Speakers – Technology in Action Strand

Technology in action – emerging technologies keeping us connected and safe

This stream will explore the latest and emerging technologies for connecting people in rural and remote areas, particularly in emergency situations. Technology experts and those working in the bush will discuss new technologies and enablers of remote connectivity to address the needs of rural and remote communities, including last mile solutions, overcoming latency and speed issues, the Internet of Things, drone applications etc.

Theme Chair: David Murtagh, Broadband for the Bush Committee.

Mini Menu: Featured Speaker, Main sessions and workshops, ProgramDelegates – accommodation info, Registration


Geoff Trowbridge,  Scientific Aerospace

This year’s forum has an exciting glimpse at the new technologies changing how we work and which in turn adds to the demands for Broadband capability in regional, rural and remote communities. There are some industry leaders coming to the forum to help us understand what new technologies mean for our arguments.

Mr Geoff Trowbridge is CEO of Scientific Aerospace, Australia’s only design and manufacturer of drones for industrial and agricultural applications. Geoff is an internationally experienced program manager in the aviation, telecommunications, manufacturing and resources sectors.  He had 21 years service as a weapons system engineer in the RAAF and subsequently held senior management roles and directorships with Optus, Siemens, Ernst & Young, Oracle and BHP Billiton. He has also worked at Oenpelli Mission in the Northern Territory, supported Desert Feet and worked in research and development facilities in London, Chicago and at Curtin University.

Practical applications of drone technology.

Geoff can’t actually fly a drone over our forum. So he will not only provide rolling videos of the practical applications of drones in widescale applications, he will talk with us about his research. He will show us how with new technologies and broadband implementations, there are new ways of caring for country and making businesses more effective.

Right now Scientific Aerospace are working with Soils for Life www.soilsforlife.org.au  and the Mulloon Institute www.themullooninstitute.org helping them to rehabilitate degraded soils – a subject dear to the heart of many indigenous communities.

The Northern Australia and Land Care Research Programme published some research into this work:

The Drone Revolution and Australian Agriculture – Part One. And Part Two

For more information, see www.sci.aero