The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2015-08-31T21:45:58Z Epson Wins Prestigious BLI Industry Awards with RIPS Business Printer and Ink Technology 2015-08-31T21:45:58Z epson-wins-prestigious-bli-industry-awards-with-rips-business-printer-and-ink-technology Buyers Laboratory (BLI), the world’s leading independent evaluator of document imaging hardware and software, has recognised Epson’s achievements for its business printing solutions. The WorkForce® Pro WF-R8590 received the Summer 2015 Pick award and Epson’s Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS) technology earned an Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award.   Used with Epson’s acclaimed series of WorkForce Pro Replaceable Ink Pack Printers, RIPS technology solves many of the issues associated with office printing by using super-high-yield ink supply units for printing up to 75,000* pages between ink changes. The result of this is less wasted time and resources, and predictable print costs.   In its summary, BLI noted that printers using RIPS technology was praised for its: ·      Phenomenally high tested yields for all colours ·      Ultra-long-life consumables, which help maintain office productivity and reduce pain points for IT administration ·      User-friendly replacement and maintenance procedures ·      Compact and low waste packaging advantage, which will suit space-constrained office environments   “The super-high ink yields offered by the Epson RIPS are a game-changer in the office marketplace, drastically reducing consumable replacement frequencies and negating the need for on-site storage of extra supplies, which take up valuable space,” noted David Sweetnam, BLI’s director of research and lab services in Europe. “The ultra-long life supplies are also an attractive proposition for suppliers offering ‘all inclusive’ contracts, greatly reducing logistics costs and the headaches associated with keeping clients stocked with supplies at all times.”   General Manager, Business Division, Epson AustraliaCraig Heckenberg said, “Epson prides itself on delivering high quality business printing solutions and to be recognised by such a prestigious industry influencer underscores our commitment to providing customers with low cost yet innovative tools to increase productivity. We are honoured to have received the Summer Pick award for our WorkForce Pro printers, as well as the Outstanding Achievement in Innovation award for RIPS.”   Twice a year, the editors at BLI review all laboratory test data to select the top products that have been evaluated within the past six months. The solutions with the highest evaluation scores are awarded a Pick award within their respective industry categories.   A full list of Epson awards includes: 1.         Epson WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 Network Multifunction Colour Printer: Outstanding Mid- to High-Volume A3 Business Inkjet The WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 A3 multifunction printer features a Replaceable Ink Pack System that delivers up to 75,000 printed pages without changing the ink packs. As with the WF-8590 model, it produces professional quality documents, a 1,831 sheet total paper capacity and high monthly duty cycle make this ideal for shared colour printing on a network.   2.         Epson Replaceable Ink Pack System (RIPS): Outstanding Achievement in Innovation The Epson Replaceable Ink Pack System enables customers to print high impact colour documents with lower running costs compared to colour lasers. With page yields up to 75,000, customers will experience low-intervention convenience for their high-volume colour printing needs.   “Epson’s innovative Replaceable Ink Pack System simplifies routine maintenance, generates very little waste and offers exceptionally high yields, which means downtime is virtually nonexistent,” said BLI Senior Analyst for Printers and A4 MFPs Marlene Orr. “The WorkForce Pro WF-R8590 is ideal for workgroup users, offering low power consumption, support for A3 paper and a lower cost of ownership than laser models.”   * Using an A3 model. Yields are based on simulations generated after testing with ISO/IEC24711 measurement methodology using ISO/IEC 24712 patterns and calculated using Epson’s methodology. Yields may vary for reasons including images printed, documents printed, printing frequency and printing environment. FOXTEL CHOOSES MEDIA ROOM SMART MEDIA ASSET MANAGEMENT FROM SILVER TRAK 2015-08-26T22:33:20Z foxtel-chooses-media-room-smart-media-asset-management-from-silver-trak When Australia’s leading subscription television operator Foxtel had a requirement for a smart media asset management system the evaluation and assessment process resulted in the use of Media Room from Silver Trak. Foxtel Networks Australia Head of Content Operations Rachel Thorley explained, “Media Room serves two purposes, the Production Portal and the Publicity Portal. The purpose of the Production Portal is to enable Foxtel’s production department to store and archive production content, production houses to share content with Foxtel’s production department and Foxtel’s production department to deliver commissioned content to other parties. The purpose of the Publicity Portal is to replace the DVD delivery service where previously Foxtel publicity made DVD copies of key programs and posted them to journalists for review. Both these portals are now part of our daily workflow.” Silver Trak’s Media Room smart media storage, management and delivery service is used by some of Australia’s largest free to air broadcasters, streaming companies and content providers including Foxtel, Transmission Films and Entertainment One. Media Room addresses the specific needs of any broadcaster, production house, post production house or distributor who has media assets they want to store, manage and deliver from the convenience of any web connected device. In simple terms it gives the user 100% control over their assets and the ability to use Silver Trak’s services such as QC, file storage or Aspera fasp™ high speed data transfers without paying any licence fees and without leaving the comfort of their seat. Thorley continued, “When we did our evaluation and assessment of available systems on the market we found that Media Room met our objectives. Media Room is also particularly easy to use.” At Foxtel when using the Production Portal ‘rough cuts’ are sent from external production house to Foxtel’s internal production team for review and approval, then stored and archived. In the Publicity Portal ‘screeners’, promos, and synopsis are shown and incorporated into a campaign at Foxtel Publicity which is then made available to other external parties to view online. Thorley added, “Media Room has been custom-built to Foxtel’s requirements and meets our needs. Media Room is simple to use and as it is completely outsourced, does not require additional hardware or storage.” Media Room’s latest feature is the system’s unique per-campaign per-delivery watermarking solution which enables users to upload their own watermarks and apply them in campaigns and deliveries. This new level of security sits alongside the already successful HLS-encrypted screeners and passcode protection offered by Media Room. Media Room’s offering doesn’t end with storage and management of media assets. The system has been designed to allow for assets to be viewed in customised ‘media rooms’ where users can decide on access and viewing rights thereby enabling a personalised viewing service for their clients. Once viewed the assets can also be delivered anywhere in the world at the click of a button. Assets are automatically transcoded into five proxies and data selection is automated for any browser enabling a superior viewing experience irrespective of viewing device or speed of Internet access. Silver Trak MD Christian Christiansen said, “Media Room works so well for Foxtel because it is unlike any other asset management and delivery service. We developed Media Room in-house, in Australia and it is still fully owned by an Australian company. There is no charge to upload or populate your own Media Room and aside from your small monthly subscription, you only pay when you use any of Media Room or Silver Trak’s services. All assets are stored redundantly and all are easily accessible at anytime. This means Foxtel, indeed all of our clients, many of whom are dealing with their own international clients, can upload, view, amend and deliver those assets 24/7. No one need be restricted any longer by office hours, plane schedules or expensive courier deliveries. Also all assets are all QC’d via the industry-renowned Interra Baton system with the QC reports readily available. When you’re ready you can send proxies as well as the high res assets using the infrastructure we’ve built on the world-class and industry standard Aspera platform. It really is as easy as that.” Media Room allows the seamless flow of content between Foxtel’s external partners and Foxtel’s production team. This is something Thorley sees as a bonus as she concluded, “The seamless flow of content enabled by Media Room saves us time and money, which has helped us to be more efficient. Media Room also allows the creation of programming campaigns and distribution to external publicity parties with the added bonus of easily viewed usage statistics. In addition, Silver Trak's sales, service and support that backs up Media Room is excellent.” The Medicinal Herbs ebook has just been released 2015-08-26T06:16:51Z the-medicinal-herbs-ebook-has-just-been-released We are excited to announce that we have released a new ebook called “Medicinal Herbs”. This ebook has been written by John Mason and the staff of ACS Distance Education. Herbs have been used by humans for many thousands of years. Over the course of this time, our understanding of their effects on our bodies has been learnt - initially through trial and error, and observations, then later through clinical trials. Today our knowledge of plants has given rise to a growing industry in botanical medicine. The Medicinal Herbs ebook is a practical guide on the herbs that can be used as alternative remedies for different conditions in the human body. This ebook is a fascinating read that looks into the chemicals in herbs and their effects on the body. There is a glossary of terms that helps you understand what the medical terms mean and illustrations and detailed herb descriptions help you identify the plants. This ebook also looks at ways in which herbs can be used for medicinal purposes and how to prepare herbs for use in this purpose, such as teas, decotion and ointments.  The majority of this ebook covers a thorough directory of medicinal herbs and looks at the herbs origin, appearance, culture, chemistry, the parts used, what the herb can be used for and the herb’s properties. The conclusion of this ebook helps you think about some different ideas for starting a business using medicinal herbs. This ebook is now available for purchase for $34.95 including GST from our online bookshop and there is also a free sample available here: If you would like a review copy of this ebook, please contact .ISBN:   978-0-9942948-7-6 Pages: 117 Images: 99 Sunshine Coast Council Launches Smart Location Based Information Services 2015-08-26T06:08:11Z sunshine-coast-council-launches-smart-location-based-information-services The Sunshine Coast Council is launching services that use Bluetooth Beacons to provide proximity based information to locals and visitors. The Council has partnered with Australian Company, iProximity to deliver these smart information services.  Sunshine Coast Council said its initial partnership with iProximity will provide a new way for residents and visitors to enjoy one of the region’s premier destinations.  “We are currently setting up a trial for the Bluetooth Beacons at the Sculpture Garden at the Maroochy Bushland Botanic Gardens in Tanawha, with a view to rolling other Beacon initiatives in many other areas,” a Council spokesman said. Visitors with the HelloLocal App installed on their smartphone can detect the Beacons and locate information on the artwork or sculpture. The information includes pictures, text, audio or video and in the future may also be delivered in different languages to meet the needs of tourists.   iProximity spokesman David Burden said, “we are proud to have been selected by the Sunshine Coast Council as a Smart Platform provider as they are one of the Australian leaders in deploying smart city capabilities.”For more information please visit BSI obtains first global accreditation for ISO 9001:2015 2015-08-26T05:56:24Z bsi-obtains-first-global-accreditation-for-iso-9001-2015 BSI, the business standards company, is the first certification body to receive official global accreditation status from the ANSI-ASQ National Accreditation Board (ANAB) for the new Quality Management Standard, ISO 9001:2015. To gain accredited status, BSI’s transition process and auditor training to the new standard have been independently assessed to ensure it operates at the highest level of quality and service.  This provides assurance to clients that the certificates issued to them, once the new standard is published, are both credible and impartial. BSI can now carry out audits to the new version of the standard meaning organizations can begin their transition process. The new ISO 9001:2015 has been revised to take into account today’s dynamic and globally interconnected world. Some of the key changes include: - Greater emphasis on building a management system suited to each organization’s particular needs- A requirement that those at the top of an organization be involved and accountable, aligning quality with wider business strategy- Risk-based thinking throughout the standard makes the whole management system a preventive tool and encourages continuous improvement - Less prescriptive requirements for documentation: the organization can now decide what documented information it needs and what format it should be in- Alignment with other key management system standards through the use of a common structure and core text Marc Barnes, Managing Director of BSI Group ANZ said “ISO 9001 is the world’s most popular management system standard. Being the first Certification Body to attain accreditation is a testament to our profile as thought leaders in international compliance standards”.  BSI is here to help our clients transition to the new standard, embedding the latest best practice into your organizations and enabling them to take advantage of the additional benefits as early as possible. Find out more about the 2015 revision  Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department:Ph: +61 02 8877 7131 Email: Aussie solar car startup to showcase in Vegas 2015-08-24T06:59:14Z aussie-solar-car-startup-to-showcase-in-vegas Melbourne-based electric vehicle technology startup EVX ( has announced it will be exhibiting its scaled down model custom solar car and spin-off technologies at the world’s largest automotive speciality parts trade show in the world, the SEMA Show 2015 (Speciality Equipment and Marketing Association) ( at Las Vegas Convention Center, USA in November. The SEMA Show attracts more than 100,000 industry leaders from around the world from more than 100 countries. EVX is a collaboration with the leading electric vehicle R&D group at Swinburne University of Technology and experienced local engineers who have designed and produced award winning solar racing cars. The engineering team at EVX is led by electric vehicle expert Dr Clint Steele. Co-Founder & CEO of EVX Barry Nguyen said “Without government funding so far, we have made significant progress in our R&D and getting closer to turn our ambitious vision into a reality. With the strong leadership of Dr Clint Steele, we have succeeded in keeping our approach lean through working with final year engineering students and new graduate engineers. ” Unlike the soulless and impractical nature of solar racers which have appeared in the World Solar Challenge for the past 25 years, EVX claims their solar car ‘The Immortus’ will be aesthetically pleasing, have true sports car performance and be able to make drivers completely independent, so they don’t need to rely on service stations in certain environmental conditions. “The Immortus is a limited edition bespoke sports car powered by the sun - a world first in this category. Inspired by the world portrayed in post-apocalyptic movies, the Immortus is designed to exhibit a toughness that no other car has: endurance.” Whilst designing the solar car technology platform, EVX has identified several innovations which has global commercialisable potential. This includes: - A hybrid retrofit kit concept - enabling current petrol cars, light trucks and fleet vehicles to be converted from being petrol powered to plug-in hybrid. In addition, the kit can increase acceleration after braking and turn 2 wheel drive vehicles into all wheel drive. - Lightweight air cooled battery box with multi-industry applications. - Regenerative shock absorber technology - recharging batteries from absorbing the bumps on the road with also multi-industry applications. “The hybrid retrofit kit concept has recently attracted interest from a prominent Melbourne-based OEM auto parts manufacturer. We look forward to exhibiting at the SEMA trade show to develop new global partnerships, seek further customer feedback and attract pre-sales for our breakthrough products. ” says Nguyen.   Below is the latest render of The Immortus. BSI Launches PAS 96 for suppliers 2015-08-24T06:21:12Z bsi-launches-pas-96-for-suppliers Business standards company, BSI, has launched a new specification for preventing deliberate attack on food and drink. The new Publically Available Specification (PAS 96) has been developed to prevent deliberate attacks on food and drink and to improve the resilience of all parts of production and supply chains against attack. PAS 96 covers types of attackers and addresses a number of specific threats including extortion, malicious contamination, cybercrime, espionage, economically motivated adulteration and counterfeiting. To address these types of attacks, PAS 96 introduces Threat Assessment Critical Control Points (TACCP), a risk management framework closely aligned with HACCP. TACCP can be used by food businesses as part of a broad risk management strategy to reduce the likelihood of a deliberate attack, reduce the impact of an attack and reassure stakeholders about the safety of the production and supply chain. PAS 96 is intended for use by all organisations involved in the food and agri-food sector, many of which operate in areas with very little legal protection. Businesses can access PAS 96 for free for a short time by visiting Require more information about PAS 96? Contact Todd RedwoodGeneral Manager - Food, Supply Chain and OperationsEmail: New Clean Coal Catalyst Helps Coal Companies Meet Tough New Obama Guidelines 2015-08-24T05:50:10Z new-clean-coal-catalyst-helps-coal-companies-meet-tough-new-obama-guidelines According to the latest publication of the USA’s Annual Energy Outlook, coal has seen little or no growth in demand since 2008. It has in fact shown a downward trend ever since, with the possibility of demand going into the negative as early as 2040. Coal, which is formed from thousands of years of decomposition of trees and animal life, has been facing stiff competition from the likes of solar, wind, and other renewable sources of energy despite these forms of energy being expensive and in some cases, illogical. Because of this, the government, along with the rest of the world are slowly but surely shifting its focus from this non-renewable source of energy to alternate energy such as solar power and natural gas. The new restrictions set by the Obama administration’s Clean Air Act have also dealt a serious blow to coal, with many experts estimating that coal use would cease as early as 2030. A new technology offers the coal industry hope, with Burn Less Coal’s proven spray-on catalyst. And in spite of the US Supreme Court’s June ruling, which has dismissed the EPA’s and Obama’s highly-restrictive pollution proposals, the coal industry can breathe a sigh of relief. On top of this, this is only a sign that the transition from coal will take some time because of the huge investments and obligations that go into such a transition. Moreover, at the moment, the American government just doesn’t have the infrastructure or the money to invest in renewable energy infrastructure on a large scale. Who does? Certainly not when these forms of energy, besides natural gas, are not financially logical. However, there is a much more immediate solution to the inefficacies of coal that is fast gaining momentum in the coal industry. While some companies have already tested and implemented it in real-life, many industry leaders are rapidly becoming convinced of the benefits that Burn Less Coal’s catalyst solution offers. Recent testing was conducted using laboratory experiments at EERC to prove the viability of using a catalyst to treat combustible coal. Developed by a company known as Burn Less Coal, their spray-on catalyst is both environmentally friendly by burning, less coal and by producing a cleaner burn with less CO and CO2. It is used as an extremely potent method of controlling coal by-product emissions, which produces cleaner energy and gets the power industry one step closer to true clean coal power production. About Burn Less Coal: A company dedicated to providing a holistic solution for both the environment and coal companies, Burn Less Coal has pioneered the technology required to provide clean coal fuel. Their catalytic solution is environmentally safe, tested in labs and research institutions, and completely economical. Contact: Charlles Bohdy, Senior Partner BURN LESS COAL 4456 North Abbe Rd #103 Sheffield Village, Ohio 44035 Toll Free 844-les-coal Phone 844-537-2625 or 440-219-1606info@burnlesscoal.com Timber Suppliers in Brisbane Prepare for Timber Decking Rush 2015-08-24T04:50:35Z timber-suppliers-in-brisbane-prepare-for-timber-decking-rush Brisbane, QLD, 24 August 2015 - As winter begins its transition into spring, timber decking season is heating up in Brisbane. Narangba Timbers are preparing for another busy spring as homeowners take advantage of mild spring temperatures to build timber decks for their homes. Timber decks are becoming popular, both in the Brisbane area and across Australia, especially in capital city areas. As homes and property blocks become smaller, Australians still want space to enjoy their leisure time. For many, a timber deck is just what the doctor ordered. Timber decking is an efficient, inexpensive way to create more living space in a home. While it isn’t actually inside of the home, timber decking has become popular for use as an alfresco living area, adding living space to the home even though it is technically outside of the building.One of the more popular uses for timber decking in the Brisbane area is as a place to enjoy BBQ and one’s favourite beverages. Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, a timber decking supplier in the Brisbane area, recently published a guide to getting started on his company blog. According to Mr Kyle: “We always recommend doing one’s due diligence before beginning a project like a timber deck. It is crucial to make sure that you are cooperating with your council and neighbourhood regulations regarding timber decking. In addition, those who are in a bushfire prone area are required to use certain species of timber to prevent ignition during bushfires.”Mr Kyle made a series of recommendations in his blog post for what he called the “research phase.” He recommends that anyone who is considering a timber deck figure out how large it needs to be and what they want to use it for. It is also important to orient the deck on the north or northeast side of the home if possible, with the north side the preferred destination. This provides the most consistent weather profile with the least extremes in temperature according to season.Ideally, Mr Kyle feels the timber deck should be built closest to the most used room in the home. For most homeowners and families, this is the family room or the kitchen. However, the north side of the home is always preferable and more important than the proximity to a specific room in the home. Mr Kyle also mentions what he feels to be some important design factors. According to Mr Kyle:“We have a design deck and plenty of online plans that make it easy to design and build a timber deck. We recommend checking out your neighbours and any other people who have nice timber decks until you see a design that looks great to you. Chances are, we can help you execute that design with our online resources, our display deck and our expert customer service staff.”Mr Kyle concludes: “Check out the display deck at our retail site. It will save you a lot of hassle.”Narangba Timbers are timber decking suppliers in the Brisbane area. They specialise in world class customer service. Their timber decking “decksperts” have a wealth of experience in helping Brisbane area homeowners design and build timber decks. To learn more or to enquire about starting a project, call (07) 3888 1293 or visit their website: Incentives For Solar Power Battery Storage Systems in Adelaide 2015-08-21T06:18:39Z incentives-for-solar-power-battery-storage-systems-in-adelaide With the recent announcement from the Adelaide City Council that they will be offering incentives to homes and businesses who install a solar power battery system, Solar Power Direct are excited to announce that they have teamed up with global technology giants Samsung to increase the use of environmentally friendly solar energy in homes and commercial residences right across Adelaide. Solar Power Direct will now be supplying Samsung SDI's ESS (energy-saving solution) solar power battery storage system, which work by storing solar power generated by roof-based solar panels. This allows households, communities and businesses to harness this energy as and when needed, enabling a greener and ultimately cheaper energy solution for the home or business owner. Homes and businesses that make use of solar power through this new partnership between Solar Power Direct and Samsung SDI can benefit from decreased energy bills, the ability for the ESS to provide emergency power during a power cut and financial incentives, announced by the Adelaide government, which will be covered later in this post. Samsung SDI’s all-in-one, fully inclusive ESS can easily be connected to a photovoltaic (PV) system, whether one is already installed or not; Solar Power Direct provide a range of quality solar power cells, panels and inverters, for both commercial and residential properties. Samsung SDI’s ESS essentially works by storing the charge generated by the PV module during daylight hours and allowing households and businesses to use the energy generated to power their homes when needed, usually at night. The solar battery backup is linked to the power grid, meaning that energy costs are not only saved in that one property, but the benefits are also shared with the wider population, as transmission and distribution costs are reduced with each installation. The ESS itself is simple and easy to install and can be maintained and controlled remotely, enabling users to check how much energy their solar power battery is storing from the web or via their smartphones, whether they’re at work or on holiday. In the unlikely event of a fault occurring in the system, the ESS includes the ability to sense malfunctions before they happen. If something does slip through the net, Samsung operates a local service network, giving users extra peace of mind should things go awry. The ESS’ lithium-ion battery is VDE tested and is fully safe to use. What’s more, it's proven to last 6,000 cycles, significantly longer than lead-acid batteries; although they may be more powerful initially, these soon depreciate to such an extent that they may need to be replaced every five years or so. Samsung SDI’s ESS battery can last for 10 years or more, without showing a noteworthy downturn in storage capability. Solar Power Direct Solar Power Direct is a proud South Australian solar company dedicated to providing total excellence in solar energy for residential home owners and commercial businesses. Honesty, transparency and integrity are always at the forefront of our minds. Visit for more information. Discovering function within the World of Urban Lighting 2015-08-20T09:25:34Z discovering-function-within-the-world-of-urban-lighting Present-day humans have always maintained a sincere closeness with the urban landscape with which they inhabit. The buildings and architecture in our life serve as an ultimate source of truth to the technology that has come to illuminate our experience. While lighting within the urban landscape is neither recent nor exclusive with the arrival of public illumination by 1417 in London, the wonders of modern technology have allowed us to transform these principles to create the world we have today. Widespread illumination has brought with it a kind of freedom and expression that our old cycle of day and night once conveyed. This shift in paradigm has driven a plethora of industrial designers and lighting architects to try and enhance our relationship which have with light. As the universal understanding of our cities evolve and grow with great emphasis for efficiency, contemporary lighting has slowly come to encompass the subtle practice of art and hope. Lighting designer, Leni Schwendinger, has been working in the field of lighting design for more than 20 years and has lectured and taught widely throughout the United States, Latin America, Europe and Japan. Her intricate designs are featured in cities from all around the world.  Joining Arup in 2013 as an Associate Principal, Schwendinger is a leading expert of city lighting. Her wealth of knowledge explores the ways with which urban lighting techniques have transformed our societies into a living and breathing ecosystem of life. Schwendinger will be presenting at the upcoming Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2015 on the topic of Night-time Lighting for Urban Spaces, which is being held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 8 & 9 September 2015. Schwendinger’s work at Arup includes the Global Lighting Urbanist initiative which delves into the everyday night-time design of city districts for street lighting and public housing. In a recent interview she said, "Innovation and creativity for bringing light to public spaces all over the world energizes architecture, landscape and urban infrastructure with the ultimate goal of connecting people to each other and their surroundings.” Her unique visions into the world of urban lighting aim to create outdoor spaces that are conducive to social interaction, as well as promote the psychological well-being of people. “Strategic light at night enhances legibility – ease of access – during the darkened hours,” reflecting on the greater feelings of security that the clever use of lighting can provide. This kind of enduring consideration emphasises the importance for lighting designers to improve the efficiency of lighting and bring good design to the world of function that our demanding economies exert. LED lighting has become increasingly popular in cities around the world, transforming our societies in ways never thought possible before. Conquering the dark has always remained one of our greatest discoveries and our ability to illuminate the skies has allowed us to live in a timeless paradigm where adventure no long feels so barren. Lighting is no longer an intellectual curiosity for the subtle minded. Entire continents are now connected by light in ways never dreamed before. The Australian Lighting Summit will feature a range of different lighting design experts presenting on a variety of different topics regarding urban lighting including Lend Lease - Michael Sparrow, Ironbark Sustainability - Paul Brown, Senior Electrical Engineer - Sarah Linton and Ramus Illumination - Bruce Ramus. Endorsed by City of Melbourne, the 3rd Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit 2015 will be held at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre on 8 & 9 September 2015. For more information on the 3rd Annual Australian Smart Lighting Summit, please visit About Expotrade Expotrade, the organisers of this Summit have developed an array of top quality B2B events, delivering some of the largest conferences and summits in the infrastructure, banking and finance, information technology, sustainability, lighting and energy sectors. Timber Sales Firm in Brisbane Calls for Higher Industry Standards 2015-08-19T05:01:40Z timber-sales-firm-in-brisbane-calls-for-higher-industry-standards Brisbane, QLD, 19 August 2015 - As the timber industry begins to evolve into the 2020’s and beyond, global standards and technology are making the timber industry more competitive than it has ever been. According to Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, it is time for the industry to make a concerted effort to raise training and education standards.Narangba Timbers is one of the more prominent timber sales facilities in the Brisbane area. They are known for high quality, low prices and great customer service. Mr Kyle has been a leader by example in the quest for higher standards within the industry. Recently, in a post on his company blog, Mr Kyle called for higher standards in all facets of the industry. According to Mr Kyle:“The timber industry is competitive. We love carrying Australian timber, but we also carry some imports to provide choices to our customers. As far as we’re concerned, we want to see the Australian timber industry remain healthy and competitive, both here and in the global market. This is going to require some innovation and recalibration as the industry continues to evolve in efficiency, production and transport.”The Forest Industry Advisory Council (FIAC), commissioned by the Australian Government, addressed the issue of the need for better education within the timber industry in a document called, “Meeting Future Market Demand: Australia’s Forest Products and Forest Industry.” They pointed out some facts they see as problematic for the industry’s efforts to remain competitive in an ever-evolving marketplace.Currently, entry level candidates either get their industry training through tertiary education or via Vocational Education and Training (VET). VET is provided by Registered Training Organisations (RTO’s), of which there are approximately 60 offering training in forestry and timber processing. At its peak, enrolment was steady at 6,000 students per year. In 2012, the number of forestry and timber processing students dropped to 4,000 from 6,000 the previous year for a drop of 33%.There are only three universities that currently offer an undergraduate bachelor degree in Forestry Science. There are only four that offer graduate degrees in forestry or in timber processing. Consequently, enrolment decreased more than 50% from 1994 to 2007. Mr Kyle wants to see that change: “We need more education and we need better education. There are plenty of great positions in the timber industry. There should be plenty of opportunity for career growth in the industry as it continues to evolve. Technology is getting better every day; we have to match that on our end, too.”Mr Kyle concluded: “We have the most timber land in the world. We know how to harvest sustainably and help the environment at the same time. It’s good for Australia when Australian timber is competitive on both the domestic and global levels. But we are going to have to have better education to stay that way.”Narangba Timbers is a leader in the timber sales industry. Located in the Brisbane area, they specialise in a wide selection and high standards of customer service. They offer timber for heavy construction, but also for home projects such as timber decking, timber flooring and timber fencing. To learn more or to talk to their top notch customer service staff, call (07) 3888 1293. Australia’s favourite motorcycle brands revealed 2015-08-18T05:10:26Z australia-s-favourite-motorcycle-brands-revealed At a time when motorcycle registrations are increasing significantly, Australia’s favourite motorcycle brands have been honoured with new awards focused on rider satisfaction. Based on a survey of more than 700 bikers across the country by consumer research company Canstar Blue, the awards recognise four brands in five different categories. They come at a time when the number of motorcycle registrations has increased by 22% in the last five years, according to the Australian Bureau of Statistics. The latest figures show motorcycle registrations are increasing faster than any other vehicle type, with 800,000 now on Australia’s roads. “In light of the increasing popularity of motorcycles, we sought to find out which brands are hitting all the right notes with consumers,” said Head of Canstar Blue, Megan Doyle. “Naturally the type of motorcycle you want will have a bearing on the brand you choose, but we wanted to know which are giving Aussies the biggest bang for their buck.” Motorcycles Harley-Davidson led a field of eight brands to ride off with Canstar Blue’s Most Satisfied Customers Award for motorcycles, scoring five-star ratings in regards to comfort, reliability and mileage, as well as overall customer satisfaction. “There are a lot of factors that go into determining the enjoyment of a motorcycle but those who ride a Harley are clearly the most satisfied with their overall package,” said Mrs Doyle. “As one of the most recognisable brands in the world, Harley-Davidson motorcycles come with huge expectations, but it seems they are being met.” The survey found the average spend on motorcycles to be $9,912, with one in four respondents using a bike loan or financing to pay. And the average age at which respondents bought their first motorcycle was 21. A significant 58% own a bike because riding is their hobby, 45% cited cheaper running costs as a reason and 12% wanted to join a social group. Ten per cent said their bike makes them “feel sexy”. Motorcycle tyres The award for motorcycle tyres went to Michelin, which achieved top marks in five out of six criteria. That adds to Michelin’s recent award success for car tyres. Survey respondents spent an average of $308 when they last bought a new motorcycle tyre, with one in five (20%) opting for the cheapest available. “Ultimately consumers want good handling and longevity from their tyres, but they’re also conscious of paying more than they have to,” said Mrs Doyle. “Three out of five survey respondents are wary of being ripped off when they buy tyres, which probably helps explain why 32% delay buying new tyres for as long as they can. “Whether it’s for cars or motorcycles, consumers clearly think Michelin is striking a perfect balance between tyre life, handling and value for money. Holding our awards for both motorcycle and car tyres is a fantastic achievement.” Motorcycle helmets The award for motorcycle helmets went to Nolan, which beat seven other brands with a clean sweep of top ratings across the board. The survey found the average spend on helmets to be $380 and one in four (24%) respondents said they have bought a helmet online. Just 16% said they have bought a helmet from overseas and 14% have used a helmet that has been previously damaged. “When it comes to helmet safety standards, most Aussies have really got their heads screwed on,” said Mrs Doyle. “They understand the dangers of using old or damaged helmets and when it comes to quality standards the majority think there can be a big difference between them. They clearly don’t want to skimp on something so important. “There are a lot of things to consider when buying a new helmet and Nolan has achieved a very strong set of results across the board.” Motorcycle gloves and jackets The awards for motorcycle gloves and jackets both went to Dririder, which achieved a near-perfect set of results across both categories. The survey found the average spend on gloves to be $168 and jackets to be $356. “Just one in four motorcyclists opt for the cheapest available gloves, which tells you they are happy to spend a good amount if they know they’re getting quality,” said Mrs Doyle. “The same applies to jackets because more than anything else, bikers want a jacket that fits comfortably and gives them the protection they need. Dririder is clearly meeting their expectations.” ENDS *Please note brands with the same overall satisfaction rating are listed in alphabetical order. For further information or to speak with a Canstar Blue spokesperson, please contact: Simon Downes Media Specialist P: 07 3837 4171 I E: About Canstar Blue Canstar Blue was launched in July of 2010 by CANSTAR - Australia and New Zealand’s premier researcher of retail finance information for more than 350 institutions across the finance sector. Canstar Blue measures and tracks Australian and New Zealand consumer satisfaction across over 100 different categories to help consumers make the best purchasing decisions for their needs. What are the Canstar Blue ratings? Canstar Blue researches, compares and rates products and services according to customer satisfaction across categories including banking, telecommunications, appliances, electronics, utilities and FMCG. Results are freely available to consumers who are encouraged to use the ratings as a guide to product excellence. The full range of results can be seen on the Canstar Blue website at Home Renovation Professionals in Perth Reveal Six Crucial Mistakes that Homeowners Make When Renovating Their Homes 2015-08-17T09:01:10Z home-renovation-professionals-in-perth-reveal-six-crucial-mistakes-that-homeowners-make-when-renovating-their-homes Perth, WA, 17 August 2015 - Home renovation has become popular in Perth and across Australia. The proliferation and popularity of home improvement shows on cable TV is proof positive that Australians love home renovations. Unfortunately, not every home renovation job is done correctly. When a home renovation job is done incorrectly, it can carry severe financial consequences for the homeowner. If the homeowner is “lucky,” they will just have to repair it later. However, crucial mistakes can cause structural damage and even cause a home to burn down in the case of faulty wiring. Max Sardi, an award winning home renovation designer in Perth, can recall numerous incidences of having to make expensive repairs and renovations on homes that were damaged by well-meaning but sloppy “home renovators.” According to Mr Sardi: “When it is done correctly, home renovation can turn your current home into your dream home. It can enhance your current lifestyle while increasing the value of your home in the event that you want to sell it in the future. However, shoddy, ill-conceived renovations can actually lower the value of your home and turn it into a nightmare scenario. In other words, not exactly what you planned.”Lack of PreparationOne of the most common mistakes homeowners make is that they don’t prepare properly. A well-conceived home renovation will have a plan, a budget and a timeframe. Mr Sardi recommends always having these three details in a firm contract with one’s contractor before beginning the renovation.Shoddy WorkmanshipMr Sardi has been called to repair shoddy workmanship on the part of other contractors or the occasional well-meaning DIY-er. Shoddy workmanship comes in many forms. One is cutting corners. It can be tempting for non-professional builders or builders who don’t take pride in their work to omit details or use imprecise measurements. Another form of shoddy workmanship is to ignore wiring, plumbing or structural issues in a renovation and build over them. Typically, this produces a renovation that looks great in the beginning, but results in the homeowner having to tear walls down to get to problems that should have been addressed in the first place.What Mr Sardi RecommendsMr Sardi recommends hiring only professional builders who have a track record of success, plenty of testimonials and who take pride in their work. According to Mr Sardi:“It is important to hire someone you can trust to turn your current home into your dream home. If you are going to spend good money on a home renovation, extension or both, you should make sure that the people you hire take pride in their work and count many of their former customers as raving fans.”Mr Sardi concluded: “If you are doing a home renovation, do it right the first time. Make it something you will be proud and happy to live in. Otherwise, it just isn’t worth it.” Next Level Extensions is a home renovation firm in Perth. Led by award winning home renovation designer Max Sardi, they offer home renovations, second storey additions and home extensions to their customers in the Perth area. To learn more or for a consult from Mr Sardi, call 1300 948 094 or visit their website today: Sports Camps Australia Partners with Cheeki 2015-08-13T22:57:57Z sports-camps-australia-partners-with-cheeki Sydney Olympic Park, NSW 12, August 2015 - Sports Camps Australia, partners of US Sports Camps, the largest and most successful sports camps operators in the world, is excited to announce their newest partnership with Cheeki, Australia's leading brand of stainless steel & lifestyle products . Passionate for a cleaner, greener and healthier planet, Cheeki launched into the drink ware market with stainless steel bottles. Great designs and quality products aided Cheeki to grow quickly into Australia’s leading stainless steel bottle company. Safe, Healthy, BPA-FreeNo nasty toxins to leach into your drinking water: Cheeki products are manufactured from premium food grade stainless steel, and BPA-free polypropylene lids. Plus, non-toxic inks are used on artwork exteriors. You’ll notice how fresh and pure your water tastes.Environmentally FriendlierTogether with Cheeki, we aim to reduce the consumption of single-use disposable products. Their BPA free line of water bottles are the great alternative for active kids using great, healthy products. SCA are proud to to be associated with such a healthy brand product that keeps your water clean, cool and tasting fresh. Even better, every camper who attends a 3 day sports camp during the school holidays will receive this water bottle!  About Sports Camps Australia Sports Camps Australia (SCA) was founded in 2013 and headquartered in Sydney, Australia. SCA has partnered with US Sports Camps, the largest and most successful sports camps operator in the world. US Sports Camps is responsible for running all Nike Sports Camps as well as other sponsored programs in this market.