The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-06-26T23:50:08Z Epson Joins RBA, the World's Largest Industry Coalition Dedicated to CSR in Global Supply Chains 2019-06-26T23:50:08Z epson-joins-rba-the-world-s-largest-industry-coalition-dedicated-to-csr-in-global-supply-chains Epson has joined Responsible Business Alliance (RBA), a global coalition dedicated to CSR in global supply chains. RBA is a nonprofit comprised of electronics companies committed to supporting the rights and wellbeing of workers and communities worldwide affected by the global supply chain. As a Regular Member, Epson commits to fully supporting the vision and goals of the RBA which is a global electronics industry that creates sustainable value for workers, the environment and business. The RBA’s mission is that members, suppliers and stakeholders collaborate to improve working and environmental conditions through leading standards and practices. Epson will comply to the RBA Code of Conduct in its own operations, progressively implementing the RBA approach and tools in the spirit of the industry's common goals.Epson also commits to progressively apply the RBA Code of Conduct to its first tier suppliers, to monitor its application to the best of its ability using RBA practices and tools, and to encourage and support its suppliers to do the same. According to its Management Philosophy, Epson seeks to become indispensable to its customers and society. The company believes that CSR is an essential component of this. In 2005, Epson established its Group Procurement Guidelines to inform its suppliers about its procurement activities and to enlist suppliers' cooperation in its CSR initiatives. Then, in April 2008, Epson established the Epson Supplier Code of Conduct, which is based on the Electronic Industry Citizenship Coalition (EICC) (now the Responsible Business Alliance, or RBA) Code of Conduct. The Epson Group Procurement Guidelines reflect international imperatives. Going forward, Epson will further observe the RBA Code of Conduct and work with its suppliers to strengthen CSR supply chain initiatives. For more details about the RBA, please visit: Gartner: Slow, poor decision-making by hiring managers is causing organisations to lose out on talent 2019-06-26T23:42:41Z gartner-slow-poor-decision-making-by-hiring-managers-is-causing-organisations-to-lose-out-on-talent 26 June 2019 — More than three-quarters of hiring managers do not act decisively in the recruitment process, resulting in their organisations losing out on top candidates, according to research from Gartner, Inc. A “hiring manager” is a manager in any business function, for example sales, finance or customer services, who is seeking to fill a role in their team. Recruiting executives and their teams must change how they partner with hiring managers to help them make quicker decisions, according to Gartner. “In the past, hiring managers knew what their hiring needs were, and they were able to sit back and wait for recruiting to deliver a shortlist, before making a straightforward final decision,” said Lauren Smith, vice president in the Gartner HR practice. “Now, hiring managers are operating in a world with more options and less certainty, and they are struggling to make high-quality, timely decisions about talent.” In today’s tight labour market, the stakes are high when it comes to getting hiring right. Decisive hiring managers hire 10% more high-quality candidates and 11% fewer low-quality candidates than typical hiring managers. Additionally, organisations that drive decisive hiring manager behaviours reduce time-to-fill by 17%. Gartner research shows that the amount of time it takes a hiring manager to make an offer after interviewing is now 33 days — an 84% increase from 2010 to 2018. “This longer decision-making stage is causing a 16% reduction in candidates’ accepting offers. Ultimately, hiring managers are losing out on prime candidates because of this lag in decision-making,” said Ms. Smith. Gartner says the characteristics of decisive hiring managers include focusing on prioritising future talent needs, broadening the candidate funnel, and sharing hiring decisions with experts across the organisation. Three shifts will help them drive decisive hiring manager behaviours: Diversify inputs on future talent needs In an era of fast-evolving roles and skills, companies should not rely on the hiring manager alone to determine and articulate future talent needs. Gartner research found that only 31% of hiring managers understand the vision their business leader has for their team. A better approach is to have recruiting leaders tap into sources beyond the hiring manager to define hiring needs based on the future talent strategy of the organisation, not what the manager needs in the short term. Potential sources of information on future talent needs include business leaders, the workforce planning team and the analytics team, which can provide their insight into critical questions, including: What skills does the business critically need to grow? What skills and roles are the competitors in this area hiring for? What will the labour market look like in this location in five years? Make candidate engagement a shared priority Hiring managers are not spending their time where it matters — engaging with candidates. This is critical as candidates trust a hiring manager nearly four times as much as they trust a recruiter to provide the information they need to make a decision. To get hiring managers to prioritize candidate engagement, the recruiting function should focus on: Driving urgency for hiring being a shared responsibility Motivating leaders by connecting hiring to their leadership role Enabling hiring managers to easily source talent beyond their existing networks Align the hiring decisions to expertise In the matrixed work environment, hiring managers have lost direct insight into the roles for which they are hiring. Even with training on how to evaluate candidates, hiring managers are still making slow, poor decisions. Leading companies recognize that the hiring manager should not be the default decision maker and they are focusing on identifying the best-fit decision maker. Determining the right person to make a hiring decision can be based on skills expertise, but also by understanding who will work closely with the person in the role and who has experience in evaluating candidates for the role. Organisations are finding that instead of the hiring manager making the final decision, skills and/or decision-making experts are often a better fit. Additional information is available in the Gartner report, “Redefining the Role of the Hiring Manager in the Digital Era.” The report explains how recruiting leaders can help hiring managers become decisive hiring managers. About Gartner ReimagineHR Gartner experts will provide additional insight into the labour and talent issues at the Gartner ReimagineHR Conference, taking place October 28-30 in Florida. Gartner ReimagineHR is the premier event for HR leaders around the world. Join Gartner and senior HR executives to hear key insights and learn actionable strategies necessary to support organisational performance. Gartner ReimagineHR will also be held August 6-7 in Sydney, and September 18-19 in London. Follow news and updates from these events on Twitter using #GartnerHR. About Gartner for HR Leaders Gartner for HR Leaders brings together the best, relevant content approaches across Gartner to offer individual decision makers strategic business advice on the mission-critical priorities that cut across the HR function. Additional information is available at About Gartner Gartner, Inc. (NYSE: IT) is the world’s leading research and advisory company and a member of the S&P 500. We equip business leaders with indispensable insights, advice and tools to achieve their mission-critical priorities and build the successful organisations of tomorrow. Our unmatched combination of expert-led, practitioner-sourced and data-driven research steers clients toward the right decisions on the issues that matter most. We are a trusted advisor and objective resource for more than 15,000 organisations in more than 100 countries — across all major functions, in every industry and enterprise size. To learn more about how we help decision makers fuel the future of business, visit # # # Relegen Reveals Details of assetDNA Cloud and relegenDNA Mobile Releases 2019-06-26T01:56:23Z relegen-reveals-details-of-assetdna-cloud-and-relegendna-mobile-releases SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – 25 June, 2019 – Relegen, leading supplier of technology to Defence and asset-intensive industries, has released details about its intensive, multi-year R&D program to extend and enhance the capabilities of its enterprise asset intelligence technology platform and enable a new era of innovation, collaboration and enterprise mobility. This announcement follows the official launch of assetDNA cloud and relegenDNA Mobile applications. “Relegen constantly invests in the enrichment of our enterprise asset intelligence platform so it sits at the forefront of the serialisation, traceability, and asset lifecycle data management sectors,” said Paul Bennett, Relegen’s Founder and Managing Director. “All the new capability delivered with the release of assetDNA cloud and relegenDNA Mobile ensure our clients have the best-available technology to transform the way they track, measure and manage their assets and improve productivity, safety, security and compliance.” New User Interface [UI] and User Experience [UX] The first enhancement users will notice is assetDNA’s modern user interface, characteristic of today’s web applications, and the introduction of intuitive, icon-driven menu bars which have been carefully designed for the contribution they make to the ease-of-use of the platform. Throughout the system many tools and actions have been refreshed and simplified to ensure the user experience is streamlined, consistent, efficient and responsive. New Insights into Workflow Manager  As communicated in a related announcement, assetDNA now includes a powerful Workflow Manager that enables organisations to build-and-deploy their own mobile apps – rapidly without code. This capability can play a central role in enabling organisations to create custom repeatable apps that collect the information they need about their assets, feed primary systems with real-time data, and reduce time between capture, analysis and action. Now, users can simply break down any business process into the data set that needs to be collected, and the order for the data capture to follow during routine works. The system then automates fast, clean and consistent infield data collection via relegenDNA Mobile. This capability can also be used to deploy information, such as asset history, photos, checklists, manuals and more, to operators, so accurate and timely data is available at point of need for faster, knowledge-driven decisions in-the-field. New Point-In-Time Traceability assetDNA’s serialisation capabilities provide the foundation for a new ability to instantly query an asset’s complete data set and operational state – such as location, description, condition, OEM, custodian, service event, or any other attribute – at a specific point in time via a date and time selection tool. This enables users to ‘slice’ an asset’s data profile to see what it was, where it was, what it was doing, who had custody of it, and any other attribute, at any point in its history. In doing so, organisations can retrieve an item-level snapshot and digital, highly-traceable, audit trail for demonstrating due diligence, operational integrity and proof-of-compliance.   New Ways To Track Asset Position and Paths Travelled On Google Maps assetDNA now includes an Advanced Mapper Control tool to capture, associate and share asset position and location history via a visual chart function which utilises Google Maps. This capability can be highly-useful for directing field service operators to remote assets faster, and more accurately, as well as for managing mobile assets on the move. Advanced Mapper Control also enables users to enter a date-time range and view an assets geolocation history as a track on a map and retrace the path travelled through time. The last-verified asset location data can also be accessed from the relegenDNA Mobile application. New Data Transformation Capabilities  assetDNA’s business-specific data transformation function has been enhanced to enable users to rapidly reconstruct asset attributes, groups, filters, and now asset hierarchy and relationship structure, for any business purpose. Once set-up, functional users can switch between different data representations, such as moving from a systems view to a maintenance, configuration, financial, or supply view. This allows for improved insight and action around asset maintenance programs, configuration management, logistics, depreciation and more. Asset data transformations are user-defined, so can be tailored to client requirements, meeting the demands of today’s multidisciplinary global operations. New Robust Data Security Measures With the new era of assetDNA as a cloud and mobile service, Relegen has rolled out a number of robust security measures to ensure strong protection of business data. This includes TLS data transfer encryption, Salted Hash SHA-512 password encryption, MobileIron compatibility, and automated audit logging which records every single user interaction and all state changes to the cloud and mobile applications. New In-App Help assetDNA includes a new and comprehensive in-app help system developed using HTML5 to deliver a superior search and modern navigation experience. New features include predictive search, a comprehensive glossary for definitions and technical terms, and an interactive index and topic breadcrumb trail for easier navigation. New Multi-Lingual Capabilities assetDNA can now translate any text entered into a text field such as an asset description or last servicing information via a simple right-click. There are at least 14 language options available to support the needs of today’s global and diverse operations. System administrators can also set language preferences based on user roles and permissions, which will translate menus, labels and open text controls. Evaluation and Availability These new and enhanced features are immediately available on the new assetDNA cloud platform. All new user subscriptions will be on the latest version and inclusive of these updates. Existing customers wishing to migrate to the new cloud and mobile-enabled platform should contact Relegen. Organisations seeking to evaluate assetDNA and relegenDNA Mobile can request a web-based software demonstration and site trial. Further information can be found at About Relegen Pty Ltd Relegen is a leading provider of enterprise intelligence software, asset tagging, mobile data capture, and collaborative workflow solutions. Our products and services help organisations improve through-life data integrity, enterprise-wide visibility, item-level identification and traceability of physical assets and operational risk. Relegen’s deep expertise stems from delivering people and technology to the Australian Defence Force – expertise that has been successfully leveraged across asset-intensive organisations and industries across Australia and around the world. For more information, visit Master Painters, Decorators and Sign Writers Association of Queensland joins hands with i4Tradies 2019-06-25T11:53:21Z master-painters-decorators-and-sign-writers-association-of-queensland-joins-hands-with-i4tradies Melbourne, Australia, June 25, 2019 – (Press Release) The i4Tradies app, powered by Uber-style cloud-based technology, will streamline workflows to help members deliver efficient, transparent, secure and compliant service, anytime, anywhere. The collaboration is in line with Master Painters Queensland’s core objectives to assist the interests of the members and their businesses guaranteeing professional standards of industry are upheld. “We are always on the lookout to secure meaningful industry partnerships that provide real-world, tangible benefits not just to our members, but also to the people that put their trust in us when hiring Master Painters. We believe our latest strategic collaboration with i4Tradies furthers our goal of encouraging highest standards of business practices and service delivery throughout the value chain,” said Christopher Munday, CEO Master Painters, Decorators and Sign Writers Association of Queensland. Logan Nathan, founder and CEO of i4Tradies believes that Tradies are keener than ever to eliminate paperwork and inject productivity to their everyday operations. This just puts more control in their hands and adds more hours to their day, eventually delivering what it all boils down to for every one of us: peace of mind. “It’s a vicious cycle and not an easy one to get out of once you get trapped. This leaves business owners little time if any to focus on what’s really important: Business growth,” explains Logan. “We feel privileged to be joining hands with Master Painters Queensland as they continue their mission to help members grow and prosper with better service that benefits not just the painters but the community they serve as well.” About Master Painters Australia Queensland Founded in 1913, MPA Queensland is a not-for-profit organisation and a peak representative body for the sunshine state’s painting and decorating industry. MPA Queensland has been assisting the interests of its members and their businesses, ensures legislations and OH&S requirements are met, provide members with industry news and updates and delivers the highest quality of qualified trainings being a Registered Training Organisation (RTO) since 1998. QLD Office: 460-492 Beaudesert Road, Salisbury QLD 4107 Website: Phone: 07 3277 8646 About i4Tradies Founded in 2016 to disrupt the status quo and shake the traditional ways in which Trades Services industry operates, a team of innovators walking in the Trades business owner's shoes day in and day out set out to deliver an unparalleled service delivery experience for their customers, namely Trades Associations, Real Estate, Strata and Facilities Managers. i4Tradies is a Google Cloud Platform partner. Website: Phone: 1800 i4Tradies (1800 448 723)   Endace Study Finds 85 Percent of Large Enterprises Struggle to Protect Critical Network Assets from Cyberattacks and Outages 2019-06-25T11:38:15Z endace-study-finds-85-percent-of-large-enterprises-struggle-to-protect-critical-network-assets-from-cyberattacks-and-outages Auckland, New Zealand; London, UK; and San Jose, Calif. – June 25, 2019 – Endace, a specialist in high-speed network recording, traffic playback and analytics hosting, today announced the results of its latest research study, Challenges of Managing and Securing the Network 2019, conducted by independent, US-based research company, Virtual Intelligence Briefing (VIB). The study surveyed senior executives and technical staff at more than 250 large enterprises globally to understand the challenges that these organizations face in protecting their networks from cyberattack and performance issues. Organizations from a range of industry verticals including Finance, Healthcare, Insurance and Retail participated in the study, which found that one of the biggest challenges for all organizations was a lack of agility, making it difficult for their teams to investigate and respond quickly and accurately to security threats or outages. “96% of respondents indicated they have significant on-premise infrastructure to defend. Clearly, they have data governance and sovereignty responsibilities they can’t outsource,” said Stuart Wilson, CEO, Endace. Respondents cited the need for greater visibility into network activity as one of their top issues: almost 90% of respondents rated having ‘insufficient visibility into network activity to be certain about what is happening’ as a significant challenge for their organization. Some of the key issues reported were: - 81% of respondents reported not having enough monitoring tools in the right places on the network. - 80% rated ‘alert fatigue’ as a significant concern. - 76% reported that ‘tool fatigue’ is a significant issue. - 91% indicated ‘integrating solutions to streamline processes, increase productivity and reduce complexity’ is a significant challenge. - 90% reported slow, complex CAPEX purchasing cycles are reducing their flexibility in defending their organizations’ networks. Tom Riddle, Director, Marketing & Research Solutions at Virtual Intelligence Briefing, said: "These research findings show that IT and security staff still lack adequate tools, efficient workflows and the agility necessary to investigate and respond to threats or issues quickly and accurately enough to keep their infrastructure safe and trouble-free."  “This research shows organizations urgently need to streamline their approach to security to enable rapid and cost-effective deployment. Moving to a common, open analytics platform to host a range of security solutions is a key tactic for better security,” said Cary Wright, VP Product Management at Endace. For a complete copy of the report, or to download a summary of the findings, click here miRunners announce appointment of Vicky Leonard & Blake Matthews to Board of Directors 2019-06-25T07:18:00Z mirunners-announce-appointment-of-vicky-leonard-amp-blake-matthews-to-board-of-directors Sydney June 25, 2019 The 99 Sports Pty Ltd Board (parent company of miRunners and miStable platforms) is pleased to announce the appointment of Vicky Leonard and Blake Matthews as a non-executive directors. Vicky Leonard who was in 2018 named among the most influential people in global racing under the age of 35, is the managing director of the innovative marketing, strategy and design firm Kick Collective as well as TDN Aust/NZ.  Vicky’s passion is centred on ensuring the racing industry has a future, which aligns well with the miRunners ownership model, aimed at materially impacting the number of people who race horses in Australia.  Vicky states, “I have always been motivated by inspiring ideas and what miRunners are doing could prove a key innovation in contributing to the future proofing of the racing industry. The thrill of ownership and a deep connection with the thoroughbred are the racing industry’s key assets, these are assets that no other competing entertainment option can offer. The sport of racing needs to evolve from the tradition of being priced only for the wealthy and miRunners have done this via a trusted, transparent structure that allows mainstream populations to experience premium level, yet affordable ownership”.  “Like all entertainment options, the racing industry too must innovate to survive, it must use technology to connect with the next generation and with an animal welfare movement dominating the conversation within racing, we must rebuild and reconnect the bond between human and horse. I am extremely motivated to be working with miRunners on such an important industry opportunity”. Blake Matthews’ joins the board as a non-executive of the NSW Racehorse Owners Association an experienced Manager in the Chartered Accounting and Professional Services space with the well respected AH Tighe & Associates. Aside from bringing with him critical expertise in financial management and corporate governance, Blake brings to the table a deep seeded passion for the future of racing.  “I accepted the position as a non-executive director of NSWROA with a knowledge that the next generation is going to be critical in shaping the future of what is a truly wonderful sport, said Matthews. “Race days as a whole have a live atmosphere that can rival the best of our domestic sporting codes. Coupled with growing prizemoney and competition I see a future where Racing is a true top tier sport for everyone to enjoy. Having the privilege to join the NSWROA board I'm excited by the opportunity to now potentially shift the dial in racing with miRunners”.  “The opportunity through miRunners to change the sport for the betterment of just so many, immediately grabbed my attention. Removing the traditional barriers to entry in racing brings with it significant execution requirements and we have a lot to do. However, I have been working with the miRunners team for a while now and this is a group of people who are motivated to ensure racing not only survives in the future but thrives as well”. CEO and co-founder of miRunners Steve Brown welcome the appointments. ”As a $5bn industry,  being reliant on the ageing heartbeats of just 100000 owners, seems quite a risk to take.''  “Whilst miRunners is years in the making, since we have launched, in a relatively short space of time we have introduced thousands of Australians into this wonderful industry through ownership”. “This is importantly a premium level experience, via expensive horses made affordable and digitally accessible via the 1000 ownership unit structure. Two thirds of our owners to date are aged 35-44 and under and two thirds have never owned a racehorse before”. “This however is just the beginning and with much to do, these appointments will likely prove key in our quest, as we take the responsibility of what we are doing extremely seriously.” Blake Matthews and Vicky Leonard’s appointments will be effective from 1 July 2019.  ENDS About miRunners miRunners is changing the face of Australian thoroughbred racing, making horse ownership accessible to all Australians.  For most of history, ownership of thoroughbreds was limited to a select few with high costs and obstacles making it incredibly difficult for the everyday Australian to enjoy the ownership experience. The miRunners model has changed all that as we aim to bring the best horses together with the best trainers and make them affordable so anyone who has a passion for racing can experience ownership. There is no secret to our formula: we simply purchase a premium racehorse, match it up with a top tier trainer and split the purchase cost into 1,000 units. No mark up.  For example: when the first miRunners horse – Saganaki, was purchased at the Gold Coast Magic Millions for $165,000, the horse was split into 1,000 units which were available to purchase for $165 each. We expect any horse we purchase to be in the $165,000-300,000 price range and every horse we purchase will be divided into 1,000 equal units. If the horse wins, the owners’ share of win is also distributed equally by 1,000 units. miRunners makes its fees from the monthly fee. $11 (inc. GST) covers the communication and administration, $5 per month covers all the insurance, food and training fees. Total fees for your first unit will be $16 per month but only $5 for any subsequent units in the same horse. No matter how many units you own in a horse, you pay the $11 (inc. GST) component for your first unit only. The miRunners ownership experience: No matter if you own a single unit or if you own 20, every unit holder is given the full ownership experience which includes: Updates direct to you from your leading trainer/stable in real time Pro-rata share in prize money won Pro-rata share in sales proceeds at end of racing career Opportunities to meet your horse and your trainer Private area on race day (dependent on the race day conditions) Certificate of ownership A chance to add a premium thoroughbred horse to your family The opportunity to develop life-long friendships A dedicated Australian based customer service team on phone, email and facebook tudy: AI for fraud detection to triple by 2021 2019-06-25T02:03:08Z tudy-ai-for-fraud-detection-to-triple-by-2021 Austin, TX (Jun 24, 2019) While only 13% of organizations use artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning to detect and deter fraud, another 25% plan to adopt such technologies in the next year or two – a nearly 200% increase. Fraud examiners revealed this and other anti-fraud tech trends in a cross-industry, global survey by the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners (ACFE), developed in collaboration with analytics leader SAS. The inaugural Anti-Fraud Technology Benchmarking Report examines data provided by more than 1,000 ACFE members about their employer organizations’ use of technology to fight fraud. Other notable trends include: The rise of biometrics. About one in four organizations (26%) use biometrics as part of their anti-fraud programs; another 16% foresee deploying biometrics by 2021. Increasing budgets. More than half of organizations (55%) plan to increase their anti-fraud tech budgets over the next two years. Changing data analysis techniques. By 2021, nearly three-quarters of organizations (72%) are projected to use automated monitoring, exception reporting and anomaly detection. Similarly, about half of organizations anticipate employing predictive analytics/modeling (52%; up from 30%) and data visualization (47%; currently 35%). “As criminals find new ways to exploit technology to commit schemes and target victims, anti-fraud professionals must likewise adopt more advanced technologies to stop them,” said Bruce Dorris, JD, CFE, CPA, President and CEO of the ACFE. “But which technologies are most effective in helping organizations manage rising fraud risks? The answer to this question can be crucial in successfully implementing new anti-fraud technologies.” Dive deeper online: Trends by industry and more Complementing the benchmarking report, SAS’ online data visualization tool allows users to analyze survey data by industry, geographic region and company size. Survey respondents hail from 24 industries – most prevalently banking/financial services (21%) and government/public administration (17%) – and span the globe. The size of their employer organizations ranges from less than 100 employees to more than 10,000. “Understanding peers’ technologies and strategies can help organizations determine where the industry is headed and guide their anti-fraud tech investments,” said James Ruotolo, Senior Director of Products and Marketing for Fraud and Security Intelligence at SAS. “The dramatic rise of AI, machine learning and predictive modeling reveals that, beyond the hype, advanced analytics is helping investigators keep steps ahead of increasingly sophisticated fraudsters.” The Anti-Fraud Technology Benchmarking Report debuted at the sold-out 30th annual ACFE Global Conference, convening more than 3,000 fraud-fighting professionals on June 23-28 in Austin, TX. The report’s supporting sponsors include SAS alliance members Intel and Capgemini. About the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners Based in Austin, Texas, the ACFE is the world’s largest anti-fraud organization and premier provider of anti-fraud training and education. Together with more than 85,000 members, the ACFE is reducing business fraud worldwide and inspiring public confidence in the integrity and objectivity within the profession. For more information, visit About SAS SAS is the leader in analytics. Through innovative software and services, SAS empowers and inspires customers around the world to transform data into intelligence. SAS gives you THE POWER TO KNOW®. Yubico Announces YubiKey for Lightning Partner Preview Program 2019-06-25T01:39:14Z yubico-announces-yubikey-for-lightning-partner-preview-program-1 PALO ALTO, CA and STOCKHOLM, SWEDEN – June 25, 2019 –  Yubico, the leading provider of hardware authentication security keys, today announced that the company is expanding the YubiKey for Lightning Preview Program to broaden access to partners and application developers interested in becoming early adopters.  The Partner Preview Program includes access to a YubiKey 5Ci preview device (formerly the YubiKey for Lightning) for development and testing, along with SDKs for both iOS and Android, so organizations can unify their end-user authentication journey across all mobile platforms. The YubiKey 5Ci, which will be available later this year, delivers dual connections, with both a USB-C and Lightning connector on a single device. With the latest addition for iOS support, the YubiKey becomes a portable root of trust across all major platforms, allowing it to be the trust anchor for the rightful owner to access services on any computer or mobile device. The concept of securely bootstrapping new devices can now finally evolve beyond using SMS and OTP codes. Initially launched in January of this year, the YubiKey for Lightning Private Preview, though limited in participation, received an overwhelmingly positive response from iOS app developers looking to integrate hardware authentication into their iOS mobile apps. Yubico has been working with industry leading applications across many different verticals and geographies, including but not limited to 1Password, Brave browser, Dashlane, DoD PKI Purebred, Keeper Security, Monkton, LastPass, Secmaker, XTN, and more.  Access to the YubiKey for Lightning Partner Preview Program offers several benefits for app developers when going to market. Organizations will increase brand exposure while strengthening the protection of their users’ accounts with cross-platform YubiKey support, including iOS devices. The YubiKey 5 Series supports multiple authentication protocols, including FIDO2, WebAuthn, U2F, OTP, PIV (smartcard) and OpenPGP, to support a variety of use cases allowing developers to deliver their own chosen model of integration with the YubiKey 5Ci. “With our expansion of the YubiKey for Lightning Partner Preview Program, we are looking forward to supporting many more organizations and services who are looking to highlight their commitment to strong authentication on mobile devices,” said Jerrod Chong, Chief Solutions Officer, Yubico. “Together, we will be enabling the YubiKey to work seamlessly on iPhones, iPads, Android and all other computing systems.”   As Yubico continues to extend hardware authentication capabilities for both mobile and computer users, developers and services are invited to work with Yubico by applying for the YubiKey for Lightning Partner Preview Program to enable strong hardware authentication for iOS apps. New YubiKey 5Ci demonstrations and previews of partner supported applications can be seen at Identiverse this week, at the Yubico booth #417. Quotes from supporting YubiKey for Lightning Partners Jeff Shiner, CEO, 1Password “Earlier this month, we launched WebAuthn support in 1Password and are now supporting the upcoming YubiKey 5Ci for iOS as part of the YubiKey Lightning Private Preview Program. Hardware-based authentication provides a great extra layer of protection for 1Password customers.” Brendan Eich, CEO and Co-Founder, Brave Software “Security and privacy are the core values of the Brave browser. Phishing-resistant multi-factor authentication is a critical part of a resilient online ecosystem, and it’s important for us to make sure we are providing our users with the best tools to protect their private information and secure their accounts. We’re thrilled to now offer Yubikey integration with our browser. Partnering with Yubico on the Lightning Private Preview Program has given us the hardware support to take our users’ security to the next level. We’re excited to see Yubico open source their SDKs and for the program to move to the next phase.” Emmanuel Schalit, CEO, Dashlane “Dashlane was the first password manager to take open standards forward by adding U2F and YubiKey support for our application back in 2016. Adding support for the upcoming YubiKey 5Ci is the next progression of that journey, and we are actively working with Yubico and their developer program to continually increase the security of our customers and their passwords." Darren Guccione, CEO and Co-Founder, Keeper Security “Our customers have built their trust in the security and ease of use of Keeper's password manager. It's important that any integration partner share our customer experience imperatives and can help deliver on them. By working to further the integration across iOS, we look forward to extending the usability of YubiKey hardware authenticators with our application on iPhones and iPads.” Dan DeMichele, VP of Product Management, LastPass “Multi-factor authentication is a very important step in adding an extra layer of security, especially when protecting something as critical as your password manager or single sign on account. It is imperative to us that we deliver various MFA options for every audience — from hardware security keys to mobile authenticators – to offer our users flexibility in securing access to their LastPass account. Partnering with Yubico and adding support for the new YubiKey 5Ci product on iOS enables us to provide a full solution that is in alignment with our customers' needs.” Harold Smith III, CEO and Co-Founder, Monkton, Inc. “We at Monkton are extremely excited to announce upcoming support in our Rebar SDK for Yubico’s YubiKey 5Ci preview device. With expanded YubiKey capabilities on iOS, any developer using Rebar will be able to instantly use the YubiKey 5Ci for PIV for authentication and digital signing on iOS devices. This will truly enable our customers, like the US Department of Defense (DoD), to secure government data in a BYOD environment, while allowing users to seamlessly access information from shared or personal devices.” Jonas Öholm, Senior PKI Architect, Secmaker “For years, our customers have benefited from full PKI-based security combined with strong two-factor authentication (2FA) using our Net iD solution with the PIV-compatible YubiKey. Since then, we’ve worked closely with Yubico to implement support for the YubiKey 5Ci to extend our joint solution to the iOS platform.” Guido Ronchetti, CTO, XTN “The YubiKey is the Root of Trust protecting access to our customers’ critical and most sensitive data. XTN is implementing support for strong hardware-backed authentication with the YubiKey to ensure our customers have access to the best software and hardware technologies. Now, with upcoming support for the new YubiKey 5Ci, we’re making it possible for our customers to leverage a portable hardware-backed root of trust for logging into multiple devices, including iPhones and iPads.” About Yubico Yubico sets new global standards for simple and secure access to computers, mobile devices, servers, and internet accounts. The company’s core invention, the YubiKey, delivers strong hardware protection, with a simple touch, across any number of IT systems and online services. The YubiHSM, Yubico’s ultra-portable hardware security module, protects sensitive data stored in servers. Yubico is a leading contributor to the FIDO2, WebAuthn, and FIDO Universal 2nd Factor open authentication standards, and the company’s technology is deployed and loved by 9 of the top 10 internet brands and by millions of users in 160 countries. Founded in 2007, Yubico is privately held, with offices in Sweden, UK, Germany, USA, Australia, and Singapore. For more information: Honan bolsters Asian operation with appointment of Eliza White as Director of Operations - Asia 2019-06-24T23:20:19Z honan-bolsters-asian-operation-with-appointment-of-eliza-white-as-director-of-operations-asia Honan Insurance Group’s (Honan) Chief Executive Officer Andrew Fluitsma has announced the appointment of Eliza White to the newly created role of Director of Operations – Asia. She will be based in the group’s regional head office in Singapore.   Commenting further on the appointment, Andrew Fluitsma said the appointment reflects Honan’s commitment and plans to deepen client engagement and position the group as a leading risk partner of choice in the broader Asia Pacific region.    Eliza has deep market knowledge and insight and comes to Honan with a strong broker background and experience in sales, corporate risk, complex risk solutions and management expertise.    Prior to joining Honan, Eliza worked for Starr International and has an extensive background in risk insurance, underwriting (specializing in the energy and risk sectors), management, analytics and global insurance.    These attributes are complemented with a practical insight and appreciation of the Asian risk insurance and brokerage market.   “The demand for risk insurance services is increasing rapidly throughout Asia and Honan is well positioned to capitalise on these growth opportunities”, said Eliza.     “I’m delighted to be joining a dynamic organisation and look forward to working with Honan’s senior team in Singapore to realize the organisation’s strategic objectives”.   This announcement marks another important step in Honan’s strategic aspirations in Asia Pacific and the appointment will help drive our continued growth and momentum concluded Andrew Fluitsma.     Issued by Honan Insurance Group   Media Enquiries:                 Mr. Joe Perri, Joe Perri & Associates Pty Ltd Tel:  +61 3 9324 0362          Mob:  +61 412 112 545       Email: D-Link ANZ launches Unified Wireless AC2200 Wave 2 Tri-Band PoE Access Point 2019-06-24T22:42:57Z d-link-anz-launches-unified-wireless-ac2200-wave-2-tri-band-poe-access-point D-Link ANZ has launched the DWL-7620AP Unified AC Wave 2 Wireless Access Point specially designed for both small to medium businesses or larger enterprises. The new DWL-7620AP provides unparalleled bandwidth and flexibility for administrators looking to deploy a medium to large scale Wi-Fi network with manageable Tri-Band wireless LAN options and utilising the cutting-edge speed of Wireless AC Wave 2.• The Latest Wireless Technology Wave 2 802.11ac• Concurrent 2.4GHz and 2x 5GHz Tri-band• Up to 2.2Gbps aggregated wireless speed1• Two Gigabit LAN ports with Link Aggregation• PoE+ support (802.3at)• MU-MIMO and Bandsteering technologies• Both Standalone or Controller Managed operational modes The DWL-7620AP leverages the full potential of 802.11ac Wave 2 to provide unparalleled connectivity with ultra-high combined data rates. It delivers combined speeds of up to 2.2Gbps and in addition, supports Link Aggregation, which allows two Gigabit Ethernet ports to be linked together and act as a single port to double the available bandwidth and maximise the overall throughput of the access point. Featuring a 2.4GHz and two 5GHz wireless bands to support a growing number of devices connecting to a single access point, Tri-Band technology allows older 802.11b/g/n devices to connect to the 2.4GHz band, while two 5GHz bands can be dedicated to newer, faster wireless AC devices to enjoy seamless bandwidth-intensive applications. Band steering technology efficiently load balances the clients and traffic between the three wireless bands to ensure wireless clients have a superior experience, even in high-density environments. With support for MU-MIMO (Multi-User Multiple Input Multiple Output), the DWL-7620AP simultaneously communicates with multiple clients using multiple antennas. This allows the access point to utilise the wireless spectrum more efficiently and to significantly increase the network capacity. The 2 x 2 MU-MIMO technology takes full advantage of all streams to serve more wireless clients, dramatically improving wireless performance. When working in conjunction with D-Link Unified Controllers, the DWL-7620AP, like other Unified Access Points in the DWL Series product line, may be centrally managed. This allows a large number of Access Points (APs) to be deployed and managed easily and efficiently. Once the APs are discovered by the Controller, the administrator can push specific set of configurations onto them, rather than having to do so one by one. In addition, RF resource management and security are also managed centrally, thus allowing the administrator to pre-emptively identify potential deficiencies and weaknesses in the network. For small businesses that need to deploy multiple APs but lack the resources to tackle the complicated task of network management, the DWL-7620AP’s self-configuring cluster feature offers the ideal solution. When a small number of DWL-7620AP’s are deployed on the network, they may be initialised to form a self-configuring cluster. Once the administrator configures one Access Point, the same configuration can then be applied to all remaining APs. Up to 16 APs may be used to form a cluster, making setting up your business wireless network particularly straightforward. There’s also 802.11k Fast Roaming which allows wireless clients to move seamlessly between access points. 802.1p Quality of Service (QoS) provides enhanced throughput and better performance of time‑sensitive traffic like VoIP and streaming DSCP. The AP also supports Wi‑Fi Multimedia (WMM), so in the event of network congestion, time‑sensitive traffic such as video can be prioritised. Airtime Fairness ensures that equal airtime is given to each client, preventing slower devices from monopolising and degrading the wireless connection. Also, when a DWL-7620AP senses a neighbouring device nearby, it will automatically select a noninterfering channel. This greatly reduces RF interference and will allow the administrator to deploy APs more densely. To further minimise 2. When, for whatever reason, the nearby AP is no longer present, the DWL-7620AP will seamlessly increase its transmission power to expand its wireless coverage footprint.In addition when a number of DWL-7620APs are in close proximity with each other, an access point will refuse new association requests once its resources are fully utilised and the association request will be picked up by a neighbouring unit. This ensures that no single AP is overburdened while others nearby sit idle.  AvailabilityThe new DWL-7620AP is available now from for an RRP of AUD$729.95, for an RRP of NZ$819.99 and from all authorised D-Link Partners in Australia and New Zealand.For images of the DWL-7620AP Unified AC Wave 2 Wireless Access Point go to: Notes 1 Maximum wireless signal rate derived from IEEE standard 802.11 and 802.11ac specifications. Actual data throughput will vary. Network conditions and environmental factors, including volume of network traffic, building materials and construction, and network overhead, lower actual data throughput rate. Environmental factors will adversely affect wireless signal range. 2 This feature is available when Unified AP is used in conjunction with D-Link’s line of Unified Wireless Controllers. Clixpert Proudly Raises Funds for the Cancer Council Australia with Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea 2019-06-24T06:21:05Z clixpert-proudly-raises-funds-for-the-cancer-council-australia-with-australia-s-biggest-morning-tea On May 23rd, our proud team at Clixpert hosted a fundraiser food stall in Westfield, Parramatta, with all proceeds going to the Cancer Council Australia to raise vital funds for research, awareness and support for Cancer Victims. The charity event is hosted by thousands of businesses, communities and groups across Australia each year. Each member of Clixpert provided food for the stall which was open from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., with contributions ranging from homemade sandwiches to cakes. Clixpert’s initial goal was to raise $400 and we are proud to have beaten that number by over 30%. The majority of donations were via the Parramatta stall, with some contributions being made online, and the end result is much higher than Clixpert’s previous Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea Fundraiser. “We are very happy with how the day went. Clixpert is passionate about supporting fantastic charities like Cancer Council Australia who are doing amazing work to bring about a cancer free future” explains Thomas D’Souza, Head of Digital Marketing at Clixpert. “And what better way to support a worthy cause than with a delicious morning tea?” Nearby businesses also donated money to Clixpert’s Morning Tea: “We would also like to thank Sherwin from Soul Origins for his kind donation to this wonderful cause.”   Cancer Council Australia Cancer Council is Australia’s only charity that focuses on every area of cancer, from research to prevention and support. They support Australians through every phase of cancer, from diagnosis, treatment to survivorship and are dedicated bringing about a future without cancer. Australia’s Biggest Morning Tea is Cancer Council Australia’s most popular fundraising event and the most popular event of its kind in Australia. Having raised $11.9 million last year, they hope to raise over $13 million in 2019. Although the official date is May 23rd, Cancer Council Australia encourages Australians to host their Morning Tea at any time in May or June. Clixpert Ptd Ltd Clixpert Digital Agency is a multi award-winning Australian digital marketing agency that provides long-term growth, support and consultation to businesses and brands. As a Google Premier Partner, we are dedicated to adding value to our client’s businesses by understanding them and then developing quality solutions which drive traffic, leads and conversions online. Using our expertise in Search, Social Media, Web Security and Maintenance, Process Mapping, Consulting and Creative, Clixpert has helped over 1000 Australian SME businesses grow by 300%, every year. Clixpert is committed to supporting important charity and community causes, having supported numerous organizations before, including: Cancer Council Australia, St Vincent De Paul, St Andrews Church, Aussie Helpers, Our Lady Queen of Peace Greystanes Walkathon and more. Contact Clixpert at 1300 254 973 Business Investment Aged Care Tax Capital Works Chartered Accountant Sydney NSW 2019-06-23T22:00:03Z business-investment-aged-care-tax-capital-works-chartered-accountant-sydney-nsw Rapid business growth, it's not all gravy It sounds crazy but for startups, rapid growth can be just as dangerous and fraught with challenges as having no growth at all. Being ‘so hot right now’ and growing too quickly can put pressures on many areas of business, stretch resources and result at arriving in risky territory. "It's a common problem," says Thomas Mousa, Australia's leading financial expert, director and partner of TLK Partners Accountants and Wealth advisors in Sydney's Kingsgrove. The business desire is to achieve measured and sustainable growth; when growth surpasses expectation it can bring a number of problems. Mousa comments on the problems raised. Reduced cash flow and declining profits. Not all growth is profitable. It’s business 101, but as you grow the demand for cash flow is at its highest. This happens for many reasons. More staffing is needed to keep up with demand, more cash is needed to pay for the stock, and supplier and delivery costs can balloon out. When this happens a decline in cash available is inevitable as funds are reinvested in increased cost of goods. "It's important to 'know your numbers', " Mousa warns, "far too often business owners don't have a handle on the numbers of their business and this results in catastrophic problems, which could have been avoided," Mousa said. RELATED ARTICLE: Investment Property Acquisition CGT Tax Expert TLK Partners Kingsgrove Sydney Teamwork and team harmony take a hit. Team dynamics change when you experience rapid growth. The influx of new team members to help you keep pace with your growth, comes at the cost of the close-knit working relationships you established in the early days of your startup when numbers were small and everyone participated in various areas of the business. The introduction of new team members at this stage can impact the existing harmony. As new staff members assimilate into the team, their induction, training and the new ideas they bring can be a source of stress to the existing team. Additional pressure is placed on each staff member as well as the team as a whole. And as roles change and people become more focused on specific areas of the business, rather than participating in multiple areas, people can go through a kind of grieving process. They go from being a member of a small tight-knit team with open access to their leader to being part of a larger group in a new hierarchy with less one-on-one time with their leader. To some, it can almost feel like a step backwards. If not managed effectively, this can be a period of low morale and potential conflict between members of a once cohesive and collaborative team. "The management of existing personnel during a time of growth is a recipe for HR success," Agreed Mousa. "Nurturing and valuing the contribution of the 'foundation members' is important to their self-worth," Mousa continued. "And, the stable growth of the company will be based on each of those remaining individuals to be encouraged and memorialised to promote a 'growth culture'," Mousa said. Related Article: NSW CGT Chartered Property Tax Investor Accountant TLK Partners Kingsgrove Sydney Customer service levels dip. Quite likely rapid business growth is a result of excellent customer service, however, if a business can’t maintain this high level, it represents a significant risk and threat to the business. As business growth and activity ramps up so will customer demand. So while busy hiring and training up new staff members and implementing new systems to facilitate growth, there's a real risk that customer service levels will slip. Part of this can also be attributed to staff members trying to keep up and as a result cutting corners or new staff members reverting to practices from their previous employers, due to a lack of training and time to deliver adequate training. "Knowledge transfer is imperative during a time of growth," says Mousa. "Spending time with new staff during a time of growth is the single most important thing you can do," Mousa said. "Further, it enables the opportunity of replication within the business, which is priceless," Mousa stated. What to do. While we all want a business to be successful, pursuing a strategy of growth at all costs; without understanding the challenges ahead, will hurt the business in the long run. If a situation arises where the business experiences rapid growth, managing all the above while also adjusting your own expectations will be crucial. For instance, if flexibility was the primary reason a small business was started, for perceived ease of flexible hours around family commitments, then it’s likely that some of these benefits will be lost. The best thing to be done is the development of a careful growth management strategy to ensure the business remains sustainable and stays true to the original vision and purpose. Otherwise, a crisis appears to come. "Being real and realistic in our approach to business is a primary risk management strategy," Mousa says, "TLK Partners are experts at providing real, balanced, financial advice," Mousa concluded. TLK Partners Wealth Management Companies Kingsgrove, Beverly Hills | Tax Accountant & Agent | Property Advisers are financial management, retirement planning and wealth advisers serving enterprises and private individuals who hope to take care of their future through sound financial management. Visit their website or contact them at (02) 8090 4324 for an appointment to discuss your financial management and investment needs. This material is of a general nature only, and it does not take into consideration your financial circumstances, needs or objectives. Before making any decision based on this content, you should assess your own circumstances, seek professional advice or contact our office to be directed to the appropriate professional. Whilst all care has been taken in presenting the material neither TLK Partners or its associated entities guarantee that the material is free of error and, the information may have changed since being published. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. AIIA South Australia and Northern Territory iAwards showcase outstanding Australian innovation 2019-06-20T23:11:54Z aiia-south-australia-and-northern-territory-iawards-showcase-outstanding-australian-innovation The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, last night announced the South Australia/Northern Territory iAwards winners for 2019. AIIA’s iAwards, now in its 26th year, is Australia’s leading awards and recognition program that brings homegrown innovations to the world stage. Awards were presented in categories comprising Business Service Markets, Public Sector & Government, Research & Development Project of the Year, Infrastructure & Platforms Project of the Year, Startup of the Year and the Data Insights Innovation of the Year. At a gala event held last night at the Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention Centre, The Hon. Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia, presented the 2019 South Australian Premier’s iAward for Public Sector Innovation. The event also welcomed The Hon. David Pisoni, Minister for Innovation and Skills. "These awards honour the outstanding achievements of the public sector, individuals and companies at the cutting edge of technological innovation, as well as leading professionals across the digital economy,” Premier Marshall said. “I’d like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners, and thank them for their efforts to improve our lives and workplaces.” AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said the innovation showcased by the 2019 finalists builds on the incredible success of last year’s iAwards, creating further momentum for the Australian technology sector. "AIIA would like to congratulate the winners and merit recipients of the 2019 SA/NT iAwards. "For 26 years the iAwards has recognised, celebrated and elevated those at the forefront of Australian innovation. This year, we’re once again proud to provide a platform for, and encouragement to people in our community who dedicate their time and energy to develop technological ideas that can make a real difference at home, in the office or on a global scale. “We continue to be inspired by Australian innovators, whether they're in startups, the public sector, community services, primary school, academia, or private enterprise. The outstanding work of the 2019 finalists adds to the growing momentum in Australian innovation, which will create positive change for the community, and play an important part in shaping and growing Australia’s modern economy," he said. Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent SA/NT and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 29 August 2019 at the prestigious AIIA 2019 iAwards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders, and federal and state politicians. The SA/NT iAwards winners and merit recipients are: SA Premier’s iAward for Public Sector Innovation: Winner – Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence (SA) Junior Students: Winner – Emergency KID, Murray Bridge High School (SA) Consumer Markets: Winner – Tekuma: Revolutionising Tactile Control, Tekuma (SA) Merit – Forever Has Fallen, Forever Has Fallen (SA) Community Service Markets: Winner – Aboriginal Recorded Voice Announcement, Northern Territory Police (NT) Merit – Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix (SA) Merit – Street Connect, South Australian Housing Authority (SA) Business Service Markets: Winner – INSPIRE: Learning with Diversity, SRA Information Technology & Catholic Education NT (NT) Merit – LAAMP, Cortex Interactive (SA) Public Sector & Government: Winner – Street Connect, South Australian Housing Authority (SA) Merit – Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence (SA) Merit – ORION Project, Data to Decisions CRC (SA) Research & Development Project of the Year: Winner – GAIA, Consilium Technology (SA) Merit – ORION Project, Data to Decisions CRC (SA) Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year: Winner – Elders Smart Farmer Digital Transformation, Elders (SA) Merit – LAAMP, Cortex Interactive (SA) Industrial & Primary Industries: Winner – GAIA, Consilium Technology (SA) Startup of the Year: Winner – Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix (SA) Merit – Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence (SA) Data Insights Innovation of the Year: Winner – Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix (SA) AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’ the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2019 iAwards is proudly supported by National iAwards Program Partner and Inspiration iAward Sponsor Victoria State Government, National Program Sponsors AuDA, The University of Queensland and NBN Co, Major PitchFest Sponsor CSIRO’s Data61 and Platinum table sponsor UTS. The 2019 SA/NT iAwards sponsors are: SA Premier’s iAward Sponsor, South Australian Government ; Platinum Sponsor Microsoft, Bronze table Sponsors include NBN Co, DWS & Symplicit, Telstra, MEGT and NEC. Descriptions of winner and merit recipient projects: Aboriginal Recorded Voice Announcement, Northern Territory Police All police stations in the Northern Territory now have a recorded voice announcement at the beginning of each call in the local Aboriginal language. If staff are not able to answer the call, then the caller can leave a voice message that is sent to the police station via email. Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix Targeting affordable, accessible treatment for 20% of the population suffering from tinnitus. A digital platform designed and recommended by an ear, nose and throat specialist doctor. Delivering a customised narrowband sound via an individual’s mobile device, which teaches the brain to ignore tinnitus thereby reducing its impact, resulting in better quality of life. Elders Smart Farmer Digital Transformation, Elders Elders has partnered with HCL Technologies to build a mobile app called 'Smart Farmer' to support digital applications that are smart, easy-to-use and cloud-driven, which can scale based on demand and integrate with a variety of third-party data sources in a reliable and secure way. Emergency KID, Murray Bridge High School Emergency KID, the safety application by kids for kids. Emergency KID is an innovative mobile app designed to educate, and help children who find themselves in emergencies such as dealing with injuries or contacting emergency services. The app is colourful yet simple, to be engaging to its target audience, kids. Forever Has Fallen, Forever Has Fallen Blockbuster storytelling using a fictional world made of film, augmented reality, websites, mobile devices and live events. Fans engage in global gameplay as they hunt for the truth, solve challenges and earn rewards. This new fan-centric model redefines how blockbuster entertainment is produced and consumed. GAIA, Consilium Technology GAIA is a revolutionary web application developed by Consilium Technology, which automatically locates and monitors individual high-value crops at continent-scale. In a global first, GAIA has mapped and measured every vine row within Australia. GAIA also delivers crop health maps and intelligent analytics – enabling organisations to make better decisions. INSPIRE: Learning with Diversity, SRA Information Technology & Catholic Education NT INSPIRE is an integrated software platform, supporting schools to improve learning outcomes for students with additional needs. INSPIRE helps to identify, plan, support, adjust, refer, manage, assess and report on all disability and diversity categories. INSPIRE complies with the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) policy. LAAMP, Cortex Interactive LAAMP is an innovative, immersive learning solution harnessing virtual reality and augmented reality technologies to maximise learning outcomes. Addressing barriers associated with traditional methods, LAAMP increases retention and engagement, reduces costs, and improves compliance and occupational health and safety. LAAMP's tailored approach supports and empowers learners across all levels, ensuring a smarter, safer workplace. ORION Project, Data to Decisions CRC When a patient leaves hospital after a heart procedure, little is known about the outcome of the treatment, for example, did they experience complications within 30 days? The ORION project uses healthcare records to create an Australian-first nationwide assessment of hospital-based care using advanced statistical techniques and big data analysis. Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence Silentium Defence’s Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness provides critical insight into the growing number of objects in orbit around earth. Range, rate of movement and orbit can be tracked passively (covertly) for the first-time enabling Australia’s Defence Force and allies to achieve mission assurance, global competitiveness and national security. Street Connect, South Australian Housing Authority Street Connect is a web app helping to provide support more quickly to people sleeping rough in Adelaide's inner city. Anyone can drop a pin on the map to show where they have seen someone sleeping rough. Street to Home, a specialist homelessness service, uses this information to visit the person. Tekuma: Revolutionising Tactile Control, Tekuma Revolutionising tactile control. Control six- degrees of movement of a device with one hand and without looking down. Free up other hand to control device’s peripheral, for example: Camera on a drone, robotic arm or delivery mechanism. Intuitive, robust and universal. We reduce the time, cost, personnel and training required. -ENDS- About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Innovation. Take advantage of the buzz by joining the conversation on Twitter with #iAwards, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn. About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the ecosystem. Since 1978, AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. AIIA does 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 Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8188 3616 Aged Care Business Investment Tax Capital Works Chartered Accountant Sydney NSW 2019-06-20T22:00:48Z aged-care-business-investment-tax-capital-works-chartered-accountant-sydney-nsw Traditional Car Parking Just Got Disrupted There’s a news disruptor on the scene, Sydney-based property technology startup, BaseUp, is the first platform in Australia to create a smart parking technology solution for large tenants and landlords in the commercial property sector. The platform is making parking easier for companies and their employees and changing the way employees access office parking. Identifying a changing workplace including casual parking, mobile working and childcare pickups, BaseUp provides a suite of solutions that solve one of commercial real estate’s biggest problems – under-utilised parking and a lack of flexibility for employees. "It had to come," says financial expert Thomas Mousa, senior partner of Sydney-based TLK Partners, "carparks are an excellent business," he said. RELATED ARTICLE: Credit Scores Financial Management Advice Chartered Accountants Sydney NSW Investor Investment Specialists Building on the company’s success in 2018, BaseUp has secured a number of global and local clients including Insurance Australia Group (IAG), Schneider Electric, Charter Hall and Brookfield Properties. The co-founders are excited to close their recent $1 million Series A investment which will see the company expand rapidly including hiring technology, operations and sales staff and investment into R&D projects. BaseUp’s platform is made up of three pieces of technology all custom configured to meet the requirements of the tenant and landlord. Their cloud-based management dashboard allows administrators to configure how they want their car park to be managed, the staff App lets employees self-manage the parking spaces available to them, and BaseUp’s access hardware enables drivers to come and go using Bluetooth. Mousa says, "disruptors simplify traditional processes making the service current and appealing." BaseUp’s platform gives tenants and landlords the data and functionality required to introduce shared parking by facilitating multiple employees’ coordinated access to a single bay or group of spaces. This increases utilisation, frees up spaces for new uses and makes parking available to the largest group of staff possible. BaseUp’s platform has been designed to provide these benefits while automating the management typically required by tenants and landlords to run a car park. Co-Founders, Jack Perkins, Alex Peck and Peter Carey found a gap in the market with traditional parking models and saw an opportunity to transform the commercial parking sector. The three knew they could make an impact by introducing technology to the way office parking was used. “While working on the BaseUp business model, we discovered that CBD tenants spend $2.5 billion on office parking each year,” said Jack. “The opportunity for BaseUp to disrupt tired and inflexible systems is enormous. We found that on average, only 65 per cent of the office parking spaces are utilised during the working week. This represents over $800m in wasted spending on parking annually for companies,” he said. RELATED ARTICLE: Superannuation Tax Estate Planning Private Wealth Financial Planning Sydney TLK Partners Alex adds, “This underutilisation and inflexibility means that 35 per cent of spaces in office car parks are empty during the work week and almost 150,000 drivers are using paid commercial car parks instead of their own office parking. “This means that employees spend almost $1 billion annually on parking outside their own company. This is a lost opportunity for businesses but a problem that BaseUp is solving.” "Whilst BaseUp is not our client, TLK Partners is well resourced to advise companies similar to BaseUp to achieve their goals," Mousa concludes. TLK Partners Wealth Management Companies Kingsgrove, Beverly Hills | Tax Accountant & Agent | Property Advisers are financial management, retirement planning and wealth advisers serving enterprises and private individuals who hope to take care of their future through sound financial management. Visit their website or contact them at (02) 8090 4324 for an appointment to discuss your financial management and investment needs. This material is of a general nature only, and it does not take into consideration your financial circumstances, needs or objectives. Before making any decision based on this content, you should assess your own circumstances, seek professional advice or contact our office to be directed to the appropriate professional. Whilst all care has been taken in presenting the material neither TLK Partners or its associated entities guarantee that the material is free of error and, the information may have changed since being published. Syndicated by Baxton Media, the Market Influencers. Different Sizes of Thermal Labels for Different Purposes 2019-06-20T11:49:43Z different-sizes-of-thermal-labels-for-different-purposes It produces cost-efficient, durable and long-term results and offers an opportunity to create your own professional labels at the office or at home. All you need is a thermal printer and the right type and size of thermal labels. Here are they so that you can better understand the difference and choose the most suitable ones. Direct Thermal Labels The Direct Thermal labels work for any thermal printer and they don’t need a thermal ribbon to be printed. That is why they are the cheaper alternative than the thermal transfer labels as no extra expenses are to be spent on thermal ribbons. However, if you intend to use the labels for the long term, then they might not be the ideal solution. They are recommended for short-term use as the black legibility will probably last no more than a year. Plus they can’t withstand harsh conditions like high temperature and freezing environment. The thing is, they will darken over time and eventually become difficult to read if exposed to heat and light. You can find these labels available in permanent adhesive and removable adhesive. Also, they come in different label and core sizes and if you still can’t find what you are looking for, you can ask from the thermal label manufacturer to custom make them for you according to your business needs. The most commonly used are the 4x6 thermal labels, also the 100mm x 175mm. Other sizes you can order ready-made are 100mm x 100mm, 100mm x 150mm, 115 mm x 314mm, 101mm x 74mm. Then, if you are looking for smaller sizes, 75mm x 48mm, 40mm x 15mm, 85mm x 85mm, 70mm x 25mm, 90mm x 40mm etc. Thermal Transfer Labels The Thermal Transfer Labels are a more costly alternative than the Direct Thermal Labels because they require a thermal ribbon in order to be printed. But because they use a thermal ribbon they last much longer and withstand harsh conditions like high temperature, freezing environment and they are scratch resistant. Hence, if you are looking for labels that need to perform well on long distance transports, the thermal transfer should be your choice. They also come in many sizes and colours and they are also available in permanent adhesive and removable adhesive. You can always ask for a custom made the size of you can’t find what you are looking for. From the different types of thermal labels, you can find Day of the Week labels in 41mm x 41mm, 100mm x 150mm, 100mm x 40mm, 40mm x 65mm, and of course the most common 4x6 thermal labels are available in all colours including fluorescent colours. Whichever type you choose, rest assured that any thermal printer will work. You just need to consider the purpose you are buying thermal labels for – whether you need them to last long be legible even after exposure to the elements or not. The rest is up to you and your business needs.