The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-05-30T22:47:19Z BrainChip Announces New Casino Trial 2017-05-30T22:47:19Z brainchip-announces-new-casino-trial 31 May 2017 BrainChip Holdings Ltd. (ASX: BRN), (“BrainChip” or “the Company”), is a leading developer of software and hardware accelerated solutions for Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications. The Company is pleased to announce that its Game Statistics and Game Outcome solutions has been placed in a field trial at a leading casino in Las Vegas, Nevada.  BrainChip, in partnership with SN Technologies, developed Games Statistics and Game Outcome based upon BrainChip’s SNAP technology, which utilises a spiking neural network to detect and identify chips and cards in the extremely dynamic environments on gaming floors using existing video surveillance cameras. Game Statistics provides the casino operator with intelligent, actionable data regarding players’ activities at table games. This trial of Game Statistics and Game Outcome follows the successful deployment of the Game Outcome solution at the Mohegan Sun casino. It is estimated that there are over 50,000 casino gaming tables worldwide which represents a major market for the Company. About BrainChip Holdings Ltd (ASX:BRN)BrainChip Holdings Ltd. is a leading provider of software and hardware accelerated solutions for Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications.  The Company has developed a revolutionary new Spiking Neural Adaptive Processor (SNAP) technology that can learn autonomously, evolve and associate information just like the human brain. The technology, which is proprietary, is fast, completely digital, and consumes very low power. The Company provides software and hardware solutions that address the high-performance requirements in Civil Surveillance, Gaming, Facial Recognition and Visual Inspection systems. www.brainchipinc.com.  Company ContactRobert Beachlerbbeachler@brainchipinc.com+1 (949) 330-6750 Investor Relations Contact (US):Laura Guerrant-OiyePrincipal+1 (808) 960-2642lguerrant@guerrantir.com Media Contact:Harrison PolitesMedia and Capital Partnersharrison.polites@mcpartners.com.au+61 409 623 618 Investor Relations (Australia):Brendon Lau Media and Capital Partners brendon.lau@mcpartners.com.au+61 409 341 613 Sky and Space Global To Partner with WeFarm Ltd - Bringing Nano-Satellite Mobile Technology to the World’s Small-scale Farmers 2017-05-10T02:10:31Z sky-and-space-global-to-partner-with-wefarm-ltd-bringing-nano-satellite-mobile-technology-to-the-world-s-small-scale-farmers 9 May 2017 Highlights - Sky and Space Global (SAS) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding with WeFarm Ltd, the world’s largest knowledge and data network for small-scale farmers - Parties to explore the integration of the SAS communication platform into WeFarm’s data sharing network - WeFarm’s network connects farmers across Latin America through to Eastern Africa - SAS enters the agriculture sector through its Equatorial nano-satellite constellation network, represents a new and significant commercial opportunity for the Company Sky and Space Global Ltd (ASX: SAS, “Sky and Space Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with WeFarm Ltd to explore the integration of the SAS nano-satellite communication platform into WeFarm’s process of on-boarding users, who are small-scale farmers living in remote and isolated locations. WeFarm is a free, knowledge and data sharing service that empowers farmers to connect with other farmers around the world to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation. WeFarm estimates there are many hundreds of million small scale farmers globally who are potential users for the service. WeFarm enables farmers to share crucial livestock and crop knowledge, low-cost farming solutions, and ask questions relating to any type of agricultural input or output without having to leave their farms – and without requiring connection to the internet. WeFarm sent over 40 million text messages this year through their network, and the Company expects this figure to grow exponentially in the near future. Under the terms of the agreement, Sky and Space Global will help WeFarm to enhance mobile network coverage and connectivity for WeFarm’s users, through integrating Sky and Space Global technology and Equatorial nano-satellite constellation platform together with the WeFarm data sharing services for its users. Sky and Space Global’s CEO, Mr. Meir Moalem said: “SAS is now entering one if its key target markets, being the smart agriculture industry. We will provide farmers using WeFarm’s technology, the opportunity to send and receive instant messages (SMS) in real-time. The partnership further demonstrates SAS’s business model and strong social values when it comes to providing affordable communication services to Anyone, Anywhere, Anytime". WeFarm CEO & Founder, Mr. Kenny Ewan said: “We are excited to launch this agreement with SAS. We believe farmers have the deep knowledge most relevant to help other farmers and are simply providing a way for them to share information meant to help them prosper. With the addition of SAS’s exciting new nano-satellite technology, we will be bringing the latest in mobile space technology to a population who needs increased connectivity the most – rural small-scale farmers. This is yet another instance of how WeFarm is helping farmers to connect in a way that is reliable, convenient and cost effective”. --Ends-- For further information, please contact: PR/International MediaDavid Vindel/Diana KurtevaKetchumP: +44 20 37556417E: skyandspace@ketchum.com Australian MediaBen GrubbMedia & Capital PartnersP: +61 414 197 508E: ben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au Sky and Space Global LtdBrett MitchellExecutive Director - AustraliaP: +61 8 9389 2000E: brett@skyandspace.global About Sky and Space Global LtdSky and Space Global Ltd is an ASX listed (SAS) satellite company with European and Israeli centres of Aerospace, Satellite and Software Industry Experts. The Company’s core business is to construct a communications infrastructure based on nano-satellite technology and develop highly sophisticated software systems that will deploy, maintain orbit control and handle communication code between each of the nano-satellites to provide a global coverage. The Company’s mission is to provide low cost, nano-satellite communication coverage to anyone, anywhere with relatively low maintenance costs. This will enable Sky and Space Global to deliver cost-effective communications infrastructure and services to the telecommunications and international transport industries. Sky and Space Global Ltd owns 100% of its operating entity Sky and Space Global (UK) Limited. About WeFarm LtdWeFarm is a free knowledge sharing service that enables farmers to connect with one another around the world to solve problems, share ideas and spread innovation. Approximately 500 million small-scale farmers provide over 70% of the world’s food. However, up to 90% have no access to the internet and are often isolated from basic agricultural information and new ideas. WeFarm empowers farmers to share crucial livestock and crop information online and via SMS – without having to leave their farms. Knowledge shared on WeFarm can help farmers to produce higher quality product, increase yields, gain insight into market pricing, tackle the effects of climate change, trade advice on labour and inputs, diversify agricultural interests, and much more. Machine learning algorithms efficiently match queries posted on the system to other farmers, creating an immediate lifeline of actionable expert information for those in need. Since its founding in 2015, WeFarm has been named one of Africa’s Most Innovative Companies by FastCompany and has won Google’s prestigious Impact Challenge Award, 4YFN Disrupted by Mobile 2017 at Mobile World Congress, GSMA’s Special Award for supporting Gender Diversity & Equality, the MEFFYS Award for Innovation in Technology, the Messaging and SMS World Awards’ Best SMS Solution, Business Rocks’ Global Startup Pitch Battle, Chivas Regal’s The Venture Competition’s UK prize, and the European Union Commission’s Ideas from Europe prize, among others. The company is headquartered in London with field presence in Nairobi, Kampala and Lima. For more information see http://wefarm.org/, follow WeFarm on Twitter @we_farm and connect with WeFarm on Facebook and LinkedIn. For further information on WeFarm, please contact:Radha Ahlstrom-VijGlobal Head of Brand & CommunicationsP: +447584241132E: Radha@wefarm.org Great Australian Raid Budget Fails World’s Poorest 2017-05-09T10:37:45Z great-australian-raid-budget-fails-world-s-poorest 9 May 2017 MEDIA RELEASE Great Australian Raid Budget Fails World’s Poorest For the fourth consecutive year, the Government has raided the Australian aid budget. Following cuts in 2014, 2015 and 2016 that take Australian aid to its lowest level ever, the Government is raiding the aid budget yet again in 2017 with a further $303.3 million cut. “This is the Great Australian Raid Budget. It’s a budget that takes from people living in the poorest parts of the world to help fund handouts for wealthy individuals and big corporates,” said the Director of Campaign for Australian Aid, Tony Milne. “Not only has the Government reversed last year’s promise of small increases to the aid budget, but they are raiding the aid budget to fund “other priorities” such as their tax cuts for big corporates. “This is a budget to appease One Nation, not a budget that is about our common humanity.” Mr Milne added: “Millions of people in South Sudan, Somalia, Yemen and Nigeria are facing starvation, while millions more are seeking asylum from war in Syria. Yet the Government continues to raid Australia’s aid budget, which currently sits at an historic low. “Stripping an Australian aid budget that has already been cut to the bone, fails people living in the poorest parts of the world and increases inequality.” Campaign for Australian Aid is encouraging supporters to call their local MP to stand up for people living in the poorest parts of the world:http://budget.australianaid.org/   -Ends- If you’d like to arrange an interview or photo opportunity with Mr Milne, 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. Transvaginal mesh problem grossly under-estimated 2017-05-08T22:02:30Z transvaginal-mesh-problem-grossly-under-estimated THIS is the view of leading Vic consumer health advocate, Health Issues Centre (HIC), following an online Facebook survey* targeting thousands of women nationwide who have undergone pelvic mesh implants to treat stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse. In just three weeks 1,250 women have completed the survey. Of these, a shocking 58% say they have been adversely impacted, citing problems such as chronic incontinence, abdominal pain and pain during intercourse. Sadly, for a quarter of these women, the impact of the implants has led to a breakdown of their marriages or personal relationships. Just 38% of the respondents believe they made an informed choice to have the procedure. Of the women who sought remedial medical assistance, slightly over 10% reported this made things better while 40% reported it made no difference and 11%, that it made matters worse. The remaining 39% were told that nothing could be done for them. The HIC has undertaken its research to better inform its submission to the current Senate Inquiry, established by Senator Derryn Hinch. The inquiry has been set up to attempt to estimate the extent and impact of mesh implants in Australia. Commenting on the overwhelming response to the survey, HIC CEO, Danny Vadasz, says he has no idea ‘how much of the iceberg has been revealed’ so far but believes there could be considerably more given that HIC is currently averaging over 100 survey responses  per day. “Even if we were to receive no further responses, I think we have already demonstrated that this is a significant public health problem which has been grossly under-estimated - in terms of numbers of women as well as the severity of resultant health problems. “What we are seeing is a catastrophic failure at all levels of the health system to protect the well-being of thousands of women - the lack of due diligence by the TGA in approving the device given the risks; culpability of manufacturers who despite plenty of evidence of adverse reactions overseas, continue marketing their products; the government which does not have a central register of how many procedures have occurred and how many products have been sold and finally, those surgeons who continue to practise the procedure without informing their patients of the risks and the irreversibility of the implant. “Clearly a lot of questions need to be asked!” Mr Vadasz says while transvaginal mesh has been seen by the medical fraternity as having ‘revolutionised’ surgical options for women with stress urinary incontinence and pelvic organ prolapse, the collateral damage for women when it goes wrong, is just too high. “We are calling for the classification of mesh to treat either of the conditions to be upgraded to a higher risk status so the patient consent process reflects the consequences when there are complications.” Mr Vadasz attributes the success of the HIC survey to its ability to provide women with strict anonymity. “Women are reluctant to self-identify given the personal pain and heartbreak they have undergone and the intimate nature of their disclosures. “We felt it was essential to create a safe place for women to disclose the full extent of their experience without having to sacrifice their privacy. In fact, this was all that was necessary to release a tsunami of feedback!” Despite the number of women coming forward, Mr Vadasz believes that the problem will continue to go underreported given that many women do not associate their symptoms with their mesh implants. On top of this, many have been told by doctors there is no causal relationship. “This has been borne out by the significant number of survey respondents who told us they were unaware that the pain and problems they had suffered for many years could be linked to their mesh implant. Some have cried at the realisation with one woman declaring, ‘Now I know I’m not crazy’.” Here are some of the more harrowing comments on the HIC Facebook page: "My specialist told me it was all in my head. He got angry with me and said: "I suggest you stop focussing on the vagina, and get on with your life" in a dismissive and irritated tone. Doctors I have seen since have not been forthcoming on what they can see, it is like they are trying to protect the medical fraternity by not telling me fully what is going on or helping me fine treatment.” "I was told the mesh cannot be removed. I had complications from the moment I came out of theatre. I needed a complete reconstruction but was refused and offered the TVT as part of a study or to put up with consequences of a grossly oversized baby that was a face presentation and a complete episiotomy after he became stuck. I now suffer urge incontinence and a partial vaginal prolapse. I wish I'd never had the TVT done!”  Mr Vadasz is calling on women who have had an implant (or believe they may have) to complete the HIC survey: https://www.facebook.com/pg/UnderstandingPelvicMesh/about/   *More information about the survey The Health Issues Centre is one of several organisations invited to provide input into the senate inquiry into the extent and impact of Transvaginal Mesh Implants (TVM) across Australia. Currently there is little information about the number of women who have undertaken the procedure and less about those who have suffered from side-effects. In order to understand the magnitude of the problem and gain insight into the impact on these women, the consumer health advocacy conducted a highly targeted nationwide survey.   Using the centre’s Facebook page to create interest and an online survey, the survey targeted 14,000 women nationally. The questions are as follows: ·       Have you undergone a transvaginal mesh, tape or sling implant as treatment for urinary incontinence or pelvic organ prolapse? ·       Do you continue to have undiagnosed symptoms of chronic abdominal pain or urinary incontinence? ·       Do you feel you were fully informed before agreeing to the procedure? ·       Did the procedure satisfactorily resolve your health concerns? ·       Could you specify any adverse impacts you may have experienced? ·       How would you rate this adverse impact - discomforting, severe, debilitating, unendurable, none of these. ·       Have you sought medical assistance to rectify the problem? ·       Did your doctor/specialist confirm a causal relationship between your symptoms and the mesh implant? ·       If you were offered remedial treatment, did it change your condition? While launched only three weeks ago, 20,000 have engaged with the survey and 1,250 surveys have been completed. Over 14,000 people have viewed the Facebook video. The findings to date show that: ·       1,250 women have completed the survey ·       73% of the 1,250 respondents have undergone mesh implant. Another 8.4% aren’t sure. ·       40% of respondents believe they were not fully informed before agreeing to the procedure. Another 21% felt they were misled, leaving only 38.5% that believe they had made an informed choice. ·       Only 43% women considered that the procedure had resolved their related health concerns. ·       58% say they have been adversely impacted. Of these, 76% cited incontinence, 58% abdominal pain, 55% pain during intercourse and 25% breakdown of their marriage or other personal relationship. ·       33% of women reported their adverse impact as “discomforting” while 32% said it was “debilitating” and 12% “unendurable”. ·       While 62% of these women sought remedial medical assistance, only 10.6% reported this made things better. For 40% it didn’t make any difference while for 11% it made matters worse. 39% were simply told there was nothing that could be done. 48% of respondents were over the age of 60. More about HIC … it is a not for profit Vic based consumer health advocate  which encourages  better health outcomes by encouraging consumers to become involved in their own health care and ensuring the health system is responsive to their needs. More media information contact: Danny Vadasz on 0419 531 468 OR Wendy Parker on 0422 694 503 http://www.healthissuescentre.org.au/   Save the Date – The First Global Pest Awareness Day is on 6th June 2017 2017-05-07T23:40:09Z save-the-date-the-first-global-pest-awareness-day-is-on-6th-june-2017-1 How much do you know about pests and how they affect you, your family and the environment? The World Health Organisation (WHO), the Federation of Asian & Oceania Pest Managements Associations (FAOPMA), the National Pest Management Association in the USA (NPMA) and the Confederation of European Pest Management Associations (CEPA) have lent their support to establish an initiative to raise awareness on the role of professional pest managers in protecting food, homes, families and the environment in which we live. Environmental and health hazards caused by pests such as rodents, mosquitoes and snakes are often overlooked in light of seemingly more serious concerns such as casualties caused sharks and bears. DID YOU KNOW that the tiny mosquito kills approximately two million people a year? Sharks are known to kill 12 people a year and bears kill 90 people. Australia is known to house a number of deadly pests so it is extremely important to raise awareness for our public and equip them with the right protection. Flick Anticimex is one of Australia’s oldest and largest pest control companies, servicing over 54,000 commercial sites and well over 100,000 homes. To support the cause and help the local people, Flick will be holding a pop-up kiosk in selected shopping centres across Australia.  If you have unknown pests lurking around your home or business, our qualified pest professionals will be there to help you identify and treat them. To find out which shopping centres we'll be in, more information can be found on our website here. Sky & Space Global 3 Diamonds Successfully Integrated to Launch Pod in the Netherlands 2017-04-21T05:10:09Z sky-amp-space-global-3-diamonds-successfully-integrated-to-launch-pod-in-the-netherlands Highlights - Sky and Space Global (SAS) has successfully integrated its first three nano-satellites into the launch pod of leading European launch broker, Innovation Space Logistics BV in the Netherlands - The three SAS nano-satellites, the “3 Diamonds”, will be transported to the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) for the upcoming space launch which is scheduled for late May - The nano-satellites will be launched from the ISRO Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) and will be delivered by Innovation Space Logistics BVThe integration marks another major milestone of the Sky and Space Global journey to commercially launching its nano-satellites in space Sky and Space Global Ltd (ASX: SAS, “Sky and Space Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce the successful integration of its 3 Diamonds nano-satellites into the launch pod of Innovative Space Logistics BV in the Netherlands. The 3 Diamonds will be transported from the premises of Innovative Space Logistics BV in the Netherlands to India ahead of the upcoming launch, which is scheduled for late May. The nano-satellites will be launched from the Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) of the Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). The PSLV launch system has had 37 successful launches so far and its most recent PSLV–C37 was marked by the successful deployment of a record 104 satellites in sun-synchronous orbit. The integration of the nano-satellites follows the successful completion of the testing of SAS’s Ground and Space Communication systems and software in early April and represents another major milestone in the journey to the commercial launch in May. ‘We are thrilled to mark another major milestone in the lead up to the launch of the 3 Diamonds in May’, said Meir Moalem, CEO and Founder of Sky and Space Global. ‘The whole team is working very hard to ensure everything goes smoothly on the day and we’ve done a lot of testing to ensure seamless performance of the 3 Diamonds nano-satellites in space. We are very excited about the launch and we look forward to the big day.’ The Sky and Space Global Business Plan Sky and Space Global is the first company to utilise nano-satellites to build a proprietary communications network in the equatorial belt which will deliver affordable communications services for businesses operating in this region and for people living in emerging markets. The Company is planning to launch a constellation of 200 nano-satellites by 2020, providing full coverage of the equatorial areas of South America, Central Africa, and Southeast Asia. The nano-satellites will be controlled by a proprietary network management software platform enabling the constellation to automatically manage, monitor, and control its motions in orbit. This technology will allow telecom operators and connectivity service providers to deliver affordable narrow-band services to remote locations and will deliver more affordable connectivity and data services for people and businesses in these regions. --Ends-- For further information, please contact: Media (Australia)Ben GrubbMedia & Capital PartnersP: +61 414 197 508E: ben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au Media (International)David Vindel/Diana KurtevaKetchumP: +44 20 37556417E: skyandspace@ketchum.com Sky and Space Global LtdBrett MitchellExecutive Director - AustraliaP: +61 8 9389 2000E: brett@skyandspace.global About Sky and Space Global Ltd Sky and Space Global Ltd is an ASX listed (SAS) satellite company with European and Israeli centres of Aerospace, Satellite and Software Industry Experts. The Company’s core business is to construct a communications infrastructure based on nano-satellite technology and develop highly sophisticated software systems that will deploy, maintain orbit control and handle communication code between each of the nano-satellites to provide a global coverage. The Company’s mission is to provide low cost, satellite communication coverage to anyone, anywhere with relatively low maintenance costs. This will enable Sky and Space Global to deliver cost-effective communications infrastructure and services to the telecommunications and international transport industries. Sky and Space Global Ltd owns 100% of Sky and Space Global (UK) Limited and is fully funded for all its activities through to the 3 Diamonds launch in May 2017. HRL selected for Expert Panel assisting Government in Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Plan 2017-04-11T02:50:52Z hrl-selected-for-expert-panel-assisting-government-in-hazelwood-mine-fire-inquiry-implementation-plan Energy expert, HRL, has been selected to join an Expert Panel of technical consultants and independent peer reviewers to assist Government in implementing the Hazelwood Mine Fire Inquiry Implementation Plan Actions IP-156 and IP-181. The Hazelwood Mine Fire devastated the Latrobe Valley. Burning for 45 days over February and March 2014, it hit local communities hard and left residents physically and emotionally exhausted. In May 2015, a reopened Inquiry was asked to investigate: Whether the Hazelwood Mine Fire led to increased deaths How to improve the health of the Latrobe Valley community Options for rehabilitation of the Latrobe Valley coal mines Following its investigations, the Inquiry provided recommendations on how to ensure the same mistakes are not made again. In total, the Government will invest more than $80 million to respond to the Hazelwood Mine Fire, and will work in collaboration with the Expert Panel to ensure the Inquiry Implementation Plan Actions are implemented for best results. With HRL's broad energy expertise and long-standing commitment to the Latrobe Valley, the organisation is well equipped to fulfil this role. Ken Jefferd, CEO of HRL, said, "We are proud to be a part of the Expert Panel serving the Latrobe Valley. With a long history of service in this area dating back to the 1950s, it is important to us to ensure the long-term health, safety, and prosperity of this region. We look forward to collaborating with other experts in the field to ensure the Government delivers on these objectives." ABOUT HRLWith a rich history that begun with the provision of science and engineering firepower to start Australia's brown coal power station industry back in the 1950s, we're trusted by the biggest businesses in Australia and Asia for good reason. Our proven track record includes being a part of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, and then working with the Victorian State electricity sector privatization in the mid-90s. Over the years, there's not much we haven't seen if it's exploded, fallen down, fallen apart, or just worn out, our expert engineers have fixed it!In 2016, under new ownership, we've reinvented HRL with big growth aspirations designed to make a difference in critical industries like thermal power, mining and minerals, renewables, manufacturing, legal and insurance. Today, our expert engineers work with the likes of AGL, Engie, Rio Tinto, Coles, IXOM, Origin, Lion Nathan, and other blue chip businesses. Acting as their trusted technical partner, we willingly collaborate with likeminded engineers, general managers, quality control, asset managers, and procurement teams to meet and exceed their goals.   Media inquiries: Dan MacInnis on 0400 507 037 or dan@macinnismarketing.com.au HRL signed by O-I, World-Leading Glass Manufacturer, in three-year contract worth $1m 2017-03-29T22:02:55Z hrl-signed-by-o-i-world-leading-glass-manufacturer-in-three-year-contract-worth-1m Most of us will come across glass manufactured by O-I every day. They are the world's leading glass container manufacturer and provide glass packaging for beer, wine, spirits, food and non-alcoholic beverages, cosmetics, and pharmaceuticals. O-I has signed HRL to do the analysis and spot testing of their glass products to ensure their quality levels remain uncompromised. O-I have very high quality standards, recycling and re-melting any containers that fail to meet those standards based on HRL's testing. David Abela, Vice-President Supply Chain, Asia Pacific, says, "During the tender process we considered a number of suppliers. Continuing our relationship with HRL was the clear choice for two reasons. Firstly, HRL was the only supplier who was able to implement our preferred testing methodology. They offer a complexity and breadth of testing capabilities and expertise unmatched by any other suppliers. Secondly, HRL was able to offer a very cost-effective pricing structure over a three-year period, enabling O-I to meet its commercial objectives and broader strategic ambitions. As a result, HRL are the right partners for O-I for the next three years." Ken Jefferd, Managing Director of HRL, says, "We've been working together with O-I for over three years now as a laboratory service outsourcing partner.  After undergoing a rigorous laboratory investigation, we're very proud O-I decided to choose HRL as their partner for three more years. HRL provide chemical composition analysis on both the raw material used in the glass production, as well as the final container glass product. When needed, HRL also provide assistance in investigation of production problems, like stones and cords. O-I have been relying on HRL to ensure smooth production for years, and we're looking forward to another three years of partnership." ABOUT HRLWith a rich history that begun with the provision of science and engineering firepower to start Australia's brown coal power station industry back in the 1950s, we're trusted by the biggest businesses in Australia and Asia for good reason. Our proven track record includes being a part of the State Electricity Commission of Victoria, and then working with the Victorian State electricity sector privatization in the mid-90s. Over the years, there's not much we haven't seen if it's exploded, fallen down, fallen apart, or just worn out, our expert engineers have fixed it! In 2017, under new ownership, we've reinvented HRL with big growth aspirations designed to make a difference in critical industries like thermal power, mining and minerals, renewables, manufacturing, legal and insurance. Today, our expert engineers work with the likes of AGL, Engie, Rio Tinto, Coles, IXOM, Origin, Lion Nathan, and other blue chip businesses. Acting as their trusted technical partner, we willingly collaborate with likeminded engineers, general managers, quality control, asset managers, and procurement teams to meet and exceed their goals. Media inquiries: Dan MacInnis on 0400 507 037 or dan@macinnismarketing.com.au   World’s first high-tech quality control camera for pizza unveiled 2017-03-28T16:09:54Z world-s-first-high-tech-quality-control-camera-for-pizza-unveiled **MEDIA ALERT**  TUESDAY, MARCH 28 – THURSDAY, MARCH 30 See the world’s first high-tech quality control camera for pizza—a delivery and kitchen optimization solution for restaurants. Dragontail Systems’ quality control camera, the CCSU, ensures perfect pizzas every time, while its Algo Dispatching System helps restaurants deliver food on time, fresh and hot, to customers. Dragontail Systems’ CCSU, below, and a pizza's topping being analysed by the unit. About:Quick service restaurant (QSR) optimization company, Dragontail Systems, will showcase its unique quality control camera system for pizza shops, as well as its Algo Dispatching System — which uses algorithms to enable QSRs to optimize ordering and delivery processes — at The International Pizza Expo in Las Vegas. CCSU  Known as the Camera Cut Station Unit (CCSU), Dragontail Systems’ quality control camera upgrades customer service while reducing labor and food costs. It thereby improves a restaurant’s financial performance and client satisfaction with absolutely no interference in a restaurant’s kitchen flow. The system contains wireless sensors that monitor the temperature of the food in the oven, as well as the fridge and kitchen, and can immediately alert staff about any issues. At the same time, the mounted camera analyzes the quality of the ingredients to ensure that the correct ingredients have been used in the preparation of a meal.  The CCSU is the first of its kind in the world since it monitors key elements in a kitchen during the preparation and cooking processes to improve the quality and consistency of pizzas and other meals a restaurant may be producing.   In the scenario of a pizza shop, the camera can automatically send a photo of a pizza directly to a customer’s mobile device when the meal is ready, including the temperature and the time it came out of the oven.    A photo of the pizza can be sent directly to customers using the CCSU The CCSU system uses the most advanced machine learning technology, which improves the system’s diagnostics over time. The system can also be modified upon request for other types of food, such as burgers, tacos, sushi, or sandwiches.  Algo Dispatching System How the Algo Dispatching System works Dragontail Systems' flagship product, the Algo Dispatching System, uses algorithms to enable quick service restaurants to optimize their ordering and delivery processes. The Algo Dispatching System chooses the best sequence of preparation so that orders are grouped in a kitchen in the most optimal way, which ensures that they are prepared in time for the driver to pick up. It can be integrated into any point of sale system and the only additional hardware needed are the driver mobile units, which are provided with the system. The Algo system takes into consideration many key factors, such as driver availability, order time, number of items in the order, hour of the day, planned staffing, and weather. Who: Joey Pottie, Dragontail Systems’ Director of Integrations and Sales Support When: Tuesday and Wednesday, March 28 and 29, 10 am–3.30 pm; Thursday, March 30, 10 am–3pm Where: Las Vegas Convention Center, booth No. N2552. Photos: https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B3bnk4v_1U-6cFozSjB2TlV4SEk?usp=sharing  Video: Algo Dispatching System: https://vimeo.com/179816052  CCSU: https://vimeo.com/191710409  Media contacts: Mimi Ciabarra (United States/Canada)Dragontail SystemsCommunications and Partnershipsmimi.ciabarra@dragontailsystems.com +1 (570) 350-9745 Media & Capital Partners (Australia)Account DirectorBen Grubbben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au +61 414 197 508 BrainChip Announces the Appointment of Robert Beachler as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development 2017-03-28T14:26:35Z brainchip-announces-the-appointment-of-robert-beachler-as-senior-vice-president-of-marketing-and-business-development Highlights - Appointment of Robert Beachler as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development - Mr. Beachler is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 30 years of success in developing and marketing cutting-edge technologies.  - Appointment brings invaluable experience in marketing and business development to BrainChip as it launches SNAPvision, its first commercially available hardware product.  BrainChip Holdings Ltd. (ASX: BRN), (“BrainChip” or the “Company”), is a leading developer of software and hardware solutions for Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications. The Company has developed a revolutionary new Spiking Neuron Adaptive Processor (SNAP) technology that can learn autonomously, evolve and associate information just like the human brain. The technology, which is proprietary, is fast, completely digital, and consumes very low power.  The Company is pleased to announce the appointment of Silicon Valley Veteran Robert Beachler as Senior Vice President of Marketing and Business Development. Mr. Beachler will assume responsibility for all marketing and business development including strategic planning, product definition and account penetration.  Mr. Beachler is a Silicon Valley veteran with over 30 years of success in developing and marketing cutting-edge technologies. His background includes more than 16 years of experience in a variety of engineering and marketing roles at Altera Corporation, a leading provider of Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGA) products which was acquired by Intel Corporation in 2015 for over $US16 billion. He has also served as Vice-President of Marketing, Operations, and Systems Design at Stretch Inc, a provider of embedded video processing solutions up until its acquisition by Exar Corporation (NYSE:EXAR) in 2014. While at Exar, Mr Beachler was appointed Vice President of Corporate Marketing and Business Development. Most recently, he served at Xilinx Corporation (NASDAQ: XLNX), the leading worldwide independent provider of FPGA products and led the marketing of imaging, video and machine learning solutions for Xilinx’s industrial, scientific, and medical markets. “Bob joins BrainChip at a very exciting and pivotal time in our growth. His experience in marketing and business development as well as his extensive network of relationships will be invaluable to BrainChip as we launch SNAPvision, our first commercially available hardware product,” said BrainChip President and CEO Louis DiNardo.  “Additionally, Bob’s specific product and domain expertise makes him uniquely positioned to drive our commercialisation strategy of the entire suite of SNAPvision products in the areas of Civil and Commercial Surveillance as well as Machine Vision. He will focus on building a strong sales and marketing team, furthering our existing customer relationships with our hardware-based SNAPvision solution and acquiring new customers”. Mr Beachler added: “Artificial Intelligence is revolutionising computing solutions. I am tremendously excited about BrainChip’s solutions and honoured to join its great team.” About BrainChip (ASX: BRN) BrainChip is a leading provider of software and hardware accelerated solutions for Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications. The Company’s Spiking Neural Adaptive Processor (SNAP) can learn autonomously with a small sample set and provide real-time information, data analytics and knowledge in image and video processing applications, high frequency data streams for financial analysis and event, speech, and speaker recognition from audio sources. BrainChip’s SNAP technology can quickly learn, recognize, and track events in real time from multiple sources and identify repeating patterns in complex data streams. The Company currently provides software and hardware accelerated solutions that address high-performance requirements in Civil Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and Visual Inspection systems. Future solutions include audio analytics and deep learning for financial and other data intensive applications. www.brainchipinc.com. Company Contact: Cossette Drossler VP Finance and Administration +1 (949) 330-6754 Media Contact: Ben Grubb Media and Capital Partnersben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au +61 414 197 508 Investor Relations Contact (US): Laura Guerrant-Oiye Principal Guerrant Associates +1 (808) 960-2642lguerrant@guerrantir.com Investor Relations Contact (Australia): Gabriella HoldAccount DirectorMedia and Capital Partnersgabriella.hold@mcpartners.com.au+61 411 364 382 BrainChip Advances its Position as a Leading Artificial Intelligence Provider with an Exclusive License for Next-Generation Neural Network Technology 2017-03-20T09:07:57Z brainchip-advances-its-position-as-a-leading-artificial-intelligence-provider-with-an-exclusive-license-for-next-generation-neural-network-technology Highlights: - Agreement with Toulouse Tech Transfer and the CERCO research centre, to license the exclusive rights to the JAST learning rules. - JAST technology will be implemented on BrainChip’s proprietary SNAP technology. - License further solidifies BrainChip’s position as a leader in the field of Neural Networking and Artificial Intelligence technology and solutions. BrainChip Holdings Ltd. (ASX: BRN), (“BrainChip” or the “Company”), is a leading developer of software and hardware accelerated solutions for Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications. The Company has developed a revolutionary new Spiking Neuron Adaptive Processor (SNAP) technology that can learn autonomously, evolve and associate information just like the human brain. The technology, which is proprietary, is fast, completely digital, and consumes very low power. Target markets include Civil and Commercial Surveillance as well as Machine Learning. Today, BrainChip announced that it has signed an agreement with French-based technology transfer company Toulouse Tech Transfer, to license the exclusive rights to the JAST learning rules and algorithms developed by CERCO (Brain and Cognition Research Center), a preeminent public research lab based in Toulouse, France. The groundbreaking JAST technology significantly enhances the Company’s existing neural network design and will be implemented on the Company’s proprietary Spiking Neural Adaptive Processor (SNAP). The addition of the JAST technology to the SNAP processor enables BrainChip to offer a compact, and easy to use commercial alternative to GPU processors for visual analytics. The license provides the Company significant improvements over existing deep learning designs. These benefits will allow BrainChip customers to reduce development cycles and significantly improve their time-to-market with new products. BrainChip President and CEO Louis DiNardo commented, “BrainChip has developed a suite of software and hardware products to support a wide range of applications and customer requirements. The JAST technology adds to our offering of SNvision, a software solution that runs on any Windows platform and our hardware solution, SNAPvision, that will be available in the third quarter of 2017. SNAPvision will implement existing learning rules and algorithms on a Field Programmable Gate Array (FPGA). The SNAPvision product can process a significantly larger number of video streams than the existing SNvision software only solution and will provide end-users with a wide range of analytics. The ability to learn on the device, and at near instant speeds sets our technology apart from other solutions that require long training cycles. The JAST learning rules will provide an exciting enhancement to our existing product offerings.” Toulouse Tech Transfer president and CEO Pierre Dufresne adds, “the JAST technology, a new unsupervised learning algorithm developed by Simon Thorpe and his team at CERCO, is a complementary approach to the traditional deep learning techniques. We believe that our alliance with BrainChip and its French subsidiary Spikenet Technology will enable a wide range of breakthrough applications. This illustrates the dynamism of our region in the AI field.”. The terms of the exclusive license have not been disclosed but costs related to the transaction in 2017 are expected to be immaterial relative to the Company’s total expenses. About BrainChip Holdings Ltd (ASX:BRN) BrainChip is a leading provider of software and hardware accelerated solutions for Advanced Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning applications. The Company’s Spiking Neural Adaptive Processor (SNAP) can learn autonomously with a small sample set and provide real-time information, data analytics and knowledge in image and video processing applications, high frequency data streams for financial analysis and event, speech, and speaker recognition from audio sources. BrainChip’s SNAP technology can quickly learn, recognise, and track events in real time from multiple sources and identify repeating patterns in complex data streams. The Company currently provides software and hardware accelerated solutions that address high-performance requirements in Civil Surveillance, Facial Recognition, and Visual Inspection systems. Future solutions include audio analytics and deep learning for financial and other data intensive applications. www.brainchipinc.com. About Toulouse Tech Transfer Toulouse Tech Transfer is a technology transfer company and its core business is to invest in technology maturing programs based on public research results, which covers intellectual property and legal issues, marketing and technical operations. Toulouse Tech Transfer also acts as a service company for academia providing consultancy and training in areas such as technology transfer and IP. About CERCO The Brain and Cognition Research Center (Centre de Recherche Cerveau et Cognition - CERCO) in Toulouse, France is a research unit belonging to the CNRS and the Université Paul Sabatier. It has around 100 members, including 35 permanent researchers and support staff, working on the brain mechanisms underlying a wide range of cognitive functions, including visual and auditory perception, attention, memory, motor control and higher mental states including consciousness. Company Contact:Cossette DrosslerVP Finance and Administration+1 (949) 330-6754 Media Contact:Ben GrubbMedia and Capital Partnersben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au+61 414 197 508 Investor Relations Contact (US):Laura Guerrant-OiyePrincipalGuerrant Associates+1 (808) 960-2642lguerrant@guerrantir.com Investor Relations Contact (Australia):Gabriella HoldAccount DirectorMedia and Capital Partnersgabriella.hold@mcpartners.com.au+61 411 364 382 Sky & Space Global agreement signed with major South American telco provider 2017-03-13T00:34:51Z sky-amp-space-global-agreement-signed-with-major-south-american-telco-provider Highlights - Memorandum of Understanding signed with Globalsat Group LLC to jointly explore the provision of SAS’s narrow-band communication services to Globalsat end-users- Globalsat provides Mobile Satellite Services, with a strong local presence across the major markets in South and Latin America - Key outcome of the MOU is to establish a commercial agreement for the bandwidth provided by SAS’s narrow-band satellite communication services to Globalsat end-user customers - Parties to perform a commercial demonstration of the services during H2 2017 in South and Latin America following the successful launch of the 3 Diamonds - Globalsat Group sees potential in the Sky and Space Global system as a way to expand M2M / IoT beyond current use of traditional satellite technology - The MOU represents the Company’s first entry into the large equatorial markets across South and Latin AmericaProvides material validation from a leading South American communications provider Sky and Space Global Ltd (ASX: SAS, “Sky and Space Global” or the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it has signed a non-binding Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with Globalsat Group LLC to explore a commercial and technical collaboration to provide SAS’s narrow-band satellite communication services to end-users of Globalsat Group’s services in South and Latin America. A key plank of the MOU is for the parties to establish a commercial agreement for the bandwidth provided by SAS’s narrow-band satellite communication services to Globalsat end-user customers. Under the terms of the agreement, the parties will first work towards performing a commercial demonstration of the services during H2 2017 in South and Latin America. Globalsat is an American company that provides Mobile Satellite Services (MSS) through its strong local presence in the United States, Argentina, Bolivia, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Columbia, Peru and Mexico, as well as distributors in major South and Latin American cities. End-users of Globalsat’s services include thousands of customers across sectors such as Defence, Government, Utilities, Oil & Gas, Mining, Banking, Media, Agriculture, Non-Government Organisations and Tourism. The MOU represents Sky and Space Global’s first entry into the large equatorial South and Latin American market as well as providing strong customer validation from a leading South and Latin American communications provider. The MOU will be executed with a view to establishing a commercial agreement for the bandwidth provided by SAS’s narrow-band satellite communication services to Globalsat Group end-user customers, further de-risking the Company’s 3 Diamonds nano-satellite communications offering. The Company is set to imminently launch its 3 Diamonds nano-satellites aboard the Indian Space Research Organisation’s (ISRO) Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV) in Q2 2017. Following the successful demonstration of the 3 Diamonds, the Company intends to launch an equatorial constellation of up to 200 nano-satellites from mid-2018. As announced on 1 March 2017, SAS has selected GomSpace ApS as its construction partner for the constellation. Sky and Space Global’s CEO, Mr. Meir Moalem said: “We look forward to working together and collaborating with Globalsat with a view to establish a commercial agreement to provide Sky and Space Global’s narrow-band satellite communication services to Globalsat end-users across South and Latin America. Being able to collaborate with an industry leader such as Globalsat at this early stage puts us ahead of the curve for building and executing commercial relationships in these key target markets.” Globalsat Group CEO, Mr. J. Alberto Palacios said: “We welcome the opportunity explore commercial arrangements with Sky and Space Global, an innovative company with a leading edge nano-satellite offering that has the potential to bring affordable communications coverage in countries where we have local presence. Sky and Space Global’s technology could be transformative for worldwide M2M / IoT. By lowering the cost of network operations and terminal equipment, the Sky and Space Global System can allow services to be offered where it is currently not cost-effective using other systems. We are excited to take part in this collaboration.” --Ends-- For further information, please contact: MediaBen Grubb Media & Capital PartnersP: +61 414 197 508E: ben.grubb@mcpartners.com.auSky and Space Global LtdBrett MitchellExecutive Director - AustraliaP: +61 8 9389 2000E: brett@skyandspace.global About Sky and Space Global Ltd World Experts and Highly Disruptive Business Plan Sky and Space Global Ltd owns 100% of Sky and Space Global (UK) Limited, a UK incorporated company with European and Israeli centres of Aerospace, Satellite and Software Industry Experts, plans to deploy nano-satellites constellations in orbit to provide global communication infrastructure and services to the telecommunications and international transport industries. The Company is currently fully funded beyond the Q2 2017 launch of its “3 Diamonds” pilot network with the Indian Space Research Organization, following the completion of the Company’s recent capital raising. The core Sky and Space Global business is to construct a communications infrastructure based on nano-satellite technology and develop the highly complex and sophisticated software systems that will deploy, maintain orbit control and handle communication code between each of the nano-satellites to give a global coverage. Sky and Space Global aims to provide low cost, nano-satellite communication coverage on an anywhere to everywhere base with relatively low maintenance costs. Due to the experience and expertise of the founders in the aerospace industry, the business will be able to develop with inherent upgrading capabilities within short intervals, utilising their unique IP-nanosat software protocols. About Globalsat Group LLC Globalsat Group is the first multi-entity Pan-American mobile satellite service (MSS) provider and an industry leader delivering standard voice and data, M2M / IoT, software and hardware in the region since 1999. With offices in the United States, Bolivia, Brazil, Chile, Colombia, Peru, Argentina and Mexico as well as distributors in the region’s most important cities, the company is in charge of providing satellite telecommunications solutions for thousands of customers through a flexible organisational structure, powered by extensive and specific expertise in multiple vertical sectors such as energy, government, defence, media, mining, banking, agriculture, NGOs and tourism. Most clients use these services in mission critical applications where infrastructure or lives are at stake, under extreme conditions or exceptional circumstances, when or where other means of communications cannot operate. Globalsat Group has received the “2016 Latin America Satellite Communications Company of the Year” Award from the highly recognised international consulting firm Frost & Sullivan. DNA Sampling for the dead 2017-03-12T22:54:04Z dna-sampling-for-the-dead A leading Sydney based funeral company has recently introduced for the first time in Australia, DNA sampling for the dead. The idea started, when stories emerged about family history of medical conditions, namely generations dying of the same disease. The spokesperson for the funeral company says: " never before has there been a better opportunity to collect this information, especially for families who have a history of complaints or diseases. We believe we can help people to better understand this, by taking a sample of the body before burial or cremation". The simple practice of a funeral has changed over the years,  creating  more options for families at their time of need can only be a benefit to society. The Genetic Testing Laboratories Expands Portfolio of Clinical Tests 2017-03-08T11:36:31Z the-genetic-testing-laboratories-expands-portfolio-of-clinical-tests Springwood- Queensland – 08/03/17 -Australia based genetic testing company The Genetic Testing Laboratories (also known as GTL Australia) has launched a new range of clinical DNA tests to its existing portfolio in partnership with a leading genetic laboratory in Australia. The company has recently introduced a blood based Allergy test, which analyses various allergy panels and measures the levels of the allergy antibody IgE in response to the allergens tested. GTL Australia has also launched Pharmacogenomic testing, a cutting edge-test which tests an individual’s gene response to certain drug classes as well as an Inherited Disease Panel which covers a person’s genetic predisposition to over 700 diseases. The latest addition to the portfolio is the Post Natal Test which establishes a baby’s risk for 50 inherited disorders and includes information regarding the baby’s ability of metabolizes 20 different drugs. Commenting on this significant venture, GTL’s sales and marketing manager states that “we believe clinical testing and personalized medicine are what medicine and health care is moving towards. The gradual paradigm shift is becoming more obvious with the growing requests we get not only from individuals, but also from doctors and clinics who wish to better advise, treat, prevent and guide their patients through access to various clinical tests such as gluten testing or pharmacogenomic testing.” The Genetic Testing Laboratories notes that is only offers its portfolio of tests following Australian guidelines “the tests must be ordered by a doctor and results sent to doctor. The client can then discuss their results with the doctor. With an ever-growing demand for patient satisfaction, effective treatments and positive outcomes, the company foresees an evolution in the field of clinical tests which will become an integral part of detecting, managing and preventing diseases and illnesses. The company also notes how it is not only the private medical and health sector that can benefit from these tests but public hospitals and other state run health care entities which should seek collaborations with private companies and laboratories that offer these tests because “clinical tests can potentially save millions of dollars and reduce pressure on the public health service which is already under strain in many countries. Having access to such targeted treatments, based on the results of genetic testing, can avoid use of ineffective drugs, over or under prescribing, which amongst many other related issues, just increase the tab on public health care spending” About GTL The Genetic Testing Laboratories offers health, clinical relationship as well as parentage testing services. It is one of the leading companies in Australia, with offices in countries including the United Kingdom. Ground-breaking new study doubles the estimate of our functional genes 2017-03-02T06:37:06Z ground-breaking-new-study-doubles-the-estimate-of-our-functional-genes A landmark study mapping a poorly understood and highly controversial class of genes, known as long non-coding RNAs, has found evidence of evolutionary selection and links with major diseases, including cancer. The findings, published in Nature today, were the latest work of the FANTOM5 consortium, a group of researchers from Japan and Australia led by Professor Alistair Forrest from the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and The University of Western Australia. The work involved generating a comprehensive atlas of 27,919 long non-coding RNAs and summarised, for the first time, their expression patterns across the major human cell types and tissues. By intersecting this atlas with genomic and genetic data, their results suggest that 19,175 of these RNAs might be functional, hinting that there could be as many, or even more, functional non-coding RNAs than the approximately 20,000 protein-coding genes in the human genome. “There is strong debate in the scientific community on whether the thousands of long non-coding RNAs generated from our genomes are functional or simply by-products of a noisy transcriptional machinery.” says Professor Forrest. “By integrating the improved gene models with data from gene expression, evolutionary conservation and genetic studies, we find compelling evidence that the majority of these long non-coding RNAs appear to be functional, and for nearly 2,000 of them we reveal their potential involvement in many genetic traits including predisposition to heart disease, obesity, depression, autoimmunity and various cancers.” Professor Forrest who heads a laboratory at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research and The University of Western Australia and A/Professor Timo Lassmann (a co-author on the paper) at the Telethon Kids Institute both relocated from RIKEN Japan and maintain strong links there as visiting scientists. The importance of such international links were acknowledged recently with the FANTOM5 team being awarded the 2016 Eureka Scopus prize for Excellence in International Scientific Collaboration.    Professor Forrest who is funded by the Perth based Cancer Research Trust (CRT) and by funds raised by the annual MACA Ride to Conquer Cancer said, “It is a very tough time for Australian medical researchers. Funding is at record low levels and many highly talented researchers are in despair; quitting science or heading overseas. Philanthropic funding from groups like the CRT and the ride are becoming key to the survival of medical research in Australia.” Other Australian based authors in the Nature paper were Dr Alison Testa at the Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research; Dr Dave Tang at the Telethon Kids Institute and Professor Christine Wells at the Tty of Melbourne.