The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-26T22:00:52Z Xplore Expands Price and Performance Range of Category Leading XSLATE R12 Rugged Tablet Portfolio 2017-04-26T22:00:52Z xplore-expands-price-and-performance-range-of-category-leading-xslate-r12-rugged-tablet-portfolio   SYDNEY, Australia — April 27, 2017— Xplore Technologies Corp. (NASDAQ: XPLR) is expanding the pricing and performance options for its highly-demanded XSLATE R12 rugged tablet PC platform in order to accommodate Australian and New Zealand customers’ evolving mobile computing requirements, even within their fixed budget parameters. Customers will now be able to order the exceptionally powerful XSLATE R12 in two new Intel® 7th generation Kaby Lake CPU configurations: The Celeron®-powered tablet PC from $3660 (base MSRP), while the Intel Core™ i7 vPro™ version will start at $4470. “Xplore rugged tablets are capable of effecting significant workforce productivity gains without disrupting a company’s business processes or IT efficiency,” noted Brett Gross, ANZ Director at Xplore. “The XSLATE R12, in particular, is one of the most sought-after rugged tablet PCs in the global market right now due to its unrivalled computing flexibility, broad IT system interoperability and reputation for exceeding industry performance standards. As such, we want to ensure that every customer has the ability to take advantage of its unmatchable benefits. By making the XSLATE R12 available in an even greater range of cost and performance options, we are able to deliver a best-in-class mobility solution that fits any customer’s needs.” Both of the new Celeron and Core i7 vPro XSLATE R12 rugged tablet models are available in multiple configurations, and serve as laptop and desktop replacements if desired. The XSLATE R12 tablet has a unique magnetically-attached, Companion Keyboard, which can stow and recharge while docked or while on the go, as well as touch and pen data input tools. The 800 Nit View Anywhere™ screen is protected by Corning® Gorilla® Glass, and remains the best outdoor-viewable display in its class. The XSLATE R12 can also be custom-configured with several connectivity options to ensure workers maintain data accessibility no matter where they’re working or the intensity of on-the-job demands. These include the SlateMate module, featuring a barcode scanner and HF RFID reader, an RJ45 + True Serial Port dongle, as well as pass-through antenna capabilities for WWAN, WLAN, and GPS in both the tablet and Secure Mobile Dock. “No one sits still anymore at work,” Gross continued. “The XSLATE R12 was specifically designed to eliminate downtime, minimize security risks and improve both data and device manageability for the millions-strong global mobile workforce. It’s the no-compromise, and complete, mobile office solution that today’s public safety, utility, construction, manufacturing and insurance professionals need to stay productive whether they’re multi-tasking or transitioning between multiple job sites.” Customers who choose to upgrade to the Intel Core i7 vPro processor will also benefit from increased security and mobile device management tools. The added Intel® Authenticate solution builds upon Xplore’s standard multi-authentication and biometric tools to capture, encrypt, match, and store user data in the rugged tablet. The built-in Intel Active Management Technology (Intel AMT) also provides IT with easy remote maintenance and wireless device management, plus secure drive wiping, to simplify PC lifecycle transitions. Both the Celeron-powered tablet PC and Intel Core i7 vPro version will be fully available in May. For more information about the award-winning Xplore XSLATE R12 tablet computer platform, please visit www.xploretech.com/XSLATER12.   About Xplore Technologies: Xplore is The Rugged Tablet Authority™, exclusively manufacturing powerful, long-lasting, and customer-defined rugged tablet PCs since 1996. Today, Xplore offers the broadest portfolio of genuinely rugged tablets – and the most complete line-up of rugged tablet accessories – on Earth. Its mobility solutions are purpose-built for the energy, utilities, telecommunications, military and defense, manufacturing, distribution, public safety, healthcare, government, and field service sectors. The company’s award-winning military-grade computers are also among the most powerful and longest lasting in their class, built to withstand nearly any hazardous condition or environmental extreme for years without fail. Visit www.xploretech.com for more information on how Xplore and its global channel partners engineer complete mobility solutions to meet specialized workflow demands. Follow us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, and YouTube.   Forward Looking Statements This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks and uncertainties, which may cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made. When used in this document, the words “may”, “would”, “could”, “will”, “intend”, “plan”, “anticipate”, “believe”, “estimate”, “expect” and similar expressions are intended to identify forward-looking statements. Such statements reflect Xplore’s current views with respect to future events and are subject to such risks and uncertainties. Many factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the statements made including those factors detailed from time to time in filings made by Xplore with securities regulatory authorities. Should one or more of these risks or uncertainties materialize, or should assumptions underlying the forward looking statements prove incorrect, actual results may vary materially from those described herein as intended, planned, anticipated or expected. Xplore does not intend and does not assume any obligation to update these forward-looking statements. Gartner Survey Finds Government CIOs Spend 21 Percent of Their IT Budget on Digital Initiatives 2017-04-26T04:41:03Z gartner-survey-finds-government-cios-spend-21-percent-of-their-it-budget-on-digital-initiatives-1 26 April 2017 — Top performing organisations in the private and public sectors, on average, spend a greater proportion of their IT budgets on digital initiatives (33 percent) than government organisations (21 percent), according to a global survey of CIOs by Gartner, Inc. Looking forward to 2018, top-performing organisations anticipate spending 43 percent of their IT budgets on digitalisation, compared with 28 percent for government CIOs. Gartner's 2017 CIO Agenda survey includes the views of 2,598 CIOs from 93 countries, representing US$9.4 trillion in revenue or public sector budgets and $292 billion in IT spending, including 377 government CIOs in 38 countries. Government respondents are segmented into national or federal, state or province (regional) and local jurisdictions, to identify trends specific to each tier. For the purposes of the survey, respondents were also categorised as top, typical and trailing performers in digitalisation, based on the response to certain survey questions. Government respondents find themselves in the lower ranks of performance when compared with other industries, with only 5 percent categorised as top performers, compared to 22 percent in the media sector, 15 percent in service industries and 10 percent in the banking, retail and communications sectors. Rick Howard, research vice president at Gartner, said that 2016 proved to be a watershed year in which frustration with the status quo of government was widely expressed by citizens at the voting booth and in the streets, accompanied by low levels of confidence and trust about the performance of public institutions. "This has to be addressed head on," said Mr. Howard. "Government CIOs in 2017 have an urgent obligation to look beyond their own organisations and benchmark themselves against top-performing peers within the public sector and from other service industries. They must commit to pursuing actions that result in immediate and measurable improvements that citizens recognise and appreciate." Top Performers Secure Greater Budget Increases Government CIOs as a group anticipate a 1.4 percent average increase in their IT budgets, compared with an average 2.2 percent increase across all industries. Local government CIOs fare better, averaging 3.5 percent growth, which is still more than 1 percent less on average than IT budget growth among top-performing organisations overall (4.6 percent). The data is directionally consistent with Gartner's benchmark analytics, which indicate that average IT spending for state and local governments in 2016 represented 4 percent of operating expenses, up from 3.6 percent in 2015. For national and international government organisations, average IT spending as a percentage of operating expenses in 2016 was 9.4 percent, up from 8.6 percent in 2015. "Whatever the financial outlook may be, government CIOs who aspire to join the group of top performers must justify growth in the IT budget by clearly connecting all investments to lowering the business costs of government and improving the performance of government programs," Mr. Howard said. Top Technology Investment Priorities in Government Looking beyond 2017, Gartner asked respondents to identify technologies with the most potential to change their organisations over the next five years. Advanced analytics takes the top spot across all levels of government (79 percent). Digital security remains a critical investment for all levels of government (57 percent), particularly in defence and intelligence (74 percent). The Internet of Things will clearly drive transformative change for local governments (68 percent), whereas interest in business algorithms is highest among national governments (41 percent). All levels of government presently see less opportunity in machine learning or blockchain than top performers do. Local governments are slightly more bullish than the rest of government and top performers when it comes to autonomous vehicles (9 percent) and smart robots (6 percent). Biggest Barriers for Government CIOs The top three barriers that government CIOs report they must overcome to achieve their objectives are skills or resources (26 percent), funding or budgets (19 percent), and culture or structure of the organisation (12 percent). Drilling down into the areas in which workforce skills are lacking, the government sector is vulnerable in the domain of data analytics (30 percent), which includes information, analytics, data science and business intelligence. Security and risk is ranked second for government overall (23 percent). "Bridge the skills gap by extending your networks of experts outside the agency," Mr. Howard said. "Compared with CIOs in other industries, government CIOs tend not to partner with startups and midsize companies, missing out on new ideas, skills and technologies."  Seize the Digital Ecosystem Opportunity The concept of a digital ecosystem is not new to government CIOs. Government organisations participate in digital ecosystems at rates higher than other industries, but they do so as a matter of necessity and without planned design, according to Gartner. Overall, 58 percent of government CIOs report that they participate in digital ecosystems, compared with 49 percent across all industries.  As digitalisation gains momentum across all industries, the need for government to join digital ecosystems — interdependent, scalable networks of enterprises, people and things — also increases. "The digital ecosystem becomes the means by which government can truly become more effective and efficient in the delivery of public services," Mr. Howard said. Gartner clients can read more in the report "2017 CIO Agenda: A Government Perspective." 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 11,000 distinct enterprises. Gartner works with clients to research, analyze and interpret the business of IT within the context of their individual roles. Gartner is headquartered in Stamford, Connecticut, USA, and has almost 9,000 associates, including 1,800 research analysts and consultants, operating in more than 90 countries. For more information, visit www.gartner.com. New Areas of Growth in Western Australia 2017-04-26T02:21:04Z new-areas-of-growth-in-western-australia-1 Western Australia is looking to new areas of growth in key sectors such as agriculture, technology and tourism as the economy transitions from predominately resource driven investment. The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference hosts a panel discussion on the recent decline of the resources boom and emerging opportunities in other industries. Sectors that have potential to grow and strengthen the state’s economy include tourism, infrastructure and agriculture. President of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, Rob Wilson, joins the panel to share his expertise and explore innovations in the agriculture sector.  WA Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chief Economist Rick Newnham will also deliver a presentation at the Conference on the significant challenges and new opportunities available to Western Australia in the wake of the post-mining boom. The growth in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports across WA has surged, with three projects underway in Prelude, Wheatstone and Ichthys, off the north coast of WA. Over $200 billion is already invested in liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Australia and the value of exports is forecast to increase by 41% in 2016-2017. Exports in 2016 reached 36.8 million tonnes, a 37.7 per cent increase on the 26.7 recorded in the previous year, the report found. National Oil and Gas Leader at Deloitte, Bernadette Cullinane, will discuss the associated challenges and opportunities at the WA Major Projects Conference. WA has retained its title as the top state for production, attracting 65 per cent of the nation’s total mineral exploration expenditure mainly due to increases from major commodities such as iron ore, gold and petroleum products. While resources remain weak, commercial construction activity across the state is set to ramp up within the next year with an estimated increase of up to 40% in commercial projects due to start, including works on the Forrestfield Airport link, shopping centres and apartment towers. According to economist John Nicolaou, Director of ACIL Allen Consulting, 30 000 new construction jobs could be in the cards as works begin. After the resources downturn, this is a much needed boost for WA. Nicolaou will be discussing challenges associated with funding and planning models the Western Australian government can use to improve vital infrastructure projects in the face of a weakening capacity to fund them, including alternatives such as user-pays, public-private partnership and privatisation.   The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference is taking place on the 20th- 21st of June at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar.   Save the Date: Security Exhibition & Conference 2017 2017-04-26T00:45:39Z save-the-date-security-exhibition-amp-conference-2017 Thousands of security professionals will converge at the International Convention Centre (ICC) Sydney, in Darling Harbour, from 26-28 July for Australia’s premier industry event, the Security Exhibition & Conference 2017.  The event connects a community of security leaders and showcases state-of-the art solutions and strategies, enabling Australia to be at the forefront of the security industry. Organised by Diversified Communications Australia in partnership with the Australian Security Industry Association Limited (ASIAL), the 32nd annual event will feature an impressive exhibition display, with a leading conference program and Gala Dinner. Bryan De Caires, CEO at ASIAL, says, “Security Exhibition and Conference 2017 is shaping up to be the must-attend event for security professionals across Australia this year. There will be an outstanding line-up of speakers as well as live demonstrations, featuring an exciting and diverse range of technologies and equipment, from a host of leading suppliers.” Security 2017 Event Manager, Melissa Clendinen, says, “Having spent three years in Melbourne, it’s great to bring the exhibition back to the buoyant market in Sydney and welcome back names such as HID Global, Seagate, Ness Corporation and FLIR. The event is a three-day showcase of the latest business solutions, live product launches and a first-class conference.” The free-to-attend exhibition unites the electronic and physical security industries for three days of networking, alongside a showcase of solutions available to the Australian market. This is supported by a paid conference which features both local and international expert speakers, discussing intelligent strategies for security managers to overcome their evolving operational and technical challenges including cyber hacking, terrorism and organisational resilience. In the evening of 27th July 2017 the industry is also invited to the Gala Dinner, which will recognise achievements from the year in the security industry as well as hosting the Best New Product Awards. For further information or to register, visit: http://securityexpo.com.au   -ENDS- AUSTRALIAN MARKET AND SOCIAL RESEARCH INDUSTRY TO CHALLENGE 457 VISA DECISION 2017-04-19T22:48:30Z australian-market-and-social-research-industry-to-challenge-457-visa-decision The government’s recent announcement to abolish 457 visas will be challenged by the Research Industry Council of Australia (RICA). The removal of two positions from the eligible skilled occupation list  - Market Research Analyst and Research and Development Manager – are critical skills sets relied upon by the Australian market and social research Industry.   The RICA strongly urges the government to reverse its decision to cut these positions from the skilled occupation list.   Market and social research is an important service that benefits all Australians. From political polls and television ratings, to surveys of customer satisfaction and the development of products and services, to studies on public health or the income and labour dynamics in Australia, market and social research provides valuable information about the society in which we live.  This information helps government, commercial and not-for-profit organisations make informed decisions based upon the interests and needs of their constituents, clients and the general public.   “RICA represents approximately 80% of market and social research organisations in Australia and over 4,000 full time employees.  With the industry undergoing technological change and the opportunity for unparalleled growth, we simply can’t afford to lose the highly skilled talent we currently recruit from overseas.  These people are not taking jobs from Australians but rather complementing the talent we already employ here. As an industry, we have invested in local talent and training, but we need overseas talent to ensure our local companies can compete on the global stage,” said Lee Naylor, Managing Director, The Leading Edge.   Sarah Campbell, Executive Director, Association of Market and Social Research Organisations said: “There is a talent shortage for particular research positions in our country, with member company CEOs reporting that some jobs, requiring a very particular skill set, can be advertised in Australia for over 12 months before being filled by a 457 visa employee.  The removal of these two research positions from the eligible skilled occupation list is likely to hit our industry hard and RICA will be heading to Canberra to request that they be reinstated.” For further information: Sarah Campbell                                                                       Elissa Molloy                          Executive Director                                                                 Chief Executive Officer AMSRO                                                                                            AMSRS T: (02) 8017 6717                                                                    T: 02 9566 3100 M: 0417 665 144                                                                     M: 0417 155 325   About RICA RICA represents both business and professional bodies in the market and social research industry.  Our constituent bodies are the Association of Market and Social Research Organisations (AMSRO), representing businesses, and the Australian Market and Social Research Society (AMSRS), representing individual research professionals.  The market and social research industry turns over $800 million annually and employs over 12,000 people and over 4,100 of these are full-time professionals. Together (under RICA), the bodies represent the industry in Australia and work to promote understanding of market and social research, help set and maintain the highest ethical and technical standards, and represent the industry’s interests in regulatory and legislative debate.     www.amsro.com.au l  http://www.amsrs.com.au   Brisbane Front and Centre of Queensland Transport Projects 2017-04-19T04:48:34Z brisbane-front-and-centre-of-queensland-transport-projects The Brisbane Metro Subway System is one of Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects. Brisbane City Council has announced plans for the Brisbane Metro upgrades in 2016. The Metro has been conceived as a high frequency, rapid transport connection designed to address the current challenges facing Brisbane's bus network which has reached capacity at many inner city locations. Improvements to the service are expected to cut travel times, reduce Central Business District bus congestion and free-up buses to provide more services in the suburbs. The project will use existing Inner Northern and South East busway infrastructure as well as dedicated roads and tunnels to avoid road network congestion. The seven kilometre route will run from Woolloongabba to Herston, with stops at Mater Hill, South Bank, connecting to a new underground station at Cultural Centre, continuing over Victoria Bridge and into a new underground portal at Adelaide Street linking with the King George Square, Roma Street, Normanby and QUT Kelvin Grove stations. The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference will profile the Brisbane Metro Subway System project as well as a whole host of initiatives across the State to bolster infrastructure networks. Alongside public transport infrastructure works underway, connected transport is emerging as a strong market trend in Brisbane’s infrastructure future. One innovative approach to better investment in road infrastructure is the CSIRO’s Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), designed to better inform investment in roads. TraNSIT analyses transport logistics costs and benefits to give a holistic view of infrastructure investments and regulatory changes in agriculture and forestry supply chains. Through an initiative in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, TraNSIT has now been set up for 98% of all Australian agriculture transported between farms, storage, processing, ports and domestic markets. CSIRO Land and Water Principal Research Scientist Andrew Higgins will profile applications to the $100 million Northern Australian Beef Roads Programme in 2016 and to other infrastructure investments across Australia. Building Queensland Chief Executive Officer Damian Gould will discuss the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) project which aims to transform Townsville into a central transport and logistics hub in Queensland. The proposed rail freight line would connect the North Coast rail line directly into the Port of Townsville. The rail corridor would create capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mt Isa rail system and a critical link between the mines in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and the Port. Benefits of the project include allowing 1.4 km long trains to access the Port of Townsville and creating capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mt Isa rail system, a critical link between the mines in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and the Port. It will also improve traffic flow in the city centre by reducing the number of freight trains that use the current line. The project would also create up to 300 new jobs in the rail construction phase. The project will aid Queensland’s economy to become more competitive by unlocking trade opportunities. The project will enhance regional development as well as state and national economic prosperity by effectively moving increasing volumes of primarily export freight. Moreover, the corridor would eliminate supply chain constraints and bottlenecks affecting Australia’s ability to expand its productive capacity. It will effectively manage community amenity, safety, sustainability and congestion-related conflicts and impacts associated with future increases in rail freight moving through the Townsville urban area. Finally, it will protect freight corridors for current and future uses. The $512 million Logan Enhancement Project is the first private sector proposal to be assessed and approved under the Queensland Government’s Market-Led Proposal process. The project will see the delivery of major upgrades to parts of the Logan and Gateway Extension motorways, including the elimination of key congestion points and the addition of new south-facing ramps at Compton Road. Transurban Project Director Andrew Baker is appearing at the Conference to discuss the project which is set to reduce congestion, improve travel time, accommodate future growth and enhance connectivity. In a presentation at the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference, Queensland University of Technology Associate Professor Michael Milford interrogates the future of self-driving cars and the artificial intelligence behind them, examining the widespread interest and investments in this new, smart technology. The idea of extensive use of self-driving vehicles presents an unprecedented disruptive challenge for industry, government and society as a whole. A diverse range of technological approaches have been proposed as solutions, many of which have drastically different effects on how all sectors of society will experience an impact. Milford will present an overview of the various technological components of self-driving cars and the artificial intelligence driving many of the leading approaches. The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 will take place on the 23-24th May at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com   Create Your Own Powerful Dashboards for Better Decisions 2017-04-18T14:11:43Z create-your-own-powerful-dashboards-for-better-decisions myosh Dashboards transform your HSEQ data into intelligent visual charts, maps and tables, providing powerful organisational insight. Data is derived from modules and displayed in an interactive visual format, customised specifically for you and your team.   Instantly access vital data, identify trends, filter, analyse and report for quick action.  Make better decisions that achieve real change in safety habits, productivity and performance.   Configure, Analyse and Share your safety data.   Customize and Filter many Standard Widgets or, create your own:   Choose your widget type Apply to any of your modules Choose your data field and how you want it to display Add more filters, fine tune and customize colours and labels.   There are two types of statistical techniques used to validate WHS performance. These include: 1)              Proactive (positive) performance indicators which measure the actions being taken to prevent work related injury and illness. ·       Training ·       Hazard Identification and Risk Assessments ·       Incident Investigation and corrective actions ·       Safe Work procedures ·       Audits, inspections and compliance levels ·       Actions   2)              Reactive/Outcome (negative) Indicators are statistics which measure the success of the implementation of the WHS management system’s in achieving the objectives as stated in the WHS Policy. Examples include: o   Incident reporting - Examples of outcome indicators that may be analysed include: §  Lost Time Injury Frequency Rate (LTIFR) §  Medical Treated Injury frequency rate (MTIFR) §  Total Recordable Injury frequency rate (TRIFR) o   Workers Compensation claims (Injury Management)   Dashboard clients have a personal widget library based on the modules that they use. Each widget can be customised and changes made are applied to all users.   Widgets include:   1.     Bar Charts 2.     Column Charts 3.     Stacked Column Charts 4.     Side by Side Column Charts 5.     Line Charts 6.     Maps 7.     Pie Charts 8.     Tables 9.     KPI Target Charts 10. And more.   All labels, colours and sort order can be customised by the customer themselves. You can also select the access to the dashboard – i.e. which users have read or modification rights or if you prefer you can keep the dashboard private.   The myosh Dashboard is accessible, interactive and flexible, allowing your team to analyse, understand and manage workplace safety.   For more information, email support@myosh.com. The Solution to a Hot Topic 2017-04-18T00:30:39Z the-solution-to-a-hot-topic Constant innovation in materials technology is a hallmark of the building industry. Nowhere is this more important than in minimising fire risk in high-rise, commercial and industrial buildings. Architectural Glass & Cladding Pty Ltd, a cutting-edge supplier of bespoke, high performance façade products, has now introduced Reynodual®, the ‘new’ aluminium composite material of the construction industry offering a solution to the fire threat as happened in the Lacrosse apartment fire. Reynodual® is the first coil-coated double sheet aluminium panel for façades with high technical, visual and environmentally friendly requirements. Utilising a 2 x 1.5mm skin it is more resilient and robust than previous aluminium composites and offers the possibility of creating complex shapes for an attractive and creative appearance. Reynodual® guarantees good wind resistance and meets the stringent fire-protection requirements of AS1530.1, EN-13501-1, class A2. This makes it ideal for façade projects such as high-rise, industrial and public buildings. The team at AG&C has 20 years experience in the façade and glass industries. Sales and Marketing Manager, Paul Nipperess, said that AG&C not only offers products but solutions to complex applications that others usually avoid. “We can provide optimal solutions to building owners by supplying products with unique aesthetic qualities, thermal and energy efficient values, insulation against noise as well as a broad range of sustainable products,” Paul said. “We are especially excited about the Reynodual® product. It has been tested and approved by the CSIRO to meet all current fire safety standards including AS1530.1.” Lendlease has been one of the first to select the revolutionary new non-combustible Reynodual® as the exterior cladding for its latest project, Toorak Park in Melbourne. “Lendlease will utilise 22,000 m2 of Reynodual® which will be installed by Cladding Systems Pty Ltd of Thomastown, Victoria,” Paul said. “Reynodual® offers a range of colour finishes and Toorak Park will take full advantage of this with 11 different colours and finishes. It will be an outstanding example of the versatility of the product. Damian Hogan, owner of Cladding Systems commented to me how easy it was to work with Reynodual®.” For more information contact: Architectural Glass & Cladding Pty Ltd, Suite 17 ‘Wharf Central’ 75 Wharf Street, Tweed Heads NSW 2485, phone 07 5523 2335, email info@agcproducts.com.au Published in January 2017 edition of the Australian National Construction Review available online here. Secured Signing Simplifies Access for Enterprise Customers with Single Sign On 2017-04-17T22:46:58Z secured-signing-simplifies-access-for-enterprise-customers-with-single-sign-on April 18, 2017, Melbourne, Australia - Secured Signing, the premier digital signature service, announces single sign on capabilities for Active Directory, removing the need for enterprise customers to enter a username and password when inviting customers to sign documents online. Authenticating users with their network credentials combines security with maximum convenience and ease of use. The last thing any of us needs is another username and password to remember. Single Sign On for Secured Signing means enterprise customers can access the speed and convenience of the online digital signatures platform without having to manage yet another username and password. Authentication against the corporate Active Directory effectively makes the Secured Signing platform part of the corporate IT infrastructure. "Simplicity and ease of use is a key focus for us at Secured Signing. That extends from the person signing a document right back to the document owner inviting them to sign." said Mike Eyal, Founder and Managing Director of Secured Signing. "Integrating to Active Directory provides our enterprise customers with a single sign on experience and delivers on this core goal of ours." Single sign on is just one of the benefits of Secured Signing's enterprise plans. The Enterprise Portal provides a broader range of reporting options and finer configuration capabilities. Email templates, branding, reminder schedules, reports, cost centres, as well as a range of system behaviours can all be configured globally or to specific accounts. The procurement team need a different invitation email template to the human resources team?  No problem!  Secured Signing is the cornerstone of an organisation's ability to do business electronically. The convenience of filling and signing forms and documents online is what customers expect. Removing the paper from processes is faster and reduces cost and effort. The authenticity and reliability of embedded digital signatures that are independently verifiable provide the strongest legal compliance now and for decades into the future. About Secured Signing Secured Signing provides a comprehensive and secure SaaS digital signature service that delivers a full range of form completion and eSigning capabilities combining advanced personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature technology with easy-to-use, simple-to-deploy, compliant solutions. Secured Signing enables its users to utilise smartphones, PCs, any tablet device and any browser, to capture their graphical signature, fill-in, sign, seal and verify documents anywhere, anytime. The solution streamlines business processes, cuts back on expenses, expedites delivery cycles, improves staff efficiency and enhances customer service in a green environment. To learn more about Secured Signing, visit www.securedsigning.com.au Geelong Brush Company Invests Heavily in Local manufacturing and Australian made 2017-04-12T22:06:08Z geelong-brush-company-invests-heavily-in-local-manufacturing-and-australian-made-2 www.geelongbrush.com.au PRESS RELEASE Founded in 1936 by Victor C. Durran, the Geelong Brush Co. began as a quality manufacturer for small and specialised industrial markets. During the early years, the company took advantage of improving technologies and gained entry into a wider and larger sector of the Australian brushware market. By 1975, Victor’s two sons Jim and Ken rapidly expanded its operations into every state of Australia to become the largest volume manufacturer of brushware products in Australia. Today, the family owned business continues to manufacture high quality brushware products in Australia led by Jim’s son, Ross. The Geelong Brush Co. remains committed to local manufacture by taking advantage of world’s best practice technology and production processes. It stands as the last bastion of local manufacturing capability for many brushware product lines in the Australian marketplace. The Geelong Brush Co. is constantly updating and improving its product range and have expanded greatly over recent years. Their extensive range is sold in major supermarkets, hardware chains and other retail outlets nationwide. The investment in local manufacturing and Jobs in Australia and Geelong Continues today. On the 21st of April 2017 Sarah Henderson MP, the member of parliament for Corangamite will commission our newest machinery.  A significant investment designed to increase manufacturing capability and skills in in the Geelong region. This machinery will reintroduce manufacturing skills and craftmanship lost to Australian production facilities. The Machinery will be commissioned on the 21st of April at 11am at a public ceremony For all media enquiries please contact Kelvin Murray Mobile: 0416 556 485  Email: kelvin@geelongbrush.com.au The Geelong Brush Company Pty. Ltd. 40 Leather Street, Breakwater,  Victoria, 3219 Australia Website:www.geelongbrush.com.au Phone: +61 3 5229 7663 Fax: +61 3 5229 7690 . Hi-tech property exchange fuels Australian jobs growth 2017-04-12T02:13:05Z hi-tech-property-exchange-fuels-australian-jobs-growth Online Property Exchange Australia (PEXA) is boosting high tech jobs growth and transforming the nation’s $6.9 trillion residential real estate market by digitising conveyancing to make buying and selling homes a whole lot easier for the public^. PEXA’s rapid evolution from a start-up to a fully-fledged network business has seen it quickly emerge as a critical tech sector innovator. It now employs more than 200 employees who are helping the mortgage lending and conveyancing industries to take property transactions online. The value of property today transacted through PEXA’s e-Conveyancing network is nearly $44 billion. Speaking at the opening of its new Melbourne-based Docklands headquarters PEXA CEO Marcus Price said the national e-Conveyancing network rollout is creating employment opportunities for tech and real estate industry experts who are helping lenders, lawyers and conveyancers transition to secure, simple and fast digital property transactions. “Australia is internationally renowned for being an early technology adopter because of the consumer benefits that online apps and services bring the public in this computer age. A growing number of companies are now heading online to adapt and remain relevant. PEXA is guiding them through this change ahead of imminent regulatory changes that will 'turn off' paper transactions,” he said. Victorian Treasurer Tim Pallas formally opened the new headquarters congratulating PEXA for joining the growing list of technology companies with a large presence in Melbourne that now includes Zendesk, REA Group, Carsales, Envato, Odecee, Xero and MYOB to name just a few. “PEXA – borne out of out of a successfully implemented intergovernmental reform to bring conveyancing into the digital era – is exactly the kind of innovation that is growing Victoria and the nation’s high tech economy. Online settlement will mean greater efficiencies for everyone involved,” the Treasurer said. “This includes almost 4,000 digital-ready lenders, lawyers and conveyancers who have joined PEXA’s national network through to property buyers and sellers. PEXA is a great example of a successful business that fuels one of Australia’s main economic wealth generators – the $6.9 trillion property market. This industry is too important to be held back from entering the digital era.” PEXA is globally recognised as the 5th fastest growing technology company in the Asia Pacific region after recently catapulting up Deloitte’s tech leader board. ^Annually several hundred thousand Australians buy and sell property. According to the PwC Digital Property Report, one in three are stressed with 20 per cent facing settlement delays. PEXA at a glance: - A national digital platform for completing online lodgement and property settlements - 115 lenders and 3,805 legal and conveyancing firms are active or joining PEXA to collaborate and share information online - Buyers no longer need to purchase bank cheques, alleviating a last minute rush to arrange cheques and settlement delays when printed cheques contain errors - Funds securely settle through the Reserve Bank of Australia - Property rates and utility payments are paid online instead of via cheques - Home sale funds can be banked in hours rather than days compared with paper settlements (depending on the financial institution that the seller banks with) Latest OECD aid rankings show brutal impact of Government cuts 2017-04-11T22:25:10Z latest-oecd-aid-rankings-show-brutal-impact-of-government-cuts 12 April 2017 MEDIA RELEASE Latest OECD aid rankings show brutal impact of Government cuts New figures released overnight by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) for 2016, places Australia’s OECD aid ranking at 17th as a percentage of  Gross National Income (GNI). Ranking 16th in 2015, Australia is now behind 16 other countries including falling below Italy and Canada. "This is a ranking the Government should be ashamed of. The Australian Government has cut Australian Aid to the lowest level in our history at a time when global challenges require us to work together more than ever before; walking away from people living in the world’s poorest communities,” said the Director for Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne. "Right now, the world is facing the worst humanitarian crisis since World War II with 20 million people in Africa and Yemen facing starvation, unless the global community acts now to raise the $5.8 billion (AUS) the UN says is needed by July to avert famine. Meanwhile, in March and after six years of devastating conflict, we saw the five millionth Syrian refugee flee their country in search for safety. "The Government has taken Australia to rock bottom and it's time the Government reversed these drastic aid cuts so that we can increase support for those in desperate need.” Mr Milne added:  "No country can solve any of the big global challenges that are confronting the world on its own. But we can all play our part. The Government has an opportunity in Budget 2017 to take a stand as a bastion of compassion and human rights, recognising that opportunities in life shouldn't be based on the luck of where you’re born." -Ends- If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity, please contact Sarah Cannata on 0407 536 133. About Campaign for Australian Aid The Campaign for Australian Aid is a joint initiative of the Make Poverty History and Micah Australia coalitions, for all Australians who believe we can and should do more as a nation to end extreme poverty around the world. It represents over 65 aid and development organisations, church, business and community groups. Measuring the social impact of the arts made easier in Queensland 2017-04-11T07:19:47Z measuring-the-social-impact-of-the-arts-made-easier-in-queensland Following two successful pilots that saw 28 arts and cultural organisations trial the platform, the Queensland government has approved Culture Counts as their preferred supplier of cultural evaluation services.   Evaluating impact with Culture Counts   While data collection can be challenging, the pilots have found that the Culture Counts platform captures, analyses and reports public and peer feedback in a simple and cost-effective way. In addition to assessing the impact and value of arts experiences, the Culture Counts platform is designed to evaluate any activity that has an intrinsic impact for individuals and the community. This includes widespread use by local governments to capture the impact of investments in infrastructure, place activation, libraries and community programs.   The opportunity   All Queensland arts organisations are now able to utilise Culture Counts impact evaluation and reporting services at a discounted rate.   Organisations funded by Arts Queensland are able to access a further subsidy through the Arts Acumen initiative to support their use of Culture Counts, recognising that public and peer feedback is critical to ongoing artistic and business development.   State and local governments can access the Culture Counts platform and more comprehensive social, cultural and economic impact assessment services without going to tender.    Experiences by organisations involved in the pilot   Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) used Culture Counts as part of the Arts Queensland 2016 pilot. Vanessa Gillian, General Manager of CIAF reflects on their experience.   Being able to see how we perceive ourselves versus how our peers see us, was intriguing and exciting with the chance to see that what CIAF delivers was above and beyond most expectations of peers. Distinctiveness, a core element for CIAF, was questioned on a number of levels with varying results – again providing a healthy review during our debrief process. Surveying the audience’s artistic experience and their feedback will potentially strengthen arts networks in Queensland and nationally.   Pat Swell, CEO Access Arts’ shares their experience using the Culture Counts platform as part of the Arts Queensland trial.   The Festival this June aimed to fill a gap in Queensland’s cultural infrastructure, a bold new departure for a small organisation like ours. The Culture Counts report would be a fundamental tool for us to identify how we performed and map next steps.   People who attended the festival were also asked eight Culture Counts ‘dimension’ questions about artistic quality. These related to captivation, rigour, relevance, meaning, challenge, imagination and distinctiveness. 97% of people agreed or strongly agreed that the Festival was absorbing and thought-provoking (captivation and challenge).   We now have great data to mine and apply.  I’m pleased Access Arts has been part of the Culture Counts pilot as it has given us hard evidence, rigorous results and impartial validation as we embark on this process of deciding our next directions.   Further information   For more information about this opportunity contact Madonna Townsley, Policy Manager, Strategic Policy and Partnerships Arts Queensland on 07 3034 4023 or Georgia Moore, Director Culture Counts on 03 9654 5575. News: Acquia Powers Up Continuous Delivery with Acquia Cloud CD 2017-04-11T02:01:42Z news-acquia-powers-up-continuous-delivery-with-acquia-cloud-cd BOSTON -- April 10, 2017 -- Acquia, the digital experience company, today announced the launch of Acquia Cloud CD, a continuous delivery service that enables developers and DevOps teams to automate processes for code building and testing on production-like environments. With the addition of Acquia Cloud CD, development is faster, more efficient and better integrated than when using standalone continuous integration tools. It provides continuous integration and a delivery automation service within Acquia Cloud to accelerate production. “Acquia Cloud CD turbocharges DevOps capabilities for our Acquia Cloud customers,” said Christopher Stone, Acquia chief products officer. “The automation benefits of ready-repeatable building and testing orchestration and self-service environments, all tightly integrated with Acquia Cloud, greatly reduce code and versioning inconsistencies for Drupal DevOps teams.” Managing websites and delivering digital experience applications requires a steady stream of development, staging, testing, configuration and management. Developers must coordinate changes, test rigorously, and schedule releases. Continuous delivery provides a pipeline workflow that orchestrates development and testing. Effective continuous delivery means faster development and quality code with each release. It’s the foundation for DevOps practices, and with this release, Acquia has tightly integrated these development tools and automated processes into Acquia Cloud. “Organizations that think application delivery speed comes at the expense of quality are behind the times. DevOps turbocharges Agile by adding practices that automate application delivery pipelines while providing greater visibility and more points of control, not fewer,” stated the November 2016 Forrester Research, Inc. report ‘Use DevOps And Supply Chain Principles To Automate Application Delivery Governance.’ Delivered as an Acquia Cloud service, Acquia Cloud CD is tightly integrated with Acquia Cloud. It eliminates the complexity of maintaining and supporting local environments. Teams share one continuous delivery platform across internal developers, contractors and partners to facilitate collaboration, govern security and ease delivery management.“With self-service environments available through Acquia Cloud CD, we test more often and move to production faster. They allow our product managers to test simultaneously in separate environments so we can complete testing faster and avoid collisions with our production site. It helps instill good DevOps practices, even though we don’t have a DevOps team,” said Matthew Crist, lead developer at the City of Boston. Acquia Cloud CD enables developers to: Implement continuous integration and delivery with Acquia Cloud Orchestrate code assembling and testing with ready to use CD pipelines Run controlled and secure building on one platform Govern builds and artifacts with Github and private repository support Automate testing and static analysis of build artifacts Speed provisioning and deprovisioning with self-service CD environments Acquia Cloud is a fully integrated, Drupal-tuned platform as a service optimized for building, deploying and managing digital experiences. Acquia Cloud provides a comprehensive set of developer tools for Drupal within a secure, scalable cloud environment. Additional layers of security are available through the Acquia Cloud Edge family of products for DDoS protection and content delivery. About Acquia Acquia is the leading provider of cloud-based, digital experience management solutions. Forward-thinking organisations rely on Acquia to transform the way they can engage with customers -- in a personal and contextual way, across every device and channel. Acquia provides the agility organisations need to embrace new digital business models and speed innovation and time to market. With Acquia, thousands of customers globally including the BBC, Nasdaq, Stanford University, and locally Energy Australia, Flight Centre,Brisbane Airport Corporation and the Australian Government are delivering digital experiences with transformational business impact. For more information, please visit www.acquia.com or phone +61 (0)2 8015 2576. For media enquiries: Jo Balfour Progressiva Jo@progressiva.com.au +61 (0)405 542 018 1Spatial Technology Makes German Mapping Authorities 40% Faster 2017-04-11T01:10:29Z 1spatial-technology-makes-german-mapping-authorities-40-faster Sydney, Australia, 11 April 2017: 1Spatial, the global leader in managing geospatial data, has automated map generalisation resulting in a 40 percent improvement in production time, from five to three years, for the participating members of AdV, the committee that coordinates surveying and mapping in Germany. AdV had previously worked to a five year production cycle for all of its high quality map products. However, this was no longer meeting the demands of customers who required information to be updated more regularly, and in shorter periods. Twelve of the 16 AdV members states decided to develop an automatic process to speed up production and reduce manual effort, and founded the IP-ATKIS-Gen project group. 1Spatial was selected as the IP-ATKIS-Gen partner for one of the largest generalisation projects in Europe. Together the two organisations developed an automated, “context-aware” solution using 1Spatial’s experience and software tools. The map data was harmonised and the solution used across the member states, reducing the production cycle from five to three years, marking a 40 per cent improvement. Dr Dietrich Schürer, Head of the IP-ATKIS-Gen Technical Committee explains the organisation chose 1Spatial because, “When we looked at universities who are researching cartographic generalisation, they are only focusing on particular problems whereas we wanted a holistic approach. It was clear that we needed a strong partner with deep knowledge and experience of handling geospatial data.” The generalisation process meant translating a map product (either a paper map or a digital product) from one scale to another. For the AdV members, producing a single 1:50,000 map sheet took an average of three months. With the state of Rheinland-Pfalz alone represented by 41 sheets at this scale, this required two cartographers working full-time to meet the committee’s five year target. Alan Paine, Senior Project Manager, at 1Spatial states, “1Spatial’s technology means that IP-ATKIS-Gen members can now meet customers’ complex requirements and make best use of cartographers’ skills while achieving consistent and authoritative data for the whole of Germany, and also deliver them as a web service. With the automated solution deployed across individual states, these can also continue to make improvements, prioritising the remaining manual tasks by the greatest potential benefits if automated.” Both 1Spatial and IP-ATKIS-Gen will be presenting on generalisation at the 28th International Cartographic Conference in Washington, DC, July 2 to 7, 2017. About 1Spatial 1Spatial is the global leader in managing geospatial data. We make data smarter by making it more current, more complete and more consistent – ensuring decisions are always grounded in the best available information. Our unique, rules-based approach delivers enterprise-scale, cross-platform, automation to all stages of the data lifecycle. It builds confidence in the data while reducing the time and cost of stewardship. Our clients include utility and telecoms businesses, transport organisations, national mapping agencies and government departments. A leader in our field, we have over forty five years' experience and a record of continual innovation and development. www.1spatial.com