OzTech: Free TAFE training for women entrepreneurs; Improved underwater comms underway; New Tamworth data centre

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Free TAFE NSW training for women entrepreneurs

TAFE New South Wales is offering a range of training opportunities free of charge for women running small businesses, microbusinesses, and startups. The offer is a response to women making up more than a third of Australian small business owners.

Training offers offered by the Women in Business program include introduction to online safety and security, accounting software, and setting up a business online.

Recent TAFE NSW research of 1,003 women small business owners found more than 69% had explored new opportunities for their business during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Improved underwater comms underway

A project to increase the capacity and effectiveness of underwater communications is being developed by seven universities in New South Wales. The NSW Defence Innovation Network is behind the initiative, and the project is being funded with $500,000 from the NSW government and Australian Department of Defence’s next-generation technologies fund.

The project aims to develop integrated undersea acoustic communications and sensing technologies to enable long-distance, reliable covert communications, as well as, according to the project’s description from December 2020, to conduct persistent undersea surveillance operations. The prototype will be based on orthogonal time-frequency space signalling, a two-dimensional modulation scheme which accommodates the channel dynamics via modulating information in the delay-Doppler domain. The prototype is expected to be delivered in 18 months.

The project is a collaboration amongst Macquarie University, the University of Newcastle, the University of Sydney, University of Wollongong, UNSW, University of Technology Sydney, and Western Sydney University.

Leading Edge DC opens Tamworth data centre

Leading Edge Daca Centres has opened its Tamworth, NSW, data centre 18 months after a deal with Schneider Electric was signed for the delivery of prefabricated data centre modules.

Leading Edge DC is building these facilities across regional Australia to provide fast internet and cloud connectivity. The organisation has three phases planned. Phase 1 is for 14 locations in New South Wales, of which theTamworth facility joins Newcastle and Dubbo. The next 11 in Phase 1 are planned for Albury, Wagga Wagga, Coffs Harbour, Parkes, Bathurst, Newcastle Airport, Gosford, Orange, Wollongong, Port Macquarie, and Nowra.

Phase 2 will see seven data centres in Victoria,and Phase 3 will see 10 data centres in Queensland.

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