Container technologies, particularly Docker Engine, have been gaining significant popularity and adoption for building development and operational virtualised infrastructures. An increasing number of cloud technologies have started integrating container technologies into their platforms. While the performance and scalability advantages of containers are well known, there have been a number of concerns about the security of container-based solutions.
Through our ongoing collaboration with Defence Science and Technology Group we have just completed a project focused on extensively studying and analysing security of container technology, Docker. This project involved several other strategically important evaluative milestones about which I’ll write separately. Here is the report on security analysis of Docker for building private cloud. A few key points of this report are: Continue reading
We have entered in an exciting phase of our smart cities research and development initiative. We have been having a series of very productive and fruitful workshops with internal and external stakeholders to gather ideas, suggestions, and proposals from a wide variety of colleagues and partners (current and potential) for firming up the foundations and structure of our initiative. Last week (October 27), we organised a workshop involving more than a dozen participants from local councils and different agencies of the state department. The purpose of the workshop was to brainstorming and organise the ideas and needs of the councils/government that can be converted into researchable projects to support innovation and entrepreneurship in Adelaide in the area of Smart Cities. Our strong and ongoing collaboration with the Adelaide Smart Cities Studio was hugely helpful in an offer to host the event in one of the buildings of the council, next door to the Adelaide Smart City Studio, and the Studio’s manager Beth Worrall was extremely helpful and actively engaged in the workshop. We invited representatives from several councils Continue reading
Posted in Adelaide Smart City, Entrepreneurs, Green ICT, Green Software, Innovation, Microgrid, Smart Campus, Smart Cities, Smart Energy Systems, Smart Environment, Smart Grid, Smart Mobility, Smart People, Sustainability, Web of Things (WoTs)
Our continuous and increasing collaboration with the Adelaide Smart City Studio was clearly visible and acknowledge during the launch of the Smart City Lego Model, also called Budadelaide project. This project is a great demonstration of multi parties collaboration of contributing to the Adelaide Smart City initiative with which I have been involved as an active member of the Steering Committee. Whilst no doubt several organisations and dozen of individuals contributed to Budelaide projects, there were four specific partners, Adelaide Smart City Studio, Buddy, Southern Bricks Lego User Group, University of Adelaide. I am very proud of being part of this project as my initial discussions with Adam Schultz, GM of Buddy Australia, led us to define a project through which our BE (Software) final year students can contribute to building a demonstrator by integrating available technologies. I must acknowledge the excellent coordination and supportive contributions of the Adelaide Smart Cities Studio manager, Beth Worrall. The Lego Model was launched by the Lord Mayor of Adelaide in a small but elegant ceremony, and within a few hours the news of the Smart City Lego Model was taken up by almost every major media outlet.
Posted in Entrepreneurs, Gamification, Green ICT, Green Software, Innovation, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things (IoTs), Microgrid, Smart Campus, Smart Cities, Smart Grid, Sustainability, Web of Things (WoTs)
Through a team of students from the Masters of Software Engineering ME (Software), we started the design and implementation of the first phase of our solution aimed at providing a knowledge-based support for Microgrid security risk analysis. The project was motivated by an increasing realisation that a large number of energy systems are made of multiple sources of energy generation and distribution. Now more and more energy distribution companies are focused on solutions with two-ways of energy movement – energy supply from the energy distribution companies from their conventional or smart grids or energy supply from small, independent energy generators through Microgrids. Whilst a Microgrid provides promising solutions for modernising energy solutions aimed at addressing contemporary challenges, there are several types of challenges involved in designing, building, and operating Microgrids integrated into an energy ecosystem. Continue reading
Posted in Cyber Security, Data Exfiltration, Innovation, Internet of Everything, Internet of Things (IoTs), Knowledge Sharing, Microgrid, Security, Service Oriented Computing, Smart Campus, Smart Cities, Smart Grid
One of the key area of our Smart Cities initiative is Smart Campus. When we presented the vision of Smart City R&DI centre for providing national and international leadership in Smart Cities knowledge and solutions, we envision a journey going from smart campus, smart city, smart state, to smart nation. We advocated the path of building living labs of smart cities solutions for experimentation. One of our projects on building solutions for Smart Campus is aimed at raising awareness about disposing off waste sustainably by leveraging Gamification. We have been developing a set of games (see poster) in close collaboration with the Green project initiative at the University of Adelaide . We the game project team (Ali, Min, Dicky, Joe) are extremely delighted that the trial of our Game went very well. There were more than 300 students who trial the game and learn about the waste management system introduced at the Hub Central at the University of Adelaide.