The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-06-22T06:06:04Z Unique Hi-Fi and AV Show for lovers of hip-hop to classical and everything in between 2017-06-22T06:06:04Z unique-hi-fi-and-av-show-for-lovers-of-hip-hop-to-classical-and-everything-in-between Music and AV aficionados from Sydney and surrounds are in for a unique treat with the upcoming Australian Hi-Fi & AV Show from 28-30 July. Just for their pleasure, dozens of hotel rooms at the InterContinental at Circular Quay will be stripped bare so they emulate a family lounge room or home theatre setting. Nowhere else in Australia can music and AV lovers appreciate 150 major brands from the world's finest audio products in one place in such an appealing five-star location. BYO music is encouraged: from hip-hop to classical. It's the best way to relax, hear and compare preferred music choices in as natural a home environment as possible. Visitors to the show can get hands-on experience on all types of gear including speakers, electronics, turntables, headphones, music streamers and computer systems. Roy Bird, CEO of the Chester Group, the Show's organiser, said the top three things that music and AV lovers want to know at the moment is: how to stream quality audio and video; the real difference between analogue and digital sound; and how beneficial or not hi-fi cables are. "We know that visitors to the show care about the quality of sound reproduction and they want the best they can afford. That's why it's important for exhibitors to have the best acoustics possible in each room," he said. Highlights for visitors to the 2017 Show in July will be: * Fiona Joy, Australian pianist, singer and composer will be performing concerts on each day in the Fort Macquarie Room. * Arguably the best home theatre system in the world combining a Barco Residential ultra-high definition projector for a Cinema-at-Home experience. * StormAudio's immersive audio processors and amplifiers in the latest format Auro-3D, Dolby Atmos and DTS:X with Atlantic Technology loudspeakers. * Mark Döhmann presenting his ever-popular Vinyl Masterclasses, which are always a full house. * All the top brands will be represented. Prizes available to win include: 10 portable Bluetooth speaker units; a $4000 amplifier; a portable audio player worth $1500.00; a $600 headphone; and many more generous prizes. All exhibitors ensure experts are on hand to address any questions and numerous seminar sessions help visitors learn: for example, how-to set up a sound system, stream music around the home, turn a computer into a high-end audio source, and how to control everything from a smartphone and tablet. For more information visit https://www.chestergroup.org/australianhifiavshow/2017https://www.facebook.com/australianhifiavshow/ A full press release and photos can be downloaded from here:https://wmcpr.com.au/unique-hi-fi-av-show-lovers-hip-hop-classical-everything/ An industry expert is available for interview. Please contact Wendy McWilliams to arrange a suitable time. NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X10 VOTED BEST WIFI ROUTER IN EUROPE 2017-06-21T04:27:22Z netgear-nighthawk-x10-voted-best-wifi-router-in-europe-1 SYDNEY, Australia — June 21, 2017 — For the second consecutive year, NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of networking devices that power today’s smart home, has secured the top spot for routers in the 2017 European Hardware Awards. The Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) was named Best Router in this annual competition to honour exceptional hardware sold in the European Union. Nighthawk X10 debuted on the market last spring as the industry’s first —and fastest— router for media streaming and instant backup. The European Hardware Awards is created by the European Hardware Association (EHA). Votes were tallied from more than 100 experienced editors from EHA member publications representing the largest technology news and reviews sites in Europe: Hardware.Info (Benelux region), CowCotLand (France), Hardwareluxx (Germany), Hardware Upgrade (Italy), PurePC (Poland), Lab 501 (Romania), Geeknetic (Spain), SweClockers (Nordic countries) and KitGuru (United Kingdom). Today’s video files are getting larger with 4K and VR video. Offloading from capture devices and moving these large files within a network often becomes a time-consuming and challenging task. The NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router is powerful enough to move these files at unprecedented speed and provides easy access once the file is stored on the network. It offers ultra-smooth 4K streaming, even to remote devices, and is the industry’s first router to run Plex Media Server without the need for a computer. Nighthawk X10 combines a powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core processor — the fastest processor in a home router — and Quad-Stream Wave 2 WiFi architecture plus next-generation high speed 802.11ad WiFi, so you can enjoy blazing-fast combined wireless speeds up to a furious 7.2Gbps*. The latest MU-MIMO technology supports simultaneous streaming, while 160MHz doubles WiFi speeds to mobile devices. Nighthawk X10 is also the industry’s first router designed for the home market that includes a 10Gigabit port for supporting a fiber connection. “We are honoured to have a Nighthawk router selected as the Best Router in the European market two years in a row! Last year it was Nighthawk X6 and now Nighthawk X10,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home for NETGEAR. “We design all NETGEAR products not only to meet but to surpass the highest performance standards, and we strive to deliver the newest technology innovations. We know Nighthawk X10 to be the industry’s best, so it’s extremely rewarding to have it confirmed by technology experts in continent-wide voting.” Key Features of the Award-Winning Nighthawk X10: AD7200 Quad Stream Wave2 WiFi supports wireless speeds up to 4600+1733+800Mbps* Fastest 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi technology for instant downloads, backup and minimal latency during online game play Plex Media Server for all your media – anytime, anywhere Powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core Processor boosts performance for 4K streaming or VR gaming 4 high-performance Active Antennas for better WiFi coverage and faster speeds 6 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with dual ports that can be operated in link aggregation mode for faster file transfers (up to 2Gbps wired speeds) 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for faster streaming, backup and easy access to stored media Automatic backup to the cloud with Amazon Drive NETGEAR® ReadyCLOUD® provides easy, private and secure remote access to USB connected storage 10Gigabit fiber port for lightning-fast backup and media streaming to/from a NETGEAR ReadyNAS® storage device or other NAS MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices Dynamic QoS prioritises network traffic for uninterrupted video streaming for applications like YouTube®, Netflix® & others’ NETGEAR® Up app has your router up, running and configured from the convenience of any Android or iOS mobile device NETGEAR genie® app for a personal dashboard to monitor, control and repair your home network, even when you’re away from home Watch this video to learn more about how the revolutionary Nighthawk X10 will support your most intense gaming needs and offer you the best possible WiFi for your other activities. Pricing and Availability Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) is available from major retailers in stores and online at an RRP of $799 (AUD). About NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The Company's products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless (WiFi and LTE), Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. The product line consists of wired and wireless devices that enable networking, broadband access and network connectivity. These products are available in multiple configurations to address the needs of the end-users in each geographic region in which the Company's products are sold. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 31,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 28,000 value-added resellers, as well as multiple major cable, mobile and wireline service providers around the world. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in approximately 25 countries. More information is available from the NETGEAR investor page or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. ©2017 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, NETGEAR genie, Nighthawk, ReadyCLOUD, ReadyNAS and ReadySHARE are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s). The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. NETGEAR shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved. *Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. AC7200 equals 800Mbps at 2.4GHz 802.11ac with 256 QAM support + 1733Mbps at 5GHz 802.11ac + 4600Mbps at 60GHz 802.11ad. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease-of-use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease-of-use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Source: NETGEAR-G Media Contact Emma, Elizabeth, Jennifer or Ashleigh at DEC PR (02) 8014 5033 / netgear@decpr.com.au NETGEAR NIGHTHAWK X10 VOTED BEST WIFI ROUTER IN EUROPE 2017-06-21T04:26:02Z netgear-nighthawk-x10-voted-best-wifi-router-in-europe SYDNEY, Australia — June 21, 2017 — For the second consecutive year, NETGEAR®, Inc. (NASDAQ: NTGR), the leading provider of networking devices that power today’s smart home, has secured the top spot for routers in the 2017 European Hardware Awards. The Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) was named Best Router in this annual competition to honour exceptional hardware sold in the European Union. Nighthawk X10 debuted on the market last spring as the industry’s first —and fastest— router for media streaming and instant backup. The European Hardware Awards is created by the European Hardware Association (EHA). Votes were tallied from more than 100 experienced editors from EHA member publications representing the largest technology news and reviews sites in Europe: Hardware.Info (Benelux region), CowCotLand (France), Hardwareluxx (Germany), Hardware Upgrade (Italy), PurePC (Poland), Lab 501 (Romania), Geeknetic (Spain), SweClockers (Nordic countries) and KitGuru (United Kingdom). Today’s video files are getting larger with 4K and VR video. Offloading from capture devices and moving these large files within a network often becomes a time-consuming and challenging task. The NETGEAR Nighthawk X10 Smart WiFi Router is powerful enough to move these files at unprecedented speed and provides easy access once the file is stored on the network. It offers ultra-smooth 4K streaming, even to remote devices, and is the industry’s first router to run Plex Media Server without the need for a computer. Nighthawk X10 combines a powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core processor — the fastest processor in a home router — and Quad-Stream Wave 2 WiFi architecture plus next-generation high speed 802.11ad WiFi, so you can enjoy blazing-fast combined wireless speeds up to a furious 7.2Gbps*. The latest MU-MIMO technology supports simultaneous streaming, while 160MHz doubles WiFi speeds to mobile devices. Nighthawk X10 is also the industry’s first router designed for the home market that includes a 10Gigabit port for supporting a fiber connection. “We are honoured to have a Nighthawk router selected as the Best Router in the European market two years in a row! Last year it was Nighthawk X6 and now Nighthawk X10,” said David Henry, senior vice president of Connected Home for NETGEAR. “We design all NETGEAR products not only to meet but to surpass the highest performance standards, and we strive to deliver the newest technology innovations. We know Nighthawk X10 to be the industry’s best, so it’s extremely rewarding to have it confirmed by technology experts in continent-wide voting.” Key Features of the Award-Winning Nighthawk X10: AD7200 Quad Stream Wave2 WiFi supports wireless speeds up to 4600+1733+800Mbps* Fastest 60GHz 802.11ad WiFi technology for instant downloads, backup and minimal latency during online game play Plex Media Server for all your media – anytime, anywhere Powerful 1.7GHz Quad Core Processor boosts performance for 4K streaming or VR gaming 4 high-performance Active Antennas for better WiFi coverage and faster speeds 6 Gigabit Ethernet LAN ports with dual ports that can be operated in link aggregation mode for faster file transfers (up to 2Gbps wired speeds) 2 SuperSpeed USB 3.0 ports for faster streaming, backup and easy access to stored media Automatic backup to the cloud with Amazon Drive NETGEAR® ReadyCLOUD® provides easy, private and secure remote access to USB connected storage 10Gigabit fiber port for lightning-fast backup and media streaming to/from a NETGEAR ReadyNAS® storage device or other NAS MU-MIMO capable for simultaneous streaming of data to multiple devices Dynamic QoS prioritises network traffic for uninterrupted video streaming for applications like YouTube®, Netflix® & others’ NETGEAR® Up app has your router up, running and configured from the convenience of any Android or iOS mobile device NETGEAR genie® app for a personal dashboard to monitor, control and repair your home network, even when you’re away from home Watch this video to learn more about how the revolutionary Nighthawk X10 will support your most intense gaming needs and offer you the best possible WiFi for your other activities. Pricing and Availability Nighthawk X10 AD7200 Smart WiFi Router (R9000) is available from major retailers in stores and online at an RRP of $849 (NZD). About NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR (NASDAQ: NTGR) is a global networking company that delivers innovative products to consumers, businesses and service providers. The Company's products are built on a variety of proven technologies such as wireless (WiFi and LTE), Ethernet and powerline, with a focus on reliability and ease-of-use. The product line consists of wired and wireless devices that enable networking, broadband access and network connectivity. These products are available in multiple configurations to address the needs of the end-users in each geographic region in which the Company's products are sold. NETGEAR products are sold in approximately 31,000 retail locations around the globe, and through approximately 28,000 value-added resellers, as well as multiple major cable, mobile and wireline service providers around the world. The company's headquarters are in San Jose, Calif., with additional offices in approximately 25 countries. More information is available from the NETGEAR investor page or by calling (408) 907-8000. Connect with NETGEAR on Twitter, Facebook and our blog. ©2017 NETGEAR, Inc. NETGEAR, the NETGEAR logo, NETGEAR genie, Nighthawk, ReadyCLOUD, ReadyNAS and ReadySHARE are trademarks and/or registered trademarks of NETGEAR, Inc. and/or its affiliates in the United States and/or other countries. Other brand and product names are for identification purposes only and may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective holder(s). The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. NETGEAR shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein. All rights reserved. *Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 specifications. AC7200 equals 800Mbps at 2.4GHz 802.11ac with 256 QAM support + 1733Mbps at 5GHz 802.11ac + 4600Mbps at 60GHz 802.11ad. Actual data throughput and wireless coverage will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate and wireless coverage. NETGEAR makes no express or implied representations or warranties about this product’s compatibility with any future standards. Safe Harbor Statement under the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995 for NETGEAR, Inc.: This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the U.S. Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Specifically, statements concerning NETGEAR's business and the expected performance characteristics, specifications, reliability, market acceptance, market growth, specific uses, user feedback and market position of NETGEAR's products and technology are forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Safe Harbor. These statements are based on management's current expectations and are subject to certain risks and uncertainties, including, without limitation, the following: the actual price, performance and ease-of-use of NETGEAR's products may not meet the price, performance and ease-of-use requirements of customers; product performance may be adversely affected by real world operating conditions; failure of products may under certain circumstances cause permanent loss of end user data; new viruses or Internet threats may develop that challenge the effectiveness of security features in NETGEAR's products; the ability of NETGEAR to market and sell its products and technology; the impact and pricing of competing products; and the introduction of alternative technological solutions. Further information on potential risk factors that could affect NETGEAR and its business are detailed in the Company's periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission. NETGEAR undertakes no obligation to release publicly any revisions to any forward-looking statements contained herein to reflect events or circumstances after the date hereof or to reflect the occurrence of unanticipated events. Source: NETGEAR-G Media Contact Emma, Elizabeth, Jennifer or Ashleigh at DEC PR (02) 8014 5033 / netgear@decpr.com.au Australia’s digital future – are we doing we enough? 2017-05-24T02:50:19Z australia-s-digital-future-are-we-doing-we-enough MEDIA STATEMENT Australia’s digital future – are we doing we enough? The ACS has launched its 2017 Digital Pulse report. Key findings include: ICT is a key driver of Australia’s economic future. Currently a digital boom is occurring with 40,000 ICT jobs created in just the last two years, and ICT services exports up 12% to $2.8b. New economic modelling shows that adoption of digital technologies has lifted Australia’s GDP by 6.6% over the previous decade – with each Australian being $4,663 a year better off (in 2016 dollars). However, 81,000 new ICT professionals are needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth. Without skilled ICT labour our nation will stagnate. Diversity is still an issue – women represent only 28% of the ICT workforce (compared to 44% across all professional industries) and older workers (55+) only represent 12% of Australia’s ICT workforce. LinkedIn data reveals technical skills are in high demand – how will Australia meet this need to reap the advantages of a digital future? Sydney, 24 May 2017: The ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, today launched its 2017 “Australia’s Digital Pulse” Report – revealing that a ‘digital boom’ is underway with 40,000 technology jobs created over just the last two years (2015-16). Prepared by Deloitte Access Economics, the report shows this strong growth in the ICT workforce is expected to continue, with an additional 81,000 jobs needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth. Meeting this need will be a critical priority for Australia. ACS President, Anthony Wong, said: “Technology skills are fast becoming the engine room of the Australian economy. To fast-track our nation’s digital transformation, and ensure the ICT skills base is there to meet demand, we need a clear strategy and dedicated investment focus in this area.” LinkedIn Director of Public Policy for Asia Pacific, Nick O’Donnell, said Australia’s skills shift is accelerating and expanding across every industry. “We are seeing significant hiring of tech talent by non-tech companies. Half of the top 20 industries hiring ICT workers in 2016 were non-tech, the most active industries being financial services, which jumped from twelfth position in 2015 to up to fourth in 2016. “LinkedIn’s data also shows that the top skills demanded by employers hiring new ICT workers includes a balance of technical skills and broader business skills. Business skills such as Relationship Management, Business Strategy and Strategic Planning in combination with technical skills are highly sought after to drive digitisation of business processes,” Mr O’Donnell said. Addressing Australia’s skilled ICT shortfall, ACS President Anthony Wong, said: “The ACS is actively championing the uptake of coding in schools, better support for teachers in the delivery of emerging technology areas, the establishment of multidisciplinary degrees, and relevant training programs to help to build a pipeline of workers with valuable ICT skills. In a skills shortage environment, skilled migration is an important lever for developing competitive advantage for the nation. However it needs to be targeted, and needs to address the genuine skills gaps in the domestic market, while ensuring migrant workers are not exploited.” Deloitte Access Economics partner, John O’Mahony, said: “Australian employers are placing a high value on ICT skills against the backdrop of digital technologies being increasingly fundamental to a thriving economy. As business disruption becomes more widespread, businesses need a strong ICT core to manage change – making ICT workers and ICT skills the bread and butter behind that change.” The report further highlights a ‘to-do’ list for government that includes multiplying digital precincts, prioritising cyber, transitioning education and getting more people to study ICT, supporting Aussie start-ups, the next steps for the NBN and wireless technology, and focusing on efforts towards open data, digitising government, and copyright reform. Australia’s Digital Pulse is a unique and comprehensive analysis of the ICT sector and the digital economy for Australia. The full report can be downloaded by clicking (here). Australia’s Digital Pulse 2017 will be launched during CeBIT, on Wednesday 24 May at 5:00-7:00pm. Speakers will include the Hon Angus Taylor MP Assistant Minister for Cities and Digital Transformation (by video), John O’Mahony Partner Deloitte Access Economics, Nick O’Donnell Director of Public Policy and Government Affairs, LinkedIn Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia, Anthony Wong ACS President, and Michelle Price Chief Operations Officer Australian Cyber Security Growth Network. -ENDS- Media Contact Louise Proctor, Launch Group, 0452 574 244, louise@launchgroup.com.au Christine Kardashian, Launch Group, 0416 005 705, Christine@launchgroup.com.au About the ACS The ACS is the professional association for Australia's Information and Communication Technology (ICT) sector. Over 20,000 ACS members work in business, education, government and the community. The ACS exists to create the environment and provide the opportunities for members and partners to succeed. The ACS strives for ICT professionals to be recognised as drivers of innovation in our society, relevant across all sectors, and to promote the formulation of effective policies on ICT and related matters. Visit www.acs.org.au for more information. FAST FACTS The following statistics are presented according to subject matter areas. The Digital Economy The economic contribution to Australia of the digitally-enabled economy is on track to meet the forecast $139b growth target 2020. New economic modelling shows that adoption of digital technologies has lifted Australia’s GDP by 6.6% over the previous decade – each Australian being $4,663 a year better off (in 2016 dollars). The economic contribution of the digital-enabled economy in Australia is forecast to increase to $139 billion by 2020, representing 7.3% of Australia’s GDP (DAE 2016a). Nearly 90% of this contribution is expected to come from the use of internet and digital technologies outside of the Information, Media and Telecommunications industry. Trade in ICT continues to grow, with Australia’s ICT services exports increasing by 12% to $2.8 billion in 2015-16. The ICT input share of Australia’s goods exports increased from 4% in 2013 to 7% in 2016 – reflecting the greater uptake of new technologies across key industries of economic importance in Australia, such as agriculture and manufacturing. The average cost of a cyber crime attack to an Australian business is around $419,000. Economic modelling suggests that greater investment in cyber security by Australian businesses could result in an uplift of 5.5% in business investment, an increase in wages by 2%, and an additional 60,000 people employed by 2030. Australia’s ICT Workforce Forecast ICT employment 81,000 new ICT jobs needed by 2022 to fuel future technology-led growth. ICT workers to increase from around 640,800 in 2016 to around 721,900 in 2022, at an average annual growth rate of 2.0% This represents a higher growth rate than that expected for the overall Australian workforce over the same period, forecast to be 1.4% per annum National ICT workforce of 640,846 in 2016 1.9% increase on the 628,810 ICT workers in 2015 40,000 ICT jobs created in Australia in just the last two years ICT proportion of total workforce is 5.4% 52% of the current ICT workforce is employed outside ICT-related industries such as in professional services, public administration and financial services ICT workers by selected industries 309,313 – ICT related 75,806 – Professional, Scientific & Technical Services 46,262 – Public Administration & Safety 44,425 – Financial & Insurance Services 25,145 – Retail Trade 24,807 – Education & Training Labour Market for Global ICT Talent Linkedin data on Top 10 skills possessed by ICT workers moving to Australia Project Management; SQL; Business Analysis; Requirements Analysis; Customer Service; Java; Team Leadership; Software Development Life Cycle (SDLC); Agile Methodologies; JavaScript Linkedin data on Top 10 skills possessed by ICT workers leaving Australia Project Management; Customer Service; Business Analysis; Marketing; Strategy; Social Media; Business Development; Change Management; Business Strategy; Business Process Improvement. Australia’s Intensive Users of ICT Workforce The broader ICT workforce is forecast to grow from around 2,548,900 workers in 2016 to 2,785,600 in 2022 (average annual growth rate of 1.5% and equivalent to a projected gain of 236,700 jobs over this period) Diversity in ICT Women continue to represent only 28% of the ICT workforce (compared to 44% across all professional industries). Older workers (55+) only represent 12% of Australia’s ICT workforce (compared to 16% of workers across all professional industries) ICT Skills In Demand ICT employment growth forecast strongest in the largest two ICT occupation groupings (2016-2022) ICT Management and Operations (2.4% average annual growth between 2016-22). ICT Technical and Professional (1.9% average annual growth between 2016-22). Top 10 in-demand ICT job occupations 2016 LinkedIn data shows the top 3 (out of 10) ‘in-demand’ ICT occupations with the most job advertisements were roles that connect technical ICT functions to broader business requirements. These include: project Manager; Business Analyst; and Business Development Manager. ICT workers with specific technical skills are still in high demand – NET developer, Software Engineer, Solution Architect, Java Developer, Front End Developer. LinkedIn data on the top 20 skills required by ICT workers in 2016 are technical and non-technical 6 out of top 10, and 9 out of top 20 are non-technical The top 9 being: Project & Process Management (number 1 skill) Management Consulting & Business Strategy (number 2) Business Development & Relationship Management (number 3) Customer Service (number 4) Strategic Planning (number 5) Sales (number 6) Purchasing and Contract Negotiation (number 7) Social Media Marketing (number 8) Employee Training & Development (number 9). ICT Education ICT student trends Domestic undergraduate enrolments have risen from around 19,000 at the start of this decade to 25,700 in 2015. Domestic undergraduate completions of ICT degrees increasing from around 3,000 to almost 4,000 over the same period. Postgraduate enrolments and completions by domestic students have also increased marginally, but these also continue to remain below the peaks seen in the early 2000s. Total qualifications held by ICT workers in 2016 Forecast to increase from 1,000,200 in 2016 to 1,148,100 in 2022, representing an average annual growth rate of 2.3% Fields of study for ICT workers in 2016 The qualifications demanded of ICT workers are becoming increasingly broadened, beyond ICT-specific fields of study. 2016 LinkedIn data shows that whilst Computing Science and Information Science and Technology are the most common study areas, 5 of the top 10 study areas for ICT workers are non-ICT, suggesting business related degrees can be pathways into the ICT workforce Accounting; Business; Business Management & Admin; Marketing; Project Management CA Technologies launches new global marketing campaign: “The Modern Software Factory” 2017-05-23T06:19:12Z ca-technologies-launches-new-global-marketing-campaign-the-modern-software-factory SYDNEY, 23 May 2017 – CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) has launched a new global marketing campaign, “The Modern Software Factory,” to showcase the full spectrum of capability CA brings to customers navigating the challenges of digital transformation. Businesses today face near constant digital disruption, affecting business decision makers at all levels from the C-Suite to those deploying software across their organisations. The Modern Software Factory campaign reflects their insights on the challenges to ‘build better apps, faster and securely’ and ‘gain insight from data,’ which have become foundational to competing in today’s application economy. The premise of the campaign is simple: as businesses across all industries recognise that software is core to creating competitive advantage, CA shows how they can start with a single CA Solution, or a combination of solutions across the areas of Agile, DevOps and Security. In the book “Digitally Remastered: Building Software into Your Business DNA” launched last fall, author Otto Berkes, CTO of CA Technologies, outlines key insights that inform the tools and techniques that companies are using on their digital transformation journeys. The Modern Software Factory, a concept portrayed through a virtual environment, brings these insights to life. “The competitive value of digital transformation has become very real, and customers are looking for partners who can help them navigate the journey successfully,” said Lauren Flaherty, chief marketing officer, CA Technologies. “The Modern Software Factory is the creative expression of CA’s business strategy. We’re laying out a blueprint that’s designed to help guide customers as they leverage software to win in the market.” The new campaign, running immediately across broadcast and digital channels to reach executives as well as those who deploy software, brings The Modern Software Factory to life as it follows a group of executives looking to transform their business. They are guided through a dynamic, visionary space and shown how CA’s capabilities across Agility, Insights, Automation and Security come together to help them compete. The Tour: The guide introduces The Modern Software Factory to a group of executives. They see the wonders of the factory—a world where Agile, Automation, Insights and Security come together to help businesses compete. The Answer: The executives realise the power of the software factory and yet have a hard time understanding its technical aspects. The guide makes it simple: if you’re going to compete in the app economy, the answer is CA Technologies. The new broadcast spots and digital content, created and produced by John McNeil Studio, demonstrate how CA’s portfolio comes together to create advantage for customers, solve their most pressing needs, and become strategic partners in their digital transformation journeys. The campaign will span the US, UK, DE, AU & Pan Regional (ES) markets, and content will be amplified across CA social channels and CA.com. - ENDS- About CA Technologies CA Technologies (NASDAQ: CA) creates software that fuels transformation for companies and enables them to seize the opportunities of the application economy. Software is at the heart of every business in every industry. From planning, to development, to management and security, CA is working with companies worldwide to change the way we live, transact, and communicate – across mobile, private and public cloud, distributed and mainframe environments. Learn more at www.ca.com. Follow CA Technologies Twitter Social Media Page Press Releases Blogs Legal notices Copyright © 2017 CA. All Rights Reserved. All trademarks, trade names, service marks, and logos referenced herein belong to their respective companies. New Report Highlights Integrated Video Solutions As Key To TV’s Successful Digital Transformation 2017-05-05T01:52:33Z new-report-highlights-integrated-video-solutions-as-key-to-tv-s-successful-digital-transformation Ooyala, a global provider of video monetisation technology and services, today published a new report,  “The Lifecycle of Content: From Production to Monetization (http://go.ooyala.com/wf-whitepaper-lifecycle-of-content,” in collaboration with Futuresource Consulting (http://www.futuresource-consulting.com/), a specialist research and consulting firm for media and entertainment industries. The findings show content providers will seek integrated video solutions to minimise costs, streamline processes and provide growth opportunities at every step in the video lifecycle. The research, which included input from both traditional and new media operators across multiple geographies, identifies common concerns and challenges due to the new era of TV and its digital transformation to over-the-top (OTT) delivery. All participants agree OTT is necessary to match audience demands and grow video businesses, however, it also cites new pressures on finance and resources. Primary challenges include: ●     The integration of, and interoperability between, new and legacy infrastructure ●     The need to produce more with limited or no increase in investment or ongoing spend ●     The management and distribution of an ever-rising number of OTT video endpoints ●     The lack of standardisation and automation of metadata ●     The underutilisation of metadata to improve experiences, enable personalisation and, subsequently, achieve greater monetisation Futuresource finds fully optimised integrated video solutions that connect disparate systems and workflows is essential to reduce the mounting pressure from OTT. Operators will seek greater efficiencies and economies of scale at every step in media operations—from production to distribution. Respondents are turning to automation for improved productivity across production workflows and metadata insertion. Further, greater data collection from OTT viewing will reduce risk in content investments, as acquisition and commissions are more tightly aligned to consumers’ viewing preferences. “Due to the many hurdles to still overcome, most media and broadcast organisations are not yet fully realising the potential of integrated video solutions and automation,” said Head of Broadcast Technology at Futuresource Consulting, Adam Cox. “The continued rise of multi-platform content delivery is placing ever greater pressures on operations. Therefore, a successful approach to absorbing initial investment and operating costs, in addition to seeking alternative monetisation strategies, is imperative.” “The report is indicative of the sheer complexity that content providers face in today's world of global audiences, global operations and global opportunities,” said Ooyala Co-founder and SVP of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe. “Achieving greater productivity for our customers is top of mind so they can maximise their resources and revenue, without letting scale burden their operations." The full report is available for download on Ooyala’s Resources page: http://go.ooyala.com/wf-whitepaper-lifecycle-of-contentAbout Futuresource Consulting:  Futuresource is a specialist research and knowledge-based consulting firm with a 30-year heritage, providing organisations with ongoing insight and forecasting into media & entertainment, broadcast equipment, education technology, consumer electronics, digital imaging, storage media and professional displays.About Ooyala: A US-based subsidiary of global telecommunications and IT services company Telstra, Ooyala is a global provider of video monetisation technology and services. Providing a set of Integrated Video Platform solutions, Ooyala’s comprehensive suite of offerings includes one of the world's largest premium video platforms, a leading ad serving and programmatic platform and media logistics solution that improves video production workflows. Built with superior analytics capabilities for advanced business intelligence, Ooyala's solutions help broadcasters, operators, media and production companies get content to market faster, build more engaging and personalised experiences across every screen, and maximise return for any video business. Vudu, Star India, Sky Sports (U.K.), ITV Studios (U.K.), RTL Group (Germany), TV4 (Sweden), Mediaset (Spain), America Television (Peru), and Media Prima (Malaysia): these are just a few of the hundreds of broadcasters and media companies who choose Ooyala. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ooyala has offices in Chennai, Cologne, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit: http://www.ooyala.com. Freeview FV takes out top honour at international Connie Awards 2017-05-03T23:08:55Z freeview-fv-takes-out-top-honour-at-international-connie-awards Freeview was the only Australian company to win an award.  Freeview FV was awarded the top honour by the international awards that recognise innovation and the emerging best practice from across all sectors of the media landscape around the world. “These awards are a true honour, particularly given the incredible depth and range of other award entries in the Connies. To be acknowledged at this level on the international stage is once again great testament to successful collaboration,” said Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross.  “The vision, design and user experience were developed through great teamwork which brought together the best and brightest digital experts from within our broadcasters and our Freeview staff,” said Ross. Earlier in the week, Freeview FV was also announced as a finalist for the AIMIA’s 23rd annual AMY Awards in the entertainment and media smart phone or tablet application category and just last month Freeview won the Gold Stevie for innovation in the entertainment apps category at the international Asia-Pacific Stevie Awards. Launched in November 2016, Freeview FV is available on iOS and Android mobile and tablets, delivering TV straight into viewers’ hands. Freeview FV delivers live streaming of 20 free-to-air TV channels and the catch-up content from all broadcasters with just one click. Available channels include: ABC, SBS, Seven, Channel 9, TEN, ONE, Eleven ABC2/ABC KIDS, ABC ME, ABC News 24, SBS VICELAND, Food Network, NITV, 7TWO, 7Mate, 7Flix, Racing.com, 9Gem, 9Go! and 9Life. More live channels will be added as they become available. ENDS  About Freeview Launched in 2008, Freeview is the free digital television service in Australia which presents and promotes free-to-air channels and content to all Australians. Freeview encourages Australians to watch free-to-air content across various platforms by promoting benefits that include more than 25 channels and catch-up services for free. Freeview’s mission is to deliver the free-to-air content to all Australians where, when and on whatever device they choose. Follow Freeview www.freeview.com.au  @FreeviewAust facebook.com/FreeviewAustralia The Australian Computer Society sponsors the 15th annual IT Journalism Awards 2017-05-03T04:22:34Z the-australian-computer-society-sponsors-the-15th-annual-it-journalism-awards MediaConnect is delighted to announce the ACS, the professional association for Australia’s ICT sector, as the official 2017 naming rights sponsor of the 15th Annual IT Journalism Awards. The Awards, which will be held at Luna Park on May 12 2017, have attracted a record number of entries, with more than 400 entries from over 100 journalists and publications. MediaConnect CEO Phil Sim said, “We’re delighted to partner with the ACS to recognise the best of Australia’s technology journalism published in 2016.” “The ACS is such a wonderful fit with the awards given they represent Australia’s ICT community, which all of our technology media write for, or write about.” ACS CEO Andrew Johnson said, “The ACS is pleased to partner with MediaConnect to recognise the tremendous work of ICT journalists throughout the year.” “Their work helps ICT to be seen as a driver of innovation and contributes to the understanding and promotion of the fast-paced ICT sector in Australia.” Tickets to next Friday’s event are currently available to be purchased from our website at http://www.thelizzies.com/attend-the-awards/. This year’s Lizzies are also sponsored by Watterson Marketing Communications and NEC. For further information please visit http://thelizzies.com/ Ooyala Taps Into Adobe Experience Cloud To Progress The Digital TV Transformation 2017-04-26T00:05:05Z ooyala-taps-into-adobe-experience-cloud-to-progress-the-digital-tv-transformation Ooyala, a global provider of video monetisation technology and services, today announced a new partnership with Adobe that combines Ooyala’s Integrated Video Platform (IVP) solutions with the Adobe Experience Cloud.  Premium media and entertainment companies will be able to build best-of-breed digital TV and OTT solutions for greater engagement, measurement and recognise greater returns with video. With Adobe’s TV-delivery and monetisation technologies, premium content providers benefit from the same reliable scale and device reach achieved in some of the largest live events to-date, including Superbowl LI, international Olympic coverage and the FIFA 2014 World Cup. The new partnership allows customers to also use Ooyala’s complete set of IVP solutions, building collective insights across video production, distribution and advertising processes, which are trusted by companies such as Sky, Media Prima and Star India.   Ten of the ten largest media companies rely on technologies within Adobe Experience Cloud to deliver, measure and monetise video content across any screen. Even more brands and media companies can benefit from Ooyala's IVP products and Adobe Primetime's playback and ad insertion technologies, giving them a way to deliver great video experiences and drive more value from their content.   Through this partnership, customers can reduce their total cost-of-ownership, not requiring further custom engineering and development costs. With highly reliable delivery, measurement and insights for greater engagement, Ooyala customers can see scalable results. Broadcasters and publishers can more effectively grow and monetise their global audiences, major brands can increase brand loyalty, and sports teams and leagues can drive higher fan engagement.   “Video is unquestionably the crux of the digital transformation for the global media and entertainment market,” said Adobe’s Media and Entertainment Head of Business Development, Kevin Towes. “As Ooyala leverages Adobe technology, we can help media companies achieve their transformation faster, with greater video monetisation, engagement and measurement.”   “Modern media companies with large audiences and real skin in the game need better insights and technologies to recognise greater return on their video business,” said Ooyala Co-founder and SVP of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe. “Pairing our IVP solutions with Adobe gives even more insight into analytics and measurement, building common data sets across every function of video all with a single goal -- to grow your business.”   About Ooyala: A US-based subsidiary of global telecommunications and IT services company Telstra, Ooyala is a global provider of video monetisation technology and services. Providing a set of Integrated Video Platform solutions, Ooyala’s comprehensive suite of offerings includes one of the world's largest premium video platforms, a leading ad serving and programmatic platform and media logistics solution that improves video production workflows. Built with superior analytics capabilities for advanced business intelligence, Ooyala's solutions help broadcasters, operators, media and production companies get content to market faster, build more engaging and personalised experiences across every screen, and maximise return for any video business. Vudu, Star India, Sky Sports (U.K.), ITV Studios (U.K.), RTL Group (Germany), M6 (France), TV4 (Sweden), Mediaset (Spain), America Television (Peru), and Media Prima (Malaysia): these are just a few of the hundreds of broadcasters and media companies who choose Ooyala. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ooyala has offices in Chennai, Cologne, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit: http://www.ooyala.com  ENDS Geoscape Offers World-First Decision Making Capabilities to Australian Organisations 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z geoscape-offers-world-first-decision-making-capabilities-to-australian-organisations Locate17 – Sydney, Australia – 5th April, 2017: PSMA Australia, a provider of the nation’s location datasets, today officially launched its award-winning innovation in location intelligence, Geoscape. In a world-first, Geoscape enables Australian organisations to make better decisions using location-based insights that were previously too costly or time consuming for most businesses to access. This is the first time location information and data analytics have been combined and made available in this way, on a national level. PSMA also confirmed the much-anticipated Sydney dataset will be released on 5th April, 2017, with the national rollout due for completion by early 2018. To download a sample of Geoscape, visit: www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ “Geoscape is a breakthrough in location-based intelligence that provides essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy, and puts Australia on the world map as a leader in this technology,” said Dan Paull, PSMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a business intelligence tool, Geoscape gives organisations the opportunity to improve services and increase revenue through evidence-based decision making. It will be used by governments to improve Australia’s future planning, development and management, including everything from building smarter cities to keeping people safe during fires, floods and other natural disasters. There’s also a vast range of applications in the private sector, with particular interest coming from the telecommunications, insurance and utilities sectors.” DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, uses a range of geospatial technologies to deliver core components of the Geoscape dataset. By connecting the world's highest quality commercial satellite imagery and an ecosystem of analytics partners on the Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX), DigitalGlobe is able to automatically and accurately extract many types of features about the built environment at continental scale. "The convergence of high-resolution satellite imagery, cloud computing, and machine learning technologies has created some incredibly exciting opportunities for organisations to analyse man-made and natural environments at country and continent scales more quickly and efficiently than ever before,” said Dr. Walter Scott, DigitalGlobe Founder, CTO, and EVP. “We are proud to partner with PSMA Australia to harness these innovations and create a digital index of Australia’s built environment that will benefit a wide range of industries, including business intelligence, insurance, and telecommunications.” How Geoscape works PSMA has collaborated with DigitalGlobe to create the Geoscape dataset, which uses a combination of satellite imagery, crowdsourcing and machine learning to capture attributes of the built environment and link each building to a geocoded address. Organisations can see and analyse this data to gain new insights and improve the way they plan and operate. The data includes building footprints and heights, roof construction, land cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panel installations and swimming pools, and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools. New opportunities for enhanced service delivery As Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems evolve and smart cities become a reality, Geoscape can underpin them by linking a wide range of information generated about the lifecycle of the built environment. Data from a rich mesh of sensors can be tied to a location, an address, a legal land parcel and an area, ranging from a single building, to a few streets, to a planning zone or a region. Geoscape creates a wide range of opportunities for improved service delivery including in: Risk management (flood modelling, fire risk modelling, wind impact assessment) Geoscape provides information about the size and roof construction of buildings, their proximity to vegetation and other buildings and a model of terrain to support the assessment of risk. Market assessment For businesses providing property related services Geoscape provides information about buildings, solar panel installations, swimming pools, roofing material, surfaces and vegetation. Telecommunications Geoscape supports the rollout of wi-fi and 5G networks by providing a model of the terrain and information on the shape and heights of buildings and tree cover to support blackspot analysis. Natural disaster impact assessment Preliminary post-event assessment of the likely impact of natural disasters on building infrastructure and vegetation. Valuations Provides building sizes, number, roofing information, vegetation location, heights and basic land use for the valuation process. How Pitney Bowes uses Geoscape Pitney Bowes has been a partner of PSMA Australia for over 15 years. Geoscape is the main dataset used by Pitney Bowes to create its GeoVision product. The data captured in Geoscape is taken and combined with Pitney Bowes location intelligence platforms to create unique and leading edge solutions, which are capturing world-wide recognition. For more information, please see a case study www.geoscape.com.au/showcase/. Australia's ground-breaking Geoscape is rolling out, region by region, across Australia. For progress on the national rollout of Geoscape, view the release schedule at www.geoscape.com.au/rollout/. Download your free trial To download a sample of Geoscape to see how it could be used in your organisation, visit www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ Want to know more? If you’re interested in speaking with PSMA to learn more about Geoscape, you may visit them at Booth 110 and 112 at Locate17 or contact marketing@psma.com.au. For more information: www.geoscape.com.au/ About PSMA Australia PSMA Australia’s goal is to facilitate broad and sustainable access to high-quality location data by offering foundational national spatial information derived from the authoritative data sources of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments and private sector partners. PSMA was formed by the governments of Australia in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver their location data as national datasets. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia. As an independent and self-funded business, PSMA is able to collaborate beyond government to drive innovation and provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world. For more information visit: www.psma.com.au/ About DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, DigitalGlobe’s imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet its customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defence and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management and navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. For more information visit: www.digitalglobe.com/ Media Contact: Kate Donnelly Spectrum Group psma@spectrumgroup.is +61 2 9469 5700 DPP and Ooyala Report Shows Half of Video Production Environments Will See Greater ROI Migrating to IP 2017-04-04T20:07:00Z dpp-and-ooyala-report-shows-half-of-video-production-environments-will-see-greater-roi-migrating-to-ip Ooyala, a global provider of video monetisation technology and services, and the Digital Production Partnership(DPP), the media industry’s business change network, launched the industry’s first report analysing the benefits of adopting Internet Protocol (IP)-based processes and technologies in video production, “The Business Benefits of IP Production” (http://go.ooyala.com/wf-whitepaper-ip-video-production). The findings show that by 2022, more than half of the video-production environments analysed in the report will recognise greater business benefits, efficiencies and return-on-investment (ROI) by adopting IP. Surveying nearly 30 companies across the video supply chain, including ITV, Sky, BBC and Sony, the report shows where IP migrations will result in greater cost savings, cost avoidance, creative benefits and competitive advantages. Tracking against ten different production environments, five will see the greatest ROI by adopting IP, including:  ●     IP Distribution: Companies with internet-first distribution services, OTT ●     Live Streaming: Companies distributing live content across devices and social platforms ●     Single Camera Shooting: Companies accessing on-site footage via the cloud ●     Media Management: Companies managing, moving and storing media ●     Cloud Playout: Linear TV stations adopting cloud-based services The findings show media companies with online distribution at the heart of their business, particularly OTT services, will find the greatest value and ROI in adopting IP-based technologies. Other areas that IP disruption will impact are asset management, cloud playout and post-production, benefiting from technologies that reduce manual-labor costs such as automating metadata insertion.  “The fact is, the move to IP has inherent benefits for many processes, but only specific environments will see the greatest benefits and highest returns today,” said DPP Managing Director, Mark Harrison. “Within a few years, IP infrastructure may be essential in doing business because of the impact it is having across media companies and distribution.” “As the first in the industry, the report brings to light the ROI opportunities for producers, broadcasters and media companies to adopt IP processes,” said Ooyala Co-founder and SVP of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe. “Media logistics solutions like Ooyala Flex provide the ability to connect inherently disconnected and on-premise systems so companies can take advantage of IP benefits immediately or incrementally as needs change over time.”   Ooyala and the DPP will host a special NAB morning event on Tuesday, April 25 at 8am PST in Ooyala’s booth, SV1000, to discuss the report and the future of IP production alongside BT Sport and PBS. Those interested in attending the NAB event may contact events@ooyala.com. About Ooyala A US-based subsidiary of global telecommunications and IT services company Telstra, Ooyala's comprehensive suite of offerings includes one of the world's largest premium video platforms, a leading ad serving and programmatic platform and media logistics solution that improves video production workflows. Built with superior analytics capabilities for advanced business intelligence, Ooyala's solutions help broadcasters, operators and media companies build more engaged and more profitable audiences, with personalised experiences across every screen.  Vudu, Star India, Sky Sports (U.K.), ITV Studios (U.K.), RTL Group (Germany), M6 (France), TV4 (Sweden), Mediaset (Spain), America Television (Peru), and Media Prima (Malaysia): these are just a few of the hundreds of broadcasters and media companies who choose Ooyala. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ooyala has offices in Chennai, Cologne, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit: http://www.ooyala.comAbout the DPP The DPP is the media industry’s business change network. Originally founded by UK Broadcasters the BBC, ITV and Channel 4, it is now a not-for-profit company with an international membership base drawn from the whole media supply chain – broadcasters and distributors to manufacturers and service providers, production to post production, trade bodies to educational institutions.  The DPP harnesses the collective intelligence of that membership to generate insight, enable change and create market opportunity. For more information, or to enquire about membership, visit: http://www.digitalproductionpartnership.co.uk  Ooyala Showcases Integrated Video Platform Solutions At NAB 2017, Solving Today’s Modern Video Challenges 2017-03-30T05:14:14Z ooyala-showcases-integrated-video-platform-solutions-at-nab-2017-solving-today-s-modern-video-challenges Ooyala, a global provider of video monetisation technology and services, will showcase the full breadth of its video solutions for media and entertainment companies at the NAB Show 2017 in Las Vegas, April 22 – 27 in stand SV1000, outside the North Hall in the Silver Lot. With its full set of offerings, Ooyala is leading the way towards delivering a fully Integrated Video Platform (IVP) specifically to meet the needs of today’s modern media content owners and production companies. With a common data set to drive insights and inform strategies, IVP is the next generation of OVP, evolving well beyond online video platform capabilities to deliver sophisticated solutions to understand the costs and return-on-investment of video content. “Publishing video online today is a rather mundane task, but building a sustainable business model around online video is a totally different animal,” said Frost and Sullivan Senior Director, Mukul Krishna. “IVPs, or Integrated Video Platforms, better reflect the new demands placed on the traditional OVP. An Integrated Video Platform extends traditional OVPs capabilities to include functionality to meet challenges spanning production, distribution and monetisation.”   Ooyala Flex, the company’s versatile and customizable solution for video production and distribution workflows is designed to get content to market faster. It is a cornerstone in Ooyala’s transformation into an IVP, complementing its full set of product offerings across ad tech, analytics and video platform solutions.    With Ooyala Flex's tight integration with the Ooyala video platform, the solutions can streamline the entire process from creation to syndication and ultimately distribution across devices. Content owners have complete control over their operations, as well as insights into video performance and audience engagement. By combining Ooyala solutions customers are able to: ●     Sync metadata across Ooyala Flex and Ooyala’s video platform, simplifying asset search and management ●     Transform assets into any format in Ooyala Flex for distribution to any device with Ooyala’s video platform ●     Automate transcoding, packaging and syndication using Ooyala Flex to get content in front of audiences faster  ●     Leverage metadata from Ooyala Flex for more personalised content recommendations with Ooyala Discovery, driving higher audience engagement and monetization ●     Understand video performance across properties with Ooyala IQ to inform future content production decisions and distribution strategies  ●     Benefit from a single provider, versus many, supplying all solutions with aligned roadmaps and integrations    “Ooyala Flex customers see significant time savings throughout their media operations, with some reducing project delivery times by more than 75%. Customers are realizing the return as Ooyala Flex connects silos and integrates systems, teams and processes, providing greater efficiencies and visibility into bottlenecks that are costing time and money,” said Ooyala Co-founder and SVP of Products and Solutions, Belsasar Lepe.  He added, “Using simple APIs, Ooyala Flex acts as an integration layer connecting nearly any existing production system or software together, whether on-premise or cloud-based. This includes integrations with Adobe for editorial needs, Microsoft Azure for storage, and tailored integrations with Pebble Beach Systems for broadcast playout, along with a host of other commonly used solutions.” Throughout the NAB Show, Ooyala is hosting as well as presenting in a variety of events highlighting new research and discussing industry trends, including:  ●     ‘Sports 2.0: The New Rules of Fan Engagement <http://nab17.mapyourshow.com/7_0/sessions/session-details.cfm?ScheduleID=410> ’ -- Monday, April 24, 3-3:35pm PST, N262/N264: Ooyala will join the NAB stage with Akamai, Associated Press, NBC Sports Digital and Twitch to discuss the evolution of sports viewing and how audiences prefer to engage with their favorite teams today. ●     Finding the Fit for IP in Media Operations — Tuesday, April 25, 8am PST, Booth SV1000: Led by the DPP, this panel will include speakers from BT Sport, PBS and Ooyala to discuss the parts of the media supply chain that benefit most from IP, and where broadcast and media companies are seeing the highest ROI.  ●     Party Till The Sun Goes Down, sponsored by Telstra -- Tuesday, April 25, 4pm PST, Booth SV1000: Ooyala’s annual party in the parking lot with live music and industry networking.  ●     TV Advertising & The Survival of Buyer & Seller Relationships — Wednesday, April 26, 8am PST, Booth SV1000: Led by Beet.TV, this panel will discuss how OTT offers untapped opportunities for TV providers, the rise of programmatic, and why maintaining strong relationships between TV ad buyers and sellers is key to success.  “Finding the Fit for IP in Media Operations,” “Party Till The Sun Goes Down” and “TV Advertising & The Survival of Buyer & Seller Relationships” are all invite-only events. Please contact events@ooyala.com <mailto:events@ooyala.com> if interested in attending. Ooyala will provide demos at NAB 2017, including: ●     Ooyala Pulse - Ooyala’s holistic sell-side video advertising platform, combining the ad server and programmatic trading platforms, designed exclusively for media companies and publishers to make smarter, more lucrative ad decisions. Plus, Ooyala Pulse Unlock, its client-side ad-reinsertion technology. With rich data and analytics, Ooyala Pulse provides unique, real-time insights through customisable reports to improve forecasting and decision-making, while enabling clients to pivot in real-time as a campaign runs. ●     Ooyala Video Platform Solutions - Ooyala’s full set of video technology includes live streaming; live server-side ad insertion (Live SSAI) for seamless TV-like playback and ad-block prevention; its award-winning analytics product, Ooyala IQ; customizable HTML5 player; Ooyala AppStudio for getting OTT apps to market quickly; as well as Ooyala’s full back-end management system and services. At the heart of Ooyala’s video solutions is big data, empowering customers with a complete view of video performance and audience behavior to help strategically distribute video content and maximise ROI.  About Ooyala: A US-based subsidiary of global telecommunications and IT services company Telstra, Ooyala's comprehensive suite of offerings includes one of the world's largest premium video platforms, a leading ad serving and programmatic platform and media logistics solution that improves video production workflows. Built with superior analytics capabilities for advanced business intelligence, Ooyala's solutions help broadcasters, operators and media companies build more engaged and more profitable audiences, with personalised experiences across every screen.  Vudu, Star India, Sky Sports (U.K.), ITV Studios (U.K.), RTL Group (Germany), M6 (France), TV4 (Sweden), Mediaset (Spain), America Television (Peru), and Media Prima (Malaysia): these are just a few of the hundreds of broadcasters and media companies who choose Ooyala. Headquartered in Silicon Valley, Ooyala has offices in Chennai, Cologne, Dallas, Guadalajara, London, Madrid, New York, Paris, Singapore, Stockholm, Sydney, Tokyo, and sales operations in many other countries across the globe. For more information, visit www.ooyala.com  LASER celebrates 30 years as home-grown consumer electronics success story 2017-03-28T23:35:00Z laser-celebrates-30-years-as-home-grown-consumer-electronics-success-story Sydney, Australia, March 2017 – LASER, the Australian-owned electronics company with a focus on affordable, innovative technology for all, has this month celebrated its 30th Anniversary celebrations with the unveiling of a range of new products set to take the company into its next decade.   Launching a new $50 selfie drone and extensive range of power banks, USB-C accessories and Navig8r dashcams, it is a long way from the small shopfront in Sydney’s Surry Hills that opened in 1987 to sell floppy disks, computer keyboards and mice.   With more than 300 product lines and 50 local employees, LASER puts its commitment to continuously evolving its product range at the centre of its longevity.   “From a very early stage we instituted an internal challenge to turnover our range by at least one-third every year, sourcing new products based on market needs and feedback from our retail partners. This is a huge number by any measure, and constantly forces us out of our comfort zone both in terms of new technologies and evolutions of existing ones.” said Chris Lau, Managing Director of LASER.    “Without having control of our manufacturing and being able to swiftly react to opportunities, this wouldn’t be achievable, yet we continue to see our range constantly and quickly evolving.”   Over the course of three decades, LASER has built its reputation among retailers and consumers alike as the value brand of choice, with long-standing relationships with Harvey Norman and Big W to name a few who look to LASER as enabling consumers to access technology at an affordable price point.   “We know exactly who we are and what our benefit is to consumers, and play an important role in helping many Aussies enter the market for new technologies, while providing affordable, reliable and quality options across the board for both new and ongoing technologies. We proudly wear the moniker ‘value brand you can trust’,” continued Lau.   LASER took its name from the optical media it sold as it commenced trading and has continued to evolve over the years. Today, LASER has market-leading positions, including dashcams via its Navig8r brand, powerbanks, and affordable AV.   “Our Navig8r sub-brand, itself 10 years old this year, is the best-selling dashcam brand in the country. Consumers can enter the market for just $60, while we also deliver on innovation with the 818 Pro X, which offers Australian State-specific school zone data, something unique to the market as it was built specifically to order for Australian consumers.”   “Looking ahead, we also see Affordable AV and USB-C as key drivers, and are also launching Wi-Fi wireless speakers, premium certified UHD HDMI cables and Ultra HD streaming box media centres.”   “We are proud to have proven longevity in the market, especially as many brands and technologies have come and gone in this industry over the 30 years we have been in business, and thank our partners, employees and broader industry stakeholders for their support. While we celebrate today, our focus remains firmly on the future, and the next 30 years.” concluded Lau.   LASER are celebrating 30 years by reveling in the success of products from key categories including:  Navig8r Selfie Drone Lightweight and portable, this four-propeller Wi-Fi enabled Selfie Drone is accessed and controlled by an easy-to-use smartphone app (iOS/Android). Boasting a one-button take off, land and 360-degree flip, users can adjust the drone’s speed and altitude all from their smartphone. With the ability to take photos and videos as it follows you around, the Navig8r Selfie Drone offers 8-minutes of flight time within a 30m control range.RRP $50 from Big W  Navig8r 818 Pro X Crashcam A cutting-edge dash camera that takes in-vehicle incident recording to the next level, the Navig8r 818 Pro X Crashcam features Super Full HD image quality that delivers meticulously detailed footage. Built exclusively for the Australian market, the 818 displays the vehicle’s actual speed (as measured by GPS) as well as speed cameras, red light cameras and school zones which are preloaded with correct Australian state school zone times to warn drivers of an impending change in speed (and possible infringement). The Navig8r Crash Cam Pro X also features journey review with Google maps, automatic event recording and park mode which activates camera recording even when your car is unattended. Using the included software, drivers are able to review video footage, speed, time, date and location information on Google Maps, making it easy to prove at fault incidents.RRP $299 from Harvey Norman and www.laserco.com.au  LASER PB-CJ6000 Portable Power Bank and Car Jump Starter | RRP $79.95 | Harvey Norman As the latest addition to LASER’s extensive portable power range, the PB-CJ6000 is compact and portable enough to fit almost anywhere, from the glovebox to your satchel or your back pocket. A handy gadget that can charge all USB-enabled devices, this multi-purpose accessory also connects with the supplied car jump cables to kick-start a fully flat battery. With 6,000mAh of power, a 4-in-1 USB charging cable (Mini and Micro USB, 30pin and 9pin Apple to USB) for smartphones, tablets and cameras, the PB-CJ6000 also offers security benefits thanks to a high intensity LED light with strobe function for attracting attention. Built-in safety features that protect the consumer, their car and the power bank, a high efficiency cell from the quality Lithium battery boasts 75% retention after 12 months, making this a durable companion in the glove box or in your bag.RRP $79.95 from Harvey Norman and www.laserco.com.au  ImageryLASER 30th Anniversary Image Library  About LASER In 1987 LASER started out in a Surry Hills garage, importing and selling 5.25” floppy disks and storage cases. Today, we’re one of Australia’s fastest growing and most trusted consumer IT and consumer electronics solutions providers. Specialising in bespoke solutions, our product range now spans more than 13 categories and 500+ products. NZ video games industry revenues race ahead to $424M in 2016 2017-03-07T23:30:00Z nz-video-games-industry-revenues-race-ahead-to-424m-in-2016 Auckland, New Zealand – 8 March 2017 – The New Zealand video and computer games industry generated $424 million in revenue in 2016, a seven per cent increase on 2015 sales. Data released today by the Interactive Games & Entertainment Association shows that New Zealand industry growth outpaced that of Australia, which experienced a four per cent increase in revenues last year.   Overall, the New Zealand video games industry saw a total of $125 million in traditional retail sales, with an additional $299 million in digital and mobile sales.   According to research commissioned by IGEA from analyst firm Telsyte, digital and mobile sales continued on an upward trajectory in 2016, with 16 per cent growth on 2015 revenues. Mobile games remain the largest revenue source, generating $167 million last year. Downloadable games and downloadable content (DLC) saw the most growth – up 20 per cent and 21 per cent respectively.   Complementary market data from The NPD Group shows traditional retail sales decreased nine per cent on 2015 figures, with hardware and software sales both declining. However, the New Zealand video games industry overall experienced a seven per cent boost in revenues in 2016, with consumers’ digital purchasing habits far outweighing the decline in traditional retail sales.   “The New Zealand video game industry is in great shape and continues to grow year-on-year,” said Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA. “The data clearly shows an ongoing revolution in the purchasing habits of what is an increasingly digital customer base. Consumers are incredibly engaged with our industry’s products and have embraced new ways to access and play game content, and extend the life of their games, such as virtual and augmented reality and downloadable extras.”   According to Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director of Telsyte, “New Zealand gamers continue to evolve their game purchasing behaviour, boosted by the greater availability of high speed broadband service.”   Since 2009, IGEA has provided a review of the state of the video games industry in New Zealand using commissioned research from The NPD Group. With the growth in downloads and mobile gaming, the NPD data has been augmented with research from Telsyte to provide a complete picture on the state of the industry.  Key highlights from Telsyte: Video and computer games generated $299 million in digital and mobile sales in 2016, a 16% increase on 2015 Mobile games remains the largest revenue source, generating $167 million in 2016 Downloadable games and downloadable content (DLC) saw the most growth – up 20% and 21% respectively Key highlights from The NPD Group: Video and computer games generated $125 million in traditional retail sales in 2016, a 9% decrease on 2015 sales Current generation consoles PS4, Xbox One and Nintendo 3DS all experienced growth in the volume of software sold 53% of games sold had an unrestricted classification (G, PG or M) IGEA has created an infographic to support the 2016 New Zealand sales data, which you can download here.About IGEA IGEA is an industry association representing the business and public policy interests of New Zealand and Australian companies in the computer and video games industry. IGEA’s members publish, develop, market and/or distribute interactive games and entertainment content and related hardware including mobile and handheld games. For more information, please visit www.igea.net.   Media spokespeople available: For interviews with Ron Curry, CEO of IGEA, please contact Amy Rathbone, Espresso Communications (+61 2 8016 2200) For interviews with Foad Fadaghi, Managing Director of Telsyte, please contact him on +61 414 992 466 Gartner Survey Shows Connected Home Solutions Adoption Remains Limited to Early Adopters 2017-03-07T00:48:25Z gartner-survey-shows-connected-home-solutions-adoption-remains-limited-to-early-adopters 7 March 2017 — Adoption of newer connected home solutions is still at the early adopter phase, according to a recent survey by Gartner, Inc. The survey, of nearly 10,000 online respondents in the US, the UK and Australia during the second half of 2016, found that only about 10 percent of households currently have connected home solutions. Connected home solutions consist of a set of devices and services that are connected to each other and to the internet and can automatically respond to preset rules, be remotely accessed and managed by mobile apps or a browser, and send alerts or messages to the user(s). "Although households in the developed world are beginning to embrace connected home solutions, providers must push beyond early adopter use," said Amanda Sabia, principal research analyst at Gartner. "If they are to successfully widen the appeal of the connected home, providers will need to identify what will really motivates current users to inspire additional purchases." The survey found that home security alarm systems, the more established of connected home solutions, have nearly double the adoption rates (18 percent) of newer connected home solutions such as home monitoring (11 percent), home automation or energy management (9 percent), and health and wellness management (11 percent). Overall adoption rates were five to six percent greater in the US, where they were first marketed. However, excluding home security alarm services for which a monthly fee is generally paid, solution providers may find monetising connected services challenging as the survey revealed that less than half of households currently pay for subscription-based home monitoring and automation/energy management solutions. In the US, where the home monitoring industry is more developed, 59 percent of households with a home monitoring solution indicate they do pay a monthly fee, thus proving they see value for these solutions. However, charging for subscriptions for home automation/energy management and health and wellness solutions is more of a challenge since more than half of current households are already using these services free of charge. The challenge is even greater in the UK, where few home automation services are subscription based and 58 percent of households with home automation get their services free of charge. Using a scale of 0 to 100, respondents were asked about their feelings and preferences toward the value of devices, appliances and applications in the connected home ecosystem. Three-quarters of respondents indicated they are happy to manually set temperature and lighting controls versus only one-quarter who expressed an interest in having devices anticipate needs in the home. Furthermore, 58 percent of respondents showed a preference for separate, independent, stand-alone devices. However, respondents are starting to see the value of one app for integrating their connected home devices, appliances and services as well as the importance of brand certification for their connected home devices and services. More than half of the respondents (55 percent) rated 51 or more toward the preference of one app integrating connected home devices and services, while 58 percent rated 51 or more toward the importance of hardware and services being certified by a specific brand. "Messaging needs to be focused on the real value proposition that the complete connected home ecosystem provides, encompassing devices, service and experience," said Jessica Ekholm, research director at Gartner. "The emphasis needs to be on how the connected home can helps solve daily tasks rather than just being a novelty collection of devices and apps." Gartner clients can read more in the report: "Survey Analysis: Connected Home Solutions Remain in the Early Adopter Stage." Visit the Gartner IoT hub for complimentary research and webinars. About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world's leading information technology research and advisory company. Gartner delivers the technology-related insight necessary for its clients to make the right decisions, every day. From CIOs and senior information technology (IT) leaders in corporations and government agencies, to business leaders in high-tech and telecom enterprises and professional services firms, to supply chain professionals, digital marketing professionals and technology investors, Gartner is the valuable partner to clients in more than 10,000 distinct enterprises. Gartner works with clients to research, analysfe and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual roles. Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, U.S.A., and has almost 9,000 associates, including 1,900 research analysts and consultants, operating in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com.