The PRWIRE Press Releases http:// 2014-11-23T22:31:28Z Hosted Network announce the launch of Desktop DR 2014-11-23T22:31:28Z hosted-network-announce-the-launch-of-desktop-dr Renowned Desktop as a Service Provider, Hosted Network have boosted their cloud economics repertoire, with the Sydney-based company announcing it now provides Desktop DR, enabling organisations to easily protect their business and ensure workforce continuity in the event of a disaster. Hosted Network identified a gap in their premium cloud-hosting services by acknowledging that their partner’s end-users are often neglected from traditional disaster recovery schemes. They closed this margin with their comprehendible and affordable Desktop DR solution that promises end-users the ability to quickly resume productivity from any device, anywhere should a disaster impact their workforce. Managing Director of Solisita and Hosted Network partner, Noel Allnutt was thrilled with Hosted Network’s latest offerings, stating: “Solista specialises in providing customers with innovative, industry leading data management solutions to enhance business performance. Disaster Recovery and Business Continuity have traditionally been too hard, too complex and too expensive for customers to have a complete and reliable plan. Solista chose hosted network’s Desktop DR solutions as it eliminates the challenges and complexity of traditional methods.”    Retaining their position at the forefront of Desktop as a Service innovation, the Desktop DR solution is a vital and easy extension onto existing Partner server offerings. It allows for all organisations to have a comprehensive desktop disaster recovery plan at a mere fraction of the cost of standard physical desktop DR. Hosted Network’s Managing Director, Ben Town, was thrilled to be adding Desktop DR as a partner service, stating: “No business is exempt from disaster, whether it be a natural disaster or manmade from bushfires through to severe storms, and at the individual business level, work disruption from these can cost thousands of dollars per employee per day in lost productivity and opportunities.  With Desktop DR, businesses are able to add desktop reservation capacity for their tiered workforce with a mix and match of recovery SLAs of 6, 24, and 48 for as little as $5 per month, per desktop and with minimal exertion.” Proudly Australia’s first DaaS provider, Hosted Network remains on the pulse of enhancing and simplifying workplace culture through innovative, smart solutions for your organisation. About Hosted Network Hosted Network is Australia’s first and only white label Desktop as a Service provider, specifically built and marketed to MSPs and IT Integrators. Hosted Network allow its partners to quickly and easily go to market with a DaaS service and a range of value add products without the need for any large upfront capital expenses. For more information visit http://www.hostednetwork.net.au    About Solisita Solisita is an Australian owned and operated company that prides itself on turning IT into a business asset, not a liability. Solisita was created under the concept of working with organisations to give them the opportunity to work with a service provider who cuts through the rhetoric and challenges of legacy IT. For more information visit http://www.solista.com.au    Contact   To enquire into Desktop DR, please contact:   Meryl Palma, Channel Manager Email: meryl.palma@hostednetwork.net.au Phone: 1300 781 148   For any marketing enquiries, please contact:   Naomi Rheinberger, Marketing Coordinator Email: naomi.rheinberger@hostednetwork.net.au NetDespatch and Blackbay power ‘Pass My Parcel’ platform for Smiths News 2014-11-20T22:26:14Z netdespatch-and-blackbay-power-pass-my-parcel-platform-for-smiths-news Marlow, Bucks, UK – 18, November 2014 – NetDespatch, the leading Software as a Service (SaaS) parcel data management platform and Blackbay, the leading provider of mobility-enabled solutions for the transport and logistics industry, today revealed that they have jointly provided the technology which powers ‘Pass My Parcel’, the new same day Click and Collect service from Smiths News, which has been selected by Amazon for its customers in the UK. Announced in October, Pass My Parcel allows Amazon customers to place an order before 11am and collect at a location convenient to them until 8pm the same day, seven days per week. The parcels are being delivered by Smiths News, the UK’s leading newspaper and magazine wholesaler using technology provided by NetDespatch’s Click and Collect integration platform, in partnership with Blackbay’s Delivery Connect software which provides complete visibility of goods throughout the entire collection and delivery process. Marcus Cotes, IT Director at Smiths News, comments: “We are utilising our existing distribution network and infrastructure to provide same day and next morning distribution of Amazon parcels via our network of independent retailers operating as parcel shops. NetDespatch’s platform has allowed us to receive delivery manifest data from Amazon, which is integrated with Blackbay’s Delivery Connect software, to create a single view connecting the Amazon fulfilment centres, our distribution centres and drivers, up to 1,000 store pick up locations, and our internal billing and administration systems.” From point of collection through to ‘last mile’ delivery of parcels, Smiths News and Amazon have instant online visibility of all distribution centre, driver and in-store activity through data provided from Blackbay’s Delivery Connect solution, which is deployed to handheld terminals used by both the Smiths News logistics staff and the retail stores. Parcels are scanned throughout their journey from the Amazon fulfilment centres to the Smiths News distribution centres, where they are allocated to van drivers to deliver them to their network of parcel shop retailers.  They are then collected in-store by the Amazon customers who must present a pick-up code or barcode to complete the collection. “We had a vision for a new type of parcel delivery system, which would allow us to leverage our existing distribution and logistics expertise and provide a market-leading proposition. We needed to get it to market very rapidly, and selected the joint NetDespatch / Blackbay proposition, as we were confident that they could support us in creating a seamless, integrated solution at pace,” continued Cotes. Nigel Doust, CEO, Blackbay comments: “Driven in part by the ‘Amazon Effect’ around home delivery, consumers now expect to have more control around when and how their goods are delivered, the challenge for everyone involved in retailing, shipping and logistics is how to up their game and offer collection and delivery solutions which provide choice and convenience. Working with NetDespatch, we are able to deliver innovative new services that do just that. Together we provide transport and logistics companies with an all-important competitive advantage – the ability to meet consumers’ demands for first time, on time, every time deliveries. The Amazon and Smith News Pass My Parcel service is a perfect example.” Becky Clark, CEO, NetDespatch comments: “Between Blackbay and NetDespatch, over 15 million shipments are created, tracked and managed each day in the UK, Asia Pacific and North America Regions. The NetDespatch SaaS platforms provide proven, reliable and scalable solutions to get innovative parcel delivery propositions to market quickly, and then to scale with them. This is the reason that Smiths News chose our solution to deliver its Pass My Parcel service to Amazon.” -      END - About NetDespatch: Founded in 1999 and headquartered in Marlow, NetDespatch is recognised as one of the top Cloud Computing providers in the UK, provides a Software as a Service (SaaS) shipping, tracking and systems integration platform for postal and parcel carriers worldwide. The platform currently enables carriers to provide more than 130,000 of their business customers with solutions to seamlessly integrate ecommerce websites, sales order processing and warehouse systems at point of despatch. Users can print the correct shipping labels, customs documentation and manifests, and automatically pre-advise their carrier of incoming parcels. For more information  www.netdespatch.com. Or follow NetDespatch on Twitter @NetDespatch About Blackbay: Blackbay is the leading provider of mobility enabled solutions for the transport and logistics (T&L) industry. The company’s configurable end-to-end products enable delivery companies to work smarter ensuring that they can provide a first time, on time, every time delivery. Using real-time data and automated workflows, Blackbay’s solution connects the shipper, operations, management, the driver and crucially the customer, to help delivery companies offer the best possible delivery experience. Blackbay, headquartered in London, operates across APAC, EMEA and the USA, supporting over 145,000 drivers delivering in excess of 6 million deliveries per day. For more information www.blackbay.com/ Or follow Blackbay on Twitter @BlackbayLtd  About Smiths News: Smiths News is the UK’s leading newspaper and magazine wholesaler A leader in time sensitive logistics, serving 30,000 customers from 43 distribution centres across the UK. Smiths News’ people, processes and technology make it the UK’s number one wholesaler in the large newspaper and magazines market, categories with an annual value of £2.06bn and £3.3bn respectively. Our customers include supermarkets, high street chains, independent retailers, petrol forecourts and home delivery networks. No customer is too big or too small. Ranging from small independent retailers in remote locations, to the nation’s biggest supermarkets, we deliver 364 days a year. We are proud to offer an efficient, friendly and professional service. Smiths News has one of the world’s largest SAP systems monitoring its entire network.     New CANNON CAV® 4.2 Dual-Bath Kinematic Viscometer 2014-11-20T00:29:25Z -172 Medium to high throughput laboratories requiring D445 precision will find the new instrument combines CANNON quality and reliability with modern design and unique features to enhance productivity, reduce costs and improve data quality. This fully self-contained benchtop instrument boasts a 35% smaller footprint than similar dual-bath D445 viscometers, conserving precious lab space. It provides simple, out-of-the-box installation and requires no external components. Professional installation, VISCPRO® data storage and management software, viscometer tubes, standards, and a high precision digital thermometer are included with each instrument. An on-board computer and user-friendly touch-screen interface allow a single CAV 4.2 unit to be run without an external PC. For higher throughput labs, a single external PC can manage up to four CAV 4.2 instruments using the powerful VISCPRO software.  Multiple pre-defined and user-defined test methods can be run in the same sample tray to maximise flexibility and save valuable set up time. Status indicator bath lights provide a simple, easily viewed indication of operational status ensuring worry-free operation. Cost-saving features include a tube design that reduces solvent usage and disposal costs by more than 50%. Operators can complete replacement of CAV 4.2 viscometer tubes in a matter of minutes, eliminating the need to schedule related service calls. Single-point temperature calibration avoids tube recalibration costs and maximizes test flexibility. Automated vial washing and drying reduces vial consumption costs and replaces manual washing, saving time. The CAV 4.2 operates at any temperature between 15 °C and 150 °C (with available options) and its dual independent baths allow simultaneous testing at two different temperatures. High throughput selective zone pre-heating heats individual samples to any temperature from ambient to 100 °C. Modular dual-bath design provides easy maintenance access and redundancy for uninterrupted testing. Two independent sample handlers ensure reliable, unattended processing of up to 24 tests per hour within the viscosity range of 0.5 mm2/s to 10,000 mm2/s. Additional information about the CAV 4.2 Dual Bath Kinematic Viscometer and the complete line of CANNON automated kinematic viscometers is available from: John Morris Scientific freecall 1800 251 799 or email: info@johnmorris.com.au Aussies feel bad for killing bugs 2014-11-19T23:37:35Z aussies-feel-bad-for-killing-bugs Bug-fearing Aussies are using insecticides pre-emptively to protect their homes from creepy crawlies – but then feel guilty for killing them. That’s according to a new survey from consumer research company Canstar Blue, which also found that spiders and cockroaches make our skin crawl the most. “More than half of those we questioned said they actively try to prevent bug problems in their home by spraying surfaces and around doors and windows, but one in five said they feel guilty when they see insects dead or suffering,” said Canstar Blue spokesman Simon Downes. “Despite that, we’re more than happy to grab something else to kill bugs with in the event that we don’t have any insecticide.” The survey, of 1,300 adults who have purchased and used insecticides in the last six months, shows that 88% of respondents believe they generally work well, although 72% admitted they hate the smell of insecticides in their home. Without insecticides, shoes, newspapers and fly swats are our preferred insect whacking options, although many also choose to use tissues or their hands and feet to squash bugs. “With the weather heating up, many Aussies are happy to grab whatever they can to see off the bugs lurking around their home, including books and even the vacuum cleaner,” added Downes. “Of course many people have genuine fears of things like spiders and can panic when they seem, so it’s good to know the majority of people are convinced insecticides work well. “Almost one in three of our survey respondents said they have been bitten by a spider, while 43% complained of being constantly bitten by mosquitoes – so it’s no wonder many of us are trying to protect our homes as best as we can. Ants and moths also rank highly in our list of bug fears, but 34% said they’re not scared of any creepy crawlies.” The Canstar Blue survey saw Woolworths’ brands of insecticides rated the best, ahead of Mortein, Pea Beau, Baygon, Raid and Ant Rid. The Woolworths brand earned five-star reviews for value for money and overall satisfaction, but Mortein was the only one to get top marks for effectiveness. “Of course people want an insecticide which kills bugs with as little fuss as possible, but like anything else, we don’t want to pay more than we have to,” said Downes. “The smell of the product is also important to people because no bug is worth killing if you’re going to spend the next half an hour holding your breath.” Major Lighting Event to take place in Abu Dhabi next week 2014-11-19T09:21:28Z major-lighting-event-to-take-place-in-abu-dhabi-next-week Under the patronage of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi City Municipality, the 3rd Annual Middle East Smart Lighting & Energy Summit will take place on 24th & 25th November at the Dusit Thani Hotel, Abu Dhabi. The emphasis is continually being put world-wide on Energy consumption and with over 20% of the world’s electricity being consumed by lighting alone, a 1% saving would contribute hugely towards this initiative. The objective of the Middle East Smart Lighting Summit is to educate stakeholders on best practices involved in sustainable lighting design and installations. Over 300 delegates from the public and private sector will come together next week at Dusit Thani to share ideas and discuss strategies around sustainable lighting. “We are proud to be hosting the Summit in Abu Dhabi for the 3rd year in a row under the continued patronage of the Department of Municipal Affairs, Abu Dhabi City Municipality. With the various organizations being represented at the summit from countries worldwide including UK, China, Hong Kong, Finland, Ireland, USA, Germany, Taiwan, France, Poland, Japan, Turkey, South Africa, Qatar and UAE, it is overwhelming and reassuring to see the global collaboration of such industry leaders coming together at this event which reinforces the importance and commitment the industry has towards Sustainable Lighting.  The two-day program offers a range of topics and viewpoints focused around Sustainable lighting design and quality installations, Energy efficient street lighting, public realm and outdoor lighting applications, Lighting standards, certification and regulations updates, Trends in LED’s, smart lighting controls and solar lighting, Upcoming lighting projects and strategies by local municipalities and developers, International lighting project showcases - the success stories and lessons learnt and New smart lighting technologies and innovative product design” commented Brad Hariharan, Project Director, Expotrade, the organizer of the Summit. An exciting line-up of international and local speakers have been confirmed for the event, including Martin Valentine, Lighting Expert at Abu Dhabi City Municipality , Zachary Suchara, Director of Design at Luma Lighting Design, Helmut Regvart, GM & Head of Design - Lighting Design Austria, Elizabeth Thomas, Senior Vice President, Institution of Lighting Professionals, David Dunn, Technical Delivery Manager - Utilities, Mouchel Middle East, Faraz Izhar, Senior Lighting Designer at KEO, Yvon Muller, Artistic Director, Ymagine Light along with other industry leaders. Simone Collon, Associate - Lighting Practice Leader Europe from Arup will present at the Lighting Summit on “Smart Meaningful Lighting Concepts”.  Simone over the years has worked on various award winning international projects with UN Studio, Rem Koolhaas, Renzo Piano, Asymptote, Zaha Hadid, MVRDV, BIG and other well-known architects. Besides that Simone has worked with large global clients from different sectors such as Louis Vuitton, Prada and Bentley. An innovative session by Roger Narboni, Lighting Designer, Concepto Studio on “New Trends in Lighting Master Planning and Urban Nightscapes” will be a key topic not to be missed. In 1987 Roger launched a new discipline called “Light Urbanism” and has since released more than 120 lighting master plans and numerous landscape, urban and architectural lighting projects globally such as the Cathedrals of Paris and Reims, Garonne river landscape in Toulouse, Nightscape of Grand Canal in Hangzhou, Dujiangyan rivers nightscape and many others. The delegates will witness the latest in lighting technologies and solutions being showcased by major sponsors worldwide including Sylvania, Philips, Ligman, Schreder, Leotek, Luxvision, Amko Solar, Technilum, Kenall, OrangeTek, Hubell Lighting, iGuzzini and Inaba. DMA’s launch of the Lighting Handbook is the first step in a range of additions and revisions to DMA documents through 2014 and 2015 with regards to public realm lighting, which will include revised DMA Lighting Specifications. The Book will provide comprehensive information on the design elements, lighting control standards, signage design specifications, ADQCC LED fixture certification scheme and ESMA Lighting Standards.  A CD version of the Lighting Handbook will be distributed at the event to all the delegates. Narangba Timbers Owner Says, “Be Neighbour Friendly and Soundproof Your Floor.” 2014-11-19T03:24:06Z narangba-timbers-owner-says-be-neighbour-friendly-and-soundproof-your-floor Brisbane, QLD, 19 November 2014 - Hardwood flooring is an old favourite of many Brisbane area residents. For many, there is nothing that matches the aesthetic of a timber floor in their home. However, having a hardwood floor can have its drawbacks. One of the biggest drawbacks is that timber is very efficient at conducting some sound frequencies while reflecting others. The result is that a hardwood floor that doesn’t have sufficient protection built in can often cause a noise problem with neighbours or within a home.Jack Kyle, owner of Narangba Timbers, a timber supplier in Brisbane, suggests two solutions to those whose hardwood floors are transferring excess noise: “If you need to decrease the sound coming from your hardwood floor, you can either put a carpet and a pad over it or put a resilient underlayment and damping compound underneath your flooring.”Carpet and PadA carpet and pad are often sufficient to dampen sound and fix the problem, but it isn’t much of a solution for those who are in love with the aesthetic of a hardwood floor. For many, covering up a beautiful hardwood floor is not a viable option. For those who don’t mind covering up their floor, a pad made of cork underneath a thick carpet is usually enough to solve most noise problems. The carpet and the cork dissipate the sound before the waves can be transferred to the hardwood. This also prevents the waves from being transferred to the walls via the hardwood. Resilient Underlayment and Damping CompoundThis approach involves using five layers to ensure that as little sound as possible is transferred to the room below or to the walls. The base layer consists of oriented strand board, known as OSB. OSB is an effective damper of sound. The next layer should be a damping compound. Mr Kyle recommends Green Glue Noiseproofing Compound. Green Glue has to be applied between two layers of rigid material to work correctly, which leads to the next layer.Next, for the third layer, Mr Kyle recommends cement board. The fourth layer should be an underlayment such as a shredded rubber mat. Cork works well, too, as do foam and fibre. The top layer will be the floor, but Mr Kyle recommends “floating” the floor instead of attaching it to the underlayment. According to Mr Kyle, “The floor should float on top of the other layers. This saves you having to use nails or glue while keeping your options open if you aren’t satisfied with your results. You also need to make sure the sides are not flushed against the walls. Instead, you should leave a little bit of room and fill it with an acoustic sealant that will block sound from being conducted into the walls. This is the best way to soundproof a floor.”Narangba Timbers has been providing hardwood flooring, timber fencing, timber decking and other timber materials to the Brisbane area since 1979. Their attentive customer service staff is always willing to address any questions or concerns you may have. To learn more or to place an order, call 1300 795 675 or visit their website: http://www.narangbatimbers.com.au/. Zebra Technologies’ Global Study Tracks the Growing Momentum of the Internet of Things in Enterprise 2014-11-19T03:20:23Z zebra-technologies-global-study-tracks-the-growing-momentum-of-the-internet-of-things-in-enterprise Sydney, Australia-19 November 2014 – Zebra Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: ZBRA), a global leader in products and services that provide real-time visibility into organizations’ assets, people and transactions, today released survey results that uncovered the vast majority of business decision makers understand and are in the process of deploying the Internet of Things (IoT) as part of their business strategy. Forrester Consulting conducted the commissioned November 2014 study on behalf of Zebra Technologies, and surveyed IT and business decision makers in nearly 600 global firms in the retail, consumer products, manufacturing, transportation, government, oil/gas, healthcare, and hospitality industries. Zebra’s expertise in many of these verticals has expanded with its acquisition of Motorola Solutions’ Enterprise business in October 2014.   Zebra piloted an initial investigation into the understanding and adoption rate of IoT in enterprises in a 2012 study entitled “Building Value from Visibility,” which established a baseline for global IoT adoption in business. One of the data points showing the increase in IoT adoption over the past two years indicates that only 15 percent of surveyed firms had an IoT solution in place in 2012 - this number has increased to 25 percent in 2014.   KEY FINDINGS   Global firms recognize the transformational role of IoT solutions.Over 80 percent of surveyed firms believe that IoT solutions will be the most strategic technology initiative for their organization in a decade. These firms look to IoT solutions as a way to address a variety of strategic, operational, and business challenges. Strong IoT solution deployment momentum among global firms. Nearly 65 percent of firms surveyed have deployed or are in the process of implementing IoT solutions. There is also strong IoT deployment momentum across the globe, with over 70 percent of Asia Pacific firms having an IoT solution in place, or being in the process of implementing an IoT solution. New cities, buildings, and infrastructure in many Asia Pacific countries have enabled this strong adoption rate. In comparison, 60 percent of North American, 52 percent of European and 71 percent of Latin American firms are in these same stages of IoT solution deployment. Wi-Fi, real-time location tracking, and security sensors are important elements of IoT solutions. Of firms surveyed, 83 percent identify Wi-Fi infrastructure and real-time location tracking technologies as important or very important building blocks of IoT solutions. Sensor technologies to monitor assets and the surrounding environment were also pointed to as important or very important technology elements by over 80 percent of global firms. Improved customer experience identified as top business benefit IoT can help achieve. Nearly half of the surveyed firms identified improved customer experience as one of the top five benefits of deploying IoT solutions. Supply chain optimization, visibility, loss prevention and cost efficiencies also were identified as top five benefits by between 44 percent and 46 percent of firms.   SUPPORTING QUOTE Anders Gustafsson, Chief Executive Officer, Zebra Technologies      “Over the last two years, there has been a growing need for organizations to obtain a full picture of their business operations. I believe that with these survey results, it is clear that enterprises in key industries globally are adopting Internet of Things solutions to arm themselves with the real-time data and intelligence to become smarter and more connected. At Zebra, we believe that IoT and visibility solutions can help businesses reach new levels of efficiency and deliver greater value for customers.”   SUPPORTING RESOURCES Website: http://blogs.zebra.com/forrester Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/ZebraTechnologiesAPAC   ###   About Zebra TechnologiesZebra (NASDAQ: ZBRA) makes businesses as smart and connected as the world we live in. Zebra tracking and visibility solutions transform the physical to digital, creating the data streams enterprises need to simplify operations, know more about their businesses, and empower their mobile workforces. For more information, visit www.zebra.com/possibilities.   ©2014 ZIH Corp.  Zebra, the Zebra head graphic and Zebra Technologies logo are trademarks of ZIH Corp, registered in many jurisdictions worldwide.  All rights reserved.  All other trademarks are the property of their respective owners.   Media Contact: Elaine Banoub +612 9212 3888 ebanoub@primary-pr.com   Green Planet Grass Reveals Five Compelling Reasons for Installing an Artificial Lawn 2014-11-19T02:09:44Z green-planet-grass-reveals-five-compelling-reasons-for-installing-an-artificial-lawn Perth, WA, 19 November 2014 - Recently, on his company blog, Justin Everley, Director of Green Planet Grass, revealed the five top reasons that over 4,000 customers have installed artificial grass in the Perth area. Synthetic grass is becoming increasingly popular in Perth as a solution to keeping an attractive lawn in an increasingly severe climate. The 365 Day SolutionMr Everley cites the fact that an artificial lawn is in perfect shape 365 days a year as the most compelling reason for installing an artificial lawn. Natural grass is at the mercy of the elements. During winter, foot traffic can cause bare or muddy spots. When the weather is hot and dry, natural grass often doesn’t receive enough water to grow properly. The combination of too much heat and insufficient water can cause large portions of a natural grass lawn to turn brown or to become bare. No matter what the weather, bare spots can be dangerous for children. When it is wet, a bare spot becomes muddy and slippery, causing slips and falls. When it is too hot, a bare spot is very abrasive compared to grass and can cause contusions and abrasions when a child falls.The Watering SolutionPerth is always under watering restrictions that make it difficult to keep natural grass adequately hydrated. Those who do water have to make sure they are doing it on the correct days or they face fines. Artificial grass doesn’t have to be watered, rendering Perth watering restrictions moot. It also means that the homeowner isn’t contributing to the water shortage.The Maintenance SolutionAustralians seem to have less disposable time than ever; an increasing number of people don’t want to spend what little leisure time they do have performing lawn maintenance. Natural grass needs to be mowed, weeded, watered, re-planted and fertilised. None of this is necessary with artificial grass.Saving Time and EffortWhen one adds up all of the time and effort that is expended to maintain an attractive, healthy natural grass lawn, the number often becomes an “eye-opener.” It is, simply stated, a lot of work. Maintenance for an artificial lawn is minimal; it needs to be kept free of debris and organic waste needs to be rinsed off.Saving MoneyIt costs a lot of money to maintain natural grass. One has to purchase and maintain expensive equipment such as a mower or a tractor, in addition to lesser tools and implements. Petrol and other chemicals such as fertilisers and herbicides can also be expensive. After the initial cost of installation, there are almost no costs associated with maintaining artificial grass.Mr Everley concludes that artificial grass is a Perth homeowner’s best choice. According to Mr Everley, “Green Planet Grass is perfect every day of the year, saving time and money.”Green Planet Grass manufactures and installs artificial grass. They are based in Perth and proudly carry the “Australian Made and Owned” logo. They offer a plethora of environmentally conscious products for commercial, residential and sport applications. To learn more, call 1300 792 642 or visit their website: http://www.greenplanetgrassperth.com.au/. STid wins the Innovation Trophy 2014-11-18T23:53:46Z stid-wins-the-innovation-trophy STid wins the Innovation Trophy at the Expoprotection 2014 trade fair Paris, November 4th, 2014 STid is a trailblazer and market leader in the design of high security solutions and was awarded the Innovation Trophy at the Expoprotection trade fair with Architect®, the first modular and upgradable range of access control readers. A panel of 13 professionals, experts, journalists and users selected the Architect® range from among a dozen entrants, highlighting its innovative approach and the added value it can bring to clients. Architect® readers are based on a common RFID card to which various interchangeable modules can be connected, such as badge readers, keyboards, touch screens, biometric devices and more. “This modular approach is simple, economical and puts the keys to access security into the client’s own hands,” says Maé Tholoniat, STid Product Manager. STid is the only RFID manufacturer to have been awarded First Level Security Certification (ANSSI), offering the most secure range of readers on the market. Architect® readers are built on the latest MIFARE® DESFire® and LEGIC® Advant technologies and also include innovative solutions such as an accelerometer-based tamper detector. This technology not only informs the system of tampering but can also be used to delete all confidential data stored in the reader.  The customization options offered by the Architect® range also won plaudits from the panel. STid offers a range of possibilities including logos, multi-colored LEDs, different colored casings or stylish designs such as brushed aluminum or leather. “Architect® is a truly revolutionary solution, born out of our philosophy of permanent innovation and by bringing together the three expectations of the integrators, installers, distributors and users that we work with - dependability, scalability and simplicity,” concludes Vincent Dupart, STid Chief Executive.   About STid Since 1996, STid has specialized in contactless Radio Frequency Identification (RFID) technologies. STid designs, manufactures and markets solutions (readers, tags and software) for the security and industrial track and trace markets. As French market leader, STid has developed innovative products and solutions for high security access control and automatic vehicle identification (AVI). Our expertise as a RFID manufacturer leads us to address traceability issues in harsh environments in the most demanding industries, such as aerospace, oil and gas, healthcare, transport, logistics and more. World Reach RFID was established in 2014 as a division of World Reach, in partnership with STid.  World Reach RFID is the exclusive distributor for Australia and Asia Pacific. More information: info@stid.com.au  GREEN CREATIVE releases IES Progress Report selected A19 277V universal voltage LED lamp 2014-11-18T05:39:03Z green-creative-releases-ies-progress-report-selected-a19-277v-universal-voltage-led-lamp South San Francisco, CA, November 18, 2014 -- GREEN CREATIVE, the commercial grade LED lighting manufacturer proudly announces the launch of its first LED A19 9W 277V universal voltage lamp. Part of GREEN CREATIVE’s new TITANIUM LED SERIES 4.0, the A19 9W 277V is one of five GREEN CREATIVE lamps selected by the Illuminating Engineering Society (IES) for its prestigious 2014 Progress Report, which showcases unique and innovative products significant to the lighting industry. The A19 9W operates on 120-277V, making it one of the few high-performance A19 universal voltage lamps available on the market today. This 60W replacement also meets the new ENERGY STAR® V1.1 requirements for standard A-lamps with an omnidirectional 300° beam angle and evenly distributed light intensity. The lamp offers uniform light output while emitting 65% more lumens than what is required by ENERGY STAR in the 135° to 180° degree zone. Operating at 89 LPW in a Warm White CCT, the A19 9W 277V’s efficacy is more than 10% higher than the Tier 1 LED A19 60W replacement industry average. This industry leading efficiency also exceeds ENERGY STAR requirements by upwards of 60%. The natural A-lamp design makes this lamp a perfect retrofit choice for both incandescent and CFL lighting applications such as lamps with shades, down lighting and uplighting. The new ENERGY STAR certified A19 9W 277V turns on instantly, lasts 25,000 hours and is available in 2700K, 3000K and 4000K CCT. Detailed information and data sheet about this new product available here. In addition to the A19 9W 277V, GREEN CREATIVE also offers other universal voltage products like the PAR38 19W 277V and the new 17.5 4FT., 15W 4FT. and 9W 2FT. BYPass T8 tubes. These products are available through GREEN CREATIVE distributors and are ready to ship from the company’s west coast and east coast distribution centers. For more information on where to purchase these products near you or how to become a distributor, please contact GREEN CREATIVE at: sales@greencreative.com or (866) 774-5433. About GREEN CREATIVE GREEN CREATIVE is a major solid state lighting development and manufacturing company based in the Bay Area, CA. The company specializes in retrofit lighting for the commercial market, offering a comprehensive line of LED lighting solutions. GREEN CREATIVE is fully integrated with strong R&D capabilities to constantly offer the latest technology available. For more information on GREEN CREATIVE please visit www.greencreative.com. For all of the latest updates follow GREEN CREATIVE on Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn. Contact: Taylor Schaberg GREEN CREATIVE South San Francisco, CA 94080 Tel: (866) 774-5433info@greencreative.comhttp://www.greencreative.com Perth's Custom Screens and Security Products Announces New Range of Security Doors Now Available 2014-11-17T06:03:47Z perth-s-custom-screens-and-security-products-announces-new-range-of-security-doors-now-available October 20, 2014 There's few things as important to many homeowners in Western Australia, as the security of their homes. This can be looked after in a great many ways, but one addition that many consider a very important feature to include in a home is a high quality security door. Perth's Custom Screens, a company very well known and regarded for providing sales and professional installation of security doors and windows, security screen doors, security screen for windows, aluminum windows, roller shutters and much more, were recently happy to announce they have greatly expanded the range of security doors they carry to better meet customer's needs.  “It's very important to us to help improve residential security in our communities,” commented a spokesperson from Custom Screens.  “We can custom build and fit all sorts of security doors whether you need them for your home main door or back doors, window grills and gates in your commercial property in Western Australia. No job is too big or small!” The company is now offering a number of different style security doors, to help provide for customers exactly what best suits their wants and needs.  The categories of security doors, which each feature at least several different options include:  Stainless Steel Security Doors, made of Marine grade 316 stainless-steel, these Invisi-Gard products look elegant, offer great visibility and extreme security;  Aluminum Mesh Security Doors, specially designed for the Australian market, these Alu-Gard doors contain a honeycomb style sheet and steel frame; Aluminum Grille Screen Doors, which offer both powerful protection and an affordable price tag; Timber Lock Screen Doors,  providing a Colonial appearance that can be customized to meet a customer's requirements, while offering maximum security; and Decorative Security Screen Doors, made of 100% recycled die cast metal that can be powder colored to meet most color needs and designed with absolute security in mind. Customers have responded to Custom Screens products and services in Perth with enthusiasm. David M., from Perth, recently said, “We've had some problems in our neighborhood so I thought it was time to get a more dependable door at our home.  I'm very happy with the quality and price of our new Timber Lock screen door and the service from Custom Screens was brilliant. They answered all my questions and concerns and made the whole process a pleasure. Five stars.” Custom Screens and Security Products are located at 67 McDonald Crescent, Bassendean WA 6054 Phone: (08) 9279 7444, Fax: (08) 9279 7455. The company is happy to discuss projects and offer transparent estimates, with an eye always towards affordability.   Conway’s leadership enabled great progress on gender 2014-11-17T04:21:07Z conway-s-leadership-enabled-great-progress-on-gender The Coalition of business, non-government, representative and industry associations representing the interests of working women would like to collectively thank and express our deep admiration for Helen Conway, Director of the Workplace Gender Equality Agency (WGEA), on the announcement of her retirement in March 2015. Since her appointment in 2011, Helen has lead the WGEA with tremendous effort and tireless leadership the results of which can be seen in the many successful initiatives she has developed including the forthcoming workplace gender data, the most comprehensive set of individual and collective gender reporting into the Australian workplace covering over 11,000 employers and four million employees, to be launched next week. “Helen Conway has led the WGEA during a period of remarkable progress and positive change for gender equality,” members of the Coalition said.“She has led with grace, steel and great finesse, as she has coerced, inspired and supported businesses to their best efforts in reporting and performing on gender equity.”A highly accomplished lawyer who has focused strongly on developing equal opportunities for women, Helen has bridged the traditional gap between business and women excellently in her tenure as Director and her successor will need to continue to drive a closer relationship between these communities.This role is highly important to develop effective strategies to overcome the persistent gender wage gap in Australia and is directly relevant to Australia achieving the agreements made at the G20 to undertake further efforts to achieve higher female work-force participation.We call on the Government to ensure the next Director of the WGEA is identified through a public and transparent advertising and selection process that includes a member of the women’s coalition in the process, as was the case with Helen’s selection. The Coalition looks forward to working closely with the next Executive Director of the WGEA on the critical issue of achieving gender equity in the Australian workplace.We wish Helen the very best in her retirement and congratulate her on her excellent contribution to advancing the cause of women, and particularly working women, in Australia. For further information contact Viv Hardy on viv@calliduspr.com or (02) 9283 4113Issued on behalf of the following members of the Coalition: • Australian Local Government Women’s Association• Australian Council of Trade Unions (ACTU)• BPW (Business and Professional Women) Australia• Financial Services Institute of Australasia• Local Government Managers NSW• National Council of Women of Australia• National Foundation of Australian Women• Women on Boards• Women’s Electoral Lobby• YWCA Australia Why 4Land Property Group Chose Landsdale for Their Next Estate 2014-11-17T03:50:43Z why-4land-property-group-choosing-landsdale-for-their-next-estate Perth, WA, 17 November 2014 - 4Land Property Group, a firm known for developing successful, affordable, family-friendly communities, has released the first stage of a new flagship development: Pafumi Rise in Landsdale. The estate is set to contain 58 elevated land blocks. This release is hot on the heels of their recent, nearby release: Lago Vista in Sinagra.Landsdale is located within the City of Wanneroo, approximately 18 km from the Perth CBD. The suburb is already seeing a surge in house prices, with a median of $590,000. However, 4Land Property Group is doing their best to keep property prices down to make their homes more affordable.Typically, the cost of a house and land package in any of the 4Land Property Group’s communities in various Perth suburbs is up to 15% less than the median cost of an established property in the same suburb. Many buyers see appreciation and capital gains in mere months after purchasing and building their homes. Landsdale is close enough to the Perth CBD and to the Mitchell Freeway to provide easy access to big city amenities, but far enough away to allow a more relaxed lifestyle. The Indian Ocean, Lake Joondalup and two smaller lakes are a short drive away, providing a living experience that is often described as the “best of both worlds” by its residents.Landsdale is currently yielding a 5.5% rental return on investment properties. Perth’s outer suburbs are primed to be the next areas that yield high short-term and long-term capital growth. The standard long-term property cycle for any capital city consists of the CBD filling up first, followed by the inner, middle and outer suburbs. The inner and middle suburbs are becoming more densely populated and prices have risen. This is causing more demand in outer ring suburbs. Eventually, they will also rise. 4Land Property Group typically chooses suburbs where land isn’t so expensive as to eliminate young families and first home buyers from the market. They develop properties for long term growth.Every community developed by 4Land Property Group has seen high capital growth in the last four years. Madeleine McErlain, Marketing Manager for 4Land Property Group, sees Pafumi Rise as having great potential as an investment for owner-occupiers and investors. According to Ms McErlain: “The property cycle has been forcing us to move further out to provide our buyers what they want: family-friendly communities, affordable homes and long-term capital growth. We see Landsdale as another suburb that will help us continue our track record of success in helping families purchase high quality homes at an affordable price.”Ms McErlain concluded, “Pafumi Rise will be yet another in a long series of successful land estates.”4Land Property Group develops land estates and house and land packages in Perth suburbs. They offer property in family-friendly suburbs that they feel will yield long-term capital growth. To learn more about 4Land Property Group or any of their master planned communities, call (08) 9301 4445 or visit their website: http://www.4land.com.au/. ADIA's New National President - Mike Covey, Henry Schein Halas 2014-11-14T07:39:35Z adia-s-new-national-president-mike-covey-henry-schein-halas Providing the tools for member businesses across the dental industry to grow, create jobs and operate sustainably is the focus of the new National President of the Australian Dental Industry Association (ADIA), Mr Mike Covey of Henry Schein Halas. The change in leadership occurred on 14 November 2014 at the ADIA annual general meeting held in Victoria. “As the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of quality dental products, ADIA is uniquely positioned to provide the infrastructure that supports member businesses. From initiatives that drive demand for the products that our members sell, through to delivering training that builds industry skills and offering practical tools like standard contracts, the ADIA is in a strong position provide the assistance our members need,” Mr Covey said. According to Mr Covey, ADIA’s formidable position owes much to the transformational change that occurred under his predecessor, Mr Trevor Martin of Gunz Dental. The past two years have seen initiatives delivered that include publication of the ADIA Advocacy Agenda which provides a context to ADIA’s parliamentary lobbying, a record number of dentists attending the ADX14 Sydney dental exhibition in addition to overseeing administrative reforms that saw ADIA transition to a company limited by guarantee. “We thank Trevor for his leadership in pioneering change across much of what ADIA does. His legacy is a stronger, dynamic organisation that has cemented its role as the peak business organisation representing manufacturers and suppliers of quality dental products,” Mr Covey said. The annual general meeting also saw Mr Phil Jolly of Ivoclar Vivadent confirmed as National Vice President. Both Messers Covey and Jolly were ADIA Board members prior to their appointment. “ADIA’s volunteer leadership is ably supported by a dynamic team of professionals in the national office. Both Phil and myself are looking forward to working with them,” Mr Covey concluded. A career healthcare industry professional, Mr Covey is Managing Director of Henry Schein Halas, Australia’s largest supplier of products to dental professionals. He has previously held other senior roles including Australia / New Zealand Regional Director of dental implant company, Nobel Biocare. Holding a Masters Degree in Optometry from the University of New South Wales, Mr Covey’s start in the healthcare sector was as an Optometrist which included experience as a senior researcher with the Cooperative Research Centre for Eye Research and Technology (CRCERT). He later went on to senior roles in the medical device supply sector in Europe, North America and Australia. ADIA’s Board comprises seven senior dental industry figures and the composition is detailed at: www.adia.org.au/about/governance Ends. Workflow Automation and Adobe energize local students to conserve resources. 2014-11-13T22:12:40Z workflow-automation-and-adobe-energize-local-students-to-conserve-resources Melbourne, VIC (14 October, 2014) Workflow Automation with Adobe’s EchoSign and The National Theatre for Children (NTC) will be bringing free educational theatre into primary schools across Melbourne. The Energized Guyz is a 25-minute live play that uses comedy and an adventure story to teach students what is energy, what are natural resources, the ways in which energy is wasted and how we can conserve and use those resources more wisely.  “Digital automation will play an enormous role in the future of energy conservation,” says Sam Belleli, the Managing Director of Workflow Automation.  “This play will help prepare students to enter the global conversation about energy efficiency and resource conservation.”  The content of the show is science based while the format is theatrical, energetic and fun. “When learning is combined so seamlessly with laughter, kids tend to retain information remarkably well,” says Sam Belleli. That information is supplemented by student workbooks filled with activities and games, teacher guides to be used in the classroom and interactive digital learning materials that reinforce the educational points, all of which are included free of charge. “It’s fantastic to see kids so excited about topics that might not always seem especially exciting.”  The thorough nature of the multiplatform program is the result of time-tested experience. Tobias Benn, the Managing Director of NTC Australia explains. “We’ve been operating in the USA for over 35 years and our Australian team has 15 years of local experience educating millions of students,” he says. “A huge part of our success is the fact that once these kids get fired up about the topic—in this case, energy efficiency and conservation—they can’t wait to get home and share what they learned. It’s a way for our sponsors to spread their important messages into the greater community. We get to help kids to help the world, and that’s very rewarding.”   The Energized Guyz will perform to over 3,200 primary school students at participating schools across Melbourne starting from Monday 24th November.   About Workflow Automation Workflow Automation has over 30 years of experience in the document imaging industry. Managing billions of client documents over this time, each director owns and runs extremely successful and large Fuji Xerox Agencies in Australia. Workflow Automation was born out of pure frustration as the founders realised that they were unable to provide their clients with a cost effective, efficient workflow solution that works for every type of document. Along with their partners at Adobe, the Workflow Automation team are committed to helping schools to conserve their resources, save paper and make a positive impact on the environment and are constantly developing new and innovative ways to facilitate workflows. www.workflows.com.au   About NTC In 1978, NTC dedicated itself to delivering entertaining and highly educational programs to positively motivate families, students and educators.  We inspire young people – and their families – to explore important and timely curricular subjects including: wise energy use, science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), financial literacy, health and nutrition and environmental literacy, among others.  Originally focused on delivering its programs via live theatre, NTC is now an award-winning educational content provider whose repertoire includes print and digital curriculum and extracurricular events.  We have developed the art of teaching through educational story-telling into a science of its own, and are currently the largest in-school touring educational production company in the world.  www.ntccorporate.com.au