Experts are set to speak about the sustainability transition in Australia's water and energy sectors, the new construction data and productivity opportunity and the rise of virtual healthcare, among other national issues, at the IoT Impact conference in Melbourne on June 9.

South East Water Managing Director and former Tesla figure Lara Olsen will speak about tackling the water sector’s sustainability challenges 

Olsen oversees provision of water services to 1.9 million customers in the South East of Melbourne. Late last year, the utility announced it was nearing the installation of 30,000 Internet of Things (IoT)-enabled digital meters, which it described at the time as one of the largest digital meter rollouts in Australia. 

Melbourne’s metropolitan water utilities have committed to identifying a pathway to net zero emissions by 2030.

Lara Olsen, South East Water

Olsen was previously Global Head of Business Development and Industrial Products at Tesla Energy in the USA and leader of the Business Development and Policy team for Tesla Australia, including the big battery projects in South Australia and Victoria.       


She was also Head of Strategy for CitiPower PowerCor and the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA), and co-founded energy management software as a service business Billcap.

Olsen will be one of various speakers discussing sustainability challenges at the IoT Impact event on June 9. They include Jonathan Jutsen, Chief Executive Officer of the Cooperative Research Centre RACE for 2030. The CRC addresses the energy and carbon transition, focusing on energy end users and value chains.

Jonathan Jutsen, RACE for 2030

Jutsen was previously a co-founder and CEO of the Australian Alliance for Energy Productivity and a member of the Board of the Australian Renewable Energy Agency (ARENA) until mid-2018. 

The event will also include a panel discussion exploring how water utilities can reassess their view of the water cycle amid climate change and rapid population growth. This will include a regional perspective from Stephen Jewell, Manager of Water & Sewer at Mount Isa City Council in Queensland.



Speakers to address telehealth, construction challenges

Dr Jill Freyne, AEHRC

Speaking about the rise of virtual healthcare at the June 9 event will be Dr Jill Freyne, Deputy Research Director of the Australian eHealth Research Centre (AEHRC) at CSIRO. The AEHRC is the leading national research facility applying information and communication technology to improve health services and clinical treatment for Australians.

The organisation has led virtual care trials of mobile health for women with gestational diabetes, patients undergoing total knee replacement, aged people living alone and other care recipients.

It is also working with health departments, peak bodies and health software vendors on data standards to support the sharing of data.


The virtual healthcare discussion will also feature Jason Waller, CEO of InteliCare, an Australian company delivering an artificial intelligence IoT solution to help older adults and people with disability live independently.

Jason Waller, InteliCare

Speakers will also examine the yet-to-be-realised opportunity to link myriad data sources, including IoT data, throughout the building and infrastructure construction process. At the forefront of efforts to realise this opportunity is Australian company Inauro, and its Co-CEO & Co-Founder Angus Kennard will speak at IoT Impact.

The one-day IoT Impact event is the major annual conference of Australia’s peak IoT industry body, IoT Alliance Australia (IoTAA). It will bring together a wide range of industries and government bodies to discuss the role of IoT in tackling the nation’s challenges – from cyber security to technology skills, energy management, supply chain protection, industry competitiveness, environmental sustainability and healthcare hurdles.

More speakers will be announced shortly.

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