The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-09-28T08:09:26Z Acronis Secure and Reliable Data Protection Solutions Drive Market Growth in Automotive and Motorsport Industries 2017-09-28T08:09:26Z acronis-secure-and-reliable-data-protection-solutions-drive-market-growth-in-automotive-and-motorsport-industries Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, 27 September 2017 – Acronis, a global leader in hybrid cloud data protection for businesses of any size and individual users, meets the needs of the modern IT infrastructure, offering complete protection for all data through backup, storage, and file sync and share solutions. Today, at the Acronis Racing Week event in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia, Acronis and Scuderia Toro Rosso presented the latest Acronis Access Advanced 8.0, an enterprise file sync and share solution helping companies ensure security and flexibility when sharing data with remote devices. Scuderia Toro Rosso Formula 1 Team uses Acronis Access Advanced to share confidential telemetry data and R&D documents between the factory, trackside engineers, and subcontractors. “With Acronis Access Advanced, we’re in full control of our data. We can track the information path and even remote-wipe a laptop, tablet or mobile device if it is lost or stolen to prevent a competitor from accessing the data. Our plan is to share sensitive data that way,” said Raffaele Boschetti, Scuderia Toro Rosso Head of IT. Acronis’ products are favored by motor racing and automotive industry players, who whom security and data protection reliability is of ultimate importance. 30 percent of new enterprise customers originate from the automotive field. With a global R&D center in Singapore, Acronis released innovative solutions to extend the functionality of its award-winning data protection products. This includes Acronis hybrid cloud architecture giving users complete data management flexibility, AI-based ransomware protection capable of blocking zero-day cyber-attacks, and blockchain-based data certification for immutable proof of data validity. These technologies have been instrumental in the company’s success. In the last year alone, Acronis True Image business increased by 20%, Acronis Backup by 25% and Acronis Access business by over 200% as of September 2017. Acronis Backup Cloud, innovative Backup-as-a-Service for service providers also continues to grow at a rate of more than 100% a year, accompanied by a 350% growth in the number of protected devices and 400% growth of data stored in the Acronis Cloud. To find out more about Acronis innovative technology, visit To become Acronis partner, visit About Acronis Acronis sets the standard for hybrid cloud IT data protection through its backup, ransomware Active Protection, disaster recovery, and secure file sync and share solutions. Powered by the Acronis AnyData Engine and set apart by its image technology, Acronis delivers easy, fast, complete and affordable data protection of all files, applications and operating systems across any environment—virtual, physical, cloud, mobile and applications. Founded in 2003, Acronis protects the data of more than 5 million consumers and 500,000 businesses in over 150 countries and 20 languages. With more than 100 patents, Acronis products are consistently named best product of the year and cover a range of features, including migration, cloning, and replication. Today, Acronis solutions are available worldwide through a global network of service providers, distributors, and cloud resellers. Learn more at Latest innovation in knives and sharpening to be released by Highgate at FoodPro 2017. 2017-05-31T03:56:48Z latest-innovation-in-knives-and-sharpening-to-be-released-by-highgate-at-foodpro-2017 Highgate Group is excited to announce the release of the latest innovations in knife and sharpening technology to the Australian food processing industry, with the 1st live demonstrations at FoodPro 2017 in July. Highgate are Australian Agents of some of the world’s most trusted knives and sharpening tools, including F.Dick® and Knecht®. Europe has long been the leader in knives and sharpening innovation, and once again they have exceeded all expectations with the latest RFID traceable knife technology, and the first fully automatic knife sharpening system.  F.Dick have developed the Knifeinspector RFID System, which includes passive RFID tags built into knife handle and staff ID badges. Readers can be installed at any location, such as entrances and exits, and cleaning and sharpening stations, to track tagged tools at a processing facility. With Knifeinspector deployed, meat processors can track and trace which individuals brought which tools onto the plant floor, whether they brought all of them back at the end of the shift, and whether the knives were sharpened prior to reuse. If traceability is important in your plant, Highgate can provide the ideal solution to suit your specific requirements.  Knecht in Germany have developed an outstanding fully automatic knife sharpener with the capacity of sharpening up to 400 knives over an 8-hour shift. Highgate has received outstanding interest in this technology, as this machine has already proven to deliver surprising yield increases in plants across Europe and USA. This machine automatically sharpens processing knives of diverse shapes and sizes. It has a 4-axis operated gripping arm which extracts a knife out of the magazine, and the exact individual knife shape and size is measured before the knife is sharpened, deburred and polished. Finally, the knife is tested in the optional Sharpness Tester to ensure every knife is sharpened to the maximum sharpness level, and the gripping arm then returns the knife to the magazine.  Highgate will have live demonstrations for the first time in Australia for both the RFID Knifeinspector System and the Automatic Knife Sharpening System – find us at Stand #A56 at the FoodPro exhibition in Sydney, 16th-19th July 2017.  Have High Quality Packaging Boxes and Cartons with Abbe 2017-02-03T10:56:26Z have-high-quality-packaging-boxes-and-cartons-with-abbe Abbe is a leading packaging solutions provider company that deals with all types of packaging solutions for individuals and corporate. The company has set a benchmark by offering quality boxes and other packaging solutions to the clients. In the era of marketing and promotion, you cannot survive without attractive and designed packaging that can lure the hearts of your potential buyers. Irrespective of the quality of your products, your packaging should be attractive, affluent and rich. A product packed with superlative box has good potential than a product packed inappropriately. If you are a frequent market visitor, you must have seen different types of packaging on the products and let me tell you, the main objective of these attractive packaging is to woo you. If you are looking for quality packaging boxes for your products or items, all you need to do is to contact Abbe, one of the reputed companies offering high quality and durable packaging solutions that can last longer. The company is fully equipped with the latest technology and machinery and offers a wide range of packaging solutions for different industries like beverage, meat and poultry, paper and packaging, displays, chemical and dangerous goods, printing, processed food and many others. From customised boxes to cartons, irrespective of your requirements, the company will make sure that they are met with exceptional precision and quality. Once you have hired Abbe, you don’t need to worry at all about your packaging department. The company offers customised boxes that can serve the core purpose for your business. The company has its own cardboard setup and produce their own cardboard boxes that passes through different quality control processes and what you get is durable, reliable and high quality cardboard boxes that are there to stay. If you are looking for customised printing on presentation boxes or cartons, the finest printing designs are available for you and you can also opt for customised printing on your packaging boxes. The company offers both types of printing like flexo and litho printing. Abbe has carved a niche for itself by offering high quality packaging solutions in stipulated time period. The company believes in offering timely deliveries of the services and no compromise attitude on quality wins the hearts of its clients. The company has a team of qualified experts and professionals who are in this business since years and you can rely on the team as far as quality is concerned. These professionals are well-versed with different types of packaging styles and printing solutions and will cater your custom requirements with ease. Apart from cardboard packaging boxes, the company also offers Litho-Laminated cartons as well as folding cartons, labels and thermo-formed plastic trays. If you have any packaging requirements for your business or personal use, all you need to do is to contact us today and that is all. our representatives would love to hear from you. Source: AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T01:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email For more information about the AIIA please visit B2BGateway Named to CIOReview’s 20 Most Promising Logistics Tech Solution Providers 2016 2016-07-28T08:39:41Z b2bgateway-named-to-cioreview-s-20-most-promising-logistics-tech-solution-providers-2016 B2BGateway, a leading global EDI solution provider and Data Integration specialist, announced today that it has been included in the list of “20 Most Promising Logistics Tech Solution Providers 2016” by CIOReview.   “We are happy to announce B2BGateway as one among the 20 Most Promising Logistics Tech Solution Providers 2016,” said Jeevan George, Managing Editor of CIOReview. “B2BGateway has a successful proven track record of providing latest technologies for the companies that sets a new foot print in the logistics arena.”   B2BGateway is ranked based on the Warehouse Support System (WSS), which combines the best of Web based EDI and fully integrated EDI gives organizations importable Purchase Orders and Printable Pick Tickets in their warehouse. Using the Web interface, warehouse employees can print their own Pick Tickets, confirm shipments, generate Advance Shipping Notifications and print UCC-128 Barcode Labels. The WSS works in conjunction with the fully integrated EDI so orders are still imported into their backend ERP system, (not typed), and Invoices are extracted.   Roger Leyden, Director of Global Business Development at B2BGateway adds “B2BGateway is delighted to be recognized as a ‘Top 20 Most Promising Logistics Tech Solution Provider’ by our industry peers at CIOReview. Since our foundation in 1999 we have worked hard to provide our clients with leading automated supply chain software that reduces errors, automates process flows and drastically cuts operating costs. B2BGateway’s cloud based EDI solutions are ideal for logistics providers working in the new omni-channel environment as they allow full seamless communication and visibility between all parties in the supply chain”.   About B2BGateway: Founded in 1999, B2BGateway is a dedicated EDI provider and has been offering cost-effective, easy to use, cloud-based EDI solutions. B2BGateway supports all US and International EDI Mapping formats including ANSI X-12, EDIFACT, Tradacom, Odette, XML, etc. as well as virtually all accepted EDI transport protocols including VAN, AS2, SMTP (E-mail), FTP, HTTP, Secure Socket, etc. For more info, visit:   About CIOReview: Published from Fremont, California, CIOReview is a print magazine that explores and understands the plethora of ways adopted by firms to execute the smooth functioning of their businesses. A distinguished panel comprising of CEOs, CIOs, IT VPs including CIOReview editorial board finalized the “20 Most Promising Logistics Tech Solution Providers 2016” in the U.S. and shortlisted the best vendors and consultants. For more info: Elementary Solutions and B2BGateway Provide Better EDI Integration for UK Exact Customers 2016-07-27T08:37:11Z elementary-solutions-and-b2bgateway-provide-better-edi-integration-for-uk-exact-customers B2BGateway and Exact solution provider Elementary Solutions helps improve the bottom line for UK users of Exact cloud software by improving the synergy between their processes, people and technology through Exact. To further enhance and deepen the integration with Exact, Elementary Solutions now offers Electronic Data Interchange (EDI) solutions from B2BGateway for the following Exact solutions:   •               Exact for Accounting •               Exact for Project Management •               Exact for Wholesale Distribution •               Exact for Manufacturing   Over 250.000 organizations worldwide use Exact as their chosen business software in the Cloud, with offices in 14 countries such as UK, US, Germany and France and headquartered in the Netherlands. The business software of Exact Online has been used as a cloud platform for over 10 years, targeting ambitious entrepreneurs and accountants.   Exact provides synergy as a real cloud platform across people working together in a company as employee, a supplier or a customer. To improve the synergy between people and processes B2BGateway offers EDI solutions designed for any business wanting to streamline operations.   Bringing Exact & EDI Together B2B Gateway is a dedicated EDI provider and has been offering cost-effective, easy to use, cloud-based EDI solutions since the late 1990s. B2BGateway supports all US and International EDI Mapping formats including ANSI X-12, EDIFACT, Tradacom, Odette, XML, etc. as well as virtually all accepted EDI transport protocols including VAN, AS2, SMTP (E-mail), FTP, HTTP, Secure Socket, etc.   In combination with Exact this is a winning formula for businesses wanting to streamline operations. EDI enables businesses to reduce admin, human error and improve the accuracy of reporting; all helping save time and money!   More synergy with Exact and Elementary Solutions Elementary Solutions provides its UK Exact customers with hands-on skills to integrate EDI with Exact using B2BGateway solutions. The consultants at Elementary Solutions can help you in fine-tuning the facts needed to control your business and then making those facts available for everyday use. This helps entrepreneurs to make well-informed business decisions and accountants to provide trustworthy advice, leaving more time for ambition and growth.   About Elementary Solutions: Elementary Solutions helps businesses save time and money and improve efficiency by making sure their processes, software and people are working together well. The vision is based upon of three simple rules: when your business has the right processes in place you're more in control, software should support your processes not frustrate them and when your people are empowered they're more efficient and effective. For more information on Elementary Solutions:   About B2BGateway: B2BGateway is a world leader in the provision of cloud-based, fully-integrated EDI and automated supply chain solutions. Headquartered in Boston, MA with additional offices in Europe, Australia and China, B2BGateway offers clients 24/7 customer support with each client having their own designated setup team. B2BGateway’s EDI solutions are simple to use, competitively priced, highly effective and can increase profitability by reducing the costs associated with manual data entry errors. For further information please visit www.B2BGateway.Net  or call +61 28003 7584. B2BGateway's EDI App Brings Maclaren's Customer Communications into the 21st Century 2016-06-16T07:48:45Z b2bgateway-s-edi-app-brings-maclaren-s-customer-communications-into-the-21st-century Maclaren, the company which introduced the world’s first lightweight aluminum baby stroller over fifty years ago, has announced that it has implemented B2BGateway’s EDI Connect App to help staff monitor all EDI customer accounts while on the move. In order to improve supply chain efficiencies, comply with customer requirements and to scale for rapid growth, Maclaren enlisted the help of B2BGateway to integrate EDI with their NetSuite ERP system. Having a fully integrated, cloud based EDI solution allows Maclaren to automate the sending and receiving of standard business documents such as purchase orders, invoices and, advanced shipping notifications (ASN) with global customers such as Amazon, Bed Bath & Beyond, John Lewis, Saks and Target to name but a few. Having B2BGateway’s EDI solution fully integrated with Maclaren’s NetSuite system removes the need for the Maclaren staff to manually re-key data; this in turn leads to reduced errors, lower labor costs and faster payments from their customers. B2BGateway have made further improvements to their solutions offered to all clients by recently introducing the B2BGateway EDI Connect App. The App supports both iOS and Android platforms and is available to download for free on the Apple iTunes and Google Play app stores. While the existing B2BGateway platform allows users to manage their full EDI accounts, clients can now use the B2BGateway EDI Connect App on their Android and Apple devices to oversee trading partner relationships, daily EDI transactions and contact support 24/7. “B2BGateways’s cloud based, fully integrated EDI solution for NetSuite has greatly improved our overall supply chain efficiencies and customer communications” states James Ramsey ICT Manager at Maclaren, “Now with this new wonderful B2BGateway EDI Connect App, I can catch up on where new trading partner setups stand on my walk into the office, or get a complete overview of all the day’s EDI transactions while watching my son’s soccer game.” Louisa Gooding, Director of Sales & Strategic Relationships at B2BGateway adds “Our technologies are innovative because they meet the specific needs of business people around the world. Regardless of where they are, our clients will now have full access to all their EDI transactions thru the B2BGateway EDI Connect App. Our goal is to help clients increase productivity, generate greater market share and improve relationships with their customers. By downloading the B2BGateway EDI Connect App the user will now have instantaneous, up to date information regardless of geographical location or time zone.” About Maclaren: Fifty years ago, Maclaren introduced the first umbrella stroller. It was made of aviation grade aluminum, weighed less than 6lbs and could be easily folded with one hand. The little baby buggy with big style revolutionized the lifestyle of parents and forever changed baby transport. Today, Maclaren continues its commitment to designing and creating outstanding premium products that exceed all global safety standards. Every Maclaren product is reliable, innovative and stylish in the Great British tradition. We are as passionate about creating products that enhance family life as we are about contributing to social and environmental causes that enhance our world. For further information please visit About B2BGateway: B2BGateway, a GS1 Accredited solution provider, is a leading global EDI (Electronic Data Interchange) provider with offices in North America, Europe, Australia and China. B2BGateway offers 24/7 customer support with each client assigned a designated setup team.  B2BGateway EDI solutions are simple to use, competitively priced, highly effective and can increase profitability by reducing costs associated with manual data entry. For further information please call +1 (401) 491 9595 (USA), +353 61 708533 (EU), +61 28003 7584 (ANZ) or log onto www.B2BGateway.Net Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Forklift with a difference 2016-06-06T00:16:55Z safe-work-australia-s-award-for-good-design-goes-to-a-forklift-with-a-difference Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design goes to a Materials Handling device with a difference Creativity, innovation and design has come together, winning Makinex Construction Products’ Powered Hand Truck Safe Work Australia’s Award for Good Design last weekend. The revolutionary machine, the Powered Hand Truck, replaces the need for a forklift and has the potential to cut shoulder and back injuries in the workplace. The Makinex Powered Hand Truck is a universal materials handling solution that enables one person to safely lift and load small equipment or bulky goods weighing up to 140kg (309lbs). It provides a quick and easy alternative to using a forklift or tailgate loader for small loads. The inaugural Safe Work Australia Award for Good Design was selected from finalists across all categories in the 2016 Good Design Awards. Makinex were presented with their award as part of the 2016 Good Design Awards ceremony on 27 May 2016. Since using the Powered Hand Truck, Australian company Kennard’s Hire has seen a significant decrease in shoulder and back injuries. It has become an indispensible piece of equipment in Kennards Hire across Australia and New Zealand. “A focus on health and safety in design helps eliminate hazards and risks before they enter the workplace. Good work design can radically transform the workplace in ways that benefit the business, workers, clients and others in the supply chain.” said Safe Work Australia Chief Executive Officer, Ms Michelle Baxter. “Makinex is about making inefficiencies extinct, where the name itself comes from this driving force. Makinex strives towards continuous improvement by looking close at it’s business to find unique, innovative and practical product solutions that provide the construction and rental industries with a better way to do their jobs to save time, physical effort and money”, says CEO Rory Kennard, who plays an instrumental part in the design and development of many of Makinex’s products. Makinex is an Australian owned private company that have been experts in the design, development and distribution of innovative products since 2004, providing solutions to the construction, landscaping, equipment hire, infrastructure and related industries. With plans to expand the existing designed product range, growth in local and global markets with offices in Los Angeles, and a global dealer network they have a commitment to ongoing research and development, Makinex is experiencing exponential growth, particularly in its own line of designed and manufactured products. “We believe that ‘good enough’ is never enough for our customers”, says Kennard. Watch the multi-award winning Powered Hand Truck here ENDS For further information, hi-res images and interviews please contact: Amy Dowd | Rhetoric Communications|0420 979 187| Makinex Makinex seeks to make an impactful difference on the global construction industry through the provision of truly unique and innovative Australian designed quality products. Sharp Announces New Line of Next-Generation Colour MFDs with Future-Ready Features and Exceptional Ease of Use 2016-05-30T03:51:28Z sharp-announces-new-line-of-next-generation-colour-mfds-with-future-ready-features-and-exceptional-ease-of-use SYDNEY, Australia – 30 May, 2016 - Sharp Corporation of Australia has announced a new series of next-generation colour MFDs designed to increase office workflow efficiency with state-of-the-art technologies and a new EASY UI mode making it simpler to use. Offered in two distinct model types, the Advanced Colour Model and the Business Colour Model, the range is now available in Australia following an earlier launch in Japan, North America, and Europe. “Simply better business” is a core message for Sharp’s next-generation colour MFDs. These new machines contribute to business growth by providing customers with solutions to simplify their workflow processes thereby resulting in better business performance. With a number of high-end features for the modern office, the range delivers high environmental performance, robust security, and stable image quality while also supporting third-party solutions. The range has a slew of innovative and time-saving features which can increase productivity and deliver a higher quality finished product. In addition, it delivers important security and management tools including remote access for off-site maintenance.Advanced Colour Model: MX-4070N/3570N/3070N, MX-3560N/3060N Offering speeds of 40 ppm, 35 ppm, or 30 ppm, Advanced Colour Models are loaded with easy-to-use, innovative features to help businesses manage their workflow more efficiently. Built on a platform of the latest Sharp technology, this model family also offers many productivity enhancements. Examples include high-speed scanning of up to 200 originals per minute (on the MX-4070N/3570N/3070N) and a walk-up motion sensor that readies the machine for operation instantly. Advanced Colour Models enable users to easily set up and execute their workflow tasks. These models are equipped with Sharp’s next-generation touchscreen display, which provides an intuitive graphical interface with large, simple icons for operations such as Easy Copy and Easy Scan. The MFDs leverage the latest version of Sharp OSA® technology for easy integration with network applications and cloud services, as well as advanced capabilities to help businesses better manage their workflow. They also come equipped with Sharp’s multi-layered security features, which help to protect the customer’s intellectual property and personal information from the first day of operation to the time of trade-in.Business Colour Model: MX-3050N Built on the same engine platform as the Advanced Colour Model, the Business Colour Model is designed for cost-conscious customers, offering full multifunction capability at a strong value. These models offer out-of-the-box copying, network printing, and network scanning at speeds of 30 ppm. This new family of colour MFDs has been designed to help businesses streamline their office workflow while providing an intuitive user experience, flexible integration, and enhanced productivity. By offering both the Advanced Colour Model and the Business Colour Model product lines, Sharp offers businesses greater flexibility in balancing their needs within budget requirements. The new colour MFDs have a quick warm up time of under 10 seconds and feature a motion sensor which can detect approaching users to quickly wake the machine from sleep mode. Copy and scan jobs can even be started while the machine is warming to save those precious seconds. The new 10.1 inch colour touchscreen can be tilted to various angles for better access and uses simple icons as part of the new intuitive easy user interface. The layout can be customised for each user and it even features a print preview screen to check document finishes and edit pages easily. The range also has an advanced OCR engine for scanning documents into an editable format (advanced model only) and can be linked to public cloud services (options required) such as Google Drive™, OneDrive® for Business, and SharePoint® Online. The MFDs also support various mobile printing services, such as Google Cloud Print™, the Android™ printing framework and Mopria™. The highly efficient 150-sheet DSPF (duplex single pass feeder) on the selected Advanced Colour Models simultaneously scans both pages of two-sided documents with a scanning speed of up to 100 originals per minute (opm) (one-sided) or 200 opm* (two-sided). Meanwhile, the Business Colour Model’s 100-sheet RSPF (reversing single pass feeder) feeds in either one- or two-sided originals with a scanning speed of up to 80 opm* (one-sided). The multi-crop function creates separate files for multiple different-sized documents, such as receipts and bills that are scanned simultaneously and the range can also handle a variety of paper types in sizes up to SRA3, in weights up to 300 g/m2 and up to 1,300 mm length. The range is also compatible with three optional finishers to suit a variety of workplaces and applications. A Stapleless Stapler is included with two options: the space-efficient Finisher, and the 3K Saddle Stitch Finisher. Sharp’s proprietary Auto Colour Mode analyses page content to distinguish between colour or black and white originals, and different components such as photos and text. Using background suppression, it can also automatically remove unnecessary background colour. The Developer Refresh System prevents developer deterioration and ensures stable print quality over the long term by discharging old developer little by little and continuously replacing it with new developer,. In addition, Auto Process Control works as a periodic colour calibration system to maintain consistently high image quality during large-volume print jobs. Other functionality includes a print release function which lets users send documents to a central MFD, Easy Printing/Scanning with USB Drives, Microsoft® Office Direct Printing from Cloud services, mobile devices, USB or Server and Sharpdesk Mobile print/scan application connects the MFD to mobile devices via wireless LAN. A system administrator can deftly manage multiple Sharp MFDs by using Sharp’s efficiency-boosting device-management tools which allow adjustment of system setup, user access, and security settings while also facilitating troubleshooting and maintenance—all from a single location. The new range also supports the Active Directory® service*, which allows users to use the machine’s log-on credentials for internal network folders. Sharp’s powerful data security solutions protect user’s business assets and give them peace of mind with multiple levels of security functions covering a broad range of network and data security needs.Basic SpecificationsGeneral Model   MX-4070N/3570N/3070N  MX-3560N/3060N MX-3050N Type     Desktop Engine Speed(Max.)  A4       (8 1/2" x 11")*1   40/35/30 ppm  35/30 ppm  30 ppm A3 (11”x17”) 20(19)/18/16 ppm   18/16 ppm  16 ppm Control panel display   10.1-inch colour LCD touchscreen Paper size   Max. SRA3, min. A5*2 Paper capacity (80 g/m2) Standard     650 sheets (550-sheet tray and 100-sheet multi-bypass tray) Maximum (with options) 6,300 sheets  (650 sheets & optional 550 + 2,100-sheet tray and 3,000-sheet tray) Paper weight   Tray  60 g/m2 to 300 g/m2 Multi-bypass tray 55 g/m2 to 300 g/m2 Warm-up time *3 10 sec Memory   5 GB (copy/print shared), 500GB HDD*4 5 GB (copy/print shared), 250 GB HDD*4 Power requirements  Rated local AC voltage ±10%, 50/60 Hz Power consumption   Max. 1.84 kW (220 to 240 V), max. 1.44 kW (110 to 127 V) Dimensions (W x D x H)*5   616 x 660 x 838 mm 608 x 650 x 834 mm Weight  87 kg   79 kg Copier Original paper size   Max. A3 First copy time*6 Full colour: 6.7 sec, B/W 4.7 sec Continuous copy  Max. 9,999 copies Resolution  Scan (colour) 600 x 600 dpi Scan (B/W)   600 x 600 dpi, 600 x 400 dpi, 600 x 300 dpi Print (colour)  600 x 600 dpi, 9,600 (equivalent) x 600 dpi (depending on copy mode)  Print (B/W) 1,200 x 1,200 dpi, 600 x 600 dpi                                            600 x 600 dpi 9,600 (equivalent) x 600 dpi Gradation Equivalent to 256 levels Zoom range   25 to 400% (25 to 200% using DSPF/RSPF) in 1% increments Preset copy ratios  Metric: 10 ratios (5R/5E), inch: 8 ratios (4R/4E)    Network Scanner Scan method  Push scan (via control panel), pull scan (TWAIN-compliant application) Scan speed  Colour & B/W One-sided: Max. 100 originals/min.*7 Max. 80 originals/min.*8     Two-sided: Max. 200 originals/min.*7     Resolution   Push scan  100, 150, 200, 300, 400, 600 dpi Pull scan  75, 100, 150, 200, 300, 400, 600 dpi 50 to 9,600 dpi via user setting File formats TIFF, PDF, PDF/A, encrypted PDF, compact PDF*8 *9, JPEG*9, XPS, searchable PDF*10, Microsoft® Office (pptx, xlsx, docx)*10, text (TXT)*10, rich text (RTF)*10 Scanner utility  Sharpdesk Scan destinations  Scan to e-mail/desktop/FTP server/network folder (SMB)/USB drive/HDD Network Printer     Resolution                  1,200 x 1,200 dpi, 600 x 600 dpi, 9,600 (equivalent)                          x 600 dpi                                                                    600 x 600 dpi, 9,600 (equivalent)  x 600 dpi Interface USB 2.0 (host, high-speed), 10Base-T/100Base-TX/1000Base-T Supported OS  Windows Server® 2008, Windows Server® 2008 R2, Windows Server® 2012, Windows Server® 2012 R2, Windows Vista®, Windows® 7, Windows® 8.1, Windows® 10, Mac OS X 10.4~10.11 Network protocols TCP/IP Printing protocols  LPR, Raw TCP (port 9100), POP3, HTTP, FTP for downloading print files, IPP, SMB, WSD PDL   PCL 6 emulation, Adobe® PostScript® 3™ PCL 6 emulation, Adobe® PostScript® 3™(optional) Available fonts     80 fonts for PCL, 139 fonts for Adobe PostScript 3 B/W Facsimile (optional MX-FX15 required) Compression method    MH/MR/MMR/JBIG Communication protocol  Super G3/G3 Transmission time   Less than 3 seconds*11 Modem speed  33,600 bps to 2,400 bps with automatic fallback Transmission resolution  From Standard (203.2 x 97.8 dpi) to Ultra Fine (406.4 x 391 dpi) Recording size   A3 to A5 (11" x 17" to 5 1/2" x 8 1/2") Memory   1 GB (built-in) Greyscale levels   Equivalent to 256 levels *1: Long-edge feeding. *2: Only short-edge feeding can be used with A5 paper. *3: At rated voltage, 23°C (73.4°F). May vary depending on operating conditions and environment. *4: HDD capacity depends on procurement and sourcing status. *5: Including adjusters and protuberances. *6: Long-edge feeding of A4 sheets from 1st paper tray, using document glass, without Auto Colour Selection and Auto Colour mode, MFD in fully ready condition. May vary depending on operating conditions and environment *7: Based on Sharp’s A4 standard chart, using document feeder and long-edge feeding. Using factory default settings with Auto Colour Selection off. Scan speed will vary depending on the type of document and the scan settings. *8: Requires option for MX-3050N. *9: Colour/greyscale only. *10: MX-4070N/3570N/3070N/3560N/3060N only. *11: Based on Sharp’s standard chart with approx. 700 characters (A4 long-edge feeding) at standard resolution in Super G3 mode, 33,600 bps, JBIG compression.•    Design and specifications are subject to change without prior notice. •    Microsoft, SharePoint, OneDrive, Windows, Windows Server, and Windows Vista are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Microsoft Corporation in the US and/or other countries. Mac OS is a trademark of Apple Inc., registered in the US and other countries. Adobe and PostScript 3 are either registered trademarks or trademarks of Adobe Systems Incorporated in the US and/or other countries. PCL is a registered trademark of Hewlett-Packard Company. Android, Google Cloud Print, and Google Drive are trademarks of Google Inc. The Google Drive trademark is used with permission from Google Inc. Mopria is a trademark of Mopria Alliance, Inc. DirectOffice is a product of CSR Imaging US, LP. DirectOffice is a trademark of CSR Imaging US, LP, registered in the US and other countries, used with permission. All other brand names and product names may be trademarks or registered trademarks of their respective owners.About Sharp Corporation For over 100 years, Sharp Corporation has created award-winning technologies that are the envy of competitors worldwide. In Australia, Sharp continues to deliver technologically advanced ‘one of a kind’ products for the home and business. Integral to Sharp is a commitment to conservation of the global environment.  Sharp  aims  to  work  in  a  sustainable  way,  whether  in  its  day  to  day operations or in expansion of its business. Sharp takes an environmentally conscious approach to its products, from the way they are developed to the impact when in use by the consumer.  For more information on Sharp visit Engineering Solutions Queensland Enhances Project Delivery with Specialised Data Management 2016-05-24T02:00:00Z engineering-solutions-queensland-enhances-project-delivery-with-specialised-data-management SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, May 24, 2016 – Civil engineering and project management consultancy, Engineering Solutions Queensland Pty Ltd (ESQ), has increased productivity by enabling team collaboration and providing a central data repository for project-related emails and design files using 12d Synergy.   12d Synergy is a data management and project collaboration software suite for the Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) industries that solves the problems of document management and transmittals, task allocation and email tracking.  Established in 2013, ESQ formerly relied on manual processes to manage road design, earth works, drainage and infrastructure modelling projects. As its business expanded, the firm recognised the need for sharing and managing project related tasks, documents, email and data to avoid project bottlenecks.   “The team previously used their local computers to schedule and record their daily tasks, and this information was not shared,” said Mal Peaker, Design Office Manager, ESQ. “Because our Director manages most of the client liaison, a lot of important project data would sit in his inbox. That created an inefficient work system because no one would be notified of potential client or project changes unless they were copied on emails.”   With each project comprising numerous design, correspondence and data files – anything from drawings to task notes and communications – tracking the progress of jobs could no longer be accurately managed without direct and timely access to up-to-date information.   “For example, when a client called chasing information on a project, we wouldn’t always know the details behind the request because we wouldn’t have the files needed to review or an effective way of retrieving the background information,” said Peaker. “Since we are such a young company, we were looking to get a data management system so we could keep up with new demands and peak workloads by collaborating throughout the lifecycle of every project.”   Since migrating its projects and data library into 12d Synergy’s architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) data and project management software, ESQ has enabled a collaborative and file-sharing environment to provide its team of seven with the most up-to-date information.   Using 12d Synergy’s Outlook plug-in, ESQ has automated the filing of emails; emails are now attached directly to a job folder which all staff can view and action. ESQ has also introduced a formal documentation process with templates for fee and project proposals, as well as project assessments. Document naming conventions are enforced by the system.   These capabilities are being supported by 12d Synergy’s over-arching revision and version control, which simplifies the process of backup and audit when changes need to be made to a job. This means ESQ can quickly roll back to previous versions of designs created with a geospatial platform, such as 12d Model (also developed by 12d Solutions)   “With a comprehensive data management and collaboration system in place, ESQ is in a position to expand its business with complete control of its project designs, documents and liaison,” said Joel Gregory, General Manager, 12d Solutions. “Mal and his team have future-proofed the organisation by building a collaborative environment that allows projects to be delivered on time regardless of the location of its designers.”   ESQ’s implementation has been backed by 12d Synergy’s renowned, locally-based support through which 12d Solutions’ technical team has provided ongoing guidance to maximise the value the software delivers.  About 12d Synergy 12d Synergy is the data management and collaboration product of Australian-based Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) software developer, 12d Solutions. 12d Synergy is designed to solve problems around tracking email correspondence, document management and transmittals, task allocation and management of geospatial data from 12d Model and other industry-standard AEC design platforms. 12d Synergy is available globally from 12d and authorised resellers. For more information, please visit  About 12d Solutions 12d Solutions is an Australian Architecture, Engineering and Construction (AEC) software developer founded in 1991. The company’s flagship product, 12d Model, is a powerful terrain modelling, surveying and civil engineering software package built for projects including, but not restricted to, land development, highways, mining, urban drainage and flood modelling. 12d Solutions is available globally from 12d and authorised resellers. For more information, please visit   Eaton Issues Urgent Call For A Focus On Power Management To Support Drive for Innovation During National Manufacturing Week 2016-05-08T22:03:51Z eaton-issues-urgent-call-for-a-focus-on-power-management-to-support-drive-for-innovation-during-national-manufacturing-week SYDNEY – 9 May 2016 - Budgeting for electricity, securing adequate electricity supplies and finding ways to use less power are all common topics of conversation among manufacturers when reviewing their power management requirements.  However, ensuring that the power their IT resources rely on is dependable for supporting both innovation as well as safety can sometimes be an after thought. That’s according to power management company, Eaton, which today has issued a reminder on the importance of power protection as the nation embarks on National Manufacturing Week being staged in Australia this week. Manufacturers invest large sums of money in their IT infrastructure as well as the power required to keep it functioning.  They court the investment to keep them productive and competitive.  However, leaving that infrastructure defenceless against electrical dips, spikes and interruptions is counter-productive to the business strategy at the same time as manufacturers are also seeking new ways to create product differentiation and drive innovation in the fast ramping digital economy. No manufacturer can afford to leave their IT assets unprotected from power issues and here are seven reasons why this is the case. 1. Even short outages can be trouble. Losing power for as little as a quarter second can trigger events that may keep IT equipment unavailable for anywhere from 15 minutes to many hours. And downtime is costly.  2. Utility power isn’t clean. In practice, electrical power can vary widely enough to cause significant problems for IT equipment. According to current U.S. standards, for example, voltages can vary up to 8.3 percent from absolute specifications. That means that utility services promising 208-phase voltage may actually deliver 191 to 220 volts.   3. Utility power isn’t 100 percent reliable. In the U.S., in fact, it’s only 99.9 percent reliable, which translates into a likely nine hours of utility outages every year. 4. The problems and risks are intensifying. Today’s storage systems, servers and network devices use components so small that they falter and fail under power conditions earlier-generation equipment easily withstood. 5. Generators and surge suppressors aren’t enough. Generators take time to startup, therefore there is a loss of AC power until the generator comes on-line, (typically 10 seconds), and they provide no protection from power spikes and other electrical disturbances. Generators however, are used to provide AC power during long utility power outages. Surge suppressors help with power spikes but not with issues like power loss, under-voltage and brownout conditions. 6. Availability is everything these days. Once, IT played a supporting role in the enterprise, but now it’s absolutely central to how most companies compete and win. When IT systems are down, core business processes quickly come to a standstill. 7. Availability is everything, but power costs must be managed. The cost of power and cooling has spiraled out of control in recent years. Data centre managers are typically held responsible for achieving high availability while simultaneously reducing power costs. Highly-efficient UPS systems can help with this goal, and products are available today that were not an option even a few years ago. Gordon Makryllos, ANZ Managing Director, Eaton, said, “To compete in today’s global economy, manufacturers need to have a power strategy which not only supports safety and collaboration, but one which can  provide a key platform for driving operational efficiency, agility, innovation and customer reach.   “National Manufacturing Week is an ideal time for Australia’s manufacturers and their supply chain partners to consider the following questions when it comes to power management: ·       Can a power outage occur tomorrow?  ·       Do we have any protection against a power outage?  ·       What safety risks could occur as a result of the power outage?  ·       What would be the cost in loss of production as a result of the power failure?  ·       How would our customers be impacted?  ·       What are the consequential losses incurred when experiencing ‘downtime’? ·       Impact of energy consumption on operating costs? ·       Do they have visibility of their entire IT infrastructure? ·       Are they getting real time information from their systems?  ·       Do they have enough uptime to implement the contingency plan? “Power Management technology will continue to develop throughout 2016 finding smarter ways to physically integrate the system into facilities and the software within manufacturers’ business systems. The upcoming election is also set to provide for greater clarity and stability on government energy management policy which has been ambiguous for a number of years. The greater certainty will allow manufacturers to place a renewed focus on power management plans and execute pending projects.” #### Eaton’s electrical business is a global leader with expertise in power distribution and circuit protection; backup power protection; control and automation; lighting and security; structural solutions and wiring devices; solutions for harsh and hazardous environments; and engineering services. Eaton is positioned through its global solutions to answer today’s most critical electrical power management challenges.  Eaton is a power management company with 2015 sales of US$20.9 billion. Eaton provides energy-efficient solutions that help our customers effectively manage electrical, hydraulic and mechanical power more efficiently, safely and sustainably. Eaton has approximately 97,000 employees and sells products to customers in more than 175 countries. For more information, visit Terrorism Impacts Global Supply Chain 2016-03-23T22:39:02Z terrorism-impacts-global-supply-chain Increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to major disruptions to international shipping in Europe and Middle East. In 2015, BSI noted a number of cross-border issues that threatened supply chains across the world. This included damages caused by cargo theft worth AUD$29.7 billion; increased number of terrorism incidents contributed to billions of dollars in losses to global shipping companies; an influx of migrants in Europe that harmed supply chain integrity across the continent; economic downturns in Argentina, Brazil, and China; and issues of political transparency that drove social unrest in Africa and Central America. Extreme weather events, including many attributed to the El Nino phenomenon, caused supply chain disruptions and threatened business continuity in multiple regions. There were also several industries that were plagued by poor enforcement of labour regulations, allowing for significant rates of child or forced labour in Argentina and India, among other nations. Nearly AUD$30 billion was lost due to cargo theft worldwide in 2015 from a variety of supply chain threats, predominantly driven by security concerns. South Africa has seen a 30 per cent increase in cargo truck hijackings over the last year, with thieves using high levels of violence and switching from targeting only high value goods to also targeting lower value items. Daring vehicle shipment thefts have become increasingly commonplace in China, with a recent series of in-transit vehicle thefts occurring along the busy G45 highway. More sophisticated attacks were observed in India throughout 2015, where criminal gangs masterminded new techniques to steal goods without breaking customs seals in order to avoid detection – a major risk for companies participating in international supply chain security programs. In Europe, disruptions in trade caused by the ISIS terrorist group clearly highlighted the link between terrorism and the supply chain. Border controls in France following the November attacks in Paris are estimated to have cost the Belgian shipping industry AUD$4.6 million. Terrorist-linked smuggling rings were also identified to be colluding between Spain and the Middle East, the groups illegally transporting shipments of stolen electronics, drugs, weapons and other contraband. Elsewhere, the Jordanian trucking industry suffered AUD$990 million in lost revenue since conflict began in the Middle East in 2011. In addition to theft, business continuity-related threats such as extreme weather events and political and social unrest, led to significant losses for individual companies and national economies last year. 2015’s top five natural disasters caused a collective $33 billion of damage to businesses. In 2016, BSI has identified emerging health crises, such as the Zika virus, could also pose a significant threat to the global supply chain and may lead to work stoppages and protests similar to the supply chain disruptions seen in conjunction with the Ebola epidemic. Labour unrest and factory strikes have also caused considerable financial damage across the world. Factory strikes in China increased by 58.3 per cent from the previous year due to pay disputes, as factory owners struggled to pay workers due to a slowing economy, leading to protests. The withholding of wages was cited as a major cause in 75 per cent of protests and generated losses of up to AUD$35 million in the footwear industry. Labour unrest is likely to continue in China in 2016, regardless of whether the economy improves. Numerous cases of child and forced labour were exposed in 2015, highlighting the need for visibility into corporate supply chain to mitigate the risk of human rights abuses. Nearly 80 per cent of Argentina’s textile industry was found to be sourcing from unregulated facilities, where forced, child labour and poor working conditions are common. BSI also noted an increase in the risk of child labour use in India due to the existence of loopholes in labour reforms approved in 2015. In response to these and other recent concerns, European countries and the United States last year moved to pass laws mandating reporting on corporate social responsibility issues in corporate supply chains.   Jim Yarbrough, Global Intelligence Program Manager at BSI commented: “Companies are facing an increasingly wide range of challenges to their supply chain, from human rights issues to acts of violent theft and natural disasters. Such complexity creates extreme levels of risk for organizations, both directly affecting the bottom line but perhaps more seriously, hidden threats to the supply chain which, if ignored, could do serious harm to a company’s hard-earned reputation.” The biggest threats to the global supply chain in 2016 include: Global cargo theft cost estimated to grow by a further AUD$1.3 billion in 2016. Increased concerns in China, Germany, India, Mexico, South Africa, and United States Continued tensions in South China Sea predicted to lead to further protests and disruptions On-going conflict in Syria will continue to impact supply chains Migrant crisis will continue to lead to port disruptions. European Union/Schengen border controls predicted to have far-reaching impact. ISIS is predicted to remain a significant threat to disrupt supply chains Labour unrest in China is predicted to persist, as a slowdown in the Chinese economy continues and more jobs move to neighbouring countries Weather disruptions e.g. La Nina phenomenon Global health crises e.g. Zika and Ebola The report is based on data from BSI’s Supply Chain Risk Exposure Evaluation Network (SCREEN), which provides continuous evaluation across 22 proprietary risk factors and 204 countries. BSI’s 2015 SCREEN data and analysis reveals a clear picture of the changing global threat landscape and how this varies by country, continent, and industry sector. To download a copy of BSI’s 2015 Global Supply Chain Intelligence Report, please click here.  - ENDS-   About BSI BSI (British Standards Institution) is the business standards company that equips businesses with the necessary solutions to turn standards of best practice into habits of excellence. Formed in 1901, BSI was the world’s first National Standards Body and a founding member of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Over a century later it continues to facilitate business improvement across the globe by helping its clients drive performance, manage risk and grow sustainably through the adoption of international management systems standards, many of which BSI originated. Renowned for its marks of excellence including the consumer recognized BSI Kitemark™, BSI’s influence spans multiple sectors including Aerospace, Automotive, Built Environment, Food, Healthcare and ICT. With 80,000 clients in 182 countries, BSI is an organization whose standards inspire excellence across the globe.  To learn more, please visit   About BSI Supply Chain Solutions BSI Supply Chain Solutions is the leading global provider of supply chain intelligence, auditing services, audit compliance and risk management software solutions, and advisory services. Our mission is to help corporations, governments and associations identify, manage and mitigate global supply chain risks and maintain world class governance risk and compliance programs. Our holistic supply chain risk management suite is designed to predict and visualize risk, and develop robust risk mitigation and compliance management programs to protect your supply chain, brand and reputation. Our intelligence-infused supply chain solutions and global network empower our clients to understand global supply chain risk with unequaled precision. To learn more, please visit      Media enquiries: BSI Marketing Department                Tel: +61 2 8877 7131          Email: Marc Barnes Managing Director - BSI Group Australia and NZ Tel: +61 2 8877 7100 Email:    First company certified by BSI Australia to revised Quality Management standard 2016-03-09T00:56:27Z first-company-certified-by-bsi-australia-to-revised-quality-management-standard SYC is the first company to achieve certification to ISO 9001:2015 under independent assessment by BSI Australia. The standard, which was published in September 2015, has been updated to ensure that it continues to help organizations manage quality, reduce risk and ensure organizational resilience.Gordon Wilckens, Head of Quality, Compliance and Risk, SYC comments  “As a long-standing client, BSI has supported us throughout the transition, keeping us informed of changes and providing a wealth of information via various platforms in order to help our senior leadership team understand the benefits of this new standard.”SYC believes that certification to ISO 9001:2015, which has been created with service providers in mind, demonstrate their commitment to upholding the highest standard of governance and transparency in a highly competitive market.SYC is a not-for-profit organization, centred on employment, training and youth services. Last year, SYC helped more than 55,300 Australians in the areas of Home, Wellbeing, Learning and Working. With certification to the National Standards for Disability Services (NSDS) standard already in place SYC wanted to see if the new ISO 9001 version could be aligned to deliver efficiencies and streamline business operations. They were interested to see if the revised standard would reflect the needs of a service company more than previous versions.Marc Barnes, Managing Director at BSI Australia, commented: “SYC should be really proud of their achievement. Certification to ISO 9001:2015 helps organizations to prioritize their business needs whilst enabling them to their manage quality, improve efficiency and become more resilient.”ISO 9001, the most widely-adopted quality management systems standard, has benefited millions of organizations globally - with users reporting increased growth and productivity and significantly higher customer satisfaction and retention. Giving Birth To New Product 2016-03-02T03:52:37Z giving-birth-to-new-product Imagine you are alone in a gloomy carpark, hunting through your bag for your car keys. Every shadow looks like a person. Every noise is someone creeping up behind you. The search for your keys in your dark handbag becomes frantic. It does not matter how many times you dig around; you just can’t find them. These feelings of fear and vulnerability drove Marcia Mattushek, a fashion stylist, to invent a light for a handbag to help women (and men) find items in their bag quickly and easily. “Bagsablaze is just like a fridge light for your bag.  You open the bag and the light comes on, making it so much easier to find keys, phones or lippy,” she said. “I came up with the idea after leaving a function. Here I was, a woman on her own, in a deserted car park, with little light and no one around. I just wanted to get out of there but I could not find my keys - it was so dark. I felt unsafe and vulnerable.” Over the next 18 months, Marcia came up with a solution.   “I thought there had to be something out there to help you find all the goodies in your was such a simple idea.  But there was nothing.” “Even though we have our phone lights and a whole range of torches, they are hard to find without the light to start with and you have to dig around in your bag to find it.  I wanted something that would automatically turn on when I opened my bag. That’s when Bagsablaze was born,” Marcia said. “I am not an inventor so it was ‘where do you even start?’ Creating a new product was a process of reverse engineering. Marcia had to get clear on what she wanted the light to do and how she was going to get it to do that. Here is where a piece of paper comes in handy. In order to convey the concept to a designer, she drew out her idea. “Once I knew what I wanted it to do, I talked to an industrial designer because I am not an engineer or designer; I had no idea how of the mechanics and how the parts would work together,” Marcia explained. “He asked me a series of questions such as ‘do you want it to do this or that.’ This was a process that went over and over with scraps of paper until we go to the point where I had a 3D print version of the Bagsablaze.” Working with an expert helped Marcia because he was able to interpret her wishes.  Then began the process of fine-tuning … and more questions. How big of small do you want the clip to be? How do you want the clip to work how flexible do you want the arm to be? How powerful will the light be? What colour? What size battery? What do you want the battery to do? How many lights? Once Marcia nailed these questions, she took the concept to focus groups (her target market) to see what they thought of the idea.  “The beauty of having a product marketable to my peer group made the market research,” she said. “It was all new to me, so I did not know what to think.  I had to trust my designer; go with my gut feel on him.  Now, I realise I knew a lot more than I thought I did – you never really think about the things you use on a daily basis and how they work.  “When you think about how a fridge door is open, there is a switchy thing that you do not know what it is called (reed switch) but you know how it works and why it works.  You just have not given it any thought. “The process of creation makes you think about those things.” Marcia biggest learning was on the financial side of the business – how much things really cost. “I did not know how much all of this was going cost when I started out.  It adds up to what more than I thought. The money I had set aside to get the whole project to market was taken up in the R&D costs, this is why I went to crowd funding,” she said. Another key learning was to not buy into other people’s negativity. “People seem to enjoy picking apart new ideas but not in a constructive way.  There are not many of them but there enough of them to make you reconsider what you are doing,” Marcia said. “You need to put yourself out there, which was huge for me and open yourself up to critics, from people who do not know you or have nothing to benefit from being positive or negative towards you.  They do not care if I do well or not.  Instead of going to the bank or taking on investors, Marcia is using crowdfunding platform Kickstarter to raise funds to manufacture her bright idea. “Kickstarter helps launch new products through pre-selling, allowing the entrepreneur to market research product viability - if the price is right and there’s interest in the market,” Marcia said. “Bagsablaze is my baby and I want to manage the process without outside investors and having to go into debt by embracing the new age of digital disruption. It is the way of the future – look at Air BNB and Uber; it is thinking out of the box and not using traditional means.” Kickstarter allows the ‘woman on the street’ with a handbag to get involved in something from the ground up. It gives those initial adopters bragging rights of being part of bringing a new cool product to life. The Kickstarter campaign launched on January 29 at a function and there was a flurry of activity, with support coming from surprising places. “I expected first backers to be friends and family.  Imagine my surprise when I woke up to find three backs unknown to me from the US.  A lot of my friends I expected to pledge haven’t – I do not if it is because they don’t want to, or do not understand the process,” Marcia said. With the launch of Kickstarter making Marcia’s project more concrete, she is finding other opportunities are coming her way – to manufacture, market and distribute her product.   People are giving me contacts of people in other industries. Bagsablaze already has over 40 investors and the project closes mid March. Kickstarter Bagsablaze Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing 2016-02-24T06:05:17Z professionals-in-the-construction-sector-and-every-day-australians-have-a-lot-to-lose-from-the-proposed-changes-to-negative-gearing 24/2/2016 - FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Professionals in the construction sector and every-day Australians have a lot to lose from the proposed changes to negative gearing With the federal budget set for release in May and the federal election set for the latter part of 2016, reducing the deficit is high on the agenda. With a raise in GST now off the agenda, proposed changes to tax depreciation schedules is currently being discussed in order to return to surplus. With tax depreciation often forming a large part of those working in the built environment and associated industries such as Quantity Surveying, proposed changes in legislation could have a high impact on industry and every-day Australians including: Construction Cost Managers; Building and Engineering Economists; Financial, Resource and Contractual Managers; Dispute Resolution Professionals; Quantification of Material and Labour Professionals; and Every-day Australian looking to invest or rent property. "The building and construction sector is currently playing a big role in re-balancing the Australian economy due to the retraction currently being experienced in the mining sector. With demand in Asia slowing and the cost of oil, mining and gas at significant lows, the building and construction sector is currently helping to stabilise Australia’s economy." The proposed changes could have a big impact on the demand for tax depreciation schedules that poses a risk of lower investment in infrastructure and construction by industry and could therefore limit the jobs available for every-day Australians. Every-day Australian’s will also be impacted by this change if implemented. Without investors being able to fund losses through negatively gearing their property, the average person may see a rise in rent; due to this increased cost no longer available to be offset through tax depreciation schedules. The current Government is considering a cap on deductions, which will include deductions on rental properties. If the Coalition wins and deductions are capped (the plan is to cap work related deductions and rental property deductions to a percentage of the taxpayer’s income), then there will also be a reduction in the need for tax depreciation schedules. If elected, Labor is promising to remove negative gearing from all purchased buildings (excluding new buildings) from 1 July 2017. Under the Labor model, if the interest costs, rates, management fees on the rental property washes out most or all the rent, a tax depreciation schedule is no longer required as deductions cannot go above rent - therefore it cannot be negatively geared. AIQS will be actively lobbying and liaising with both parties, in order to highlight the impact these policy positions will have on the Quantity Surveying profession. For more information, contact Lee Edmondson (AIQS Marketing & Communications Manager) on (02) 8234 4004 or The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) is the peak professional body for Quantity Surveying in Australia and Internationally, with over 4,000 Members. Through its leadership, Standards and Code of Professional Conduct, AIQS ensures that practising Quantity Surveyors are dedicated to maintaining the highest standards of professional excellence. The Institute is a national organisation with Chapters and Divisions in all States and Territories. It also has a strong overseas membership and is the Australian peak body to the International Cost Engineering Council (ICEC) and the Pacific Association of Quantity Surveyors (PAQS). A diverse range of professionals in the Building and Construction industry are part of the AIQS Institute, including high-level ‘decision makers’ at Director and Executive level, Business Owners and Managers, through to young cadets, students and graduates. Associated industries to Quantity Surveyors include; Cost Planners, Cost Estimators, Project Managers, Developers, Building and Professional Services. The Australian Institute of Quantity Surveyors (AIQS) Level 3, 70 Pitt St Sydney, NSW 2000 Australia (02) 8234 4000