About Us

About Us

Vernetzen is an industrial network and cybersecurity innovator focused on delivering practical solutions to connect and secure industry across the globe.


Our technical team consists of a mix of electricians, IT programmers, network engineers and traditional engineers such as chemical, electrical and mechanical, providing the ideal spectrum of skills needed to understand Industrial Networks where engineering and IT converge.


Since 2013, Vernetzen has a track record of developing innovative solutions to complex problems that are designed with operations in mind to ensure solutions that are simple to install and easy to support using traditional site skillsets.

Our Approach

The meteoric rise of automation and the Internet of Things (IoT) has highlighted the need for seamless integration between the IT and OT worlds. At Vernetzen, we understand what it takes to adapt the OT environments to meet these rapidly evolving needs. The Vernetzen approach is to partner with clients to build, operate, maintain, and support OT environments by:

  • developing specialist industrial network tools,

  • providing training, and

  • co-designing solutions to ensure they are fit-for-purpose, secure and safe for industrial operations.

We Advise

Vernetzen utilises their own comprehensive blueprint for a modern industrial network that considers 4 key components:

  1. Inter-site connectivity and data centre networks

  2. People to Network

  3. Machine to Network

  4. Internet of Things (Emerging area of Industrial Internet of Things - IIoT).

We Implement

For Vernetzen, a key hallmark of a solution's success is its sustainability. With this core value in mind, implementation is tailored around a coordination, training and operations hand-over role that can be executed on or off-site depending on each site's needs.

We Design

As with any successful solution, getting the design right is paramount for Vernetzen. Understanding the complexity of industrial networks requires electrical engineering, network engineering, process control and cybersecurity knowledge – all of which are embedded across the Vernetzen team ensuring we get the design right every time.

We Innovate

Vernetzen plans for the future. Our Research team is working on upgrade paths for our solutions to meet the needs of the next generation of industrial networks. In particular, those needed to support vehicle-to-vehicle and vehicle-to-infrastructure solutions that will not only connect light and heavy autonomous vehicles for mining but across any industry.

We Build

At Vernetzen we leverage our understanding of the complexity of the OT environment and our diverse skill set to manufacture our own products to address OT technology gaps.

Meet The Team

Luke King

Founder and Network Architecture Consultant

With over 20 years of experience in Networking, Luke is an experienced Network Architect with experience in telecommunications, banking, government, health, utilities, and mining sectors.

 

Luke has specialised in Industrial Networks, Network Operations Centres, Enterprise LTE, Internet of Things (IoT) and OT Cyber Security.

Ross Ullner

Principal OT Consultant

Ross has designed, delivered and supported operational technologies (OT) and systems for industrial control systems (ICS) in a variety of industries for over 12 years.

 

He has a very methodical and strong practical approach to control systems backed by a well-developed understanding of process requirements and automated machinery.

Bradley King

IT and OT Cybersecurity Consultant

Bradley is process engineer and chemical engineer who has specialised in cyber security and cyber risk assessments of IT and industrial systems. His career ranged from developing intellectual property for large multinationals to engineering roles, where he first became familiar with SCADA/DCS and IP networking.

 

He specialises in Risk Assessments, Network Security, Security Training and Compliance.

Chris Diery

Senior OT Systems Consultant

Chris is a highly capable IT professional with over 15 years’ experience in software development, networks and IT Infrastructure.  Experienced in design, development, and support of both large and small scale projects.

 

He is an expert network programmer including C#, ASP.NET, .NET Core, Python, JavaScript, PowerShell for the use in App Development, Software Defined Networks and Network Management Systems.

Jeremy Huntley

Senior OT Consultant

Jeremy is an Electrical / Process Control Engineer with a strong IT background and intimate knowledge of the mining industry.

 

​Over the last eight years working for Ausenco, Jeremey has built a rich set of multi-disciplined competencies encompassing Electrical Engineering, Process Control and OT Infrastructure across multiple mining types and commodities.

Michael Kowald

Senior OT Consultant

Michael is a qualified Mechanical Engineer with over 5 years of experience in building connectivity solutions for mechanical systems.

 

Michael has a comprehensive Cisco technology knowledge in designing, implementation, administration and support. In-depth knowledge of deploying IP networks in OT environments. Greg Pike - Site OT Technician.

Greg Pike

Site OT Consultant

Greg is a highly skilled and motivated professional with over 25 years experience in the construction and mining industries, including 10 years in tunnel construction of five of the major infrastructure achievements in Australian history.

 

He has 15 years experience in mining with excellent organisational skills and ability to manage multiple projects efficiently.  Greg has extensive site experience building and maintaining networks for surface and underground mines.  

Our Clients

Since 2013 Vernetzen has been working with some of the world's largest and most respected resource companies to assist them with their industrial network solutions.

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