The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-03T23:52:44Z Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd. Announces Appointment of Atsushi Konishi as Managing Director 2017-04-03T23:52:44Z hitachi-australia-pty-ltd-announces-appointment-of-atsushi-konishi-as-managing-director-1 Sydney, April 4, 2017 – Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd. has announced the appointment of Mr. Atsushi Konishi as Managing Director. Mr. Konishi succeeds Mr. Hitoshi Ishihara, who has served as Managing Director since March 1, 2010. Mr. Ishihara will assume an advisory role for Hitachi, Ltd. in Japan, where he will focus on the APAC region. Both appointments are effective April 1, 2017. Mr. Konishi started his career at Hitachi in 1981 in the company’s International Sales Division. Most recently, he served as General Manager of the company’s Global Sales Operations Division, Hitachi, Ltd. Power Business. “We are delighted that Mr. Konishi will join the Australian business. Over the course of his 36 year career with the Hitachi Group, Mr. Konishi has held various managerial positions, and has accumulated extensive experience in the areas of power and infrastructure systems,” said Deputy Managing Director of Hitachi Australia, Mr. Anand Singh. “Mr. Konishi has undertaken assignments in Singapore and the Middle East, and he also led the International Strategy Division where he was responsible for Asia, China and Australia’s business strategies,” said Mr. Singh. In serving as Managing Director of Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd, the regional headquarters of Hitachi Ltd., Mr. Konishi will oversee all of Hitachi’s initiatives in the region including its Social Innovation Business — which the company is committing $1.25 billion AUD towards by FY2020. “I am honoured to assume the position of Managing Director in Australia and lead my team in achieving growth for the company’s businesses within key Australian industries,including mining, transportation, healthcare, public safety, and agriculture,” said Mr. Konishi.    “The opportunity to expand Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business by leveraging the company’s vast and unique OT and IT expertise is enormous. It is a very exciting time for the company, particularly with the advent of our R&D activities in the region coupled with our efforts in the primary sector.” “I am also looking forward to working with Hitachi Australia’s talented team in what is a mature market,” said Mr. Konishi. - ends - About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totalled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.  Advances in Digital Agriculture to Take Centre Stage at International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney 2017-03-22T23:59:02Z advances-in-digital-agriculture-to-take-centre-stage-at-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-in-sydney Sydney, Australia – 23 March 2017 – Advances in spatial technology that enable digital agriculture, including a next-generation national positioning system and real-time monitoring of soil moisture levels from space, will take centre stage at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April. A new national positioning system accurate to between 2cm and 10cm – as opposed to 5 metres with today’s satellite-based GPS – will boost Australia’s economy by $73 billion or more over the next 20 years, much of it in agriculture, says Dr Peter Woodgate, CEO of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI). “To adopt techniques like precision agriculture and controlled traffic farming, farmers need to be able to position equipment and sensors with about 5cm accuracy. The conference will showcase space-based augmentation systems – including Australia and New Zealand’s joint initiative – which, subject to testing, are well on the way to achieving that,” said Woodgate. “Leveraging other regional efforts, such as a Japanese satellite-based system recently trialled in Queensland, it will even be possible to remotely control unmanned autonomous vehicles like driverless tractors from space.” Australia’s investments in positioning systems will not only pay off in higher agricultural exports but will create export business opportunities and new jobs in digital agriculture to aid the transition from sectors of the economy impacted by digital disruption. Woodgate and fellow Working Group Co-Chair, Glenn Cockerton, Managing Director of Spatial Vision, will make the first public presentation of the 2026 Spatial Industry Transformation and Growth Agenda at Digital Earth & Locate17, outlining 30 transformative initiatives for Australia. In another highlight of the event, the U.S. National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) will hold a special session to promote capacity building and use of data from its Soil Moisture Active Passive (SMAP) Observatory. SMAP products, which provide frequent global measurements of soil moisture from space at high spatial resolution, are freely available (http://nsidc.org/data/smap), with one of the first validation experiments carried out in Yanco, NSW. According to Phil Tickle, Program and Business Development Manager (Ag, NRM & Climate Change) at CRCSI, NASA’s SMAP data will complement data from a range of sensors used in digital agriculture, including soil moisture probes, weather stations, and animal tracking devices. Tickle is presenting the benefits of an online farm monitoring solution for the grazing industry at Digital Earth & Locate17. Called the NRM Spatial Hub, this provides access to 30 years of 30 metre resolution satellite data and tools for mapping, assessing and monitoring property infrastructure, land resources and ground cover. It is currently being commercialised by the CRCSI in conjunction with Meat & Livestock Australia. Tickle said the conference was an opportunity for farmers and land managers to learn about the spatial technologies transforming their industry, as well as to discuss potential issues, such as the ownership of agricultural big data. “We are seeing enormous development in digital agriculture capabilities and often farmers don’t have control of their own data,” said Tickle. “When you have sensors on farms feeding into data warehouses and generating broader benefits, why shouldn’t the farmer get a cut? And what does a farmer do if they want to change providers and their data is locked up in a proprietary system?” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Spatial Startup Companies to Share the Latest Innovations at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 2017-03-14T01:00:19Z spatial-startup-companies-to-share-the-latest-innovations-at-the-international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17 Sydney, Australia – 14 March 2017 – Virtual reality, drones and multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems are among the innovations to be showcased in the Startup Hub at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17, taking place from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Startup Hub is designed to bring innovators and providers of the latest spatial technologies to the attention of scientists, surveyors, businesses and government. It will be located in the exhibition hall throughout the conference, including the free Market Day on Tuesday 4th April. All exhibition visitors are invited to try out the new technologies and the new opportunities they provide. Virtual reality to reimagine the world Forum8 is demonstrating its custom 3D visualisation and virtual reality (VR) software. Complete with an Oculus VR headset, the demonstration will showcase the future of 3D experiences. Forum8’s VR-Design Studio is specifically focused on 3D VR/visualisation of urban spaces, roads and traffic, and rail. It provides a full environment for visualising a concept, including Australian terrain (DEM) and road design-type tools, vehicles and traffic settings. It is also possible to import data from a range of sources, including point cloud, road design tools and traffic simulations. The software is also used with driving simulators in engineering studies and human factors research. Rapid-fire spatial data capture Spatial Technologies Pty Ltd will showcase ground breaking technologies that are the results of research and development completed in 2016. This includes new and existing technologies like 3D laser scanning, unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) point clouds and light sensors. A number of projects utilising a combination of these will be showcased, including rapid tree inspections, street light management and asset management. Multi-satellite solutions SURVEY SOLUTIONS will use the Startup Hub for its Australian launch following successful sales of its SOUTH GNSS multi-Global Navigation Satellite Systems receiver in New Zealand. The receiver uses the latest GNSS boards to receive the full constellation of satellites available, weighs less than 1kg and is affordably priced compared with competing products. Giving meaning to spatial data Professional spatial problem solvers, Anditi, will also be on hand to show how spatial analytics can solve everything from energy sources to safety. The company is showcasing its next generation platform for high-precision spatial analytics and its application in a range of industries such as solar, property, roads and infrastructure, mining, and environment. It has been designed and built in Australia to revolutionise the management, processing and visualisation of spatial big data such as high-resolution LiDAR. Anditi will also be highlighting use cases across natural and built environments where its application is benefiting clients with lower costs and higher quality outcomes. The Startup Hub will be held in the exhibition halls of the Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference from 3-6 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, the event provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 to Boost Collaboration in Intelligent Transport and Smart Cities 2017-03-07T02:29:34Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-to-boost-collaboration-in-intelligent-transport-and-smart-cities Sydney, Australia – 7 March 2017 – With driverless vehicles and drones poised for mass adoption, the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April provides a forum for government, industry and start-ups to collaborate and become players in the emerging global Smart Cities industry. “Mobility as a Service is transforming our cities and the spatial industry and technology start-ups are key parts of that,” says Susan Harris, CEO of Intelligent Transport Systems (ITS) Australia. Harris – the keynote speaker for the Digital Earth & Locate17 conference’s Intelligent Transport stream – will outline the latest global developments and the pathways for Australia to leverage connected and automated vehicles, big data and positioning technologies. “We need to be ready in Australia. We are well placed to be part of the global Smart Cities technology industry, creating business opportunities and ensuring that our cities remain as liveable as they can be,” says Harris. “But technology is moving very quickly and early collaboration is vital.” The capture and exchange of rich 2D and 3D spatial information will increasingly underpin transport networks and cities. Driverless vehicles, for example, will constantly survey road conditions – sharing information about potholes, ice and other hazards – so other driverless vehicles, and human drivers, can avoid them. Even minor road damage like cracks will be captured and shared so authorities can schedule repairs and prevent further deterioration. Drones will also play an increasing role in the capture of 3D data, and later as a new layer of autonomous transport. “How does that spatial information get captured, managed and shared back out in ways that are reliable, safe, and commercially viable?” says Harris. “Australia is strong in both positioning technologies and big data, but we need to develop further skills and industry collaboration, including information sharing arrangements.” With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data. The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy. The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney. The Digital Earth & Locate17 Conference’s Market Day on Tuesday 4th April opens the exhibition to everyone and is an opportunity for private, government and start-up organisations to come together and explore collaborative and business opportunities. About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth. ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards. About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Aboriginal Housing Company to host Community Consultation evening on the Pemulwuy Project 2017-03-07T00:39:12Z aboriginal-housing-company-to-host-community-consultation-evening-on-the-pemulwuy-project Sydney, Tuesday 7 March 2017 – The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) will host a community consultation evening on Thursday 9th March 2017 to discuss the Pemulwuy Project. The community consultation evening is an opportunity for the community to learn more about the Pemulwuy Project, including the proposed increase in student accommodation, and to ask questions. Key representatives from the AHC, Architects Turner & Associates, and student accommodation company, Atira, will present at the community consultation evening. AHC Chairperson Alisi Tutuila said the community consultation evening would provide a forum for the community to gain a better understanding of the Pemulwuy Project “We are looking forward to sharing AHC’s vision and plans for the Pemulwuy Project at the community consultation evening. We are committed to providing the community with a clear understanding of the project and why the model we have proposed enables the AHC to continue to deliver on its core business objective of delivering affordable housing to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community,” she said. Please note that due to cultural sensitivities, there will be no broadcast or recording equipment permitted on premises. Please find below an agenda of the evening’s proceedings. Should you wish to attend the public consultation event, or arrange an interview opportunity immediately following the event, please contact media@heardagency.com or (02) 8279 7878. Please note, only pre-arranged interviews will be granted on the evening. -ENDS- About the Aboriginal Housing Company The Aboriginal Housing Company (AHC) is an independent non-profit charity and the first community housing provider in Australia, incorporated in 1973 as a company limited by guarantee. It is an all Aboriginal governed organisation, located in the heart of Redfern, which lies in the traditional lands of the Gadigal People, part of the Eora Nation. The company was formed in direct response to the widespread discrimination Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and families experienced in the private rental market. The AHC is self-funded and operates on income derived from rental properties. Affordable housing is located across Sydney and country regions in NSW. A current focus is the redevelopment known as Pemulwuy Project. The redevelopment will breathe new life into Redfern and restore a strong and healthy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community with an emphasis on cultural values, spirituality and employment. The Pemulwuy Project will make Redfern the best urban Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community in Australia and in doing so, set the benchmark for all other communities. International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 Showcases Geospatial’s Enabling Role in Digital Transformation 2017-02-01T05:50:00Z international-symposium-on-digital-earth-locate17-showcases-geospatial-s-enabling-role-in-digital-transformation Sydney, Australia – 1 February 2017 – Geospatial data’s enabling role in digital transformation will be on show at the International Symposium on Digital Earth & Locate17 in Sydney in April, combining one of the world’s most prestigious symposiums with Australia’s premier geospatial conference.   Dr Zaffar Sadiq Mohamed-Ghouse, chair & convenor of the Locate17 and Digital Earth Symposium Organising Committee, says attendees will come away with the knowledge to transform business practices in industries as diverse as agriculture, transport, construction and medicine.   “Both government and the private sector will be able to identify opportunities based on what is happening around the world,” he says. “Geospatial data underpins many disruptive and innovative organisations. Without it, companies like Uber would not be in business.”   According to Dr Mohamed-Ghouse, who is also director for NSW & International Relations of the Cooperative Research Centre for Spatial Information (CRCSI), the event comes as governments around Australia open up access to geospatial data to promote innovation.   Australia’s now freely available Geo-coded National Address File is used online to validate people’s addresses. The biggest Australian subscriber group for the Global Navigation Satellite System is not transport or surveyors, but the agricultural industry.   With a program featuring more than 130 international and Australian speakers, Digital Earth & Locate17 provides a unique opportunity to understand digital transformation practices from around the world, and to develop and leverage geospatial data.   The two main conference days will be split into eight separate streams with topics including smart cities, virtual globes, intelligent transport, agriculture, engineering/utilities, smart sensors for natural resource management, water & climate, disaster & emergency management, and the geospatial economy.   Some of the symposium’s highlights include: Susan Moran from NASA’s Soil Moisture Active Passive Science Team presents a special session on remote sensing and applications of global soil moisture monitoring Trisha Moriarty, Geological Survey of NSW delivers a keynote on the application of open data policy in the Earth Sciences across government, scientific and industry Singapore Land Authority & AAM presents, ‘Singapore Smart Nation: Measuring from the ground up’ David Wortley, Gamification and Enabling Technologies Strategic Solutions, delivers, ‘The role of Digital Earth technologies in digital medicine’.  The joint conference will be held 03-06 April 2017 at the new International Conference Centre Sydney.  About the International Symposium on Digital Earth The International Symposium on Digital Earth is a flagship event of the International Society for Digital Earth. Founded in Beijing in 2006, ISDE is a non-political, non-governmental and not-for-profit international organisation principally promoting academic exchange, science and technology innovation, education, and international collaboration towards Digital Earth.   ISDE also explores Digital Earth as an enabling technology to play key roles in economic and social sustainable development, environmental protection, disaster mitigation, natural resources conservation and improvement of living standards.  About Locate17 The Locate Conference (Locate17) is the national conference of the spatial and surveying industries of Australia and New Zealand. The event is an initiative of the Surveying & Spatial Sciences Institute (SSSI), Spatial Industries Business Association (SIBA) and Geospatial Information & Technology Association (GITA). Fujitsu reintroduces popular interest-free promotion and extended warranty ahead of summer 2016-10-17T01:40:28Z fujitsu-reintroduces-popular-interest-free-promotion-and-extended-warranty-ahead-of-summer Fujitsu General has reintroduced its popular Fujitsu Cool Finance interest-free promotion in time for summer. Available through eligible and finance accredited Fujitsu Authorised Partner specialists, Fujitsu Cool Finance lets homeowners enjoy the ultimate in comfort and control. The industry-leading finance initiative offers consumers no deposit and an interest-free period of five years on Fujitsu ducted air conditioning systems*. Eligible consumers must purchase their Fujitsu ducted system before 31 December 2016, and have it installed by 31 January 2017. Consumers can also enjoy a bonus two year extended warranty in addition to Fujitsu’s standard five year full parts and labour warranty. This offer is available across the full Fujitsu dealer and specialist network. Consumers must register for their extended warranty via the Fujitsu General website by 31 March 2017. “Introduced to market only last year, Fujitsu Cool Finance proved to be one of our most successful consumer promotions,” commented Dave Smith, general manager - sales and marketing, Fujitsu General. “With five years’ finance, no deposit and no interest, homeowners can enjoy greater comfort throughout the year while holding onto their cash over the festive season. “We anticipate this financial incentive combined with an extended warranty offer will be highly attractive to consumers and drive enquiries to our accredited Fujitsu Authorised Partner network,” continued Dave Smith. Point of sale materials and a multimillion dollar advertising campaign featuring long-term ambassador and former Australian cricket captain, Mark Taylor, will support the summer promotion across traditional and digital media platforms. Enquiries: 1300 882 201, www.fujitsugeneral.com.au *The purchase of a Fujitsu ducted air conditioning system must be purchased in an individual’s name for their own domestic residence and excludes non-residential applications. See fujitsugeneral.com.au/promotions for full terms and conditions. Media enquiries – for further information or images please contact: Roberta Marcroft or Belinda Truong, Write Away Communication + Events Ph: 02 9978 1400, Email: roberta@writeaway.com.au, belinda_truong@writeaway.com.au About Fujitsu General Australia Fujitsu General Australia is part of Fujitsu General Limited - a leading, global manufacturer of air conditioners. Proud to be ‘Australia’s favourite air’, Fujitsu General Australia has a product portfolio to suit residential and commercial applications. Rigorous research and development has resulted in an extensive range of world-class, stylish and energy efficient systems. Lighting the Way Forward at the Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2016 2016-10-03T00:56:48Z lighting-the-way-forward-at-the-australian-smart-lighting-summit-2016 On the 6th and 7th of September delegates convened at the 2016 Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre. Now in its 4th season, the Summit once again brought together over 150 key lighting industry stakeholders, with lighting industry professionals ranging from engineers, architects, manufacturers, public sector representatives, road authorities, consultants and lighting designers. With a wide array of international speakers present, delegates heard from the likes of Principal Lighting Designer Kaoru Mende of Lighting Planners Associates in Japan. Mr Mende, who spearheaded Singapore’s lighting master plan, brought his 38 years of experience as a lighting designer to the topic of urban scale lighting. “Each city should have a unique lighting plan influenced by its local history, culture and architecture”, he said, emphasising Singapore’s cosmopolitan character and highlighting the importance of taking into consideration a city’s distinct features in planning and design phases. “Lighting technology always develops and cities have to renovate their lighting ideas and techniques as they grow globally,” Mr Mende concluded. The first day of the Summit capped off with the City Lights Tour, an urban discovery walk through the Melbourne Docklands, uncovering the city’s hidden treasures, public lighting, distinctive buildings and iconic public spaces. Washington DC’s Smart Outdoor Lighting Alliance (SOLA) Executive Director Bob Parks and Light and Culture Program Advisor Rik van Stiphout from the City of Eindhoven also headlined the Summit to discuss international case studies and lighting trends with interactive Q&A sessions and panel discussions.  A local perspective on the Summit came from Team Leader of Industrial Design at City of Melbourne, Ian Dryden, who sees the Summit as a “good format for resolving issues between distributors and councils and a forum for sharing ideas”. Focusing largely on the question of sustainability and smart, green lighting design into the future, according to Mr Dryden the Summit is a platform for industry leaders to “resolve sustainability issues by coming together and sharing knowledge”. The 2016 edition of the Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit was an overwhelming success, with Mr Dryden commenting, “The rooms seem to get bigger and bigger every year and better”. Throughout the Summit, a number of panel discussions featured highly experienced local and international speakers who addressed the issues at the forefront of the lighting community. Topics ranged from smart lighting solutions and street lighting replacement programs to lighting and safety perceptions, the impact of lighting on crime prevention and the role of lighting in creating safer and vibrant night-time economies. Summit delegates heard from Team Leader Paul Glennie in Strategic Planning, Transport & Waste Operations from Wellington City Council on the city’s intelligent street lighting solutions. Australia’s first intelligent street lighting trial project was also discussed by Team Leader in Business Solutions Sonjoy Ghosh from Adelaide City Council. The Summit also considered fascinating topics such as lighting pollution and the health impacts of exposure to artificial light at night with Principal Scientist and Director Dr Kellie Pendoley from Pendoley Environmental. The tensions between colour quality, luminous efficacy, and the desire to minimise light pollution in outdoor lighting were also discussed by Program Director Dr Wendy Davis from Illumination Design and Associate Professor at the University of Sydney. For the first time since its inception, the Summit saw the presentation of the inaugural Delegates Choice Awards. Delegates voted on the most innovative product or solution and on the product they deemed to have the best design.  Traffic Technologies’ Aldridge Lighting Systems AERO V-LED was announced as the winner in the Best Design Award category for displaying uniqueness both in functionality and design, through democratic voting by industry peers and lighting experts at the Summit. The Australian designed and manufactured product is already widely in use across the country with over 3000 fittings installed in Victoria alone. Voted as most innovative and technologically advanced, High Lux’s Solar LED bollard, vandal-resistant and virtually indestructible, won the Most Innovative Product award. Delegates voted on whether the products or solutions on display at the Summit took existing technology to new levels and addressed issues of energy, effectiveness, budget restraints, operation and maintenance. The Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit, an immersive two day experience which included keynote presentations and Q&As offering unrivalled networking and learning experiences, convenes again in its fifth year in September 2017.  NH Landscapes Design & Construction Plants a New Look 2016-09-15T00:41:15Z nh-landscapes-design-amp-construction-plants-a-new-look Nathan Hovey Landscapes is coming into Spring with a bang, launching a new logo, new website and even a new name. NH Landscapes Design & Construction, as it is now known, has planted some new ideas and created a beautiful and brand-new website that makes it even easier to learn what they are all about. However, some things never change – in fact, the roots have stayed the same. NH Landscapes Design & Construction is still made up of local Point Lonsdale guys Nath and Dave, who personally design, construct and maintain your outdoor living space to suit your lifestyle. The pair are still based in Point Lonsdale and servicing the Bellarine Peninsula, Geelong and the Surf Coast, and their service is as personal as ever. Despite the new look, Nath and Dave continue to be involved in every job from start to finish, and provide after-job follow up for as long as required. The boys place a huge emphasis on using sustainable and high quality materials, ensuring that any outdoor space lasts for as long as possible and does little harm to the surrounding environment. In the design process, they collaborate with each and every client to achieve the perfect balance of design and functionality, promoting the idea that outdoor living spaces should be shared, and most importantly, enjoyed as an extension of any home. But just what can they do? Nath and Dave specialise in design and construction, creative planting concepts, retaining walls, turf, decking, paving, automated feature gates, natural stone construction, driveways, maintenance and custom outdoor structures. This means there’s no garden too small, too complicated, too simple or too big – they’ve definitely seen it all! The website now holds all the information anyone needs to get inspired about their next project: with examples of previous work, a little history on Nath and Dave and most importantly, contact details, everyone will be well equipped to take the next step.  Find out more about NH Landscapes Design and Construction here. - END - AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email joanna@filteredmedia.com.au For more information about the AIIA please visit https://www.aiia.com.au New Faresin Dealer in Queensland 2016-09-06T01:41:16Z new-faresin-dealer-in-queensland Brisvegas Machinery has further strengthened its product offering in Queensland and proud to announce they are now the dealer for Faresin Industries Products in North Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and North Queensland.   Brisvegas Machinery now sell and support the full range of Faresin Telehandlers and Feed Mixer Wagons to meet the needs of Queensland agriculture, construction and mining markets.              Tim Parker, Brisvegas Machinery’s Faresin representative, says the addition of Faresin to their product range will broaden Brisvegas Machinery’s footprint in Queensland.   “Queensland has a very versatile landscape with everything from mining and construction sites to large farming properties. The addition of Faresin telehandlers and feed mixer wagons will definitely get some conversations started with customers we previously haven’t had contact with before from our construction machinery range,” he said.   “The decision only strengthens Brisvegas Machinery’s position to be able to offer products to suit all our customer’s needs and requirements on the job.”   Faresin provides one of the largest ranges of trailed and self-propelled mixer wagons on the market. Brisvegas Machinery will supply trailed mixer wagons from 2.5m³ up to 46m³ and self-propelled from 11m³ up to 33m³ in size.   In the telehandler range, Brisvegas Machinery will supply from 6 to 17 metres with stabilisers for maximum lifting height. The lift capacity of the new range of telehandlers varies from 2500kg to 7000kg.   Tim Parker of Brisvegas Machinery will be the main contact and sales representative for Faresin products based out of our Richlands factory. This will also be backed up by a team of parts and service specialists to provide full support for the Faresin product range.   To receive more information about any Faresin product please contact Tim Parker on (07) 3217 0630 or 0447 733 132. Alternatively send us an email at tim@brisvegasmachinery.com.au Mining’s Tough Message: Innovate or Risk Becoming Obsolete 2016-09-02T03:22:23Z mining-s-tough-message-innovate-or-risk-becoming-obsolete 2 September 2016, Sydney - The domestic mining downturn is now widely accepted as one unlikely to receive an imminent correction. This sentiment is reinforced by a recent NAB outlook report suggesting we may be as long as three years away from an upward swing. This creates a period of forced change where the industry will race to adapt in a variety of ways, including the streamlining of its business processes. Suppliers and service providers to the mining industry are in a new and unique position where the onus is now on them to provide more to their offering - beyond the suggestion of a positive impact to bottom-line, companies now need to prove this by showcasing recent examples. Mining Industry Partners Offer Options This is one of the reasons that Apex Supply Chain Technologies has demonstrated recently during Australian mining’s influential event Queensland Mining and Exhibition, and has maintained a steady client base and even expanding since opening its first Asian-Pacific office in Sydney last year. Through a variety of solutions, such as its automated locker solutions first introduced to the Australian market by Apex this year, the company has been in strong demand within the mining sector. The technology behind the Apex solutions enables subscribers to track, manage, control, and analyse supply, materials and equipment in real-time, is known as the Apex Trajectory Cloud™ Enterprise Software Service. This secure, cloud-based, technology allows businesses to affect a reduction of up to 34% in its operational costs, with many Australian companies already enjoying the level of savings. Apex Supply Chain Technologies CEO and Founder Kent Savage said, its cloud-based technology can be used from anywhere, day or night, with no software to install. The Trajectory Cloud platform powers all Apex automated dispensing solutions, including the AXCESS™ self-serve automated lockers, which provide secure accountability for high value, reusable assets and consumable products. “Each AXCESS locker also has flexible configurations to accommodate a wide variety of products, from calibrated tools or stock-kits, to handheld scanners and other electronic devices,” Mr Savage said. “And all of them are easy to access twenty-four hours a day, seven days a week.” Ample Opportunity to Adapt with Asset Management In an article by Australian Mining (July, 2016), four qualities were identified as being vital to a business that will survive the current downturn, these being ‘pro-activeness, connectedness, adaptation, and access to “slack” (or readily available) resources. Mr Savage, commented that ‘slack’ or wasted resources are all too common within a company’s internal operations and can be easily audited and addressed. “When you’re dealing with high-value equipment, waste through loss, or even the time wasted locating misplaced equipment, this will put a dent in how ‘downturn-proof’ your business is,” Mr. Savage added. “Minimising waste is one of the quickest and easiest ways to bolster your bottom-line.” Automating Inventory Replenishment Eliminates More Inefficiencies Business process solutions by Apex also include the ACTYLUS™ system, which uses smart bin technology to boost productivity through self-automated inventory checks and re-orders. Mr. Savage said that Actylus can boost supply chain productivity by 30% and grow bottom-line revenues across a variety of industries and applications. “ACTYLUS eliminates the need for safety stock, emergency orders and inefficient, labour-intensive manual processes. This minimises overall inventory and provides a more cost-efficient solution for inventory management,” he said. “This means easy replenishment to ensure no stock outs which can result in production lines shutting down. With ACTYLUS you’ll always have the optimal amount of inventory.” The Apex cloud technology will have a number of potential applications across a range of industries such as manufacturing, transportation and fleet, automotive aftermarket, distribution and logistics, mining and quarrying, and healthcare. “Australia’s mining industry is challenged every day by tough, global competition. The timing is ideal for companies looking to become more competitive to adopt Apex automated dispensing technologies,” he said. Apex automated dispensing solutions increase productivity; lower costs and help businesses make better decisions by utilising the real-time asset and inventory insights at their fingertips. “Our customers report greater accountability, reduced consumption and better team morale after installing our solutions, says, Mr, Savage. This translates into an average savings of 30% or more. That’s real value.” -ENDS- About Apex Supply Chain Technologies: North American-based Apex Supply Chain Technologies is a global leader in automated dispensing systems for managing high-use, high-cost, mission-critical supplies, parts, tools, hand-held electronics and components in applications such as OEM manufacturing, fleet maintenance, automotive aftermarket, mining and quarrying, retail, foodservice, healthcare, veterinary medicine and more. Apex has managed more than three billion automated vending transactions and serves thousands of global clients. For more information visit www.ApexSupplyChain.com/au or call +61 2 9450 0866. Media Enquiries Kevin Dugan Senior Global Communications Executive, Apex Supply Chain Technologies +1 513-486-3243 kevin.dugan@apexsupplychain.com Lisa Rollings Heard Agency 02 8279 7876 lrollings@heardagency.com Cathy Yao Heard Agency 02 8279 7876 cyao@heardagency.com Timaru council to ditch loss-making car park 2016-07-04T20:36:28Z timaru-council-to-ditch-loss-making-car-park Timaru District Council plans to remove equipment from a loss-making car park at the end of the month. The council paid $30,000 to lease the Central Mall car park in the last financial year but recouped just $19,350 in parking charges. Councillors had feared an active lease would cost the council too much to cancel. The council's land transport manager, Andrew Dixon, said on Monday the car park's property management company, Silverfin Property, had not produced a current lease document. "We asked for a copy and we didn't have one presented to us." An earlier council report stated the lease had ended in 2012 but had continued on a monthly basis, and recommended the council exit the lease. The report suggested attempts to renegotiate the agreement failed after representatives of the mall's owners demanded a $5000 increase in the lease despite clothing shop Glassons moving out of the Central Mall in 2014. Responsibility for managing the car park changed from property managers Augusta two days after Timaru Central director Cheryl Macaulay was informed of the report. Silverfin, of which Macaulay is also a director, took over the car park's management. Fellow Silverfin director Mark Perriam pledged to investigate whether an active lease existed or not. Dixon said the pay and display meter in the car park would likely be used for spare parts. The meter was "on its last legs anyway" because the council had deferred replacing it while the lease was in question. The council would put a metal parking sign and a height barrier in storage and sell them for scrap if no use for them could be found. The car park's owners could face further challenges after the council leaves. The report stated the car park might need earthquake strengthening and its markings needed repainting. The largely untenanted mall beneath could also face competition from Silverfin's directors for tenants. Macaulay is a director of Timaru Retail Project, the company behind the $10 million The Landing commercial development on Elizabeth St, and Perriam is the project manager. He revealed on Wednesday the development, which is expected to be completed in 2016, had 577 square metres of untenanted retail and office space. Original Source - Stuff MODE and QUT Host Industry First Event for Landscape Architecture Students 2016-06-23T04:46:01Z mode-and-qut-host-industry-first-event-for-landscape-architecture-students MODE and the School of Design at Queensland University of Technology (QUT) hosted an Industry Partnership Exhibition to celebrate the success of six 2nd year landscape architecture students who showed exceptional talent in their design work for the Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre project The exhibition showcased the six students work throughout MODE’s head office in Fortitude Valley on Friday 17 June. Associate Director and Group Landscape Manager for MODE, Alayna Renata, says the industry partnership with QUT allowed the students to experience working on a real world  project while networking with industry leaders and MODE’s Landscape Architecture team. “MODE and QUT worked closely together to hold this event as it provided the perfect opportunity for the students to showcase the hard work they put into the Nudgee Beach Environmental Education Centre to potential work colleagues and family members,” said Alayna Renata. Liam Cridland, Senior Landscape Architect at MODE, as well as, Debra Cushing, Lecturer, and Gillian Lawson, the Head of the Landscape Architecture discipline at QUT, praised the industry on supporting the up and coming landscape architects by allowing them an insight into the profession, and offering a real world perspective on the discipline’s critical role in building communities. “As part of MODE’s ethos, we support and encourage student work in our projects. We are right behind QUT’s real world methods and strive to provide students with opportunities to show off their work to industry leaders and design firms,” said Liam Cridland. The Industry Partner Exhibition saw MODE Principal, Wayne Jackson, a number of leading industry partners from the Australian Institute of Landscape Architects (AILA), the Nudgee Beach client as well as students and their families, attend the exhibition. The night included speeches, food, drinks and an opportunity for students, industry leaders and MODE to network and discuss the winning projects and all things design. The Industry Exhibition was a first for MODE, who will continue supporting QUT students specialising in design courses. --ENDS-- Photos available on request. LOCALS VOTE TO MAKE UNION PLACE THEIR HOME 2016-06-23T00:49:48Z locals-vote-to-make-union-place-their-home Sydney – 23 June 2016 - A strong sales result was recorded by developer, White and Partners, at the launch of Union Place, the residential development on the site of the Jannali Inn. Over $30 million of real estate was sold during the opening weekend, predominantly to owner-occupiers and first homebuyers from the local area.   The majority of sales were one and two bedroom apartments, but one lucky buyer hit the jackpot by snapping up the top floor penthouse. The three-bedroom prestige home, with sweeping views across Woronora River and north towards the Sydney CBD, went for in excess of $1.3 million, setting a new price record for apartments in Jannali.   George Ajaka, Partner & Head of Investments at White & Partners said Union Place appealed to local buyers for a number of reasons.   “Locals feel a strong connection with the site, which has been at the heart of the Jannali community for over 60 years. We were very pleased with the feedback from locals that they were happy to see the pub redeveloped into a new family friendly bistro with quality apartments. Our buyers like the idea of living at the heart of a strong community,” he said.   “It’s a great location, close to the train station with exciting growth potential – the planned station refurbishment and the potential for new retail will further contribute to the uplift of the area. This, combined with the high quality design from Mijollo Architects and extensive community areas on offer at Union Place caused a lot of excitement.”   Ray White Projects Managing Director Eddie Mansour said he expects the remaining apartments to sell quickly.   “It was great to see so many interested purchasers turn out for the sales weekend, especially in such bad weather. We anticipated a strong result but this exceeded expectations. With this level of interest buyers should move quickly if they want to secure one of the remaining apartments, as they won’t be available for long,” he said.   Union Place apartments feature high quality fixtures and fittings, including Caesarstone bench tops and European appliances in the kitchen, as well as Parisi tapware in the bathrooms and kitchen. Remaining one bedrooms are priced from $569,000, two bedrooms from $719,000 and three bedrooms from $969,000.   Construction of Union Place is expected to begin in October 2016 with completion due in first quarter 2018.   For more information on Union Place please call 1300 419 345 or visit unionplacejannali.com. The display suite is open from Wednesday – Sunday 10am-2pm at 557 Box Road, Jannali.   – ENDS –  Media enquiries: Natalie Cameron or Josephine George, DEC PR Telephone: (02) 8014 5033/0458 755 898raywhite@decpr.com.au  About White & Partners White & Partners is a specialist Australian real estate investment firm with a commitment to enriching the communities in which they operate. With expertise across development in commercial, retail, industrial, residential and hospitality, White and Partners has participated in excess of $3.1 billion of developments since 2001.  About Mijollo Mijollo International is an architectural office with significant experience designing residential apartment projects. Their creativity is grounded in rigorous analysis, which results in exceptional design that is not only aesthetically striking, but also highly functional and sustainable.  About 360 Degrees Landscaping 360 Degrees Landscape Architects are committed to outstanding design with sustainable social, cultural and environmental outcomes. Their previous works are broad in scale and genre. 360 Degrees have designed and delivered a number of successful healing, leisure, learning, cultural, commercial, residential and public realm landscapes, as well as exclusive urban, regional and outback gardens.