/

 

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For more information, contact

Sarah de Valence, Group Communications Manager

Nova Systems

Sarah.devalence@novasystems.com

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Nova Systems Insight - Systems Thinking, Defining the Digital Transformation Era

Nov 30, 2018

Today, companies are witnessing an increase in global competition  against the backdrop of growing, and somewhat chaotic, uncertainty.

Jason Coleman, Systems Engineer and Jon Sciortino, Mining Sector Lead – Co-Lead Authors

 

Faced with this multi-dimensional challenge, coupled with an extraordinarily large and ever-increasing number of interdependencies, these organisations are grappling with more than just considering whether or not they should act; companies are under pressure to take immediate action.

In order to stay competitive in an increasingly complex market, organisations need to become more adaptable, more agile… they need to Transform.

 

“In the midst of chaos, there is also opportunity.

Sun-Tzu

 

Transformation, however, is daunting.

In this new digital era, organisations need to think differently – not just look to how things have always been done, but to create a vision on how it can be moving forward. They need to seize new opportunities that a fast-paced technology curve presents, whilst concurrently preserving value and managing risk in the transformation of their organisations.

Peter Drucker, lauded as the ‘father of management thinking’ noted that “… the best way to predict your future is to create it.” This statement resonates in industries today as organisations attempt not only to exist, but to thrive. The landscape is coloured by complex problems and solutions – speed of technology, robotics, big data, digital safety, cloud, autonomous, digital twin, augmented reality (AR) and artificial intelligence (AI), management of assets – as well as the need to navigate the changing economic and business landscapes, ensure continued value delivery for shareholders and manage the organisation’s most valued asset: their workforce.

As a consequence, it is not uncommon for leaders to wonder: “How on earth do we even begin our transformation campaign… let alone be assured of success and sustained value in doing so?”

So, how do we harness the opportunities provided by emerging and evolving technologies whilst managing the challenges or risks these introductions may present? How do we manage our own success?

This is an inflection point for industry; integrated cyber-physical systems are going to create both enormous opportunities and complicated challenges. Businesses need to be agile and adapt structures and processes whilst engaging their workforce throughout the journey.

 

“In today’s era of volatility, there is no other way but to re-invent. The only sustainable advantage you can have over others is agility – that’s it. Because nothing else is sustainable; everything else you create, somebody else will replicate.”

Jeff Bezos, Amazon founder and CEO

 

Through the application of systems thinking, adapted from the aerospace industry, this challenge can be divided into manageable pieces, or “themes”, which are the foundation building blocks for a successful transformation campaign, as highlighted in Figure 1.

 

Figure 1: Transformation Excellence

 

In order to achieve excellence in transformation, an organisation must assure integrity of each of these themes in harmonious conjunction with all others. That is, they must integrate these themes to achieve the desired result. Leaders must understand the fundamental objective of each theme, the value it brings to the transformation journey and, importantly, the impact if it is not fulfilled.

Achieving that understanding brings new questions requiring answers: How do we ensure that each theme is considered adequately? How do we ensure that these themes work together in a symphony of success?

No one domain expert or organisation can navigate this in isolation. Rather, it is the coordinated effort and expertise of an organisation and its collaboration partners alike, which will truly unlock the capacity to succeed.

Figure 2: Collaborative Partners

 

The interaction of these themes, and the transformation journey itself, is a quintessential “system of systems” which can be managed through agile systems thinking – again, by drawing upon long-standing learnings and success case examples in the aerospace industry.

Key for organisations to thrive is to understand each of these themes, to be more efficient and continue to operate safely, and to continue adding value to stakeholders.

Nova Systems Insights will be released in the coming months that identify the core objective of each theme identified above, its place in the transformation journey, the expertise required to support its success and how that theme interacts with all other themes.

These Insights will highlight how applying systems thinking frameworks through different lenses – strategic thinking, program management, asset management, business change, just to name a few – can enable management each part of the transformation life cycle.

 

The above Insight has been published from Nova Systems’ Energy & Resources program. For further information regarding Autonomous Mining Excellence, contact Tim Anderson, Program Manager – Energy & Resources  tim.anderson@novasystems.com.

 

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Nova Systems Supporting 6th South Australia Space Forum

Nov 27, 2018

Nova Systems is supporting the 6th South Australia Space Forum being held in Adelaide, South Australia on Wednesday 5 December 2018.

Supported by the Australian Space Agency and the Space Industry Association of Australia, this biannual forum provides the perfect opportunity to stimulate ideas, share information about emerging technologies and discuss industry trends. The forum continues to attract growing interest in the space sector, locally, nationally and internationally. The forum has grown from 110 participants at the first forum in May 2016 to more than 300 at the last event in April this year.

With the new Australian Space Agency formally established on 1 July 2018, there has never been a more important time to get involved in space industry engagement activity.

Facilitated by Nicola Sasanelli AM, Director of the South Australian Space Industry Centre, this event is for all involved in space-related industry, educational organisations, researchers and space associations. The event will include a variety of speakers on the following topics:

  • National space policy and regulation
  • Space end users
  • Space technology

 

Nova Systems has a strategic interest in solving problems of national interest through enabling satellite communications, next generation ground stations and space situational technologies. Nova Systems is specifically focusing on supporting the following areas:

  • Future satellite communications, through the development of a combined commercial, research and development, and training and simulation ground station;
  • Tackling the predictive and interpretation aspects of space situational awareness for the nation’s space-based infrastructure, while also improving the user-data interface;
  • Specialist training and support to Australian industry and government in negotiating the certification and regulation of space systems;
  • Provision of capability assurance services to enable Australasian space launch; and
  • Student internships to support the development of Australia’s future space engineers.

 

Peter Nikoloff, Director of the Nova Group (Nova Systems parent company) and Professor Andy Koronios, Dean Industry & Expertise at University of South Australia are presenting on SmartSatCRC Research and innovation for a space-enabled Australia. The envisioned research centre would be a collaborative effort that would provide enhanced connectivity, navigation and monitoring capability of Australia and its resources by solving major satellite system and advanced communications challenges.

Visit us at table 5 to learn more. 

6th Australia Space Forum

 

SmartSat CRC

The SmartSat CRC is a collaborative effort to solve major satellite system and advanced communications challenges that will provide enhanced connectivity, navigation and monitoring of our country and its resources.

http://smartsatcrc.com/  

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