The role of data and technology in unlocking interoperability

In many of its use cases, achieving interoperability will require data, technology and people working together to achieve outcomes.

Data and technology can help bring together disparate systems, but creating a common platform is more complex. For systems to become interoperable, data and technology need to be successfully managed, protected, structured and available to the various user groups. Each step will come with its own challenges and risks.

Successfully Managing Data

Successful data management means collecting, cleaning, aggregating, structuring and anonymising organisational data. It involves key steps such as:

  1. Data governance
  2. Data quality management
  3. Data integration
  4. Security and privacy
  5. Data storage
  6. Analytics and insights
  7. Continuous monitoring and improvement.

Effective data management will unlock the immediate benefits of interoperability, such as smarter real-time decision-making, streamlined information sharing, asset tracking and resource management. It will assist those who interact with, manage, and maintain the complex networks of today and in the future.

Moreover, as each organisation opens, shares and integrates data into the broader IoT ecosystem, this will empower the entire transport industry to achieve its full potential. We will see further innovations and technological advancements, including new services to improve customer journeys, modern asset-management practices—such as predictive maintenance, improved planning, responses to disruptions— and giving greater transparency and consistency over network operations. This, in turn, will improve safety.

Navigating Emerging Cyber Security Risks

With data and technology integral to interoperability, the ever-growing number of IoT-powered devices will leave organisations vulnerable to cyber threats. Navigating cyber risk in critical infrastructure will be essential to safeguarding the integrity of vital systems and protecting the privacy and safety of customers.

To counter risks, organisations will need to build many layers of protection and detection into the design and operations of their various systems and will need to utilise a wide selection of products and services developed by a range of different cyber security suppliers.

Organisations will need to implement a cyber security and data protection strategy that covers people, process, and technology. Such a strategy will help provide multiple levels of protection across:

  • Security: infrastructure, network, application, information, and cloud.
  • Employee awareness and security training.
  • Disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

To implement a successful cyber strategy, organisations should consider bringing in subject matter experts to establish processes and provide ongoing assistance.

In addition, organisations must also comply with several industry and international cyber security standards. These include ISO27001 & IEC62443 and state and federal legislation such as the Security of Critical Infrastructure Act 2018 (SOCI Act) and relevant privacy legislation.

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SYSTRA ANZ Appoints James Fuary as Director – Capability Systems Engineering

SYSTRA ANZ’s Security and Technology Solutions team continues to grow, with the appointment of James Fuary as Director – Capability Systems Engineering.

“James is a key appointment for our business as we look to grow and establish our capability” says Andrew Waye, Executive General Manager – Security & Technology Solutions. “James will provide leadership ensuring that our people deliver excellence and achieve customer satisfaction.”

James is an innovative engineering leader bringing 25 years’ experience and diversity across the fields of defence, transport, and government. In previous roles James has steered engineering functions and led multi-national teams in delivering large-scale programs.

James says, “I am looking forward to helping SYSTRA ANZ grow and reach its potential while retaining the organisation’s great culture and values. We have an opportunity to make a substantial difference in the Security and Technology Solutions domain and I am excited to be on that journey.”

James is based in our Sydney office and will be responsible for leading and advancing capability systems engineering services and solutions in the Security and Technology Solutions team. To find out more about James or to get in contact, please click here.

About SYSTRA:

SYSTRA ANZ’s mission is to be there where it matters; on the complex projects with the greatest impact, providing innovative solutions that will shape the future of our communities. As one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups, we are focused on building tomorrow’s mobility solutions today. Operating in more than 80 countries, we have designed 1 in 2 of the world’s metros and highspeed rail lines. The ANZ team is an integral part of part of our global network, backed by 9000+ experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale.​

For more information, please contact: Victoria Black, Director of Clients, Markets and Engagement, SYSTRA at vblack1@systra.com.

SYSTRA ANZ Appoints Michelle Bedson as Director Program Service Delivery – Federal

SYSTRA ANZ is pleased to welcome Michelle Bedson as Director Program Service Delivery – Federal, in the growing Security and Technology Solutions team.

Michelle brings over 15 years’ experience in delivering key Federal government initiatives focused on major Information and Communications Technology reform, complex program and project delivery, stakeholder leadership and cyber security resilience.

“Michelle is a key appointment for our business as we look to expand our expertise across Federal and nationally-based clients” says Andrew Waye, Executive General Manager – Security & Technology Solutions. “Michelle will provide leadership in critical asset and digital solutions to support resilience and respond to cyber threats.”

With strong leadership abilities, Michelle has directed and managed large teams involving project managers, business users, programmers, and analysts.

She says, “I am looking forward to the challenge of business leadership while providing delivery excellence and value to our clients in the Federal domain.  I want to produce excellent delivery outcomes for our clients that showcase our teams’ capabilities and skills.”

Michelle will be based in our Canberra office. To find out more about Michelle’s role or to get in contact with her, please click here.

About SYSTRA:

SYSTRA ANZ’s mission is to be there where it matters; on the complex projects with the greatest impact, providing innovative solutions that will shape the future of our communities. As one of the world’s leading engineering and consulting groups, we are focused on building tomorrow’s mobility solutions today. Operating in more than 80 countries, we have designed 1 in 2 of the world’s metros and highspeed rail lines. The ANZ team is an integral part of part of our global network, backed by 9000+ experts, providing us the unique ability to be agile with global scale.​

For more information, please contact: Victoria Black, Director of Clients, Markets and Engagement, SYSTRA at vblack1@systra.com.

Andrew Waye Appointed to Lead SYSTRA’s Security and Technology team
SYSTRA welcomes Andrew Waye

Andrew brings to the business over three decades of experience across multiple government agencies and over a decade of service in the Royal Australian Navy.

Alana Newbrook, Chief Executive Officer, SYSTRA ANZ says, “Andrew is a key appointment for our business as we look to grow and expand our expertise across critical infrastructure to support resilience, respond to cyber threats and utilise analytics.

His background is well aligned to our target growth areas, having previously worked for government agencies and professional services firms. He also brings a diverse skillset that we are particularly excited to leverage with his experience spanning the maritime, aviation, national security, capability systems and critical infrastructure sectors.”

Alana Newbrook, Chief Executive Officer, SYSTRA ANZ

An accomplished leader and strategic advisor, Andrew specialises in implementing generational change capabilities and reform programs.

He says, “I’m really excited to get to work with SYSTRA, meet my new colleagues and to help expand our expertise. SYSTRA is well known across the industry for its work in this space, particularly in collaboration with Team Downer. I’m looking forward to taking on the challenge of a national role and getting to know my team as well as new and existing clients.”

Andrew will be based in our Canberra office and will also be part of our Executive Leadership Team for Australia and New Zealand.

To find out more about Andrew’s role or to get in contact with him, please click here.