The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-26T02:21:04Z New Areas of Growth in Western Australia 2017-04-26T02:21:04Z new-areas-of-growth-in-western-australia-1 Western Australia is looking to new areas of growth in key sectors such as agriculture, technology and tourism as the economy transitions from predominately resource driven investment. The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference hosts a panel discussion on the recent decline of the resources boom and emerging opportunities in other industries. Sectors that have potential to grow and strengthen the state’s economy include tourism, infrastructure and agriculture. President of the Royal Agricultural Society of WA, Rob Wilson, joins the panel to share his expertise and explore innovations in the agriculture sector.  WA Chamber of Commerce & Industry, Chief Economist Rick Newnham will also deliver a presentation at the Conference on the significant challenges and new opportunities available to Western Australia in the wake of the post-mining boom. The growth in Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) exports across WA has surged, with three projects underway in Prelude, Wheatstone and Ichthys, off the north coast of WA. Over $200 billion is already invested in liquefied natural gas (LNG) projects in Australia and the value of exports is forecast to increase by 41% in 2016-2017. Exports in 2016 reached 36.8 million tonnes, a 37.7 per cent increase on the 26.7 recorded in the previous year, the report found. National Oil and Gas Leader at Deloitte, Bernadette Cullinane, will discuss the associated challenges and opportunities at the WA Major Projects Conference. WA has retained its title as the top state for production, attracting 65 per cent of the nation’s total mineral exploration expenditure mainly due to increases from major commodities such as iron ore, gold and petroleum products. While resources remain weak, commercial construction activity across the state is set to ramp up within the next year with an estimated increase of up to 40% in commercial projects due to start, including works on the Forrestfield Airport link, shopping centres and apartment towers. According to economist John Nicolaou, Director of ACIL Allen Consulting, 30 000 new construction jobs could be in the cards as works begin. After the resources downturn, this is a much needed boost for WA. Nicolaou will be discussing challenges associated with funding and planning models the Western Australian government can use to improve vital infrastructure projects in the face of a weakening capacity to fund them, including alternatives such as user-pays, public-private partnership and privatisation.   The 8th Annual WA Major Projects Conference is taking place on the 20th- 21st of June at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar.   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. IFS releases IoT-enabled field service management 2017-04-20T04:23:31Z ifs-releases-iot-enabled-field-service-management Melbourne, Australia – 20 April 2017: IFS, the global enterprise applications company, announces major updates to its IFS Field Service Management product. The latest version of IFS Field Service Management (5.7) is available now and includes a number of enhancements including: Embedded IoT capabilities – The new version offers embedded integration with the IFS IoT Business Connector, enabling companies to leverage the Internet of Things (IoT) to analyse data from connected machines and devices and automatically turn the information into immediate and predictive actions that drive service level improvements and cost savings. Improved user experience – The visual identity of the solution has been completely refreshed to offer users a modern and intuitive work environment, along with further use of IFS Lobby to visualise real-time operational data. The new user interface promotes enhanced usability, extended configurability options, improved workflows and offers standard integration with Micosoft Skype for Business. Enhanced functionality – Continued investment has been undertaken in support of mobile workforces, including enhancements to shipping, stock management, purchasing, service bills of material, and maintaining product structures from the field. In addition, a number of dedicated workflows have been added including support for pooled/team tasks and quotes in mobile for parts, goods, and services. Intelligent Field Service – Significant focus has been placed on increasing the intelligence offered by the solution—from automating work status via geocoding and intelligent, automated task and solution identification to automated activity feeds of timely, relevant information throughout the service delivery process. Evergreen field service management – New in IFS Field Service Management 5.7 is a support model based on quarterly updates of the software. Eliminating the need for implementing service packs, updates are distributed regularly, making sure customers benefit from the very latest product enhancements faster and at a lower cost. In addition, a number of enhancements have been made to further reduce the total cost of ownership for customers. “Technology change impacts nearly every business process including field service management, and IFS leads in adoption,” commented Ralph Rio, Vice President Enterprise Software, ARC Advisory Group. He continued, “IFS FSM provides a comprehensive set of functions for optimising resources along the service lifecycle. With IFS FSM 5.7, adding IoT allows field service organisations to become proactive and predictive by identifying equipment issues and mitigating the problem before it cascades into dreaded unplanned failure that impacts business performance and safety.” Mark Brewer, IFS industry director for service, said, “We are very excited about the launch of the new version, which we feel further reinforces our claim to the market’s most complete, connected field service lifecycle solution. Service is an area where companies can realise real value from IoT and by embedding the IFS IoT Business Connector into the application, we are unlocking a new realm of possibilities for our customers in terms of predictive and optimised service management. With field service management as a strategic investment area, we look forward to continuing our journey of innovation and to help our customers capitalise on the very latest technologies.” To learn more about how IFS is helping service-focused organisations, please visit: www.ifsworld.com/corp/industries/service-providers/. About IFS IFS™ develops and delivers enterprise software for customers around the world who manufacture and distribute goods, maintain assets, and manage service-focused operations. The industry expertise of our people and solutions, together with commitment to our customers, has made us a recognised leader and the most recommended supplier in our sector. Our team of 3,300 employees supports more than one million users worldwide from a network of local offices and through our growing ecosystem of partners. For more information, visit: IFSworld.com Follow us on Twitter: @ifsworld Visit the IFS Blogs on technology, innovation and creativity: http://blogs.ifsworld.com Brisbane Front and Centre of Queensland Transport Projects 2017-04-19T04:48:34Z brisbane-front-and-centre-of-queensland-transport-projects The Brisbane Metro Subway System is one of Brisbane’s most significant public transport projects. Brisbane City Council has announced plans for the Brisbane Metro upgrades in 2016. The Metro has been conceived as a high frequency, rapid transport connection designed to address the current challenges facing Brisbane's bus network which has reached capacity at many inner city locations. Improvements to the service are expected to cut travel times, reduce Central Business District bus congestion and free-up buses to provide more services in the suburbs. The project will use existing Inner Northern and South East busway infrastructure as well as dedicated roads and tunnels to avoid road network congestion. The seven kilometre route will run from Woolloongabba to Herston, with stops at Mater Hill, South Bank, connecting to a new underground station at Cultural Centre, continuing over Victoria Bridge and into a new underground portal at Adelaide Street linking with the King George Square, Roma Street, Normanby and QUT Kelvin Grove stations. The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference will profile the Brisbane Metro Subway System project as well as a whole host of initiatives across the State to bolster infrastructure networks. Alongside public transport infrastructure works underway, connected transport is emerging as a strong market trend in Brisbane’s infrastructure future. One innovative approach to better investment in road infrastructure is the CSIRO’s Transport Network Strategic Investment Tool (TraNSIT), designed to better inform investment in roads. TraNSIT analyses transport logistics costs and benefits to give a holistic view of infrastructure investments and regulatory changes in agriculture and forestry supply chains. Through an initiative in the Agricultural Competitiveness White Paper, TraNSIT has now been set up for 98% of all Australian agriculture transported between farms, storage, processing, ports and domestic markets. CSIRO Land and Water Principal Research Scientist Andrew Higgins will profile applications to the $100 million Northern Australian Beef Roads Programme in 2016 and to other infrastructure investments across Australia. Building Queensland Chief Executive Officer Damian Gould will discuss the Townsville Eastern Access Rail Corridor (TEARC) project which aims to transform Townsville into a central transport and logistics hub in Queensland. The proposed rail freight line would connect the North Coast rail line directly into the Port of Townsville. The rail corridor would create capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mt Isa rail system and a critical link between the mines in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and the Port. Benefits of the project include allowing 1.4 km long trains to access the Port of Townsville and creating capacity for the growing tonnage demand on the Mt Isa rail system, a critical link between the mines in the North West Queensland Minerals Province and the Port. It will also improve traffic flow in the city centre by reducing the number of freight trains that use the current line. The project would also create up to 300 new jobs in the rail construction phase. The project will aid Queensland’s economy to become more competitive by unlocking trade opportunities. The project will enhance regional development as well as state and national economic prosperity by effectively moving increasing volumes of primarily export freight. Moreover, the corridor would eliminate supply chain constraints and bottlenecks affecting Australia’s ability to expand its productive capacity. It will effectively manage community amenity, safety, sustainability and congestion-related conflicts and impacts associated with future increases in rail freight moving through the Townsville urban area. Finally, it will protect freight corridors for current and future uses. The $512 million Logan Enhancement Project is the first private sector proposal to be assessed and approved under the Queensland Government’s Market-Led Proposal process. The project will see the delivery of major upgrades to parts of the Logan and Gateway Extension motorways, including the elimination of key congestion points and the addition of new south-facing ramps at Compton Road. Transurban Project Director Andrew Baker is appearing at the Conference to discuss the project which is set to reduce congestion, improve travel time, accommodate future growth and enhance connectivity. In a presentation at the Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference, Queensland University of Technology Associate Professor Michael Milford interrogates the future of self-driving cars and the artificial intelligence behind them, examining the widespread interest and investments in this new, smart technology. The idea of extensive use of self-driving vehicles presents an unprecedented disruptive challenge for industry, government and society as a whole. A diverse range of technological approaches have been proposed as solutions, many of which have drastically different effects on how all sectors of society will experience an impact. Milford will present an overview of the various technological components of self-driving cars and the artificial intelligence driving many of the leading approaches. The 8th Annual Queensland Transport Infrastructure Conference 2017 will take place on the 23-24th May at the Brisbane Exhibition and Convention Centre.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com   Immediate Traction Achieved In US Frozen Yoghurt Market Successful Trial Leads To New Segment Rollout of Algo 2017-04-17T20:55:06Z immediate-traction-achieved-in-us-frozen-yoghurt-market-successful-trial-leads-to-new-segment-rollout-of-algo Highlights  - New York franchisee of 16 Handles concluded its trial of the Algo System early and immediately decided to commence commercial rollout due to stronger than expected results. -Algo System will now be installed into New York based franchisee NYC-FROYO’s remaining 4 frozen yoghurt stores and the Company will pursue further agreements with other 16 Handles franchisee’s whom collectively have approximately 40 stores. - The frozen yoghurt market in the US has annual revenues of approximately US$2 billion and 3,000 stores  across the US. Dragontail Systems Limited (ASX: DTS, the “Company”) is pleased to announce that it will progress to a commercial rollout of the Algo System to New York based 16 Handles franchisee, NYC-FROYO following a successful trial. The trial period, which was initially set for three months, has been concluded before the trial was complete due to immediate results  and Dragontail and NYC-FROYO will now progress to commercial rollout to its four 16 Handles branded frozen yoghurt stores, located in New York City. The success of the trial is a significant milestone for the Company as they look to expand the use of the Algo System into the fast-growing frozen yoghurt segment and the US quick service restaurant sector.  "As soon as the trial commenced we saw immediate and outstanding benefits from the Algo System in terms of increasing the efficiency of our operation and improving the average delivery times and as a result we decided to progress to a rollout to all of our stores before the trial had concluded," said 16 Handles Franchisee Director of Operations Christopher Ballerini.  Dragontail CEO Ido Levanon added, “To have a customer decide to move to a commercial rollout even before the trial period has concluded is great validation for our technology. Negotiations have already begun with other 16 Handles franchise owners off the back of this successful trial and we aim to generate similar agreements with other franchisees as well as across the broader frozen yoghurt market in the US.”  Dragontail will now target other stores in the 16 Handles network as well as other players in the frozen yoghurt industry. The frozen yoghurt market has experienced rapid growth over recent years with an annual growth rate of 11.6% between 2011 and 2016 and generating annual revenue of US$2 billion. Company Secretary:Deborah Hodeborah@tridentms.com.au+61 8 6211 5099 Media Enquiries: Ben GrubbMedia and Capital Partnersben.grubb@mcpartners.com.au+61 414 197 508 About Dragontail Systems  Dragontail is revolutionising the Quick Service Restaurant (QSR) industry with its Algo System, which uses a sophisticated patented algorithm to optimise and manage the entire food preparation process from order to delivery. The Algo is the first system in the world to fully automate and streamline the kitchen flow to deliver immediate and significant returns on investment to fast food and quick service restaurants. The Algo is setting a new standard for the global industry with a number of chains, such as Pizza Hut in North America and Israel, and a large Israeli burger chain already using the system. Infrastructure and Disruptive Technology Gamechanger for SA’s Economy 2017-04-11T00:05:22Z infrastructure-and-disruptive-technology-gamechanger-for-sa-s-economy The 10th Annual South Australian Major Projects Conference is taking place in Adelaide this year as South Australia focuses on investing in key infrastructure projects in order to boost employment and the economy as a whole. The government is investing $12.1 billion on public infrastructure projects this year with the City of Adelaide under­taking a number of infrastructure, public transport and expansion projects that will increase the liveability of the city. Major new projects underway include the Adelaide Airport expansion, implementing driverless car technology and creating a 10 Gigabit City Network for Adelaide. The Adelaide Airport will be revitalised with a $50 million, 165-room hotel expansion, creating approximately 350 jobs during construction. The seven-storey development is one among several expansions planned for the airport as detailed in an airport masterplan released in 2014. By 2044 the terminal’s size is expected to triple and several multistorey office buildings are to be added in a new business area. These developments will further enhance Adelaide Airport’s standing as a major infrastructure and economic asset in South Australia. Driverless car technology could transform the South Australian economy in the wake of a break from traditional car manufacturing, with the state government set to invest $10 million in grants on the technology over the next three years. This boost hopes to attract researchers and manufacturers, creating extra incentives for autonomous technology producers to bring their business to Adelaide. To facilitate the rise of rapidly growing disruptive technology, South Australia has enabled driverless vehicle trials earlier this year through new road laws. With the industry expected to be worth $90 billion globally by 2030, driverless cars are expected to deliver huge benefits to South Australia's roads and economy. Adelaide will offer ultra-fast internet speeds of up to 10-gigabits-per-second across key innovation precincts in its bid to become a “smart” Gig City in Australia. The city is now overseeing plans to build a fibre network that by 2022 may be capable of delivering the fastest internet in Australia which will eradicate the barriers and distance between large urban centres and regional cities. The ambitious plan envisions Adelaide as a playground for entrepreneurs and innovator, who will drive economic expansion, create new employment opportunities and futureproof South Australia against the rapid onslaught of changes in an ever evolving shared economy. With South Australia shaping up as a site of grand scale projects in years to come, the 10th Annual South Australian Major Projects Conference will be a source of expert discussion, presentations and rich networking opportunities. The Conference will be held at the Adelaide Convention and Exhibition Centre July 25th-July 26th.   About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com Victorian Infrastructure Projects and Priorities 2017-04-04T06:59:00Z victorian-infrastructure-projects-and-priorities The 9th Annual Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference profiled leading projects across the State at Melbourne's Convention & Exhibition Centre last week. Infrastructure Victoria’s Chief Executive Officer, Michel Masson took the stage to discuss the State’s 30-year infrastructure strategy. Masson emphasised that consultancy from the general public played a major role in the report. He also emphasised the importance of investigating the best ways to make the most of existing assets. Speaking as part of a panel discussion on the Infrastructure Priorities, Masson said, “We have to stop being obsessed with new toys, new everything, and make the most of what we do have”. Addressing the idea of integrating transport infrastructure planning into a broader community master plan, Partner in Projects and Infrastructure at Mills Oakley, Zac Kerr said that forums such as the Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference were “helpful in laying out how everything fits into the mix”.  The Metro Tunnel project is a response to population growth and city sprawl, says Melbourne Metro Rail Authority’s Chief Executive Officer, Evan Tattersall. Demand on Melbourne’s rail network has increased exponentially with strong patronage growth, driven by dynamics such as congestion and the need for connectivity between infrastructure hubs. Giving an update on Southern Cross Station, Matthew Howe is the General Manager at Southern Cross Station, Assetco Management. Howe believes the station is fundamental to what makes Melbourne a liveable city and in ten years is expected to be at the centre of the CBD as movement shifts west. The sustainability of the station as an asset to Victoria, and its ability to perform, not disrupting commuter’s journeys and enabling them to travel efficiently and easily, is crucial in planning for the future. Fisherman’s Bend Taskforce General Manger, Geoff Ward, spoke about the Fishermans Bend project as a major reason the CBD was shifting to the West. Unlike other urban renewal areas, Fishermans Bend is not owned by the government but rather by over 300 individual landowners, with a stake of only 10% held by the government. Transport in the peninsula is unique too, with bridges playing an essential role in moving people and freight. KPMG Australia Advisory Director Praveen Thakur, speaking on the future of autonomous vehicles, said that autonomous vehicles for mass consumption would be available soon and that we must encourage the transition from private ownership of vehicles to ride sharing through reform. “The infrastructure that we build now must be resilient for the future and not become redundant in the face of technological changes”, said Thakur, highlighting the pivotal need to put in place flexible and adaptable infrastructure that does not become rapidly obsolete.   The 9th Annual Victorian Transport Infrastructure Conference was an immersive two day experience which included keynote presentations and Q&As offering unrivalled networking and learning experiences. About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com     Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd. Announces Appointment of Atsushi Konishi as Managing Director 2017-04-03T23:52:44Z hitachi-australia-pty-ltd-announces-appointment-of-atsushi-konishi-as-managing-director-1 Sydney, April 4, 2017 – Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd. has announced the appointment of Mr. Atsushi Konishi as Managing Director. Mr. Konishi succeeds Mr. Hitoshi Ishihara, who has served as Managing Director since March 1, 2010. Mr. Ishihara will assume an advisory role for Hitachi, Ltd. in Japan, where he will focus on the APAC region. Both appointments are effective April 1, 2017. Mr. Konishi started his career at Hitachi in 1981 in the company’s International Sales Division. Most recently, he served as General Manager of the company’s Global Sales Operations Division, Hitachi, Ltd. Power Business. “We are delighted that Mr. Konishi will join the Australian business. Over the course of his 36 year career with the Hitachi Group, Mr. Konishi has held various managerial positions, and has accumulated extensive experience in the areas of power and infrastructure systems,” said Deputy Managing Director of Hitachi Australia, Mr. Anand Singh. “Mr. Konishi has undertaken assignments in Singapore and the Middle East, and he also led the International Strategy Division where he was responsible for Asia, China and Australia’s business strategies,” said Mr. Singh. In serving as Managing Director of Hitachi Australia Pty. Ltd, the regional headquarters of Hitachi Ltd., Mr. Konishi will oversee all of Hitachi’s initiatives in the region including its Social Innovation Business — which the company is committing $1.25 billion AUD towards by FY2020. “I am honoured to assume the position of Managing Director in Australia and lead my team in achieving growth for the company’s businesses within key Australian industries,including mining, transportation, healthcare, public safety, and agriculture,” said Mr. Konishi.    “The opportunity to expand Hitachi’s Social Innovation Business by leveraging the company’s vast and unique OT and IT expertise is enormous. It is a very exciting time for the company, particularly with the advent of our R&D activities in the region coupled with our efforts in the primary sector.” “I am also looking forward to working with Hitachi Australia’s talented team in what is a mature market,” said Mr. Konishi. - ends - About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totalled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.  GPSengine partners up with Jointech 2017-03-27T03:04:23Z gpsengine-partners-up-with-jointech GPSengine a leading hosted platform service provider in GNSS, Telematics, IoT and Tracking announced today that Jointech is an official Platform Connect partner. With support built into Platform Connect for Jointech's tracking devices, customers have the opportunity to take advantage of these combined offerings to meet their fleet tracking solution needs. With a focus on personal tracking, vehicle and fleet tracking, combined with almost nine years of research, design and tracking device manufacturer, Jointech have a device for a majority of customer and industry needs. About Platform Connect Platform Connect is a hosted platform service that receives, processes and stores information from GNSS, IoT’s, devices, sensors, applications and third party services. About GPSengine Based in Brisbane, Australia, GPSengine specialises in tracking, GNSS, and IoT platforms.  Recognised globally for innovation and quality, the GPSengine platforms are the result of more than 10 years working in the telematics space. With platforms catering to enterprise, GNSS, fleets, tracking, business, consumer, IoT and with support for an easy-to-skin, customisable white label solution, coupled with an extensive and growing range of supported devices, GPSengine caters to a growing global market. https://www.gpsengine.net About Jointech Shenzhen Joint Technology was established in 2006, focusing on vehicle tracking, fuel monitoring, and cargo and container tracking.  With a strong R&D team delivering unique products and with partnerships in over 55 countries and regions, Jointech have the engineering and production capabilities needed for large scale tracking and fleet requirements. GPSengine and Oner partner together to deliver tracking solution 2017-03-23T02:39:51Z gpsengine-and-oner-partner-together-to-deliver-tracking-solution Oner Electronics Technology, a market leading GPS device manufacturer, and GPSengine, an industry leading hosted platform service provider in GNSS, Telematics, IoT and Tracking, today announce a partnership bringing support for Oner's extensive device range to GPSengine’s hosted Platform Connect service. The addition of the hardware tracking device offerings, and distribution capabilities that Oner provides, presents real value to customers seeking to leverage GPSengine’s Platform Connect service with devices from Oner. About Platform Connect Platform Connect is a hosted platform service that receives, processes and stores information from GNSS, IoT’s, devices, sensors, applications and third party services. About GPSengine Based in Brisbane, Australia, GPSengine specialises in tracking, GNSS, and IoT platforms.  Recognised globally for innovation and quality, the GPSengine platforms are the result of more than 10 years working in the telematics space. With platforms catering to enterprise, GNSS, fleets, tracking, business, consumer, IoT and with support for an easy-to-skin, customisable white label solution, coupled with an extensive and growing range of supported devices, GPSengine caters to a growing global market. https://www.gpsengine.net About Oner Electronics Technology Founded in 2005 and based in Guangzhou, China, Oner is a leading GPS real time tracking solutions provider, focusing on enterprise information and the integration of GPS and wireless mobile communication (GSM / GPRS). 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). Locksmiths’ Supply Company Selects Epicor to Manage Growth, Diversification and Distribution 2017-03-21T01:54:25Z locksmiths-supply-company-selects-epicor-to-manage-growth-diversification-and-distribution Sydney, Australia - 21 March 2017 -- Epicor Software Corporation, a global provider of industry-specific enterprise software to promote business growth today announced that Locksmiths’ Supply Company (LSC), Australia’s market leader in the wholesale distribution of locksmithing hardware and security products, chose to implement its cloud deployed enterprise resource planning (ERP) solution, Epicor ERP. LSC, first incorporated in 1926 with rich family history, offers high quality locksmithing, security and hardware products to the Australian market. The business attributes its consistent and significant growth during the last decade to its ability to change and adapt alongside the rapidly evolving security industry. Keeping pace with the industry as it moves from a mechanical environment to a digital one, LSC has developed a vast range of over 30,000 hardware, software and service products and maintained a focus on being the distributor of choice for new security technology and products in Australia. The company’s growth, diversification and complexity led it to seek a contemporary ERP solution, one that could manage all supply chain and distribution efforts as well as provide top-line visibility into critical business information. “Security is a growth industry and technological advancements are being made all the time. Our staff are used to seeing smart technology built into the products we sell, from the humble car key right up to home automation, commercial and automotive security,” said Paul Newton, LSC’s project team leader. “In order to remain competitive and retain staff, the onus was on us as managers to provide modern software which is flexible, intuitive and instinctive rather than proprietary, complex and unwieldy.” LSC wanted an ERP solution that in addition to supply and distribution functionality would also reduce the manual sharing of information between staff and could centralise access to this information for greater transparency. During the procurement process, LSC discovered a great fit in Epicor ERP software. “We knew we needed streamlined processes in terms of supply and distribution in order to continue to grow,” said Newton. “In addition, we wanted some specific functionality which Epicor offers and when we realised the potential for Epicor to become a real, strategic partner to us, the decision to change systems was obvious.” “We churn out huge volumes of orders and have to make sure we supply customers as efficiently as possible without introducing time delays into the supply chain. With Epicor ERP, staff will be able to complete more sophisticated demand forecasting, and also maintain the integrity of our stock and manage our national supply chain even more effectively,” said Newton. “Epicor ERP offers its customers the industry-specific functionality and flexibility they need to help support their customer base and supply chain,” said Vince Randall, vice president for Australia and New Zealand, Epicor Software. “LSC has grown alongside technological advancements in security and the implementation of Epicor ERP will streamline functions such as sales and order management, warehouse management, inventory optimisation and forecasting. This will permit them to focus on bringing new technologies to market and training and servicing their customer base, growing even further.”   The Ultimate Environmental Choice - Green Recycling Of Automobiles 2017-03-16T00:59:59Z the-ultimate-environmental-choice-green-recycling-of-automobiles It may not seem like an ideal choice to reuse good quality parts from another vehicle, but the resulting savings in energy, raw materials and reduction in pollution is great. You will be helping to sustain a modern global recycling industry using green recycled parts that reclaim over 12 million vehicles across Australia annually. The ultimate way to benefit the environment is auto recycling. An automobile is the most recycled product on earth. It not only prevents unnecessary use of valuable landfill but also keeps a flood of dangerous toxins from being released into the ground and water. You will be preserving scarce and valuable natural resources by reducing the need for new parts to be manufactured and cutting down on the resulting pollution. Important Environmental Facts 1. Do you know that over 80% of the entire car by weight is reused, remanufactured or recycled in the automobile recycling industry.2. Recycled parts save approximately 80 million barrels of oil per year that is used to produce new replacement parts.3. About 40% of the ferrous metal for the scrap processing industry comes from the auto recycling industry across Australia.4. Steel mill’s air pollution can be reduced as much as 86% and water pollution by 76% by substituting low-sulphur scrap metal for high-sulphur raw ore. The Process Oil, gas and operating fluids pose a significant threat to the environment. Trained technicians at vehicle recycling industry carefully drain all the fluids and store them for reuse or recycling. In order to prevent any groundwater contamination, special equipment and methods are used. Approximately 40 litres of fluid are removed from each car and are either used in the facility itself or recycled to be responsibly disposed of. The remaining unusable part of the vehicle is then crushed and sent to the shredder to be broken down into fist-sized pieces for recovery. Then valuable metals are separated from ferrous and non-ferrous using a huge magnet and reused to make new vehicles and other products you buy… and the cycle repeats. To determine which parts are appropriate for reuse, each vehicle is inspected well enough. The make, model along with the VIN number and mileage of vehicle and year are recorded in order to provide accurate inventory data for the store. Batteries, tires and gas tanks are all removed to be recycled, reused or disposed of appropriately. The vehicle is then transferred to the dismantling unit where parts are removed, inspected and readied for resale. Each part of the vehicle is tagged, coded and entered into a computerised inventory system to be properly stored to be sold online. Want to be part of this eco-friendly industry? Call WA Car Removals Perth at 0422 622 617 and get rid of your unwanted car right now! 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). HTM K.K. takes over Skybus transfer and Sprint taxi operations in Niseko, Hokkaido, Japan 2017-03-10T02:43:32Z htm-k-k-takes-over-skybus-transfer-and-sprint-taxi-oerpations-in-niseko-hokkaido-japan HTM K.K. is delighted to announce that it will take over Skybus and Sprint Taxi operations from Skybus K.K. in June 2017. Airport transfers, Kutchan taxi services and area tours will continue to operate as now with Skybus booking transfers direct with guests and through a wide range of travel and hotel companies. Founder and managing director of Skybus, Jeremy Churchill, will continue as manager of Skybus and Sprint Taxi, as will the drivers and staff of Skybus.  Chris Pickering, Director and General Manager of HTM, said: “Airport and local transport impact all visitors to Niseko so this is an area which is very important to our customers and the continued success and growth of the resort. HTM and Skybus have worked together for many years and extending HTM’s services to transfers and taxis for guests was a step that we have been considering for some time. Skybus and Sprint Taxi operations and staff will remain based in Kutchan and we will bring the back office resources of HTM to grow the business and improve services for all visitors to the resort." Jeremy Churchill commented: "I'm excited to see the next step in the evolution of Skybus and Sprint Taxi and believe that the company is in the right hands going forward. The whole team are very much looking forward to being part of the HTM group." For any queries or information please contact Chris Pickering.