The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z Geoscape Offers World-First Decision Making Capabilities to Australian Organisations 2017-04-04T22:57:33Z geoscape-offers-world-first-decision-making-capabilities-to-australian-organisations Locate17 – Sydney, Australia – 5th April, 2017: PSMA Australia, a provider of the nation’s location datasets, today officially launched its award-winning innovation in location intelligence, Geoscape. In a world-first, Geoscape enables Australian organisations to make better decisions using location-based insights that were previously too costly or time consuming for most businesses to access. This is the first time location information and data analytics have been combined and made available in this way, on a national level. PSMA also confirmed the much-anticipated Sydney dataset will be released on 5th April, 2017, with the national rollout due for completion by early 2018. To download a sample of Geoscape, visit: www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ “Geoscape is a breakthrough in location-based intelligence that provides essential infrastructure for Australia’s digital economy, and puts Australia on the world map as a leader in this technology,” said Dan Paull, PSMA’s Chief Executive Officer. “As a business intelligence tool, Geoscape gives organisations the opportunity to improve services and increase revenue through evidence-based decision making. It will be used by governments to improve Australia’s future planning, development and management, including everything from building smarter cities to keeping people safe during fires, floods and other natural disasters. There’s also a vast range of applications in the private sector, with particular interest coming from the telecommunications, insurance and utilities sectors.” DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE: DGI), the global leader in Earth imagery and information about our changing planet, uses a range of geospatial technologies to deliver core components of the Geoscape dataset. By connecting the world's highest quality commercial satellite imagery and an ecosystem of analytics partners on the Geospatial Big Data platform (GBDX), DigitalGlobe is able to automatically and accurately extract many types of features about the built environment at continental scale. "The convergence of high-resolution satellite imagery, cloud computing, and machine learning technologies has created some incredibly exciting opportunities for organisations to analyse man-made and natural environments at country and continent scales more quickly and efficiently than ever before,” said Dr. Walter Scott, DigitalGlobe Founder, CTO, and EVP. “We are proud to partner with PSMA Australia to harness these innovations and create a digital index of Australia’s built environment that will benefit a wide range of industries, including business intelligence, insurance, and telecommunications.” How Geoscape works PSMA has collaborated with DigitalGlobe to create the Geoscape dataset, which uses a combination of satellite imagery, crowdsourcing and machine learning to capture attributes of the built environment and link each building to a geocoded address. Organisations can see and analyse this data to gain new insights and improve the way they plan and operate. The data includes building footprints and heights, roof construction, land cover, tree heights, the presence of solar panel installations and swimming pools, and more. The data can be visualised using mapping platforms and 3D modelling tools. New opportunities for enhanced service delivery As Internet of Things (IoT) ecosystems evolve and smart cities become a reality, Geoscape can underpin them by linking a wide range of information generated about the lifecycle of the built environment. Data from a rich mesh of sensors can be tied to a location, an address, a legal land parcel and an area, ranging from a single building, to a few streets, to a planning zone or a region. Geoscape creates a wide range of opportunities for improved service delivery including in: Risk management (flood modelling, fire risk modelling, wind impact assessment) Geoscape provides information about the size and roof construction of buildings, their proximity to vegetation and other buildings and a model of terrain to support the assessment of risk. Market assessment For businesses providing property related services Geoscape provides information about buildings, solar panel installations, swimming pools, roofing material, surfaces and vegetation. Telecommunications Geoscape supports the rollout of wi-fi and 5G networks by providing a model of the terrain and information on the shape and heights of buildings and tree cover to support blackspot analysis. Natural disaster impact assessment Preliminary post-event assessment of the likely impact of natural disasters on building infrastructure and vegetation. Valuations Provides building sizes, number, roofing information, vegetation location, heights and basic land use for the valuation process. How Pitney Bowes uses Geoscape Pitney Bowes has been a partner of PSMA Australia for over 15 years. Geoscape is the main dataset used by Pitney Bowes to create its GeoVision product. The data captured in Geoscape is taken and combined with Pitney Bowes location intelligence platforms to create unique and leading edge solutions, which are capturing world-wide recognition. For more information, please see a case study www.geoscape.com.au/showcase/. Australia's ground-breaking Geoscape is rolling out, region by region, across Australia. For progress on the national rollout of Geoscape, view the release schedule at www.geoscape.com.au/rollout/. Download your free trial To download a sample of Geoscape to see how it could be used in your organisation, visit www.geoscape.com.au/get-geoscape/ Want to know more? If you’re interested in speaking with PSMA to learn more about Geoscape, you may visit them at Booth 110 and 112 at Locate17 or contact marketing@psma.com.au. For more information: www.geoscape.com.au/ About PSMA Australia PSMA Australia’s goal is to facilitate broad and sustainable access to high-quality location data by offering foundational national spatial information derived from the authoritative data sources of Australia’s federal, state and territory governments and private sector partners. PSMA was formed by the governments of Australia in 1993 to collate, transform and deliver their location data as national datasets. An unlisted company limited by shares, PSMA is owned by all the governments of Australia. As an independent and self-funded business, PSMA is able to collaborate beyond government to drive innovation and provide fundamental infrastructure for a digital world. For more information visit: www.psma.com.au/ About DigitalGlobe DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world's leading constellation, DigitalGlobe’s imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet its customers' most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defence and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management and navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight. For more information visit: www.digitalglobe.com/ Media Contact: Kate Donnelly Spectrum Group psma@spectrumgroup.is +61 2 9469 5700 Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly: First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages 2017-02-09T23:25:43Z aussie-app-dotalk-breaks-down-language-barriers-instantly-first-free-messaging-app-provides-real-time-and-accurate-translation-of-up-to-90-languages Aussie app DoTalk breaks down language barriers instantly  First FREE messaging app provides real-time and accurate translation of up to 90 languages  Sydney, Australia – February 10, 2017 – DoTalk, the first free, instant, voice- activated translation chat app has officially launched today. Invented locally in Cairns, Australia, DoTalk breaks down all barriers to communication, with the ability to rapidly translate chats in words and voice, in up to 90 different languages. Created with accessibility in mind, DoTalk is available across all iOS and Android Smartphones and any Internet connected devices.   DoTalk’s proprietary technology enables users to simultaneously engage in cross-language communications easily and more accurately than any other messaging app available, with six different translation APIs and speech recognition tools combining to provide the most accurate translations possible.   Users have the option to message either via text or a ‘hold & talk’ microphone, and can also conduct group chat with up to 10 people in multiple languages in real time. The interface is intuitive, with inviting contacts and adding language and accent being a simple process.   “Our goal with DoTalk was to create a free, fun and easy-to-use app which provides an open forum for people to easily connect and communicate, regardless of language barriers or location and without delay,” says Aussie founder, Reno Nicastro.   “With applications across everyday life, from business to travel, dating and everything in between, now nothing will be lost in translation. We live in a truly global economy so DoTalk has benefits for absolutely everyone.”   “Whether you are travelling, booking a cab or hotel overseas, want to communicate with international relatives, someone exotic you’ve met online, as the modern-day pen pal, or you just want to learn another language – DoTalk is the tool to connect you to people regardless of where they are or what language they speak.”   The language industry is big business, with the worldwide language services market growing at an annual rate of 5.52% according to The Common Sense Advisory, 2016 Report. The size of the overall global language industry in 2016 was estimated at $40 Billion (USD), with estimates of up to $45 Billion by 2020.    Already trialled extensively in beta testing, DoTalk has registered users from a wide range of countries and languages, with English, Chinese, Korean, Japanese, Russian, Spanish, French and Indonesian proving the most commonly used in the app.   Nicastro and his team are focused on continuous development within the app, and will utilise user feedback to add more features and functionality over time that will further enable broader industry applications including regional/global conference calls, customer service, education, media and customer engagement.   “As the market continues on a growth trajectory, we believe we have assembled an exceptional team and that we have the best messaging app platform in the market. We are currently working on DoTalk Premium applications that will run with the current DoTalk Realtime Translation Technology Engine, and "DoTalk Team" for Business. DoTalk Premium will break down language barriers by providing real-time communications tools to get the job done.”   “As a nation of travellers and world-beaters in business, it is only appropriate then that this app was conceived in Australia, and believe DoTalk will only further facilitate our ability to take on the world!”, Nicastro added.  Features DoTalk provides a fully integrated chat app service that includes the following features:   Real time translation of 90 different languages through the app or Internet enabled device Instant voice translation for 50+ languages Voice to text dictation Group chat including simultaneous translation in conference Private messaging Send and receive files Search and add friends 256 Bit encryption/MP4 file storage Instant sync across devices  Images and availability Please download images from the following link: DoTalk images. DoTalk can be accessed via web at DoTalk or downloaded from the App Store or Google Play.   For more information and interview opportunities, please contact:   Rebecca Blasina                                                     David Wolf Closer Communications                                          Closer Communicationsrebecca@closer.com.au                                         david@closer.com.au 0420 805 567                                                          0411 111 787  About DoTalk One world. One Language. Chat to anyone, anytime, anywhere, in 90 languages. DoTalk changes communication around the globe by removing the language barrier and allowing you to chat and translate your messages in real-time. DoTalk can also be used as an ordinary chat between friends in the same language. Manningham City Council’s Procurement Team Lead the Digital Way with Secured Signing 2017-01-31T22:37:23Z manningham-city-council-s-procurement-team-lead-the-digital-way-with-secured-signing Melbourne, February 1, 2017 - Secured Signing gives Manningham's procurement team complete process visibility and the capability to execute contract documents in minutes while providing an example for the rest of the organisation to follow in adopting digital signatures to drive digital transformation. The sustained transition to digital signatures across Manningham City Council demonstrates the power of cloud services to drive business process improvement without taking on additional risk. "We initially took on Secured Signing to reduce the time it took us to turnaround contracts and other procurement documents." said Tim Lawson, Manager Procurement and Contracts for Manningham City Council. "As we asked people in other work teams to sign their procurement documents online, it drove a conversation about how useful eSignatures are and how they can make every process simpler and quicker." Continuing to work with paper contracts, conflict of interest declarations and evaluation reports was identified by Manningham City Council as a waste of effort and a barrier to being more agile and responsive. Even just the process of printing and collating the paper documents for significant tenders took many hours of work without even considering the time taken to move these through the building and remind people to sign and return them. Signed paper documents needed to be manually scanned into the corporate records system. A process constrained to paper provided zero process visibility. It wasn't possible to see who had signed, who hadn't and where the bottleneck might be in a signature workflow that included multiple people. Collating documents on screen, sending them for signing online, seeing documents returned within minutes rather than days and a simple dashboard providing complete visibility of process, has completely transformed the procurement process. "It has become such an important part of the way we work now, we wouldn't know what to do without Secured Signing." observed Mr Lawson. "I don't know why all Councils aren’t using Secured Signing." The success of using digital signatures to create secure, electronic originals within the procurement process did not go unnoticed by the rest of the organisation. Other work teams across Council identified ways in which eSignatures could improves their process, reduce effort and save money. Requisitions for non-procurement payments like the return of bonds are now an online form that is approved with Secured Signing. Councillor expense reimbursements are more timely as a result of not having to walk a paper forms through multiple signatories across the building. The automation capabilities of Secured signing were leveraged to have all staff sign to acknowledge a recently refreshed IT acceptable use policy with more than 700 individuals invited to sign with just a few clicks. Not that the procurement team are standing still. They are looking at other ways to use Secure Signing online forms. "The journey at Manningham City Council reflects one of the core advantages of SaaS systems." observed Mike Eyal, Managing Director of Secured Signing. "Unlike traditional on premise systems where you made a large upfront investment and had to push to change behaviour to drive adoption, hosted systems can start with small successes and seamlessly add capacity to responsd to increased demand." About Manningham City Council Manningham Council provides more than 100 services to residents, ratepayers, businesses and community groups across a City comprising 114 square kilometres and nearly 120,000 residents.  Council's service delivery is funded by an annual budget of over $100M and delivered by a staff of over 700 full time employees.  Manningham is a City that values people, heritage and resources. A City with a strong economy and diverse social and natural environment that will enrich our vibrant community. To learn more about Manningham City Council, visit www.manningham.vic.gov.au   About Secured Signing Secured Signing provides a comprehensive and secure SaaS digital signature service that delivers a full range of form completion and eSigning capabilities combining advanced personalised X509 PKI Digital Signature technology with easy-to-use, simple-to-deploy, compliant solutions. Secured Signing enables its users to utilise smartphones, PCs, any tablet device and any browser, to capture their graphical signature, fill-in, sign, seal and verify documents anywhere, anytime. The solution streamlines business processes, cuts back on expenses, expedites delivery cycles, improves staff efficiency and enhances customer service in a green environment. To learn more about Secured Signing, visit www.securedsigning.com.au MyNetFone appointed to Victorian Government Voice Services Panel 2017-01-31T06:36:51Z mynetfone-appointed-to-victorian-government-voice-services-panel Sydney – 31 January 2017 – MyNetFone, Australia’s largest provider of hosted voice and data communications services, today announced it has been appointed to the Voice Services Panel for the Victorian Government as part of the Government’s Telecommunications Purchasing and Management Strategy 2025 (TPAMS2025)[1]. Appointment to TPAMS2025 represents a substantial opportunity for MyNetFone. In 2013 the total fixed voice expenditure by Victorian Government was in the order of $30m per annum[2]. MyNetFone has been selected as one of only 3 providers to the fixed voice panel.   From February 2017, Victorian Government Departments and Agencies will be able to access innovative, cost effective voice services on MyNetFone’s smart new-generation Australian voice network. This represents the first time that Victorian Government entities have had the opportunity to choose a supplier that specialises in new-generation IP telephony through highly reliable and scalable SIP infrastructure.   “MyNetFone has significant experience meeting the voice services needs of government agencies.” said Rene Sugo, CEO of MyNetFone parent MNF Group. “I welcome this appointment and look forward to working with Victorian Government entities to optimise their voice services and achieve savings for the Victorian people.” The appointment is a result of the company’s long term strategy to address the Enterprise and Government segments in the Australian domestic market. It builds on the success of projects in Tasmania and New South Wales.   All Victorian Government Budget Sector Agencies must purchase their voice services from panel suppliers. Additionally, other government entities can also choose to purchase from the TPAMS panel providers. Budget Sector Agencies include all 7 central government departments including the Department of Education, Health and Environment, Land water and Planning and a further 22 government entities including Vic Roads, the Victorian Electoral Commission, and the Essential Services Commission.  /ENDS  About MyNetFone MyNetFone is Australia’s largest provider of hosted voice and data communications services for business, enterprise and residential users. MyNetFone is part of the MNF Group, which owns and operates Australia’s largest VoIP network and a global Tier 1 voice carrier network. MNF Group was founded in 2004 and listed on the ASX in mid 2006. It has a reputation for quality, value and innovation, having won numerous awards including the Forbes Asia’s 200 Best Under a Billion (2014, 2015), Deloitte Technology Fast 50 (2008, 2009, 2010, 2012, 2013, 2015), PC User Product of the Year (2005), Money Magazine Product of the Year (2007) and many others. For further information about MyNetFone please visit: www.mynetfone.com.auFor further information please contact: Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communications T: (02) 8905 0995 E: sue@einsteinz.com.au         [1] http://www.premier.vic.gov.au/new-tech-contract-saves-victorian-taxpayers/ [2] Pg 3, Managing Telecommunications Usage and Expenditure, Victorian Auditor-General’s Report, September 2013 http://www.audit.vic.gov.au/publications/20130918-Managing-telecommunications/20130918-Managing-telecommunications.pdf ONCALL Language Services Wishes Everyone A Very Happy Festive Season 2016-12-19T01:09:25Z oncall-language-services-wishes-everyone-a-very-happy-festive-season Happy Holidays from ONCALL Language Services! We would like to take this opportunity to wish you all an amazing time with your family and friends during this special time of the year. Stay safe, and we hope to see you again in 2017: http://bit.ly/2hD3W7N ONCALL Interpreters & Translators is a world leader in quality interpreting and translation services. With an outstanding reputation for excellence and integrity, ONCALL offers a full range of services for public and private sector clients.  Established in 1984, ONCALL manages a comprehensive panel of over 4,500 qualified interpreters and translators in all languages and disciplines. ONCALL has an unparalleled global presence with offices in eight cities on three continents and has access to some of the best interpreters and translators in the world.  Each week our booking officers fill over 7,000 assignments in more than 150 languages. Every year we translate hundreds of thousands of words and provide conference interpreting services at major international conferences in Australia and overseas.  With extensive experience and industry knowledge, ONCALL can tailor services to meet the changing needs of clients. We employ a dedicated team of in-house professionals in specialist areas including client management,Website localisation, E-Commerce site localisation, App translation, graphic design, public and community relations, localisation of marketing collateral and professional development training. More information on ONCALL Language Services can be found on www.oncallinterpreters.com or request for  a free quotes online on http://oncallinterpreters.com.au/request-a-quote/ Short + Sweet: SNACKABLETV youth broadcast network for short-form content launches 2016-12-01T01:16:58Z short-sweet-snackabletv-youth-broadcast-network-for-short-form-content-launches Meet SNACKABLETV, a revolutionary digital youth network housing the best in bite-sized content. It’s an entirely new way for young people all over the world to access high quality short-form entertainment for FREE, without annoying advertisements or subscriptions. VIEW THE SIZZLE REEL Millennials are diverse, curious and engaged - so, SNACKABLETV is too. It does not discriminate against gender, sexuality, race, creed or socio-economic status, only against beige content. SNACKABLETV launches with solid collaborations and partnerships as official Youth & Content Broadcaster for Sydney Festival, co-produced podcasts with the team from Melbourne’s Sans Pants Radio and short films produced by future creative superstars from the Australian Film Television and Radio School (AFTRS). Offering something for everyone, SNACKABLETV plays host to content across seven channels; Culture, Film, Gaming, Music, Podcast, Style, and a dedicated hub for today’s news, events, and the best of the net; What’s Hot. Original series’ will feature respected members of the creative community including; street artist Scott Marsh; music journalist Danny Clayton; celebrity fashion stylist Mikey Ayoubi; mindfulness coach Kylie Ryan; comedians Rhys Nicholson and Robbie Armfield; musicians Client Liaison, Sleep Makes Waves and The Jezabels; and so much more incredible talent in front of and behind the lens. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. The network will lead the fight against ‘Digital Litter’, a result of too much access to poorly made content. Everything on SNACKABLETV is short, sharp, and captivating. It’s video that is never boring, always inspiring, with an added dose of learning for the socially aware, completely free of charge to the viewer. SNACKABLETV Co-founders Kate Edwards and Shae Constantine said today: “We are extremely proud to be launching Australia’s first short form broadcast network made especially for young people. “SNACKABLETV is purpose built as much for the consumer as it is for the creator – it’s a conduit between the two worlds. We identified a gap, in that there is so much good content out there and before now it hasn’t had a home or a chance to get to an audience who will appreciate it. “Our doors are wide open to young creatives and creators. We want to distribute the best short-form content the world has seen, and this is only possible with a truly robust digital platform to facilitate the relationship between creator and audience. That platform is SNACKABLETV.” Content is currently available online (mobile, tablet or desktop) via SNACKABLETV.tv The bar has been set high and SNACKABLETV is committed to pushing the boundaries in both the controversy and quality stakes. New content will be released on all channels across the network constantly. Stay tuned for updates on exciting co-productions and distribution partnerships. In the face of a fracturing media landscape, SNACKABLETV also offers a solution for brands to target a millennial audience utilising quality native content by creating this ‘safe space’ free of subscriptions and free of pre-rolls and pop-up ads to give viewers a great experience which will keep them coming back for more. Interview and content requests contact The Lantern Group: Louisa Read +61 412 955 101 louisa@lanterngroup.com.au Fiona Gulin +61 487 992 333 fiona@lanterngroup.com.au CONNECT WITH SNACKABLETV FACEBOOK INSTAGRAM #snackableTV MEDIA MATERIALS DROPBOX Nail Your Christmas Shopping This Year With RedBalloon 2016-11-15T07:29:56Z nail-your-christmas-shopping-this-year-with-redballoon-1 RedBalloon, Australia’s leading online experience and ‘things to do’ destination is taking the hassle out of Christmas shopping by revealing the latest, must-have gifts as we head into the festive season, with Christmas gift guides for each state and territory in Australia attached. With Christmas just around the corner, RedBalloon promises to take the stress out of present buying this year. And with more than 3500 experiences to choose from, they guarantee you’ll find something to suit everyone. “We’ve seen a strong increase in gourmet experience purchases over the last few years, driven by the growing reputation of Australia’s food and wine our increasingly acclaimed chefs and our passion for home cooking. Last Christmas the gourmet category was our most popular gifting category so we’ve worked hard through the year to ensure we have an even wider range of hands-on experiences on offer including cooking classes, barista courses, wine, beer and cheese tastings and gourmet gifts for anyone, no matter what their taste,” RedBalloon CEO Nick Baker said. RedBalloon gifts and vouchers are available up until Christmas Day, to ensure even the most last minute of shoppers can purchase something unique, meaningful and timely for the biggest gift giving day of the year. Aussies can browse more than 3500 experiences on offer at redballoon.com.au REDBALLOON’S TOP 3 CHRISTMAS GIFTING CATEGORIES 1. Gourmet Experiences Barista training course Patisserie masterclass Brewery tours and beer tasting 2. Outdoor Activities Horse riding activities Scenic cruises Vintage bike ride with picnic 3. Water Sport Experiences Sea turtle snorkel tour Crocodile cage of death Flyboarding experience ABOUT REDBALLOON RedBalloon.com.au is Australia’s most awarded online experience retailer and home of ‘things to do’. RedBalloon has sold almost 3 million experiences since it was established in 2001. Today it offers more than 3500 unique experiences from more than 1000 providers across Australia and New Zealand. RedBalloon also distributes gift cards through selected major retailers nationally, including Coles, Woolworths, Big W, Australia Post, Target, Kmart and Officeworks. Visit redballoon.com.au Further Information: Laura Sedgwick, lsedgwick@porternovelli.com.au / 02 8987 2114/ 0451 041 705 AUSIT Conference To Boost Translator and Interpreter Awareness 2016-11-15T04:01:22Z ausit-conference-to-boost-translator-and-interpreter-awareness Translation and interpreting services are crucial in multicultural and multilingual Australia. Over 20% of the Australian population cannot speak English well or at all. In 2016, the Australian Institute of Interpreters and Translators (AUSIT) is focussing efforts on raising public awareness of the translating and interpreting profession. These efforts will be discussed at the AUSIT National Conference being held on November 18 in Melbourne. AUSIT National President, Professor Sandra Hale, stated that “when non-English speakers need to access any essential services, such as medical or legal services, they can only do so if interpreters are provided”. “Similarly, any written communication also needs to be translated for them to access the information”. AUSIT is calling on Australian service providers to better recognise the key role translators and interpreters play in bridging communication and cultural gaps between members of the community. “The public need to understand that only competent professional interpreters and translators can accurately perform this role”. “In an attempt to save money, many will resort to good intentioned bilingual friends or family who can in fact do more damage than good, as they will misinterpret or mistranslate, add or omit to the original messages”. “This can produce further miscommunication and misunderstandings, sometimes leading to dire consequences” Professor Hale said. The conference will provide a valuable forum for exchange between translators and interpreters, agencies and language service users, government departments, tertiary institutions and other industry stakeholders. Translation and Interpreting Student excellence awards will be presented on the Friday evening. On Saturday 19 November, the annual Jill Blewett Memorial Lecture will be given by the Victorian minister for Multicultural Affairs, the Hon. Robin Scott MP. AUSIT is pleased to announce that the conference Gold Sponsor is the National Accreditation Authority for Translators and Interpreters Ltd (NAATI). Other conference sponsors include - SDL, the Victorian Interpreting & Translating Service (VITS), All Graduates Interpreting & Translating, Ezispeak and ONCALL Interpreters & Translators. The organisation of the conference is supported by Monash University. Brando ‘Wildboy’ Yelavich embarks on a new adventure walking the coastline of Stewart Island 2016-10-18T22:30:00Z brando-wildboy-yelavich-embarks-on-a-new-adventure-walking-the-coastline-of-stewart-island Brando Yelavich aka Wildboy, is set to embark on his next challenging adventure circum-nagivating his way around the wild coast of Stewart Island, south of New Zealand.   Setting off on November 10, this solo journey is estimated to take 60 days to complete and will see the 22-year-old trek through more than 400km worth of pure wilderness and stopping at over 27 remote locations across the island.   Just over a year ago, Brando became the first person to walk the entire coastline of New Zealand, an expedition that spanned 8700km and took him 600 days to complete. “Stewart Island is the missing link to my epic coastal adventure and I’m coming back to finish the job,” he says.   Brando just joined the GoPro ANZ team as a content creator, with the globally recognised camera brand supporting his Stewart Island expedition with all the latest accessories, as well as Absolute Wilderness who will be providing Brando with freeze-dried meals.   Tourism agency Venture Southland are another major supporter and are excited to see another young adventurer exploring the wonders of Stewart Island, following a visit from Prince Harry in 2015. Tourism and Events Manager Warrick Low says it’s “great to have someone with Brando’s adventurous spirit and technological know-how to go on this trip, so that we can all get a feel for the outreaches of New Zealand. As he gets to the Southern half, his only company will be natives like the kiwi, great white sharks and whitetail deers.”   After being diagnosed with ADHD and dyslexia in his school years, Brando was on a path to self-destruction and his transformational journey changed his perspective on the world and the people in his life. He wrote a NZ best seller titled ‘WILDBOY’ and forged a new future.   “I have a hunger for exploration and to inspire others to live their dreams, which is why I’m tackling Stewart Island. I love stepping into the unknown and facing challenges where the outcome is yet to be determined.”  -ENDS-  For media enquiries, contact: Holysmoke! Agency Amanda Fry or Jenny Hua P: +61 2 8354 0931 E: amanda@holysmokeagency.com or jenny@holysmokeagency.com Early Childhood Intervention (ECI) Call for Papers DEADLINE 23rd October 2016 & ECI Excellence Awards 2016-10-10T01:49:46Z early-childhood-intervention-eci-call-for-papers-deadline-23rd-october-2016-eci-excellence-awards 27th NSW/ACT Conference - Call for Papers Call for Papers DEADLINE EXTENDED - 23rd October 2016 In order to build the best conference program, we are seeking papers for sessional workshops. ECIA NSW/ACT is inviting professionals to submit abstracts for presentations, workshops or panels that explore innovative practices, challenges, research and policy directions. Click here to view or download the 'Call for Papers' Flyer. Click here to view or download the Abstract Submission Template to aid with your submission.* *Note: The Abstract Submission Template may automatically begin downloading in your default browser. Check your browser or go to the Downloads folder on your computer to access this document. Read more... Excellence Awards The Excellence Awards aim to honour and recognise outstanding achievements in the ECI sector that have contributed to the improvement of the lives of children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The Excellence Award categories celebrate and acknowledges teams and organisations that demonstrate excellence, passion, vision and a commitment to assisting children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families to achieve their goals. The ‘Excellence Awards’ will be presented for outstanding achievements in the ECI Industry at the NSW/ACT Conference on 25th - 26th May 2017 at the Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach. Award Categories The following award categories will be open for nominations: Outstanding family-centred practice Champion of Inclusion Team around the child Innovative practice Applications and Nominations Applications will open on 14th November 2016. Nominations must be for a team or organisation in the early childhood intervention sector operating in NSW or ACT and includes; early childhood educators, special educators, speech pathologists, occupational therapists, physiotherapists, audiologists, social workers and psychologist. Applicants can self-nominate their team or organisation or nominate another team or organisation. Nominations for individuals will not be accepted. ECIA Members and Non Members are eligable to apply.* *Note: ECIA Members can nominate at no cost. Non ECIA Members are required to pay an application fee of $99 (inc. GST). Theme: ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future Location: Novotel Sydney Brighton Beach Dates: Thursday 25th and Friday 26th May 2017 Early Childhood Intervention Australia NSW/ACT 2017 Conference has as its theme ‘ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future’. This provides an exciting opportunity for service providers and professionals interested in Early Childhood Intervention and Early Childhood, to come together with a focus on building the capacity of our sector and the community, understanding the NDIS and the impact on children with disability and/or developmental delay and their families. The conference will have a strong focus on the key issues affecting practice in early childhood intervention, now and into the future. State Conference Registrations NOW OPEN Register now to receive the Early Bird discount! Registrations for the NSW/ACT Conference ECI: Beyond Possibilities - Investing in the Future are now open. You can register to attend the two day conference on: Both days – Thursday 25 & Friday 26 May 2017 Day One Only – Thursday 25 May 2017 Day Two Only – Friday 26 May 2017 Two Days One Day Early Bird ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate* $505 $305 Early Bird Non-Member Rate* $585 $345 ECIA NSW/ACT Member Rate $560 $360 Non-Member Rate $640 $400 *Early Bird rates will finish on 24th March 2017 If you have any queries about registering for the conference or need any further information, contact Libby Forsyth on (02) 9873 2593 or admin@ecia-nsw.org.au. Read more... Help LGBTQIA+ youth shine bright at Stepping Stone House’s annual ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ 2016-09-26T03:26:30Z help-lgbtqia-youth-shine-bright-at-stepping-stone-house-s-annual-sleep-under-the-stars Monday 26th September, 2016, Sydney, Australia. Sydney’s transformational organisation for youth at risk, Stepping Stone House, today announces their upcoming ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ – an annual fundraiser to support youth at risk – including LGBTQIA+ youth – and raise awareness for youth homelessness in Sydney. Many young homeless people identify as LGBTQIA+ and have been forced to leave home due to their sexual orientation and/or gender identity. With a distinct shortage of crisis support and accommodation for LGBTQIA+ youth in Sydney, SSH aims to nurture and support this vulnerable group of young people in the long-term. So sign up and come along on Friday 7th October. Join the SSH family for an overnight sleep out at Hickson Reserve, underneath the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the harbour and experience first-hand one night on the streets, raising awareness for SSH and Australia’s homeless and LGBTQIA+ youth. “More than 40% of our homeless people in Australia are under 25,” said Jason Juretic, CEO of SSH. “Our Sleep Under the Stars is a fantastic way to empathise with what it’s like to have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to; a situation that many of our young people find themselves in before they come to us.” Last year’s event raised $54,000, helping SSH to provide care and education for at least four extra teenagers for a whole year. Just one night of support can help SSH to skyrocket youth at risk into a brighter future, through a unique combination of mentorship, adventure education, learning and development programs, and community volunteering. “An amazing 87% of our youth complete Year 12, compared to teens in similar circumstances. Fundraisers like the sleep out make all difference in ensuring that our young people have a secure and sustainable path in life,” said Mr Juretic. To get involved in ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ or donate to the cause, visit: www.steppingstonehouse.com.au/events/sleep_under_the_stars_2016/ For volunteering opportunities or further information, go to www.steppingstonehouse.com.au or email info@steppingstonehouse.com.au. About Stepping Stone House (www.steppingstonehouse.com.au): For more than 25 years, Stepping Stone House has paved the way for vulnerable youth aged 12 - 24 to develop and grow into self-sufficient and independent adults, starting with a safe and secure home environment. Through their unique ‘Stepping Stones to Success’ model, the non-profit aims to transform the lives of vulnerable youth; many of whom have been homeless and are unable to live with their families. Stepping Stone House is a nurturing ‘home away from home’, where young people stay for years as part of a dedicated family. AUSTRALIAN BEEF PRODUCER, JACK'S CREEK RETAINS THE WORLD'S BEST STEAK TITLE 2016-09-22T23:56:49Z australian-beef-producer-jack-s-creek-retains-the-world-s-best-steak-title The competition was tougher than ever with 17 countries and 83 of the world’s top beef producers entering the competition Held in London last night in a bid to win the title. The Jack's Creek winning steak came from a Wagyu F2+ 75% aged for 30 months and grain fed with judges noting it won on it's all round top quality. Patrick Warmoll, managing director of Jack's creek said of the win, “We spent considerable time selecting the entry and this win confirms that we’re the best in the world again. Winning last year was one of the biggest things to happen to us and our brand awareness rocketed and it’s been great for business. This is as much a win for Australia as it is for us.” He also added. “We will be going for the hat trick next year!” Chair of judges and butcher Keith Boxley said, “Every gold medal winner was worthy of winning the top prize but the overall winner was outstanding. It scored highly on appearance, quality, taste and tenderness.” He also added, “People are getting more selective about the meat they eat and they want something more prepared. As a butcher judging this competition, I'm looking for something that looks and tastes nice that has no gristle.” Jack’s Creeks’ award winning beef can be found in many of Australia’s top restaurants including, ARIA, black by EZARD, Catalina, LuMi Bar and Dining and many more. ARIA restaurant Head Chef Ben Turner commented that, “Jack’s Creek beef is always a consistent and tasty product” and Catalina’s Executive Chef, Mark Axisa, commented: "Jack's Creek beef is of the highest quality and the fullest flavour. It is a pleasure having the Jack's Creek dry-aged ribeye on my menu; it just flies out the door!" Jack’s Creeks’ 150+ days Grain Fed 100% black angus also won the Silver award. For more information on Jack’s Creek, interviews with Patrick Warmoll and images, please contact Annabel Carroll at Polkadot PR 02 9281 4190 / annabel@polkadotpr.com.au About Jack’s Creek Jack’s Creek is still regarded as a relative newcomer in the world of specialist beef after launching in 2000. However, in 1947 the Warmoll Family began farming in Breeza and the company’s links to fine food dates back to 1852, when the Warmoll Family emigrated from Ireland before opening butcher’s shops in the Victorian and NSW gold fields. The company is family run by co-founders and brothers, Philip and David Warmoll and sons Patrick Warmoll, MD and Robert Warmoll. Jack’s Creek is at the forefront of Australian premium beef production – processing and marketing grain fed Wagyu and Black Angus, which it ships to more than 20 destinations around the world including Japan, Saudi Arabia, China and the Germany. Help young people shine bright at Stepping Stone House’s annual ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ 2016-09-21T22:30:00Z help-young-people-shine-bright-at-stepping-stone-house-s-annual-sleep-under-the-stars MEDIA RELEASE Help young people shine bright at Stepping Stone House’s annual ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ Thursday 21st September, 2016, Sydney, Australia. Sydney’s transformational organisation for youth at risk, Stepping Stone House, today announces their upcoming ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ – an annual fundraiser to support vulnerable youth and raise awareness for youth homelessness in Sydney. Come along on Friday 7th October and join the Stepping Stone House family for an overnight sleep out at Hickson Reserve, underneath the iconic Sydney Harbour Bridge. Wake up to a beautiful sunrise over the harbour and experience first-hand one night on the streets, raising awareness for Stepping Stone House and Australia’s homeless youth. “More than 40% of our homeless people in Australia are under 25,” said Jason Juretic, CEO of Stepping Stone House. “Our Sleep Under the Stars is a fantastic way to empathise with what it’s like to have nowhere to go and no-one to turn to; a situation that many of our young people find themselves in before they come to us.” The inaugural event brings people of all ages and backgrounds together, from young people to families to community groups. Last year’s event raised $54,000, helping Stepping Stone House to reach their 2016 target of $150,000 and provide care and education for at least four extra teenagers. This year’s event promises to kick similar goals. Just one night of support can help Stepping Stone House to skyrocket youth at risk into a brighter future, through a unique combination of mentorship, outdoor education, learning and development programs, and community volunteering. “An amazing 87% of our youth complete Year 12, compared to teens in similar circumstances. Fundraisers like the sleep out make all difference in ensuring that our young people have a secure and sustainable path in life,” said Mr Juretic. To get involved in ‘Sleep Under the Stars’ or donate to the cause, visit: www.steppingstonehouse.com.au/events/sleep_under_the_stars_2016/ For volunteering opportunities or further information, go to www.steppingstonehouse.com.au or email info@steppingstonehouse.com.au. About Stepping Stone House (www.steppingstonehouse.com.au): For more than 25 years, Stepping Stone House has paved the way for vulnerable youth aged 12 - 24 to develop and grow into self-sufficient and independent adults, starting with a safe and secure home environment. Through their unique ‘Stepping Stones to Success’ model, the non-profit aims to transform the lives of vulnerable youth; many of whom have been homeless and are unable to live with their families. Stepping Stone House is a nurturing ‘home away from home’, where young people stay for years as part of a dedicated family. HPE Aruba Unveils Flexible Network Procurement Models Enabling ANZ Enterprises to Innovate at the Rapid Pace of Mobile and IoT 2016-09-13T02:27:16Z hpe-aruba-unveils-flexible-network-procurement-models-enabling-anz-enterprises-to-innovate-at-the-rapid-pace-of-mobile-and-iot Sydney, Australia – September 13, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced new network procurement and consumption models to give enterprise customers more flexibility and choice in how they obtain and support their network infrastructure. The rapid introduction of mobile technologies and the Internet of Things (IoT) have accelerated the requirements for IT network infrastructures. With refresh cycles measured in months instead of years, networks need to enable a new set of end user and line-of-business facing digital services requiring IT organizations to efficiently adapt and deliver enterprise grade security at the highest levels of reliability. To remove unpredictability in IT operations and spending, Aruba is taking a software-based approach with its Mobile First Platform, enabling IT organizations to quickly respond to new requirements as they emerge, minimize capital expenditures, and maintain a competitive edge. Customers benefit from customized options for obtaining and managing their networks with Aruba’s portfolio of programmable IT networking products for Wi- Fi, BLE, wired and wide area network (WAN) connectivity, and consulting, support and technology services from its key alliances.New Network Infrastructure Procurement and Consumption Models The Network-as-a-Service (NaaS) market, comprised of Software Defined Networking (SDN) and cloud-managed WLAN, is expected to grow significantly. IDC estimates that the global enterprise SDN market will grow to $8.7 billion1 and the global cloud-managed WLAN market is forecasted to reach $2.5B by 20182. With major trends like increased automation, data analytics, IoT and a renewed emphasis on security affecting IT infrastructure plans, many organizations are trying to minimize workload on IT staff and shift spend from large capital to predictable operational expenses. “For some time our customers and channel partners in Australia and New Zealand have desired a different approach to procuring networking solutions,” said Steve Coad, Managing Director for Aruba in Australia and New Zealand. “That is, being able to buy technology as a service on an as-needed basis and then charging this to OPEX rather than taking a big up front hit on their CAPEX expenditures. Fuelling this demand is the constantly shifting cloud paradigm and an almost insatiable demand for mobility solutions which enterprises want to keep pace with as new technologies emerge.” “Network-as-a-Service addresses this market shift with a fundamentally new and unique way to acquire and consume communications services. In Australia and New Zealand we are seeking to expand our existing channel alliances, our breadth of subscription offerings and then make these available to our increasingly broad base of customers.” In collaboration with HPE Financial Services, HPE Technology Services and leading alliances, including Accenture and Deloitte, organizations can dynamically react to changing needs by leveraging an OpEx-based NaaS model. This model allows organizations to immediately adopt the most modern network infrastructure, designed for new business applications with secure connectivity for IoT and improved user experiences via actionable, real- time insights.   Key benefits for enterprise customers include: -  Better utilization of technology and resources - With a NaaS model, enterprises can deploy and capitalize on the latest technology without burdening internal IT resources with additional training or tasks, allowing them to focus on business priorities. -  Ability to slash costs by moving to an operational expense model - Enterprises can reduce capital expenditures to simplify their budget process and better predict and manage network acquisition, administration and operational costs. -  Improved management of network scalability, flexibility and technology cycles - With the network functioning like a utility, organizations can scale their network as it grows and easily add new services like BYOD, IoT, security, location-based services and proactive management. Enabling Channel Partners with the Power of Cloud-based Managed Services Wireless LAN, wired switching and WAN routing infrastructures can now be managed for customers by resellers and service providers using Aruba Central, a subscription-based network services solution hosted in the public cloud, expanding the reach of cloud networking to many different customer scenarios. Aruba Central enables Aruba resellers to take advantage of Central’s support for multi-tenancy and its built-in managed services portal, and start offering managed services to their customer base. With a turnkey solution and no additional platform engineering cost or complexity, Aruba Central delivers a recurring revenue stream with higher margin opportunities for Aruba resellers. Aruba channel partners and Aruba customers with varying levels of IT infrastructure administration across many distributed sites can take advantage of the platform – with different IT groups having unique privileges or access to the platform, defined per location. David Elliott, Aruba’s ANZ Channel Sales Director said: “Aruba’s Network-as-a-Service is market changing for our channel partners in the region and will deliver them a real competitive edge against some of the legacy networking vendors. Many of our partners are highly experienced in delivering the ‘as-a-service’ model for other technologies, and now with Aruba Network-as-a-Service managed through Aruba Central, they can keep their customers up-to-date on the latest innovations in both networking as well as the wider technology ecosystem, creating real value for them by enabling better utilization of technology and resources.” Additional Resources• Deloitte Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/Consider-Modernizing-Your- Network-Consumption-Model/ba-p/275495 About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. 1 IDC – SDN Market to Gain Enterprise Headway, Driven by 3rd Platform and Cloud #US40628315 2 IDC – Worldwide Cloud Managed Enterprise WLAN Infrastructure and Cloud-Managed Services Forecast, 2016-2020 #US41650215 To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. ©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined NetworksTM, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information, please contact: Luisa OR Sarah at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and aruba@decpr.com.au  HPE Aruba Introduces Developer-Ready Mobile First Platform to Unlock the Potential of Modern IT Infrastructures 2016-09-13T02:22:03Z hpe-aruba-introduces-developer-ready-mobile-first-platform-to-unlock-the-potential-of-modern-it-infrastructures   Aruba Mobile First Platform Provides Real-Time Insights to Improve User Experiences and IoT Security Australian developers first to market with new mobility innovations New Partner Ready for Networking Program Expands Revenue Opportunities for the ANZ Sales Channel Sydney, Australia – Sept 13, 2016 – Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company (NYSE: HPE), today announced the Aruba Mobile First Platform, a software layer that uses application programming interfaces (APIs) to provide third-party developers and business leaders with network insights to improve applications and services. The platform accelerates integration and innovation of mobile and IoT at the speed of the developer ecosystem, rather than the pace of a single vendor. To support today’s mobile first and rapidly developing IoT environment, networks must deliver more than connectivity. The days of one-dimensional networks designed for static functions are over. Modern networks must be able to easily adapt to new application requirements on-demand. With actionable insights about the use of specific mobile apps and the operational technologies powered by IoT, networks can help organizations justify future digital technology investments. The Aruba Mobile First Platform unlocks the ability for an ecosystem of developers and technology vendors to freely innovate, utilizing the rich contextual information the Aruba infrastructure collects from mobile and IoT devices, and customize networking functions dynamically in real-time. As a result, customers can improve existing applications and create new ones to enhance the customer experience, improve business operations, and drive new revenue opportunities.Australian developers first to market “Whether it’s robotics in the classroom or nanochip-based tablets used for collaboration across campus networks, our customers in Australia and New Zealand are seeking to innovate at the same pace as new devices, hardware, software and internet of things technologies emerge,” said Steve Coad, Managing Director for Australia and New Zealand – Aruba. “Now, with the Aruba Mobile First platform, we can offer that ability, and moreover, offer the ecosystem of developers around us a software layer and programming interface which allows them to rapidly connect and integrate their solutions, ensuring speed to market is faster for us all.” Three Australian developers, including Kasada, Sine Co and Skyfii, are the first ecosystem technology partners globally to innovate on the new Mobile First Platform, bringing new solutions to market immediately. They are joined by Intel Security. (Please refer to notes to editors below.) Aruba’s existing customers in Australia and New Zealand include Scentre Group (Westfield), General Pants, Epworth Healthcare, University of New England, Trust Power, University of Technology: Sydney, The Catholic Education Office, JB Hi Fi, The Australian Open, Maritime New Zealand, Medibank, TAFE NSW, Feros Care, and KFC.Advanced Network Controls and Policy Enforcement for Pervasive Mobility The foundation of the Aruba Mobile First Platform is built on ArubaOS 8, a new operating system that allows developers to leverage contextual information from the infrastructure via its northbound API. Deployed as a virtual machine (VM) on a server appliance, ArubaOS 8 significantly simplifies changes within the infrastructure and enables customers to instantly scale their networks. ArubaOS 8 also enables greater programmability in the Aruba infrastructure with the ability to upload custom app signatures in real-time. Developers and ecosystem partners can easily enable policy management and quality control for new, business critical applications without network upgrades or downtime.   Ecosystem partner, Skyfii, harnesses the power of the Aruba Mobile First Platform to help businesses analyze and visualize customer behavior data. Leveraging contextual data about users, devices, applications and location from the Aruba Analytics and Location Engine (ALE), Skyfii gives retailers a better understanding of behavior and lets them engage shoppers with targeted advertising and marketing calls to actions.Increased Network and Application Access Control for Mobile and IoT The latest enhancements to Aruba ClearPass software as part of the Mobile First Platform deliver deeper insights into all connected devices and improve capabilities for third party integration. The new ClearPass Extensions make it easier for IT security professionals and developers to integrate cloud-hosted technology services with Aruba ClearPass. Without major code changes to the base ClearPass software, ecosystem partners simply place their software into a repository that can be leveraged via an API. This allows customers to easily and quickly create automated workflows. In the case of McAfee ePolicy Orchestrator (ePO), Intel Security’s unified management platform, users can check the status of a device. McAfee ePO also provides unified management of endpoint, network and data security. With end-to-end visibility and powerful automation tools, McAfee ePO dramatically strengthens protection and drives down the cost and complexity of managing risk and security. “ClearPass Extensions and the Aruba Mobile First Platform provide a simplified, open model for us to rapidly integrate and extend our offering,” said D.J. Long, Head of Intel Security Innovation Alliance. “The McAfee ePO integration with ClearPass provides customers unified visibility of security posture regardless of network, device type or user location, and automates access policy to safeguard enterprise networks.” To automate access to Enterprise Mobility Management (EMM) attributes from the cloud, the Microsoft Intune integration via ClearPass Extensions enables greater control for organizations that want to provide employees with secure access to corporate applications, data, and resources on almost any device. The Intune integration with Aruba will be available in Q4 CY2016. “Delivered from the cloud and designed to address the needs of today’s mobile-first cloud-first world, Microsoft Intune delivers a comprehensive set of mobile device management and mobile application management capabilities that help you manage your diverse mobile environment in a secure and unified way” said Andrew Conway, General Manager of Product Marketing for Microsoft Enterprise Mobility + Security. “Our integration with Aruba ClearPass will allow you to make sure only managed and compliant devices are able to connect to your corporate network.” Opening the doors to a wide variety of use cases, technology partners like Kasada can be integrated easily for multi-factor authentication (MFA) workflows. Envoy and Sine are examples of partners that automate a guest Wi-Fi access request through ClearPass, via their visitor registration services. Customers can leverage existing solutions, improve user experience and quickly utilize automation to offload IT resources. The new ClearPass OnConnect is ideal for customers who are not ready to deploy 802.1X and RADIUS across their multivendor wired networks for IoT connectivity. Policy management for such environments can still be enabled, where all devices are profiled and placed into proper network segments, without extensive IT operational investment.Improved User Experience and Business Insights for Indoor Location Services The Aruba Mobile First Platform introduces advanced Bluetooth Low Energy (BLE) analytics capabilities to the Meridian Mobile App Platform that go beyond simple monitoring of dwell times at a specific location. The new Meridian Goals leverages insights gathered via BLE to inform marketing and business development teams about the success or failure of their latest engagement campaigns, eliminating the need to sort through varied, detailed reports to determine the results of an engagement program.   With the latest release of Meridian, businesses can now enable location sharing among visitors at venues or employees at work. Individuals running the same mobile app on their phones can share their physical location with colleagues and friends while retaining complete control of their privacy. These new features heighten the user experience and fuel business intelligence regarding collaboration in the workplace and customer behavior within public venues.Delivering Cloud Networking to Distributed Enterprises Addressing the demands for highly customizable cloud networking solutions, Aruba has made significant advancements to its subscription-based, cloud-hosted network services solution, Aruba Central. With its multi- tenant architecture and the new managed services portal, Aruba Central allows resellers to rapidly create custom- branded managed services, deliver value-added services to existing customers and tap into new opportunities. Existing customers and partners can now easily add Aruba Central to their portfolio by integrating it with their existing systems through APIs. Additionally, Aruba Central now includes enterprise-grade capabilities such as Aruba Clarity for predictive visibility into Wi-Fi health and Wi-Fi analytics for visibility into mobile user presence across different physical spaces. The new Aruba Central mobile app allows IT staff to deploy Wi-Fi, wired and WAN routing infrastructure components with zero touch.Maximize Revenue with the Partner Ready for Networking Program Taking advantage of the Aruba Mobile First Platform and positioning partners to be highly competitive in the rapidly changing mobility networking market, Aruba is introducing the Partner Ready for Networking program. This new channel program takes the best elements of the Aruba PartnerEdge and HPE Partner Ready programs to create a new program that enables partners to capitalize on the burgeoning enterprise mobility market opportunity. According to David Elliott, Aruba’s ANZ Channel Sales Director: “The enhanced program delivers predictable profitability via deal protection and a simple structure that makes it easy to calculate deal profitability. Our channel partners will be rewarded with expanded revenue opportunities for specializing in our full networking solution portfolio spanning wireless and switching as well as for developing further expertise in recognized mobility competencies.” The ability to sell extensive services, including managed services such as Aruba Central, will further enhance partner margins and enable them to attain trusted advisor status with their customers. Elliott said, the ability for partners to move quickly and be responsive to their customers drove one of the core principles of the new program – to simplify and make it easier to do business.” “The Partner Ready for Networking Program offers a dedicated partner portal, streamlined one-page deal registration with simplified approval process, easy to understand program requirements with a single point of contact, and planned MDF and lead generation tools and services.” With the new Partner Ready for Networking program, partners will significantly improve their competitive position while maximizing their revenue opportunities with a more predictable revenue stream. Technology Ecosystem Partners Quotes Businesses globally are using Envoy’s visitor registration system to provide a seamless, digital visitor sign-in experience in the workplace. “To make Envoy even better, our customers have been asking for an easy way to provide Wi-Fi access to visitors at the time of registration,” said Larry Gadea, CEO of Envoy. “By integrating our solution with Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions framework, we have created a unique, one-step process that makes visitor registration and Wi-Fi access hassle-free." Software security company, Kasada leads a new paradigm in enterprise digital security by augmenting multifactor authentication (MFA) using and eliminating the need for tokens and passwords. “Combining the Kasada photograph-centric, cloud-based MFA platform with simplified integration via Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions enables enterprise MFA to provide additional automated digital security solutions based on custom factors such as time or suspicious behaviors,” said Sam Crowther, CTO and co-founder of Kasada. “Together we are essentially replacing weak passwords with an easier, more secure solution.” Intelligent visitor and contractor registration software company, Sine, has thousands of customers worldwide. "Using Aruba’s ClearPass Extensions to integrate, we are now able to streamline check-in and Wi-Fi registration functions into a single, seamless process which saves enterprises time and results in faster productivity for end users,” said Antony Ceravolo, CEO and Founder of Sine. “We’ve also added a mobile app option which simplifies and expedites the process even more for frequent visitors.” Skyfii is a data services company that provides cloud-based analytics and location data-driven marketing solutions to help businesses and organizations capture, analyze, and visualize customer behaviors. “Integrating Skyfii’s IO platform with ClearPass Extensions enables businesses to combine network access authentication and customer analytics into a single, uniform and adaptable process,” said Charlie Clemmer, Senior Director for Skyfii. “By combining the custom branding developed within the ClearPass portal and capitalizing on the valuable information ClearPass already collects, customers can turn big data into smart data without the impractical chore of building custom Skyfii integrations for ClearPass.”Availability The Aruba Mobile First Platform and the associated enhancements to ArubaOS, Aruba Central, Aruba ClearPass and Aruba Meridian are available in the fourth quarter calendar year 2016.Additional Resources Kasada blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-Kasada-tackle- weak-passwords/ba-p/275264 SkyFii blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-help-Skyfii- customers-take-flight/ba-p/275265 Sine blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Technology-Blog/ClearPass-Extensions-are-a-Sine-of-the- Times/ba-p/275349 Parnter Ready for Networking Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Aruba-Unplugged/Introducing- Partner-Ready-for-Networking/ba-p/275485 Executive Blog: http://community.arubanetworks.com/t5/Aruba-Unplugged/The-Mobile-First-Enterprise- Makes-GenMobile-Feel-Right-at-Home/ba-p/275237 Aruba Mobile First Platform Product Page: http://www.arubanetworks.com/products/mobile-first-platform/ Aruba Demo 360 Video: https://youtu.be/JwkcbUbwTi4 About Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, is a leading provider of next-generation networking solutions for enterprises of all sizes worldwide. The company delivers IT solutions that empower organizations to serve the latest generation of mobile-savvy users who rely on cloud-based business apps for every aspect of their work and personal lives. To learn more, visit Aruba at http://www.arubanetworks.com. For real-time news updates follow Aruba on Twitter and Facebook, and for the latest technical discussions on mobility and Aruba products visit Airheads Social at http://community.arubanetworks.com. ©2016 Aruba, a Hewlett Packard Enterprise company, Aruba’s trademarks include Aruba Networks®, Aruba The Mobile Edge Company® (stylized), Aruba Mobility-Defined NetworksTM, Aruba Mobility Management System®, People Move Networks Must Follow®, Mobile Edge Architecture®, RFProtect®, Green Island®, ETips®, ClientMatch®, Virtual Intranet AccessTM, ClearPass Access Management SystemsTM, Aruba InstantTM, ArubaOSTM, xSecTM, ServiceEdgeTM, Aruba ClearPass Access Management SystemTM, AirmeshTM, AirWaveTM, Aruba CentralTM, and ARUBA@WORKTM. All rights reserved. All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners. For more information, please contact: Luisa OR Sarah at DEC PR +61 2 8014 5033 and aruba@decpr.com.au