The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-08-23T01:48:39Z Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution endures gruelling torture test 2017-08-23T01:48:39Z silver-peak-edgeconnect-sd-wan-solution-endures-gruelling-torture-test SYDNEY, August 23, 2017 – Silver Peak, the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions, today announced that the company’s flagship SD-WAN solution, Unity EdgeConnect, successfully endured a series of rigorous network packet-loss resilience tests. Leading independent network test lab Miercom, subjected the EdgeConnect solution to hands-on stress tests to validate the resiliency of multi-link bonded tunnels combined with path conditioning and dynamic path control. Results validated the solution’s ability to maintain peak network and application performance and availability through a series of real-world WAN transport congestion, brownout and blackout scenarios. The EdgeConnect test methodology included using Unity Orchestrator to configure a business intent overlay with defined QoS parameters suitable for real-time voice and video applications. In each test scenario, real-time video streams were monitored for interruptions and image artefacts. Multiple scenarios were tested by injecting increasing levels of packet loss to simulate realistic WAN transport conditions across bonded links. “While other SD-WAN vendors claim performance and resiliency, Silver Peak is effectively putting the industry on notice, challenging any vendor to submit their solution to a network torture test,” said Derek Granath, vice president of product marketing at Silver Peak. “Distributed enterprises will quickly find that, while others route around WAN service congestion and disruptions, only Silver Peak addresses underlying link performance issues to deliver a superior application experience, even under the most extreme packet-loss conditions.” Key Test Findings (access full Miercom test report here): The high availability link bonding policy continued to ensure connectivity during a blackout condition of an underlay Silver Peak high availability link bonding policy managed and adjusted to degrading link conditions and maintained application availability during a brownout condition Even if packets are dropped, bonded links in the high availability mode with forward error correction assured that no application data packets were lost over the connection Business intent overlays utilised tunnels, created by bonding multiple underlay links together to act as one, these overlays can perform micro-segmentation to apply security and QoS policies and to assist in meeting compliance requirements “Our testing proved that the Silver Peak EdgeConnect SD-WAN solution is exceptionally well-suited in maintaining network and application availability and performance through a range of real-world, challenging network scenarios,” said Miercom CEO, Rob Smithers. “EdgeConnect provides distributed enterprises the ability to connect users to applications with the flexibility, confidence and economies of using any combination of underlying WAN transport technologies.” About Silver Peak Silver Peak is the global leader in broadband and hybrid WAN solutions. Silver Peak offers a high-performance SD-WAN solution that provides secure and reliable virtual overlays to connect users to applications with the flexibility to use any combination of underlying transport without compromising application performance. This results in greater business agility and lower costs. More than 2,000 globally distributed enterprises have deployed Silver Peak broadband and hybrid WAN solutions across 80 countries. Learn more at silver-peak.com. Contact David Frost, PR Deadlines, for Silver Peak. +61.2.7903 9567 davidf@prdeadlines.com.au ioFABRIC delivers multi-site, multi-cloud data fabric for complete data protection and availability 2017-08-23T00:17:13Z iofabric-delivers-multi-site-multi-cloud-data-fabric-for-complete-data-protection-and-availability SYDNEY – August 23, 2017 – ioFABRIC Inc. today introduced ioFABRIC Vicinity version 3.0 of its multi-site, multi-cloud data fabric that ensures complete data protection and availability with industry-unique cost optimisation features. Customers running Vicinity make the leap from traditional multi-silo storage to a continuously available, protected and evergreen data fabric. Vicinity incorporates existing and new storage assets, using artificial intelligence to ensure applications reach their required protection, availability, capacity, performance, and cost requirements. ioFABRIC Vicinity supports applications running on legacy servers, commodity hardware, VMs, containers and clouds. By pooling storage together, Vicinity creates an automated data fabric that delivers protection, capacity and performance requirements across all storage, sites and clouds. ioFABRIC’s vendor-neutral data fabric allows any hardware or cloud to be easily added or removed from service. “With an ever-increasing amount of imaging data to store and manage, it’s imperative that we have a solution in place that provides us with the protection we need for long-term backup storage,” said Peter Washburn, System Administrator at Technicare Imaging Ltd. “With ioFABRIC Vicinity, we determine what our storage requirements are based on business value and ioFABRIC automatically meets those objectives simply and easily, ensuring business continuity that is cost-optimised. We get all the data protection and availability that we need without any of the headaches typically faced in planning and managing storage.” ioFABRIC’s evergreen technology eliminates migrations, storage silos and forklift upgrades. With no vendor lock-in and seamless live instances between sites and clouds, organisations gain the business value of storage-as-a-service from their traditional infrastructure. Vicinity easily extends any infrastructure to one or more public clouds. Cost Optimisation Newly added to Vicinity’s set of industry-unique service level objectives is cost-optimisation across the entire data fabric. ioFABRIC uses a branch of AI called Swarm Intelligence that automatically uses the lowest cost storage while ensuring that each application’s requirements are met and maintained. Policy management features allow data to be placed and moved based on usage, data activity, and cost. “In Australia, the one message that resonates with all our customers and prospects is cost optimisation—simply set the performance (IOPS or latency) objectives for an application and by ticking a box, the lowest cost storage will be used to deliver the requested performance objectives. Data will move off expensive SAN or NAS spinning disks to less expensive commodity SSD/flash—which delivers exponentially higher performance at substantially lower cost. “The business advantage increases as stale data is automatically moved out of SSD to less expensive high capacity, low cost spinning disk or cloud, thus freeing up that SSD/flash for other applications. That is true value,” said Greg Wyman, VP Asia Pacific ioFABRIC Pty Ltd.” Protection and availability The ioFABRIC Data Fabric identifies and self-heals around disk and network failures, using resilient live instances of data placed across nodes, sites or clouds. With the high levels of protection that Vicinity provides, business continuity is ensured from disaster or failure. Vicinity also provides an exceptional level of data durability and availability against ransomware attacks with its incremental, immutable snapshot and snap-copy technologies. “Managing storage has long been a balancing act of trying to maximise protection and availability in the face of increasing costs and complexity,” said ioFABRIC CEO and Co-Founder Steven Lamb. “Why put up with the headaches that come with worrying about how you’re going to maximise performance and add capacity while staying within your existing budget? With ioFABRIC Data Fabric, we’ve simplified the process of data management by allowing organizations to focus on their business objectives and leave the details of the underlying infrastructure to us.” About ioFABRIC Inc. ioFABRIC Inc. is a data management company whose software solves data challenges while reducing complexity, and optimizing costs. ioFABRIC’s flagship product, ioFABRIC Vicinity, is a multi-site, multi-cloud data fabric ensuring storage is always available, always protected, always evergreen. Vicinity 3.0 creates a data fabric supporting applications running on legacy servers, VMs, containers, and clouds. Vicinity is sold through ioFABRIC’s reseller and distribution channel, through its powerful LEaD program. Partners sell Vicinity as licensed software or by white-labeling it with additional hardware and/or software. Founded in 2013 by an executive team that has worked together for more than 20 years is funded by private investors. For more information visit www.ioFABRIC.com. Follow us on LinkedIn Follow us on Twitter Contact Greg Wyman, VP Asia-Pacific, ioFABRIC M: +61 (0)402 259 359, O: +61 (2) 9099 5500 E: greg.wyman@iofabric.com.au News: Convergence of Cloud, Open Source and Digital Innovation Drive Growth for Acquia in Asia Pacific 2017-08-22T23:10:00Z news-convergence-of-cloud-open-source-and-digital-innovation-drive-growth-for-acquia-in-asia-pacific Sydney, Australia, Acquia Engage Asia Pacific Conference - 23 August 2017 - Acquia, the digital experience company, has significantly expanded its footprint in Asia Pacific, citing unprecedented demand for its unique combination of cloud, open source digital technology. Acquia enables organisations to offer contextually relevant experiences across multiple channels, deliver new digital capabilities faster, continuously innovate and stay current in a digital world that’s constantly evolving. Today also marks the opening day of the inaugural Acquia Engage Asia Pacific Japan, which brings together customers and partners for two days of best practice sessions and knowledge sharing. With regional headquarters in Australia, Acquia’s Asia Pacific Japan team has grown to more than 80 people since launching in Sydney five years ago. With expertise in digital architecture design, delivery, account management and customer support, the company has expanded its clients this year into Japan, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong, Thailand and New Zealand. Here, new customers include Astellas Pharma Inc. (JP), Citigroup (SG), Telkomsel (ID), City University of Hong Kong (HK), Bangkok Dusit Medical Services (TH), and, closer to home, New Zealand Post (NZ). In Australia, the company has landed notable enterprise deals including Brisbane Airport Corporation and EnergyAustralia, while expanding into the sporting vertical with Commonwealth Games among others. In partnership with the Department of Finance, the govCMS program continues to grow. This shared services model has so far delivered more than 155 websites across 57 State and Federal Government Agencies agencies, with 20 more sites in development. Acquia has directed much of this opportunity through its partners, who include Ogilvy Australia, Technocrat, Morpht, Doghouse Agency, and Salsa Digital among many others. Today Acquia is hosting the inaugural Acquia Engage Asia Pacific Japan. Executives from enterprise organisations including Flight Centre, EnergyAustralia, IAG, ADMA, Asian Development Bank, Pac-12 Networks, Australian Government Department of Finance and the Department of Environment and Energy among others, are gathering today at the InterContinental Sydney to share their experience in digital innovation and transformation. “The brilliant work of our partner network is a pivotal factor in helping our customers succeed, and has helped fuel our company’s growth. We place great value on our relationship with each partner and every customer,” said Graham Sowden, general manager at Acquia Asia Pacific and Japan. “Acquia’s growth across Asia Pacific has been driven by our regional team from top to bottom - a team that is both dedicated and talented. It’s a great time to be at Acquia and involved in the Drupal community, with open source and digital innovation reaching such maturity in the region.” Aris Theocharides, director at Deloitte Digital said: “The uptake of Drupal to drive digital innovation is without doubt one of the fastest adoption rates I’ve seen in a technology practice. Acquia has invested a great deal over the past few years to show us how open source, and specifically Drupal 8, are now commercial imperatives, both for clients and for our own practice growth. My advice is: ignore open source technologies at your own cost - whether that’s the opportunities for innovation or technology investment – or, on the flip-side, the loss of revenue opportunity.” In recent news, Acquia was named a leader with the highest strategy score in The Forrester Wave™: Web Content Management Systems, Q1 2017, and was also named a leader in the 2017 Gartner Magic Quadrant for Web Content Management (WCM) for the fourth consecutive year. 1Spatial grows its team of Safe Software FME Certified Trainers 2017-08-22T00:54:48Z 1spatial-grows-its-team-of-safe-software-fme-certified-trainers Sydney, Australia, 22 August 2017: 1Spatial, Platinum Partner of Safe Software and value added reseller of FME, is delighted to announce that Thomas Farrington, Consultant with 1Spatial Australia, has been awarded Safe Software's FME Certified Trainer accreditation. The FME Certified Trainer accreditation formally recognises individual expertise and enables people to demonstrate proven ability to provide knowledgeable FME support, training and consulting services. With Farrington’s newly acquired accreditation, 1Spatial is proud to add this additional capability to its growing FME expertise across the Group. Commenting on his achievement, Natalie Cooney, Country Manager, Australia at 1Spatial added: "We're very proud of Thomas and his achievement in gaining this accreditation. It builds on his existing experience and further enhances 1Spatial's FME-based offerings. We are committed to ensuring our customers get the best technical support, consulting services and training and this accreditation demonstrates that Thomas and 1Spatial meet the high standards expected by Safe Software." In addition, Nicholas Ranicar has recently achieved his FME Certified Server Professional accreditation. This is Safe Software’s newest certification and Ranicar is currently the only accredited Server Professional in Australia. 1Spatial's expert team of FME consultants can deliver specialist product support, training and consulting services to help customers meet their business requirements. For more information about FME and how 1Spatial can help you, visit https://1spatial.com/products/fme/ or contact us on fme@1spatial.com. About 1Spatial 1Spatial is the global leader in managing geospatial data. We make data smarter by making it more current, more complete and more consistent – ensuring decisions are always grounded in the best available information. Our unique, rules-based approach delivers enterprise-scale, cross-platform, automation to all stages of the data lifecycle. It builds confidence in the data while reducing the time and cost of stewardship. Our clients include utility and telecoms businesses, transport organisations, national mapping agencies and government departments. A leader in our field, we have over forty five years’ experience and a record of continual innovation and development. www.1spatial.com Headwinds for Motorola Solutions in the USA? 2017-08-20T08:41:33Z headwinds-for-motorola-solutions-in-the-usa Today, Mike Poth heads a federal agency tasked with rolling out FirstNet, a multibillion-dollar broadband network that could link every police, fire, and emergency medical officer in the U.S. Public-safety personnel currently rely on thousands of local two-way radio systems that can’t talk to one another, causing confusion in every major disaster since 9/11. Last March, FirstNet tapped AT&T (T) to build the public-safety network and cover the country within five years. Motorola’s Chicago-based radio veterans will be paid to connect the network to existing radio systems, but eventually FirstNet will supplant the old systems, which generate more than half of Motorola’s revenue. What is FirstNet? FirstNet was created to be a force-multiplier for first responders – to give public safety 21st century communication tools to help save lives, solve crimes and keep our communities and emergency responders safe. To do that, FirstNet will build a new Band Class 14 network designed to be reliable, functional, safe and secure, and provide optimal levels of operational capability at all times. For the first time, public safety communications will be based on commercial standards. This will bring the benefits of lower costs, consumer-driven economies of scale and rapid evolution of advanced communication capabilities. MiningTelecoms P25 Radio Solution bridges the gap between radio and 4G Networks with a softswitch that selects the cheapest communication option (RF, Satelite, or 4G Network). Businesses and First Responders are seldom without communications. Goto MiningTelecoms LTE for more insight. click here MiningTelecoms Recommends Two Way Radios to Improve Security 2017-08-20T07:51:44Z miningtelecoms-recommends-two-way-radios-to-improve-security https://www.miningtelecoms.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Spain-Attack-Security-Two-Way-Radios.png MiningTelecoms radio communications and telecommunications equipment provider, with offices in Sydney, Melbourne and Perth Australia has called for improved use of radio solutions in tackling security challenges around the globe. The firm noted that with the increased number of security issues, innocent citizens are becoming more exposed in cities with the presence of militant groups responsible for terrorist attacks, most recently in Spain. The van attack, which killed at least 13 people and injured more than 100 others was in the popular Las Ramblas tourist boulevard. According to MiningTelecoms, many industries around the globe are now seeing the benefits in digital technologies, and started the transition, “Open Standard, Multi-Protocol digital two-way radio technologies will allow business to improve security, productivity and provide better response and services by using newly developed digital applications that are only available with DMR, Tetra, or P25 two-way radios. These applications include GPS, Alerts, Alarms, and features like messaging and man down configurations as well as features that help bridge radio protocols communications between first responders i.e Police, Fire, Ambulance, Civil Defense, Military”.  Motorola and Tait Communications radios support all call, group call, and call alert functions that help in coordinating an emergency situation. Police, Ambulance, Fire, and other emergency services can now communicate seamlessly, via mobile control rooms and a number of consoles can be setup at a seconds notice. Bridging a P25 Two Way Way and 4G mobile networks is now possible via a softswitch. As a result mission critical communications is now available across radio and mobile devices. EMERGENCY RADIO COMMUNICATIONS SYSTEM 2017-08-16T14:26:30Z emergency-radio-communications-system A communication system and method is required for handling emergencies wherein public safety radios are used to directly communicate with normally incompatible radios used by organizations such as schools and public events. The system includes a radio communication bridge that is selectively activated by emergency personnel to contact an organization undergoing an emergency. The bridge is activated via a TCP/IP command over an IP network or alternatively sent by a pre-programmed digital two way radio. Computer software or firmware at communication endpoints, emergency responder locations, and at an emergency call center facilitates functionality of the system to include emergency notifications, dissemination of information associated with a particular emergency, and the status of the system to include activation and deactivation of the radio bridge. The present invention relates to communication systems incorporating multiple communication modes, and more particularly, to an emergency communication system for bridging incompatible radio communication elements. Many organizations have internal radio systems to manage day-to-day operations to include organization security. Various staff or security personnel may be equipped with radios enabling basic two-way communications between personnel. For many years, emergency or first responders such as law enforcement and fire departments have used radios for communications. Because of the required range and necessity for reliability, government officials communicating by radio are typically equipped with highly advanced radio systems that are unable to directly communicate with the less complex radio systems used by organizations. When there is an emergency incident occurring at an organization, the standard method to contact emergency responders is by a telephone call to 000 (Australia). A 000 call center is able to obtain the location of the caller in order to dispatch emergency responders. However, emergency responders have no direct means of radio communication with personnel located at the emergency location. Regardless of the nature of the incident and the identity of the emergency responders, it is very difficult for organizational personnel to directly speak with the responders prior to the responders arriving at the location. Many emergency situations are time critical and the ability for organizational personnel to provide instantaneous information as to the status of the emergency can make the difference between emergency responders properly handling the situation as opposed to such responders not having adequate information, and the emergency situation then turning into a tragedy. No matter the type of emergency situation, the ability to provide accurate and timely information by those directly affected by the emergency situation often results in a more complete and rapid response by emergency responders. Emergency responders typically have two-way radios installed in their vehicles to allow rapid and reliable communication between these emergency responders and their dispatch center or PSAP to control and coordinate their emergency actions. Many police officers and firemen also carry hand held radios (P25) that operate on the same radio system. Because of the necessity to ensure that emergency responders have the ability to communicate with one another, regulations limit the types of organizations that may operate on the same frequency bands as emergency personnel. As mentioned above with respect to organizations who use two-way radio systems for daily operations, these radio systems are not able to communicate with emergency radio systems since each operate on very distinct frequencies, and the nature of the RF signals produced during the communications are very different. Therefore, other than the 000 telecommunications, affected personnel at the organization cannot communicate with emergency responders until they arrive at the scene. Therefore, there is a need for a system and method whereby direct communications can be facilitated between emergency responders and affected organizational personnel during emergency situations. Additionally, there is need to provide a communication system where organizations can avoid the expense of purchasing more sophisticated and expensive radio communication systems, and the ability to directly communicate with emergency personnel can be on a selective and controlled basis. Additionally, there is a need to provide a communication system that may timely inform a network or group of organizations regarding an emergency situation coupled with the ability of a 000 call center to select which organizations within the group can directly communicate with selected emergency response personnel. SUMMARY In accordance with the present invention, a communication system and method is provided for handling emergency situations wherein complex public safety radio systems can be used to directly communicate with normally incompatible radio systems used by organizations such as schools, hospitals, and other large independent facilities. The system of the present invention includes a radio communication patch or bridge that is selectively activated by emergency personnel to contact one or more selected organizations. In a preferred embodiment of the present invention, the communication system further includes a communication network, such as a local area network (LAN) or a group of LANs and a high speed interconnecting network such as the Internet. Activation and deactivation of the bridge is achieved over the LAN(s). A computer server may be located at one of several locations such as at a 000 call center, school office, or event / hospital / detention center control room. This server is used to monitor and control the emergency communication system with one or more communication endpoints that are linked to the server. Each of the communication endpoints, such as separate control centers, each have an IP address that allows them to be connected over the network(s) by the server. Each of the communication endpoints also has their own local two-way radio system and a communication patch or bridge device that is activated or enabled by IP commands over the network(s). Activation of the bridge is typically prompted by a 000 call by the affected organization at the communication end point. The 000-call center then evaluates the particular emergency, and can selectively activate over the network(s) the radio bridge. Once the bridge is activated, personnel located at the communication end point can then directly communicate with the emergency responders who have been dispatched and who are operating their radios on the public safety radio system. The local radios at the communication endpoints operate on their normal frequency/channel and once the bridge is activated then the local radios are automatically merged with the public safety radio channel or talk group. When the bridge is deactivated, the radios cease to operate on the public safety radio frequency/channel and are automatically returned to their normal channel operation. Functionality of the system is achieved through computer software or firmware installed at the 000-call center, at the location of the emergency responders, and at each communication end point. This software/firmware is used to facilitate a number of functions to include a communication tool wherein upon notification of an emergency, emergency instructions can be conveyed to each of the communication endpoints. A user having the requisite bridge activation/deactivation authority can control the communications bridge(s) established as well as emergency instructions. These instructions can be conveyed in the form of email messages coupled with audio and/or visual alarms that are triggered by designated types of email messages. Two particular features of the system include a Channel Take Over feature and an Audio Detect feature. Bridging remote radio systems will always give rise to simultaneous radio frequency (RF) collisions or interferences caused by the simultaneous transmission of messages by radio users at separate locations. Such collisions are common, particularly in larger public safety systems, sometimes referred to wide area systems. Since radio users at remote locations are unable to see the physical actions of other parties who may be on the same bridged radio network, the RF collisions can disrupt meaningful communications for significant time periods. With some radio etiquette training, to include use of proper call announcements and acknowledgments, more successful communication exchanges can be conducted over wide area systems. The determination of which radio user may transmit and which radio user may listen at any particular time is normally a function of the first party to transmit. Most two-way radio systems carry specifications for transmitter “up time” and receiver sensitivity. These radio specifications are usually measured in milliseconds, and determine which user is able to transmit; accordingly all the other users on the channel at that time are forced to listen. For example, if ten radio users are on a particular radio channel and one user presses the transmitter button on their radio first while there is at least some incremental break in transmissions from other users, then the other nine users are unable to transmit and are forced to listen to the first user’s radio transmission. Despite using proper radio protocol, wide area systems may be much more prone to continual RF collisions. These collisions can complicate efforts of dispatchers and emergency responders to effectively communicate with local radio users. While wide area systems have the capability to bridge a great number of remote locations, as large as a city, county, or entire state, there are resulting performance impacts that degrade the ability to prevent RF collisions. Specifically, there is degradation in overall system recognition of first to transmit signals, thereby resulting in additional occurrences of RF collisions. One can also appreciate that in an emergency situation, even the most trained radio users may not perform proper radio protocol, resulting in very inefficient radio communication in which RF collisions significantly impede the ability for timely and clear communications. Therefore, there is a need to provide a solution, particularly for wide area systems, to reduce RF collisions. The Channel Take Over feature of the present invention provides a solution to this RF collision or interference problem. The Channel Take Over feature involves a password controlled feature for each remote user interface or selected remote user interfaces. When activated, this feature will detach or disengage the bridge function at any or all selected locations for a pre-determined period of time, such as measured in seconds. The user who activates this feature will then have this pre-determined period of time or take over period to begin transmitting, and during which time will lead the flow of communications over the radio network. Accordingly, all previously bridged users will be required to listen to the transmission during the takeover period. However, the Channel Take Over feature cannot detach or disengage a user with an analog type radio transmitter who may be transmitting simultaneous with activation of the Channel Take Over feature. In this instance, in order to interrupt and takeover the previously transmitting remote radio location, the system of the present invention selectively generates a much higher power radio signal from the user activating the Channel Take Over feature, thereby instantly causing interference with the previously transmitting radio user until the user ceases transmitting and starts receiving. With respect to the Audio Detect feature, a user interface screen may provide the user with a visual indication as to which particular remote location is transmitting at that time. For example, an icon can be displayed next to the listing of the remote location, and indicating whether or not radio transmissions are occurring. The user interface screen may also display which location is asserting its Channel Take Over authority at any particular time. With the Channel Take Over and Audio Detect features, not only is some hierarchy or priority provided for users such as dispatch centers or emergency responders, but a visual user interface is provided to all users within the system which will inherently assist in managing the flow of radio communications to prevent unnecessary radio transmissions. Another feature of the invention includes tracking and evaluating radio communications at selected communication endpoints to determine whether personnel at the communication endpoint are effectively utilizing the communication system. This tracking feature is enabled by the Audio Detect feature in which an administrator or evaluator of the communication system may wish to evaluate the performance of personnel at a selected communication endpoint. The tracking feature is selectively enabled or disabled for any communication endpoint in the system, and the information recorded includes the frequency and length of radio transmissions occurring at the selected communication endpoints. One example of how this recorded information can be used is for purposes of certifying the level of proficiency of personnel associated with a particular communication endpoint. More specifically, a communication endpoint may typically include a school location, and it may be desirable to certify whether the personnel at the school location are proficient in the use of the communication system, as well as to determine whether their particular safety protocol at the school location complies with local safety guidelines or regulations. By evaluating the frequency and length of individual radio transmissions occurring at the communication endpoint, an administrator or evaluator can make some conclusions regarding the overall competency level of the personnel, as well as the safety protocol of the location. According to one embodiment of the invention, an administrator of a central communications server, such as a server located at the local or district security center, has the capability to select desired communication endpoints for recording of the radio transmissions. The data is recorded and analyzed to determine the  proficiency and/or competency of the personnel and the overall performance of the particular school location being evaluated. According to yet another embodiment of the invention, control for activating selected features of the invention may be achieved by a separate digital radio network in which selected emergency responders and school personnel may communicate over this dedicated network, but a primary purpose of this network is to enable emergency responders to send a digital RF signal as another means to control the system. During crisis events, it is well known that an IP network may quickly become overburdened which can significantly slow down messaging. Further, an event occurring that  may not be connected to the crisis at hand can still create a communication problem. Accordingly, while an IP network may be a reliable  communication method in most circumstances, providing a redundant two-way digital radio communication network adds capabilities to the system that ensures timely communications can be conducted under any circumstance. Two particular digital radio protocols that can be used in the present invention is the Digital Mobile Radio protocol (DMR) or Project 25 (P25). Considering the above features of the invention, in one aspect, it may be considered a communication system especially adapted for facilitating emergency communications between communicants having respective radio systems, said system comprising: => first and second computer processors located at respective communication endpoints; => a communication server for managing communications between the communication endpoints; => an IP communications network for interconnecting said communications server and said computer processors, said server and each of said computer processors having respective IP addresses; => at least one public safety radio associated with one of said communication endpoints; => at least one local radio associated with the other of said communication endpoints; => at least one pre-programmed digital radio associated with said communication endpoints and operating on a different channel than said at least one public safety radio and said at least one local radio; => a radio bridge for facilitating direct radio communications between said at least one public safety radio and said local radio, said radio bridge including hardware to enable connection between the radios, said bridge further including a processor that communicates with said server to receive activation and deactivation instructions sent from an authorized user, said instructions being sent as IP packets over the communications network; => a digital radio module incorporated with said hardware of said radio bridge, said module providing a capability to control said radio bridge by an RF signal received from said at least one pre-programmed digital radio; => computer coded instructions associated with said server and said computer processors to selectively control and monitor the system to include an activation and deactivation of said radio bridge as controlled by said first computer and to prevent activation and deactivation control at said communication endpoint associated with the at least one local radio, and to produce visual displays on respective user interfaces of said first and second computers; and wherein said visual displays include an indication of whether a radio bridge has been activated or deactivated by said at least one pre-programmed digital radio. According to another aspect of the invention, it may be considered a method of communicating radio transmissions between communicants having respective radios, said method comprising:  => providing a radio bridge for facilitating direct radio communications between at least one public safety radio and a local radio, said radio bridge including hardware to enable connection between the radios, said bridge further including a computer processor that communicates with a communications server to receive activation and deactivation instructions sent from an authorized user,  => said instructions being sent as IP packets over a communications network of which said public safety radio and local radio are incorporated in; => providing a digital radio module incorporated with said hardware of said radio bridge, said module providing a capability to alternatively control said radio bridge by an RF signal received from said at least one pre-programmed digital radio that operates on a different channel than said at least one local radio; => providing computer coded instructions associated with said communications server and said computer processor to selectively control and monitor communications including activation and deactivation of said radio bridge, and to prevent activation and deactivation control at a location associated with said at least one local radio or said at least one pre-programmed digital radio; => and generating an indication on a user interface of said radio bridge showing activation or deactivation of said radio bridge by said at least one local radio or said at least one preprogrammed digital radio as associated with one or more communication endpoints. For more information on Emergency Radio Communications Systems contact MiningTelecoms Australia Always-on disaster recovery to transform the new enterprise 2017-08-16T04:25:11Z always-on-disaster-recovery-to-transform-the-new-enterprise By Greg Wyman, Vice President Asia-Pacific, ioFABRIC Disaster recovery (DR) stands at the brink of a new paradigm, based on always-on, always available, always reliable data storage that uses virtualisation solutions. If an organisation’s entire storage SAN or NAS product fails at its primary location. New technology such as Objective-Defined Storage helps to ensure no downtime or business disruption - a second live instance of data is available (at the same site or a remote site) and instantly available to applications and users. No restarting is required. No rebooting. No finalising a DR plan. Data is instantly on and always available. This is instant on disaster recovery for the new enterprise. As an added benefit, for organisations that use VMware vMOTION or an equivalent technology, their applications and compute can also failover to the DR site as the data is always where it needs to be to deliver complete non-disruptive business continuity. Data movement / replication has historically been the weak link in delivering a disaster recovery solution and companies needed identical (proprietary) hardware at the remote site which quickly becomes cost prohibitive. Objective-Defined Storage helps companies to make the inevitable transition from expensive and dedicated storage silos to storage agnostic multi-site, multi-cloud data availability. Data is no longer confined to a single storage vendor eliminating vendor lock-in and forklift upgrades. All existing storage, regardless of vendor, make, or model is treated as a single pool of storage and can be included in the data fabric. The holy grail for disaster recovery is always-on, always available data in multiple locations without requiring any proprietary storage hardware. No downtime, no business disruption. Seccom Global, one of Australia’s cyber security consultancy firms, has used this disruptive technology to create an offering called SecureDATA. “This is a powerful new solution that we have developed based on the ioFABRIC data fabric platform and includes a selection of Seccom Global products to deliver an always-on, always available infrastructure to our customers,” said Seccom Global managing director, Michael Demery. “A local (on premises) storage failure at a customer site no longer means downtime and business disruption. We can instantly failover customer’s data to our data centre using SecureDATA. “Best of all, it is available on a low monthly OPEX, with zero CAPEX requirements.” Disaster recovery is undergoing a massive paradigm shift with Objective-Defined Storage platforms leading the charge against expensive and complex DR products. Data availability should be like a utility – always-on and always available. Contact Greg Wyman, VP Asia-Pacific, ioFABRIC +61 (0) 402 259 359 Greg.wyman@iofabric.com.au Cross Yarra Partnership aims to create sustainable stations 2017-08-16T02:50:16Z cross-yarra-partnership-aims-to-create-sustainable-stations The Victorian Government has finally settled on contractors and designs for the $11-billion Melbourne Metro Tunnel project. The consortium responsible for the project development, known as The Cross Yarra Partnership (CYP), will be made up of world-class construction and tunneling contractors including, Lendlease Engineering, John Holland, Bouygues Construction and Capella Capital. Lendlease has previously worked with the Victorian Government on the East West Link, until the project was cancelled in 2015.The announcement came after what has been described as an extensive and competitive bidding process for the twin nine-kilometer rail tunnels project that will run from South Kensington to South Yarra. The Melbourne Metro Rail Authority’s (MMRA) focus is to not only create easier access rail travel for locals and tourists, but to also build more sustainable infrastructure than previous projects. According to their Sustainability Principles and Approach document, released in April 2016, the MMRA wants to improve environmental protection, public perception, design longevity, more resilient systems and social inclusion through the project via the selected contractors.   The MMRA’s Director of Delivery and Development Peter Wilkinson will be discussing this and other Metro Tunnel updates at the 8th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference on the 28th and 29th of November at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre. Speakers at the conference will discuss major infrastructure projects throughout Victoria and will revolve around the state government’s $9.6-billion injection of funds into the Victorian infrastructure arena in response to both predicted population and economic growth. The two-day conference will see over 200 senior executives from both private and public sectors attend educative and innovative presentations regarding the states infrastructure projects.    Wilkinson has over 30 years’ experience within the industry, and has worked on projects both nationally and internationally. Now currently overseeing the design and delivery processes of the Metro Tunnel, part of Wilkinson’s position is to confirm that both the project’s design and construction fits into the MMRA’s outlined sustainability framework.    The MMRA will work with contractors in development stages using modern-design techniques to make the new stations as sustainable as possible. Part of the project’s plan requires The CYP contractors to optimise environmental technology and thinking to utlise energy, water and material saving initiatives in the stations’ designs. This was outlined to ensure that Melbourne's increasing number of infrastructure projects leave a more environmentally and resident friendly city.   The proposed stations being produced in the tunnel project include Arden, Parkville, CBD North and South and Domain. The new designs were created with the aim for the buildings to seamlessly fit into Melbourne's existing and developing infrastructure, the Victorian Government's Urban Design Strategy and were influenced by other international building projects such as the London Crossrail and New York's Second Avenue Subway Project. The CYP will attempt to create public precincts with an individual twist on each new station included in the project.   Recently released concept images of the project reveal wide platforms, footbridges connecting the new stations to the City Loop and open above-ground precincts. Features to note at each station include: Arden's transition from industrial to a more welcoming commercial and residential space, Parkville's underground entrances to the Royal Melbourne Hospital, the CBD North and South stations will have underground connections to City Loop stations and Domain station will have a train-tram interchange and its design will be respectfully reminiscent of nearby destinations such as the Shrine of Remembrance, through architecture including a floating timber canopy.   In the past, the MMRA have released public documents featuring sustainability to further ensure that new infrastructure will leave a smaller impact on the surrounding environment. These included the Transport Integration Act 2014, which includes the promotion of optimal environmental performance of all new transport systems and the energy that fuels them; the Climate Change Act 2010, an act that requires all new projects and designs fit into the framework of risk assessment plans and ensures that infrastructure will be resilient for at least 100 years and Plan Melbourne 2014, a publics based plan that aims to ensure that all new transport systems support a more productive travelling experience for passengers across Melbourne even after predicted population growth. The MMRA report also outlined that the construction process is to minimally impact the biodiversity structures in the selected areas. The CYP contractors and designs will assist with protecting and growing vegetation, the continual growth of ecosystems and the maintaining of habitats and other biological factors.   Sustainability and environmental footprints in infrastructure will be further discussed at the upcoming Major Projects Conference; as there is an increasing call from publics to government to protect biodiversity, this will be touched on during talks regarding waterfront projects . Another prevalent topic speakers at the conference will be presenting on is the creation of thousands of jobs for Australians, including the integration of apprentices, trainees and cadets. These speakers include Gregory Anderson and Julian Lyngcoln. The Metro Tunnel is due to be completed by 2026 and will cause some service disruptions during the construction process.   The 8th Annual Victorian Major Projects Conference 2017 will run on the 28th to the 29th of November at the Melbourne Convention & Exhibition Centre.  About Expotrade  Expotrade is a global conference and event organizer with its head office based in Melbourne, Australia. Expotrade has delivered some of the largest, most successful B2B industry conferences and events in the areas of infrastructure, major projects, sustainability, technology & architecture. For almost 10 years, our unique blend of knowledge, experience and flexibility has accomplished an array of consistently top quality events. Today, Expotrade events enjoy such a distinctive edge, they are amongst the best patronised in the calendar. For more information, visit www.expotradeglobal.com Seccom Global transforms infrastructure with ioFABRIC to stay ahead of customer demand 2017-08-15T00:32:47Z seccom-global-transforms-infrastructure-with-iofabric-to-stay-ahead-of-customer-demand Australian cyber security consultancy, Seccom Global, has supercharged its internal network following the introduction of ioFABRIC to its infrastructure. Updating storage infrastructure has been an ongoing focus for Seccom Global. However, due to the company’s recent growth, Seccom needed to reassess its infrastructure, which provided an opportunity to explore new technologies. As one of Australia’s leading Managed Security Servicer Providers (MSSPs), speed and reliability are a must for Seccom Global. The company is continually evaluating new technologies and as part of this process reviewed an emerging storage technology, ioFABRIC. Seccom Global managing director, Michael Demery, said the decision to on-board emerging technologies is never taken lightly, but innovation is not about following the pack. “Our business is in a period of explosive growth, so we had to approach the challenge of storage in a more creative way, and part of that was exploring new and emerging technologies.” “The path with ioFABRIC was easy to tread. Not only were we able to improve performance by a staggering amount, we are now able to continually analyse our infrastructure to add further improvements.” The success of the partnership has led to further reseller agreements between Seccom Global and ioFABRIC which will see the company roll the technology into its other offerings. “As big data, analytics and artificial intelligence become increasingly valuable, our customers are looking more to insights and analytics as the real value-add from technology purchases,” Demery said. “With the introduction of ioFABRIC to the Seccom Global cyber security ecosystem, we are uniquely placed to address the challenges that plague technology professionals every day.” Prior to the partnership with ioFABRIC, Seccom Global was spending big on traditional storage products that didn't suit their heavily virtualised environments. As a result, Demery and his team realised they needed to make the inevitable transition to data virtualisation to drive an even stronger competitive advantage for their customers. IoFABRIC proved to be an ideal selection as it allows any storage to be connected to Seccom Global’s existing infrastructure creating a single storage pool that is hardware agnostic. Storage vendors can no longer lock the company into their storage hardware platform. “IoFABRIC enabled us to do to our storage what VMware did to our servers,” Demery added. “ioFABRIC virtualizes storage—just as VMware virtualizes servers. The technology is a game changer.” Through the introduction of ioFABRIC, Seccom Global can utilise previously unused storage in less demanding roles such as holding old and inactive data. ioFABRIC’s ability to self-heal data on failed storage devices to other available storage enables the company to use storage until it truly fails or becomes uneconomical. “We may never purchase another SAN, NAS or dedicated storage array thanks to ioFABRIC.” Additionally, all storage is now managed from a single dashboard, regardless of storage vendor, make or model – that is invaluable as network admins can instantly see any issues with storage at a glance, even from an iPhone. “ioFABRIC is the most powerful solution we have seen,” said Demery. “Hot data moves to RAM, warm data to SSD/Flash and inactive data automatically is moved to spinning disks or the cloud - all without any user intervention.” “Performance is achieved simply by setting the IOPS or latency required by an application, and everything else is fully automated. Data moves to where it needs to be in order to deliver the performance, capacity and protection objectives required by the application workload. Ease of use Seccom simply adds disks to its storage infrastructure for capacity, RAM, Intel Optane, NVMe and SSD/flash for performance. Without user intervention, ioFABRIC moves hot data to RAM, warm data to SSD/flash and inactive data flows to the lowest cost disks. Seccom has between two to four Live Instances of ALL data, in multiple locations, so they have turned off RAID across their entire infrastructure and freed up substantial raw disk capacity. IoFABRIC self-heals data on a failed storage device, so Seccom can use all disks until they fail without concerns about data loss. Cloud scalability As an increasing number of organisations begin to explore cloud technologies, Seccom Global is investigating multiple public cloud platforms as potential destinations for inactive data and other use cases. The benefit of ioFABRIC is that it sees these clouds as just another storage resource. ioFABRIC makes it simple to access cloud scalability and reduce spinning disk footprints, rack space and electricity required for data which will rarely be accessed again. About Seccom Global Seccom Global is a Sydney-based cyber security consultancy with offices in Melbourne and clients from more than 20 countries. The company offers cyber security consultancy and advisory services, digital transformation and managed services. The company began out of a garage in Baulkham Hills in 2003 and has since expanded to serve 180 customers in 20 countries. Contact Greg Wyman VP, Asia Pacific, ioFABRIC Level 11, 53 Walker Street, North Sydney NSW 2060 M: +61 (0)402 259 359, O: +61 (2) 9099 5500 Six Common Compliance Challenges Australian and New Zealand Businesses Face Today: Report 2017-08-14T23:47:09Z six-common-compliance-challenges-australian-and-new-zealand-businesses-face-today-report Sydney — August 2017 — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), has announced the findings of a new report prepared by leading technology law firm, Fieldfisher LLP, for HDS. The researchers reviewed data retention obligations in Asia Pacific and the principles that have given rise to common requirements for data capture, storage and management. New global legislation, such as the Markets in Financial Instruments Directive II ("MiFID2"), Dodd-Frank and, looking ahead to 2018, the General Data Protection Regulation ("GDPR"), further extend the influence and power of regulators. The paper identifies six key compliance challenges that enterprises and government agencies need to address: 1.     Capture and management 2.     Access and availability 3.     Privacy and security 4.     Integrity and authenticity 5.     Retention and preservation 6.     Disposal and defensibility Paul Bruton, business director, data intelligence, Hitachi Data Systems, Asia Pacific said: “Today, regulators have an even more sophisticated understanding of the power of technology in advancing the compliance agenda. Businesses in ANZ face a significant challenge with the GDPR changes coming into effect next year, and let’s not forget the far-reaching consequences of Australia’s new data breach laws. Now is the time to determine the roles and responsibilities in the creation and management of data within the organization, factor these requirements into an effective data strategy, and turn the compliance conundrum into an opportunity for digital transformation and innovation.” The Fieldfisher report also looks at the implications of unique legal frameworks for Australian and New Zealand enterprises, including the Australian Privacy Principles (“APP”) and the Information Privacy Principles (“IPP”) in New Zealand. Simon Briskman, partner at Fieldfisher said: “In comparison with many countries in APAC, Australia is well advanced in access and disclosure requirements. Australian law in the area has a long evolution. For example the Australian Corporations Act 2001 lays down extensive obligations for the preparation of financial reports. Regulators such as the Australian Securities and Investments Commission and the Office of the Australian Information Commissioner ensure Australia meets broad international standards on information security, data management, record keeping, disclosure and data quality.” He added: “Both Australia and New Zealand have legislation allowing electronic communications to be admitted in evidence in court, and of course there have been significant changes to the privacy laws in both countries. Overall, the landscape is one of increasingly sophisticated regulation that requires specific compliance solutions. Technology has become a vital part of those solutions.” In data retention and record keeping requirements, Australia and New Zealand are in the middle bracket, with the Australia Corporations Act 2001 and the New Zealand Companies Act 1993 requiring records to be kept for at least seven years. The period of retention varies widely across the region: In Singapore the minimum is five years, in Hong Kong and India 10 years, and in China records can be required to be retained permanently, depending on the nature of the record.  Please register to download a full copy of the report here.   Find Out More Twitter HDS News Hub Facebook   About Hitachi Data Systems Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help global organizations open new revenue streams, increase efficiencies, improve customer experience and ensure rapid time to market in the digital age. Only Hitachi Data Systems powers the digital enterprise by integrating the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies. We combine this experience with Hitachi expertise in the internet of things to deliver the exceptional insights business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at HDS.com.   About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totaled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at http://www.hitachi.com.   HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners.  Regional Western Australian firm cracks digital ton with 105 online property transactions 2017-08-14T01:22:01Z regional-western-australian-firm-cracks-digital-ton-with-105-online-property-transactions New technology is bringing WA property settlement agents a competitive edge according to Mandurah-based Waterways Conveyancing Licensee Lyn MacQuarrie. “With a high speed internet connection and a strategy to digitally exchange property we’ve quickly settled 105 properties online,” she said. Hi-tech smarts a marketing tool to capture more business “With PEXA* we can compete on an equal footing with city-based outfits because we don’t have to waste one hour of our precious client-facing time heading into the city by car or train each time we settle a property. This old method of paper-based settlements is outdated. I urge other property practitioners to get online now before we go fully electronic in several months’ time. Free training is available. Don’t wait and get left behind. When online property exchange is legislated our firm plans to use our new-found hi-tech smarts as a marketing tool to capture more business.” Most WA property transactions are moving online by May 2018 State government-led deadlines are hastening the move to digital property transactions with the lion’s share going online by May 2018. For Lyn the change can’t come fast enough. “Trekking into the city to settle a paper transaction and exchange bank cheques is like going backwards in a time machine like we did more than a decade ago to do ‘stamping’ at the state revenue office. We’ve progressed from snail mail to faxes and now to emails and SMS communications. Now it’s time to finalise property online. No one wants to go back to those time-wasting days,” she added. Running both a paper and digital system doesn’t work “I’m right behind this government mandate to take paper property exchange online. I was looking forward to the 1 December 2017 date and was unbelievably disappointed when I heard it was pushed back to 1 May 2018.  Until these changes start to take effect I have to keep running two systems – one paper and one digital. It doesn’t work for me. It means that I have to pay an outside clerk to run back and forth into town with paper documents. It makes economic sense to start planning to remove the need for pre-printed cheques. It’s wasteful and yet another unnecessary cost to our business that can be avoided by going digital. Settlement agents that delay going digital won’t be ready for the 2018 deadline “It’s a big wake up call for firms to go online now. If they wait until a few months before 1 May 2018 they won’t be ready for when a larger number of paper property matters are turned off.  Acting for clients online also frees up our hours and promotes flexible working. Not everyone works nine to five anymore. We can have all our settlements on any given day taking place within a specified hour or two not having to worry about time restrictions that we have to adhere to now. This includes having to try and re-book another property exchange time if the paper settlement fails because of an error. We can be more responsive now that many digital property settlements can be quickly and efficiently completed – sometimes in a matter of minutes. Using the old paper-based methods it could take days. If there was a printed error or a document was lost in the mail we had to start all over again.” Lyn MacQuarrie has been the Licensee of Mandurah-based Waterways Conveyancing for 14 years. She is a proponent of digitising property transactions to bring home sales into the digital age, delivering buyers and sellers fast and efficient property exchange. *ABOUT PEXA PEXA is transforming the way property is transacted. These historic changes are on par with the introduction of the Australian Stock Exchange (ASX), EFTPOS and online banking. Similarly, PEXA is bringing an online exchange for financial institutions, lawyers, conveyancers and land registries to complete property settlements. Funds settle through the Reserve Bank of Australia.  Unwanted, Unknown, Unnecessary 2017-08-13T23:40:16Z unwanted-unknown-unnecessary   The water tax recently proposed by Labour would deliver a sharp blow to the economy of Auckland's rural northwest, says National's candidate for Helensville, Chris Penk.   "It's unwanted because farmers, horticulturalists and viticulturists provide a significant number of jobs in the region ... and slapping them with a water tax would completely undermine this growth.  And the inevitable price rises for consumers would hardly be welcome either.”   “It's unknown because Labour aren't saying what they'd actually charge.  There's almost no detail associated with the threatened tax, even on such key aspects as how much it'd be and where the money would go.”   “And it's unnecessary because income generated by Kiwi businesses in the rural sector already gets taxed.  Margins can be tight, so let's not push them over the edge as Labour are suggesting."   “By contrast, National has been able to create the necessary conditions for our strong national economy – including the rural sector – without introducing punitive tax measures.”   “The only way that the northwest can ensure our rural sector doesn't get hit by Labour's new water tax is to Party Vote National in the next month's election.”   Media Contact: Chris Penk 021 0230 6106   Authorised by C Penk, Unit 5B, 84 Main Road, Kumeu   Why consider a Tier 3 DMR Two Way Radio Solution over Tier 2? 2017-08-10T14:09:12Z why-consider-a-tier-3-dmr-two-way-radio-solution-over-tier-2 Two Way Radios - Tier 3 Trunking The Tait DMR Tier 3 solution offers a number of additional benefits compared to DMR Tier 2: 1/ Channel Availability   A DMR Tier 3 Trunked two way radio network uses a control channel that manages traffic. DMR Tier 2 uses allocated channels, when a channel is busy a user cannot use the channel. Tier 3 will allocated the use to an idle channel. 3/ A Two Way Radio True Network A DMR Tier 3 solution networks all repeaters to a centralized point called a node.  4/ Inter site communications Ability to communicate at multiple sites 5/ User security Teir 3 Two Way Radio Networks only allows authorized terminals and personnel to use the communication network 6/ Call Priority The system can be configured for different user and call type priority levels.  As an authorized dealer of Motorola, Hytera, Tait and Kenwood, MiningTelecoms designs, supplies and commissions Network Radio Communications across all four manufacturers in Australia.   Improve Workplace Injury Management and Reduce Workers Compensation Premiums 2017-08-10T06:37:21Z improve-workplace-injury-management-and-reduce-workers-compensation-premiums All employers are required to establish an injury management system.   This system involves the employer, a medical management team and the insurer, and is designed to assist injured workers to make an early and safe return to the workplace. An effective injury management program strives to minimize the negative impacts associated with workplace injuries and can translate into reduced workers compensation premiums. Effective injury management: ·       provides physical, psychological and financial benefits to employees ·       minimises disruption to work ·       reduces costs to all concerned The myosh Injury Management Module is used to create, store and track all Workers Compensation information. The module is integrated with Incident Reporting and allows companies to consolidate all documentation in a secure and confidential platform: ·       Link to relevant State based Workers Compensation Legislation and Codes of Practice. ·       Apply relevant formulas to calculate claim rates ·       Monitor Medical Certificates for con-currency ·       Create Return to Work plans in accordance with relevant Codes of Practice ·       Add Case Notes and monitor additional costs associated with claims ·       Create timesheets in accordance with Return to Work programs. ·       Calculate compensation based on legislation and amount payable. Information on claims progress and status can be retrieved in an instant. Filters allow searches based on an employee name, claim number, date, incident description etc.  Documentation, reports and certificates can be attached for reference at any time and alerts can be created for appointments and actions. A service provider address book saves valuable time and improves liaison with medical practitioners. Detailed management reports can be generated and management can be updated not only on employee well-being and recovery, but also on the costs associated with the incident, which are recorded and tracked in this module. Users are able to view documents in a report style layout, including: Incomplete claims, Claims Pending Lodgement, Claims Pending Liability Decision. The process and documentation is compliant with regulatory report requirements and ISO standards.    myosh is cloud based HSEQ software used by organisations around the globe, to manage and improve work safety for over 14 years.  Over 100 cloud based modules integrate with intuitive action management.  Results are analysed, shared and improved with powerful reporting tools and dashboards. For more information and a free trial, visit http://myosh.com/   Author: Sarah O’Leary and Janine Nicholson Contact: Sarah O’Leary Ph 0434 917 358  Email sarah.oleary@myosh.com Sources: https://www.accesscanberra.act.gov.au/app/answers/detail/a_id/2989#!tabs-7 https://www.worksafe.qld.gov.au/health/articles/seven-principles-of-effective-injury-management