15 Apr 2020

In this podcast, we discuss Darwin’s delivery of Australia’s largest Smart City initiative, the tech being used to tackle Covid-19, and the impact the pandemic will have on Smart Cities

Guest:

Josh Sattler, GM of Innovation, Growth & Development Services, City of Darwin, Australia

Show Notes:

1:25 How did a surfer from the Gold Coast end out running the Smart City operations for Darwin?

2:30 Darwin, while only 130k people, has delivered Australia’s largest Smart City project. What are the types of solutions delivered as part of this initiative?

05:55 Overcoming the data privacy challenges – how to build trust with your citizens

11:10 How has Darwin been impacted by the Coronavirus pandemic?

12:50 How can drones, robots & autonomous vehicles be used to help fight the coronavirus? And which ones have you looked at using in Darwin?

16:00 How AI – and facial recognition in particular – is being used to enforce violations against isolation and stay at home orders. 

20:00 How AI is being use for contact tracing

27:40 What impact will coronavirus have on the near-term future of Smart Cities

  • Funding: Budget shortfalls
  • Impact on technology vendors
  • Regulatory impact – setting acceptable use policies around drones, AV and AI

35:30 The press if filled with doom and gloom – tell us something positive that will come out of the coronavirus crisis

 



28 Aug 2019

In this TechBurst Asia podcast, we interview Bernard Leong, Vice President of Airbus Aerial and founder and host of the Analyse Asia podcast, to discuss the future of drones.

What are the roles of drones in society? More importantly, just because it is technically feasible to deliver a package or person via drone, does that mean we should? Will drones take over the skies and transform our lives? Or will the potential security risks hold the industry back and hinder innovation and progress?

Show notes and timestamps:

01:30 Bernard’s background – university and early career

04:10 The move from academia to the start-up world

05:45 Leaving the start-up world for the corporate life

09:56 The rationale behind starting the Analyse Asia podcast

11:05 Tell us something about yourself that we won’t know

13:15 Ok, time to discuss drones. Tell us about your role in delivering the world’s first drone postal deliver for SingPost (Sept 2015).

20:29 How has the drone industry evolved since 2015? And what is the impact of the recent drone security scares (e.g. Gatwick airport)

21:34 The economics behind drone parcel delivery (e.g. Uber drone deliveries of McDonalds in San Diego). Are the financial and business models really viable?, including cost per delivery in western markets versus China. And how China leads the low cost delivery race despite having a lower cost labour base than the more developed markets like the US and Australia.

26:37 Will B2C drone deliveries create new security risks? What is the role of government regulation to ensure the safety of drones. And tell us about China’s drone regulatory environment compares to the rest of the world.

31:10 Air Taxis – are we ready for for it?

34:55 The enterprise use cases for drones – including real estate, emergency services, mining, etc.

37:45 Which markets excite you for the future of drones (besides China)?

38:42 What challenges to governments need to overcome to help drive drones in the future

40:30 Bernard’s view of the best case scenario for drones in the coming 3 – 5 years – and the worst case.

41:50 The main question – will drones move beyond the hype in the coming years and deliver true value and use cases – or will drones become an overhyped toy?

43:20 How can the audience find out more about you and the Analyse Asia podcast?

LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/bleongcw/

Twitter: @BernardLeong

Analyse Asia podcast: www.analyseasia.com

Bernard’s Blog: www.bernardleong.com

Note: This interview was recorded at the end of June 2019. Bernard has since left Airbus Aerial to pursue other career opportunities.