The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-21T05:10:09Z 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 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). 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 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). 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. 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). 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. MUN Australia announces new addition to GloveOn® Product Range 2017-03-01T06:27:45Z -338 Sydney, Australia, March 1st, 2017 – MUN Australia announced today the launch of their first gauntlet cuff glove, GloveOn® Alexa, to join their existing nitrile product range.  David Teng, Director of MUN Australia, stated "We are excited to be introducing a glove that meets the high demand of healthcare professionals, who require additional protection in their line of work. GloveOn® Alexa is a powerful addition to our nitrile range, and definitely an opportunity worth investing in for our customers". The gauntlet cuff length is ideal for midwives performing non-invasive procedures, veterinarians responsible for examining and handling animals in clinics, CSSD technicians in charge of cleaning medical equipment and pest control experts exposed to pesticides. GloveOn® Alexa is HACCP certified which makes it ideal for use by food handlers and processors, and complies with Australia and New Zealand standards (AS/NZS 4011.1:2014).  About MUN / Hartalega  Our parent company, Hartalega, is one of the world largest exam gloves manufacturers, which was founded in 1988 with the vision to produce the best quality gloves across the globe. With head offices located in Australia, The United States, Malaysia, China and India, MUN is dedicated to growing this vision to become the brand leader for premium healthcare products that enhance peoples' care, wellbeing and welfare around the world. Every GloveOn® product is created with superior precision, reliability, integrity and quality. Our gloves exceed numerous international standards, including AS/NZS, ASTM, EN and ISO, and are TGA compliant. For more information on MUN, visit the company's website at http://www.munglobal.com.  Tech21 brings parents unlimited fun family time with Evo Play 2017-02-21T02:20:13Z tech21-brings-parents-unlimited-fun-family-time-with-evo-play SYDNEY, 21 February, 2017 – Tech21, the leader in impact protection for mobile devices has launched its new range of cases for the iPad in Australia: Evo Play. “Kids + iPads” isn’t always the safest pairing if your iPad isn’t protected, but it can certainly be one of the most fun for inquisitive minds. Whether it’s watching the latest episode of Peppa Pig or navigating through the back garden jungle discovering new wildlife, iPads can open up a world of exploration, but more often than not, a small chip here or a little crack there means that fun can be cut short. Prolong the play time and keep that shiny new look and feel to your iPad even when little fingers have put it through its paces thanks to tech21’s new iPad case, Evo Play. This comfortable and lightweight case has been designed to offer unbeatable drop protection from up to two metres, and with its iconic design, vibrant colours and handy multi-use handle, this case will remove any glimmer of fear you had in handing over your iPad to your children. This case is constructed almost entirely from tech21’s unique material, FlexShock™ Foam, meaning all sides and surfaces are protected from drops as the material moulds snugly to your iPad. Better still, the case is entirely dishwasher safe, so it’s easy to keep clean, and when it’s on your iPad, its sealed outer shell is abrasion/bite resistant, preventing any bacteria from getting in under the surface. “We’ve designed the all-new Evo Play with kids in mind. We know children love to learn, play and explore, and we recognise iPads are a great way for them to do this. However, they may not love your precious iPad back, so Evo Play is there for you,” comments Jason Roberts, CEO, tech21. “Evo Play is lightweight and comfortable for little hands to hold, yet strong enough to keep your iPad safe from tumbles and drops.” Evo Play is available in pink/purple and blue/green colours from tech21.com, RRP $79.95 for Apple iPad mini, mini 2, mini 3 & mini 4, and RRP $109.95 for Apple iPad Air 2. Much like all of tech21’s products, Evo Play comes with a simple promise: it’s rigorously tested to work harmoniously with your iPad. Like the technology it’s designed to protect, it uses the latest science, ingenious design and unbeatable user-friendliness to make advanced impact protection possible. Tech21 calls it ‘Protection Made Intelligent’. ### For further information, questions, or cases for review, please contact: Jim Barker, tech21/Poem Phone: +61 418 163 770 Email: jim@poemgroup.com.au High-res images: Download here About tech21 Since 2005, tech21 has been developing the most advanced, scientifically proven cases and screen shields for mobile, tablet and laptop devices worldwide. Tech21 combines science, engineering and British design to create products that address three core consumer benefits: style, protection and performance. As the brand evolves to continue meeting the needs of its consumers, tech21 has developed the most advanced impact protection material on the market – FlexShock™. The ultra-thin and lightweight material absorbs and dissipates force and can withstand drops up to 4 metres. In addition tech21 puts all its products through a rigorous testing program, and in an industry first has partnered with the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) to develop its testing methodology. This ensures that the tests tech21 products have to pass are overseen by independent experts. Tech21 is the number one case brand in the UK. For more information, visit tech21.com.