Inside Insights – Peter Marklew

Published: Thursday, 19 July 2018 at 11:33:00 AM

Peter MarklewPeter Marklew has been a professional in the IT industry for over 30 years and joined the IT Vision team in late 2017 as Consulting Services Manager and National Business Development Manager.

Since joining the team, Peter has demonstrated that he is a level-headed, strategic thinker who is passionate about delivering innovative solutions that bring about increases in productivity and cost savings.

Peter recently wrote a submission on behalf of the City of Perth for the Smart Cities and Suburbs Program, referencing commitments and deliverables from IT Vision. In a huge win for Peter and IT Vision, the City of Perth has been named as a successful recipient of this funding.

The Australian Federal Government’s $50 million Smart Cities and Suburbs Program supports the delivery of innovative smart city projects that improve the liveability, productivity and sustainability of cities and towns across Australia. Of this funding, Perth has been awarded $6 million in technology grants to help solve practical problems across the city.

The City of Perth was awarded $2.63 million to deliver a number of smart city innovations such as a communications precinct around the new Perth Stadium and a smart irrigation trial in public parks. IT Vision is excited to be actively delivering this project in 2018, and congratulations to Peter for his successful submission.

Peter has also been busy working alongside the Public Transport Authority (PTA) on their Smart Foreign Object Detection pilot project.

The PTA launched the project as objects such as screws and coins were becoming lodged within their escalators, causing damage to the aluminium steps, and resulting in repairs in excess of $100,000 per incident. The PTA was experiencing an average of $1.8million per year in damage from this ongoing issue.

The challenge for Peter (as lead consultant on the project) was to work with the PTA, Cisco, and Curtin University Innovation Centre to find a viable solution.

After testing a number of options, it was determined that the best way to detect an obstruction was with an acoustic sensor. As each step passed the obstruction there was a noticeable sound made, allowing detection of the obstruction within two seconds.

IT Vision are now working with the PTA, Cisco, and Curtin University Innovation Centre to create the device and ruggedized sensor pack for deployment in 30 escalators for an initial production trial. Read more about this project here.

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