The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-10-23T03:53:50Z Seagate Technology Reports Fiscal First Quarter 2021 Financial Results 2020-10-23T03:53:50Z seagate-technology-reports-fiscal-first-quarter-2021-financial-results Revenue of $2.31 billion GAAP operating margin of 10.8%; non-GAAP operating margin of 12.7% GAAP diluted earnings per share (EPS) of $0.86; non-GAAP diluted EPS of $0.93 Cash flow from operations of $297 million and free cash flow of $186 million Raised the quarterly cash dividend by 3% to $0.67 per share Approved a $3 billion increase to the share repurchase authorisation, bringing the available amount to $4.2 billion FREMONT, CA – October 22, 2020 - Seagate Technology plc (NASDAQ: STX) (the “Company” or “Seagate”) today reported financial results for its fiscal first quarter ended October 2, 2020. "Seagate delivered solid September quarter results supported by strong recovery in the video and image applications market and healthy cloud data center demand, which drove double digit year-over-year revenue growth for our mass capacity storage solutions. We see indications for Enterprise demand to improve and we expect this to continue as the broader markets gradually recover, supporting our positive December quarter outlook and reinforcing our revenue expectations for the fiscal year," said Dave Mosley, Seagate’s chief executive officer. "Demand for data continues to explode, even through this current period of market uncertainty. As a leader in mass data management, Seagate is executing a technology roadmap focused on helping customers put their valuable data to work. We are on track to ship our first HAMR drives for revenue in December, which is an important industry milestone to support the growing need for mass capacity storage. We also have introduced CORTX, an open-source, object-storage software, along with Lyve Rack that together offer enterprises a simple, secure and efficient way to manage massive volumes of data. These developments illustrate our confidence in identifying and capturing future growth opportunities, and we are further underscoring the confidence in our strategy and long-term cash generation abilities with a 3% increase in our quarterly dividend and a $3 billion increase to our existing share repurchase authorisation." GAAP Non-GAAP FQ1 2021 FQ1 2020 FQ1 2021 FQ1 2020 Revenue ($M) $2,314 $2,578 $2,314 $2,578 Gross Margin 25.8% 26.0% 26.5% 26.7% Operating Margin 10.8% 10.8% 12.7% 12.8% Net Income ($M) $223 $200 $242 $278 Diluted Earnings Per Share $0.86 $0.74 $0.93 $1.03 The Company generated $297 million in cash flow from operations and $186 million in free cash flow during the fiscal first quarter 2021. Seagate maintained a healthy balance sheet and during the fiscal first quarter 2021, the Company paid cash dividends of $167 million and repurchased 1.5 million ordinary shares for $68 million. Cash and cash equivalents totaled $1.7 billion at the end of the quarter. There were 258 million ordinary shares issued and outstanding as of the end of the quarter. All periods presented exclude share-based compensation from non-GAAP results. For a detailed reconciliation of GAAP to non-GAAP results, see accompanying financial tables. Seagate has issued a Supplemental Financial Information document, which is available on Seagate’s Investor Relations website at investors.seagate.com. Quarterly Cash Dividend The Board of Directors of the Company (the “Board”) declared a quarterly cash dividend of $0.67 per share, which will be payable on January 6, 2021 to shareholders of record as of the close of business on December 23, 2020. The payment of any future quarterly dividends will be at the discretion of the Board and will be dependent upon Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements, distributable reserves, and other factors deemed relevant by the Board. Business Outlook The business outlook for the fiscal second quarter 2021 is based on our current assumptions and expectations; actual results may differ materially, as a result of, among other things, the important factors discussed in the Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements section of this release. The Company is providing the following guidance for its fiscal second quarter 2021: Revenue of $2.55 billion, plus or minus $200 million Non-GAAP diluted EPS of $1.10, plus or minus $0.15 Guidance regarding non-GAAP diluted EPS excludes known charges related to amortisation of acquired intangible assets of $0.01 per share, estimated share-based compensation expenses of $0.12 per share and restructuring costs of $0.01 per share. We have not reconciled our non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance for fiscal second quarter 2021 to the most directly comparable GAAP measure because material items that may impact these measures are out of our control and/or cannot be reasonably predicted, including, but not limited to, accelerated depreciation, impairment and other charges related to cost saving efforts, restructuring charges, strategic investment losses or impairment recognised, income tax adjustments on these measures, and other charges or benefits that may arise. The amounts of these measures are not currently available, but may be material to future results. A reconciliation of the non-GAAP diluted EPS guidance for fiscal second quarter 2021 to the corresponding GAAP measures is not available without unreasonable effort. A reconciliation of our historical non-GAAP financial measures to their nearest GAAP equivalent is contained in this release. Share Repurchase Authorisation The available portion of Seagate’s share repurchase authority now amounts to $4.2 billion. The authorisation does not have a time limit and any share repurchases will be dependent on Seagate’s financial position, results of operations, available cash, cash flow, capital requirements, distributable reserves, and other factors deemed relevant by the Company. Investor Communications Seagate management will hold a public webcast today at 1:30 p.m. Pacific / 4:30 p.m. Eastern that can be accessed on its Investor Relations website at investors.seagate.com. An archived audio webcast of this event will be available on Seagate’s Investor Relations website at investors.seagate.com shortly following the event conclusion. About Seagate Seagate crafts the datasphere, helping to maximise humanity’s potential by innovating world-class, precision-engineered data management solutions with a focus on sustainable partnerships. Learn more about Seagate by visiting www.seagate.com or following us on Twitter, Facebook, LinkedIn, YouTube, and subscribing to our blog. © 2020 Seagate Technology LLC. All rights reserved. Seagate, Seagate Technology, and the Spiral logo are registered trademarks of Seagate Technology LLC in the United States and/or other countries. Cautionary Note Regarding Forward-Looking Statements This press release contains forward-looking statements within the meaning of the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. Forward-looking statements provide current expectations of future events based on certain assumptions and include any statement that does not directly relate to any historical fact. Forward-looking statements include, among other things, statements about the Company’s plans, strategies and prospects, financial outlook for future periods, including the fiscal second quarter 2021, expectations regarding the Company’s products, our ability to ramp production, storage industry trends and market demand, shifts in technology, the Company’s ability to meet market and industry expectations and the effects of these future trends, the possible effects of the economic conditions worldwide resulting from the COVID-19 pandemic, and expectations on the Company’s business as well as dividend issuance plans for the fiscal quarter ending January 1, 2021 and beyond. Forward-looking statements generally can be identified by words such as “expects,” “intends,” “plans,” “anticipates,” “believes,” “estimates,” “predicts,” “projects,” “should,” “may,” “will,” "will continue," "can," "could" or the negative of these words, variations of these words and comparable terminology. Information concerning risks, uncertainties and other factors that could cause results to differ materially from the expectations described in this press release include, among others, those risks and uncertainties included under the captions “Risk Factors” and “Management’s Discussion and Analysis of Financial Condition and Results of Operations” in the Company’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the year ended July 3, 2020 filed with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) on August 7, 2020. Undue reliance should not be placed on the forward-looking statements in this press release, which are based on information available to us on, and which speak only as of, the date hereof. The Company undertakes no obligation to update forward-looking statements to reflect events or circumstances after the date they were made, unless required by applicable law. The inclusion of Seagate’s website addresses in this press release are provided for convenience only. The information contained in, or that can be accessed through, Seagate’s websites and social media channels are not part of this press release . Please click here to view the financial statements Q1 FY2021 Financial Statements. Media contact: Antoinette Georgopoulos Einsteinz Communications Ph: +61 02 8905 0995 antoinette@einsteinz.com.au Hostopia Australia drives momentum on AWS with 19% Q3 growth, joins AWS Service Delivery Program: Amazon EC2 for Windows 2020-10-23T03:16:43Z hostopia-australia-drives-momentum-on-aws-with-19-q3-growth-joins-aws-service-delivery-program-amazon-ec2-for-windows SYDNEY - OCTOBER 23, 2020 - Cloud services and hosting provider Hostopia Australia today announced it has recorded a 19% growth in Q3 for its AWS managed cloud customers, following investments made in nurturing and expanding its AWS certifications and capabilities.    The company’s managed cloud division Anchor has also become an Amazon EC2 for Windows Service Delivery Program partner reflecting the group’s experience and deep understanding of AWS, and as a trusted APN Consulting Partner with proven success delivering AWS services.    According to Hostopia Australia this growth has been driven by the COVID-19 pandemic  which is pushing many Australian organisations to transform. Businesses are looking to drive more efficiencies  and cost savings, as well as use this challenging, downtime time to rethink and modernise their infrastructure.    Darryn McCoskery, General Manager for Hostopia Australia commented: “COVID-19 has had a clear impact on our customers from an economic perspective, as well as customer experience expectations. As a result we see more organisations - in particular SMBs - rethinking their data centres and cloud technologies. Customers come to Hostopia to help them build more efficiencies within their environments, which is often critical to their resilience in the face of the pandemic”.   “In the past quarter we’ve seen a significant increase in our managed cloud customer base, and a growing demand  from Australian organisations looking to modernise their windows workloads with AWS as their preferred platform. This is why we are heavily investing in our AWS partnership and are, more than ever, committed to expanding our AWS capabilities and expertise in Q4 and beyond.”     Anchor helps aviation services expert Touchpoint Global optimise its AWS environment to build resilience in the face of COVID-19   Touchpoint Global provides logistics software to the aviation industry and took the challenge of the global pandemic as an opportunity to fine tune their operational efficiencies. It engaged Anchor to consolidate its AWS accounts in order to reduce the company's cost footprint across the AWS environment, particularly for its Windows workloads.   During this re-architecture, Anchor supported Touchpoint to maintain robust security capabilities and compliance with the global aviation's growing regulatory requirements, as the industry looks to return to business-as-usual. Specific features included an environment where Europe and APAC regions could remain separate for regulatory compliance purposes (i.e. GDPR), while facilitating secure communication between regions. A flow on benefit was the streamlining of Touchpoint’s AWS account management.   According to Angus Keech, Founder and CEO at Touchpoint Global: “As the pandemic hit the aviation industry, we worked with the team at Anchor to help improve efficiencies and significantly reduce costs, as well as create additional scalability to support our operations. Optimising and further securing our AWS environment continues to help us navigate those troubled times. It also means that we are well placed to seamlessly return to a 'new normal' and continue to comply with the tight regulatory landscape once the aviation industry rebounds."   Hostopia plans to continue investing in its AWS capabilities and expertise so it can support more organisations in the modernisation and optimisation of their AWS infrastructure. In 2020 alone, more than 35% of Hostopia Australia’s staff have gained AWS certifications.   “The growth we’ve seen in the past few months is expected to continue in Q4 and into 2021. This is why we will focus our efforts and investments into building an ecosystem of best-of-breed technology around our customers, and offer them agile solutions no matter their unique challenges”, said McCoskery.   “We see fantastic growth opportunities within the AWS ecosystem. Our Anchor managed cloud brand and AWS capabilities will be instrumental in supporting this growth next year and in helping more ANZ businesses navigate their unique cloud journeys and build resilience in the face of COVID-19.”   Online training creators can now unleash custom images for elearning 2020-10-22T04:59:05Z online-training-creators-can-now-unleash-custom-images-for-elearning Images for elearning are just too hard! Online training allows learners to access content in any location, from any device and at any time. Without the need for printed workbooks, the options to use digital media – audio, video and images for elearning – are plentiful. However, media takes time to create and use. Finding an image for elearning requires… - Searching for a suitable image which is royalty-free - Finding a high resolution of that image which can scale to any screen size - Cropping the image to the required size - Adding any addition image improvements – filters, text, mark-ups - Saving the image in a suitable format and size - Uploading the image into your eLearning authoring tool or learning platform If you need to create 20 images for eLearning per module, that’s a lot of effort and time. Not surprisingly, too many online training modules have too much text and too little media. The Solution: Tribal Habits + Pixabay + Doka While Tribal Habits already had fantastic building-blocks to present images uploaded by online training creators, this meant that those images had to be sourced and prepared outside the platform. This created a barrier, increasing effort and reducing the likelihood of our amazing image building-blocks being used in the first place. David King, Tribal Habits CEO said, "Tribal Habits approached this challenge by thinking outside the box. Unlike desktop-based software or old eLearning authoring tools, modern cloud platforms are able to easily integrate with exceptional technology from other companies. We were able to integrate two amazing technologies directly into our building-blocks." Pixabay image library This integration allows online training creators to search and import from over 2,000,000 royalty-free images. Using the Pixabay API, we can ensure that suitable images for elearning are suggested, that images are imported in a suitable size and that the entire ‘search and import’ process takes seconds. Doka image editor Once the image is imported, online training creators can then edit that image in location. The Doka image editor is both powerful and simple. Cropping images takes seconds, while creators can annotate images with text and diagrams, apply filters or resize the image. The implementation process for online training creators is seamless. Search, import, edit and save entirely customised images in seconds. Then use those images through-out many of the Tribal Habits building blocks. - Add captions (with dynamic image and caption resizing for all devices). - Add interactive markers to further annotate images with text or break-up large blocks of text. - Add audio to create narrated slideshows of images to tell a story or explain a process. These features are available for any organisation with a Creator package at no additional cost and are accessible in any Tribal Habits building block which supports images. More, better and customised images for eLearning Tribal Habits helps online training creators unleash images for elearning! In less than 30 seconds, you can: - Search over 2,000,000 royalty-free images suitable for eLearning - Immediately edit the image to crop, filter and annotate (text and drawing) - Save the image in a suitable format for all browsers - Use the image with dynamic captioning which resizes to any device - Add interactive markers, via Tribal Habits’ Hotspot technology, to combine text and images together - Create a narrated slideshow, with automated or recorded voiceover, to combine text and audio together - Insert images into any interaction, quiz or poll to bring colour to the page and visually represent key knowledge David King further said, "The combination of Tribal Habits amazing online training creation technology, combined with the Pixabay stock photo library and the powerful Doka image editor, gives online training creators the fastest, easiest and most enjoyable way to transform text-heaving training into engaging, media-driven learning." More information Tribal Habits is a groundbreaking cloud-based platform which makes online training easy to create, engaging to learn and simple to manage. Tribal Habits is fully developed, owned, supported and hosted in Australia, with over 75,000 users and growing. Contact us at https://tribalhabits.com or hello@tribalhabits.com. Pixabay is a vibrant community of creatives, sharing copyright-free images and videos. Learn more at https://pixabay.com/service/faq/. Doka allows high-performance JavaScript image editing in the browser. A beautiful and intuitive JavaScript image editor that works everywhere and is easy for developers to integrate. Learn more at https://pqina.nl/doka/. This is Flow wins TPG Telecom’s Felix Mobile following a competitive pitch 2020-10-21T23:54:32Z this-is-flow-wins-tpg-telecom-s-felix-mobile-following-a-competitive-pitch Sydney independent agency, This is Flow, has been appointed to handle all media strategy, planning and buying for Felix Mobile after a competitive pitch process. Felix is an exciting new brand born out of the newly merged TPG/Vodafone entity, TPG Telecom Limited.   The merger of TPG and Vodafone in June this year created the third-biggest telecom company in Australia and brought together two highly complementary businesses to create a leading integrated, full-service telecommunications company with a comprehensive portfolio of fixed and mobile products for consumers, SMEs and enterprises.   Jimmy Hyett, CEO and Founder This is Flow said: “It’s extremely rewarding to pitch for a business that has an innovative ‘start-up’ mindset, a great product, and values so powerful that they can actually change the world. This type of client brings out so much passion and energy through the whole agency, and it’s been reflected by the quality of work the team has delivered from pitch right through the planning stages to launch.”   Felix Mobile, launching in late 2020, is a SIM only mobile product targeted to environmentally conscious consumers. The new digital-only brand differs from its competitors, particularly because of its product simplicity, and its strong focus on environmental sustainability with a commitment around supporting and actioning a healthier planet.    Paul Tierney, General Manager Business Development at Felix, said: “Early on in the pitch process, This Is Flow demonstrated the skills and expertise that we were looking for to support the emerging brand. This is Flow has been instrumental in launching Felix and shares a similar vision for the future of the brand, so we’re very excited to see what we can achieve together for Felix.” At CDP Week, Segment Announces Suite of New Platform Updates to Help Enterprises Drive Success in the New Digital-First Economy 2020-10-21T23:18:00Z at-cdp-week-segment-announces-suite-of-new-platform-updates-to-help-enterprises-drive-success-in-the-new-digital-first-economy Sydney, 22 October 2020 - Segment, the world’s leading customer data platform (CDP), has announced a suite of new platform updates designed to give enterprises the speed, flexibility, and agility needed to thrive as digital-first organisations and meet the real-time, hyper-personalised expectations of consumers. The announcement was made at CDP Week, a week-long event designed to help companies create superior customer experiences using first-party customer data, and comes on the heels of the news that Twilio has entered into a definitive agreement to acquire Segment to create more personalised, timely and impactful engagement across customer service, marketing, analytics, product and sales.“We’re in the midst of the most competitive digital sprint we’ve ever seen, and the winners will be those with organisational agility and a true understanding of their customer base,” said Peter Reinhardt, CEO and co-founder of Segment. “Creating a successful digital-first experience hinges on harnessing reliable customer data, but that’s become increasingly difficult for businesses to do. We’re committed to helping companies access good data, so they can drive business growth and unlock the future of personalised experiences.”The battleground is digitalPositive, seamless customer experiences have always been a key differentiator for successful brands. For years now, businesses have worked to deliver highly personalised, consistent customer experiences across online and offline touchpoints — often embarking on a slowly phased digital transformation to do so.However, in the past six months, the way we do business has changed drastically. Global supply chains have been disrupted, entire workforces became virtual overnight, and many brick and mortar companies are now suddenly having to conduct business exclusively or mostly online. Suddenly, companies find themselves in a truly digital-first world, overwhelmed with an influx of direct customer interactions at a scale previously thought impossible to handle.A platform for the digital-first worldEnterprises need an infrastructure that can not only handle the demands of this new scale, but also one that gives them the ability to drive customer growth in a digital-first environment — whether that is through new digital products and revenue streams, predictive machine learning, or consumer privacy compliance. Delivering real-time and hyper-personalised digital experiences while simultaneously driving growth is no small feat.Segment’s suite of new platform updates are designed to set companies up for success as they tackle these competing imperatives. Today Segment announced:New low-code features for business teams: Brands require continuous and agile experimentation to optimize the customer experience, but dependencies on engineering resources or app release cycles can leave these critical initiatives in backlog for weeks or months — leading to missed revenue opportunities at a very critical time. Edge Functions allow brands to enrich and transform mobile app events instantly as they flow into Segment, while Destination Actions give users the ability to better control the behaviour of their data in downstream data destinations.Flexible identity resolution: No two businesses have the exact same customer journey. Unlike the black boxes of other CDPs, Segment’s Identity Configuration UI gives businesses the ability to easily define their user identity resolution rules to achieve an accurate single view of the customer to power personalisation.Data preparation for machine learning: Data lakes offer companies a faster path to creating cutting-edge customer experiences using machine learning. Segment Data Lakes significantly reduces the time spent cleaning and preparing customer data for machine learning, so companies can connect their data to a Data Lake and instantly drive advanced analytics and AI initiatives.A platform for the privacy-first worldAt the same time that businesses are accelerating their digital growth with new experiments and strategies, the external environment brings upon constantly shifting demands, such as consumer privacy regulations and expectations. Segment’s platform ensures enterprises are able to adapt and adjust to external market trends while continuing to focus on digital growth initiatives.Today, the company also announced new platform updates that make it easy for companies to:Comply with local data regulations: As more countries around the world pass privacy and data residency laws, Segment will introduce new functionality to help customers control their data collection, starting with the ability to configure endpoints to collect data exclusively in APAC, EMEA, or in the US.Keep up with browser changes: As companies navigate new browser developments like Safari Intelligent Tracking Protection (ITP) and the death of the third-party cookie, In-Domain Instrumentation makes it easy for companies to collect user data via their own domain, without any proxies or additional infrastructure. This helps them to stay compliant with browser updates while saving time and costs.Align with IDFA restrictions: At this year’s WWDC, Apple made a number of privacy-related changes around the IDFA (Identifier for Advertisers). Segment continues to support privacy-first changes and has released updates to its SDK and integrations to enable customers to easily adapt to these changes.Limit PII visibility by default: Customer data collection can sometimes contain sensitive information about users. As of today, all personally identifiable information (PII) is automatically masked within the Segment application, unless workspace owners are explicitly granted access.“The ongoing market shifts caused by the pandemic will have long-lasting implications for enterprises, making it crucial that they put the right digital foundation in place to power and support their future,” said Daniel Newman, Principal Analyst at Futurum Research. “Based upon our extensive research of the CDP landscape, we believe Segment’s new features and updates will help enterprises thrive as digital transformation continues to accelerate.”To learn more, read our blog about these announcements here: https://segment.com/blog/cdp-week-day-one/To tune in to CDP Week or check out sessions on demand, visit: https://cdpweek.comAbout SegmentSegment is the world’s leading customer data platform (CDP). Our platform democratises access to reliable data for all teams, and offers a complete toolkit to standardise data collection, unify user records and route customer data into any system where it’s needed. More than 20,000 companies like Intuit, FOX, Instacart, and Levi’s use Segment to make real-time decisions, accelerate growth, and deliver compelling user experiences. For more information, visit: https://segment.com Sony launches unique AI-based remote learning solution for education 2020-10-21T22:12:25Z sony-launches-unique-ai-based-remote-learning-solution-for-education-1 Sony Australia has launched a unique remote learning solution that combines their new MAS-A100 beamforming microphone with their Edge Analytic appliance enabling lecturers to teach and students to learn remotely. The seamless combination of Edge Analytics, MAS-A100, Sony PTZ cameras, projectors and BRAVIA 4K displays when used together give lecturers a clever, efficient and professional remote teaching platform – a major plus for universities in these challenging times.                                                          The real advantages of Sony’s new distance and remote learning solution are its ease of install, ease of use and the fact that any college, university or other learning facility can arrange to receive a demo of the solution, given by Sony, by simply emailing their request for the demo to sonypro.SANZ@sony.com Once installed there are far fewer touchpoints and very few, if any, AV staff required to work the system which, given the current COVID-19 restrictions around social distancing and surface sanitising, are major advantages for teachers and instructors alike. Sony’s new distance and remote learning solution also enables a teaching solution to be customised for any requirements irrespective of whether students are allowed on campus or not, or if a classroom is limited to a certain number of people at a time to adhere to social distancing rules. Sony’s new system is ultimately flexible and thus a teaching solution can now be created and used across multiple environments simply, efficiently and cost effectively. Sony Australia’s group manager - business and institutional solutions, Daniel Hancox, explained, “The impact of social distancing and other restrictions on people’s movements has had a serious effect on face to face learning. Many tertiary education facilities are currently restricted or even closed and universities need new and innovative alternatives in order to teach. The remote learning solution Sony has developed is uniquely positioned as we are able to provide and integrate all the products that are required in order to enable lecturers to provide first-class teaching and for students to learn remotely.” A key part of the new remote learning solution is Sony’s new MAS-A100 beamforming microphone as it presents an advanced audio solution that enables flexible and creative hands-free lectures and presentations.  Specifically designed for lecture and presentation environments, the ceiling-mount microphone offers advanced clear audio quality features for both speech reinforcement and recording with a unique combination of beamforming technology and an Intelligent Feedback Reducer function. The microphone has a dual channel output for simultaneous recording of a wide area to capture both the speaker and students’ voices.  Hancox continued, “The MAS-A100 achieves hands-free speech reinforcement without requiring hand-held or body-worn microphones and subsequent batteries or device management. This is enabled by a unique combination of beamforming technology and an original feature called Intelligent Feedback Reducer which can extract speech sound while suppressing unwanted feedback with Sony’s high-performance digital signal processing and unique algorithms. After capturing voice, the microphone’s Automatic Gain Control function automatically adjusts the output volume to be consistent regardless of the presenter’s location and makes lectures and presentations easier to listen to.” Together with the support for Dante®[1] and Power over Ethernet (PoE) to enable easy installation, the MAS-A100 simply and significantly improves the audio experience in and for education organisations. To watch the new Sony MAS-A100 beamforming microphone in action go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCm51rck2Zo Making the MAS-A100 particularly effective for remote learning is the way it combines and integrates with Sony’s AI-based Edge Analytics solution, the REA-C1000, which allows users to create video content in real time, without the need for professional training, additional staff or equipment. The compact and lightweight REA-C1000 uses its advanced AI-based video analytics technology to analyse the input received from connecting cameras, automatically extract the object in focus and combine it with other images in real-time on a GPU. This unique technology uses motion/face detection and colour/shape recognition effectively making the REA-C1000 the powerful brain to any connecting camera and AV setup to create professional content in a cost-effective manner for educational facilities to keep students fully engaged. With Edge Analytics, you can engage your audience like never before by; • Extracting characters and diagrams in real time from a whiteboard or blackboard, with Handwriting Extraction license REA-L0100.  • Using tracking to stay in focus and within the frame, with PTZ auto-tracking license REA-L0200.  • Zooming in on an audience member to show reactions or highlight questions, with Close Up by Gesture license REA-L0300.  • Creating animated imagery, still pictures and supporting graphics – without a dedicated studio with Chromakey-less CG Overlay license REA-L0400.  • Showing two different images at once for added impact, with Focus Area Cropping license REA-L0500.   Hancox, said, “The Edge Analytics REA-C1000 solution combined with the MAS-A100 provides educators and teachers on a limited budget a cost-effective, yet powerful video and audio solution that allows them to easily create professional and engaging content.” Another key part of Sony’s remote learning solution is its range of PoE+, IP-based pan-tilt-zoom (PTZ) cameras which includes the SRG-X400, SRG-X120 and BRC-X400. These cameras incorporate Sony’s newly developed 4K Exmor R™ CMOS image sensor that ensures superb image quality for every application. The SRG-X400 and BRC-X400 are equipped with 40x zoom capability utilising Sony’s Clear Image Zoom technology, while the SRG-X120 camera has a 12x zoom. The powerful zoom options, combined with a wide viewing angle, enable the capture of both an entire room and a zoomed-in image with a single camera. As the demand for high resolution image has been increasing in various applications, Sony’s cameras now also offer a future-proof 4K upgrade option – a first for Sony’s PTZ cameras to ensure today’s HD usage and protect the investment for tomorrow’s needs. On the other hand, 4K resolution comes standard on the BRC-X400, which is ideally suited for broadcast studio and higher-end production as well as live event capture. The final pieces in Sony’s new remote learning solution are projection and display.  Sony’s projectors range is comprehensive and highly acclaimed with three new projectors, the VPLFHZ131L, VPLFHZ101L and VPLFHZ91L launched this year alone to sit alongside the best-selling VPLPHZ12.  Each different projector model is suitable for a key application and the range boasts brightness offerings from 4,200 to 13,000lm making them ideal for every type of venue from small classrooms through to large lecture theatres and auditoriums. Sony’s BRAVIA 4K HDR BZ40H Series of displays brings 55 to 85-inch models that combine flexibility, connectivity and ease of use along with superior picture quality, capability and performance. The BRAVIA 4K HDR BZ40H series include the 55-inch (FW-55BZ40H), 65-inch (FW-65BZ40H), 75-inch (FW-75BZ40H) and 85-inch (FW-85BZ40H) options for use in various education applications. The BZ40H series combines Sony’s high picture quality and System on a Chip (SoC) platform with intelligent, convenient professional features, providing flexibility to customise the display to meet any educational facility’s requirements. The new professional BRAVIA series has also been cosmetically redesigned with a flat bottom bezel, all aluminium bezel, a reinforced rear cabinet and all input terminal position on the side. To request a full demo of the new Sony remote learning solution email: sonypro.SANZ@sony.com To watch the new Sony MAS-A100 beamforming microphone in action go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cCm51rck2Zo To watch the MAS-A100 beamforming microphone in a performance test, go to: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XYlUDGdXFLcFor more information on the MAS-A100 beamforming microphone  go to: https://pro.sony/en_AU/products/microphone-array-system/mas-a100-beamforming-microphone For more information on Edge Analytics solutions go to: https://pro.sony/en_AU/products/edge-analytics-appliance For more information on Sony PTZ cameras go to: https://pro.sony/en_AU/products/ptz-cameras For more information on Sony projectors go to: https://pro.sony/en_AU/products/projectors For more information on BRAVIA 4K Displays for Education go to: https://pro.sony/en_AU/solutions/education/bravia-professional-displays-education [1] Beamforming is a signal processing technique used in sensor arrays for directional signal transmission or reception.[1] Dante® is trademark of Audinate Pty Ltd. EHS Data announces new project with existing client, Evolution Mining. 2020-10-21T16:13:51Z ehs-data-announces-new-project-with-existing-client-evolution-mining Evolution Mining has evolved from a mid-tier gold producer into a global gold mining business with a reputation of sustainable excellence and outstanding environmental performance. Embracing technology and innovation is important to the success of Evolution Mining, and the MonitorPro environmental data management solution is already active in all of their Australian operations. The environmental monitoring and reporting at their newly acquired asset in Red Lake, Ontario, Canada has been streamlined in accordance with their environmental assurance program, with effective management and monitoring of the environmental risk across the entire organisation. "We are proud that out MonitorPro system is highly regarded by Evolution Mining and we look forwrd to working with the new Canadian environmental team." Phil Ely - Managing Director, EHS Data. Using the latest version of MonitorPro, the environmental team will benefit from powerful satellite imagery and state-of-the-art mapping technology that will further optimise their environmental data. Combined with the EHS Data perpetual hosting option, the MonitorPro solution will assist with long term data monitoring plus the management and reporting of obligations and compliance. Over the past 20 years, EHS Data has developed a set of innovative tools and dynamic dashboards which provide environmental teams across a variety of industries, and easy to use and highly configurable centralised source of data, eliminating the manual process of inputting data into spreadsheets. About Evolution Mining Evolution Mining is a leading, growth-focused, mid-tier Australian gold miner. Evolution operates five wholly-owned mines – Cowal in New South Wales, Mt Carlton and Mt Rawdon in Queensland, Mungari in Western Australia, and Red Lake in Ontario, Canada. In addition, Evolution holds an economic interest in the Ernest Henry copper-gold mine in Queensland. In FY20 Evolution reported an underlying net profit after tax of A$405 million. The focus of Evolution Mining is on operating its projects safely and sustainably in the community and developing them to their full potential. About MonitorPro The complete, professional environmental data monitoring solution, MonitorPro is the IT solution trusted by environmental teams worldwide to manage their environmental compliance and data collection. MonitorPro is a web-based or locally hosted solution for the collation of ALL sources of environmental data, where it is generated by loggers, laboratories, weather stations, calculations, or other data repositories. MonitorPro is the first EHS Software solution to receive an MCERTS accreditation from the Environmental Agency.  Rio Tinto Future Minds Accelerator delivers future skills education to kids in regional Australia 2020-10-21T05:41:31Z rio-tinto-future-minds-accelerator-delivers-future-skills-education-to-kids-in-regional-australia SYDNEY (21 October 2020) – From collaborative game design and coding, to delivering engaging online learning, eight educational technology startups—all members of Rio Tinto’s Future Minds Accelerator—recently brought future skills courses to K-12 students and educators in the Pilbara, Western Cape and Northern Peninsula Area regions. From 7 to 25 September, the Future Minds startups ran free, remote classes at three schools in the Pilbara – Paraburdoo, Dampier and Baynton West Primary Schools – and seven schools in the Western Cape and Northern Peninsula Area regions – Western Cape College’s Mapoon Primary, Weipa Primary and Weipa Secondary campuses, St Joseph’s Parish School Weipa and Northern Peninsula Area State College’s Injinoo Junior, Bamaga Junior and Bamaga Senior campuses. This is the first year in a new, four-year program funded by a $10 million investment by Rio Tinto in a bold move to help teach Australia’s young people the skills they’ll need to thrive in the jobs of the future. Each startup selected for the Accelerator was given a AUD$50,000 grant from Rio Tinto, training and mentoring from the expert team of entrepreneurs at BlueChilli, and up to AUD $100,000 in AWS Activate Credits from Amazon. Led by David Gonski AC, the Future Minds Advisory Council of Australian education, innovation and business leaders have offered founders valuable advice and guidance. David Gonski said “Now more than ever equal access to education is important for regional and remote areas of Australia. I am delighted that the startups from the Future Minds Accelerator are helping bridge that gap and building these future skills in our young Australians.” The 14 startups in this cohort have developed solutions to help kids learn future skills, including: Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Robotics, Smart Cities, Sustainability, Online Game Development, Virtual Reality (VR), Career Readiness, Entrepreneurship, Team Work, Imagination, Physical Health, Mental Health, and more. Rio Tinto Weipa Operations acting general manager Dan Kelleher said “Our world is ever-changing and it is important, now more than ever, to equip children with the skills they will need for a digital future.  We are helping to prepare young people by providing regional communities in the Western Cape access to programs like the Future Minds Accelerator that focus on critical thinking, problem solving, systems design and data analytics – all skills required to thrive in the careers of tomorrow.” Paraburdoo Primary School Teacher Dorinda Truscott said, “I really wanted to engage my students and to educate them about what the future might hold for them. It's really important to motivate them around technology and engineering and teach them that the sky is the limit. By working with a program like Buzzy Games, where kids are problem solving and using skills like collaboration, team work, coding, maths and science, kids will get a better understanding of the skills they will need in the future. My students loved it.” BlueChilli Program Director Filipa C. Araújo said, “We're incredibly proud this group of startups has positively impacted more than 30,000 Aussie kids in just 4 months, and we're loved sharing their EdTech solutions with parents, teachers and government in the Pilbara and Weipa regions.” With COVID-19 locking down cities around the world, effective online learning is more important now than ever. Eddie Blass, CEO of Inventorium, ran sessions for teachers on how to design and deliver personalised online education. With Buzzy Games, students collaborated to create, code and play their own games. After creating their games, students tested them with each other and made modifications to improve them. Students learned collaboration, game design concepts and introductory JavaScript. Award winning children’s science TV presenter, Dr Rob of Experimentary, combined science and fun in a mini-catapult experiment. Kids built and tested their own mini-catapults and learned about science, forces in physics and even a bit of history. The 20-year old CEO and founder of BOP Industries, Scott Millar, took kids on the inspirational journey of how he turned his Year 9 school project into a growing business that now takes him around the world to work with leading organisations and innovative educators. Scott showed kids how entrepreneurial skills can empower them to bring their ideas to life and make a difference in their community, at any age, from anywhere. 3D Filmmaker Russell Scott, co-founder of Vortals, showed teachers how to construct a 3D Model, as well as giving them a basic understanding of the math and physics concepts that help build them. From there, educators were given a number of problem solving tasks that will reveal how the software “thinks.” Once teachers went through their session, they were able to teach their own students how to create in the new digital realities of AR (augmented reality) and VR (virtual reality) on the Vortals platform. This session built students’ digital problem solving skills, their creativity and their collaborative skills. The team at Champion Life teaches kids how to discover their superpower to improve their own mental and physical health. In their sessions, students follow along as a "real-life" community role model completes a calming and energising brain break called a "Body Set." They also watch a health challenge demonstrated by a different role model, and then film their own version of the activity as a class. Artist and teacher Kelly-Ann Denton, founder of imagineer.me, delved deep into the inner working of the mind and showed teachers how the imagination functions in the brain so they can cultivate creativity—both in themselves and their students.  Dr Louise Metcalf, founder of Gheorg, teaches kids how to deal with anxiety. Students practiced blowing away their worries using bubbles and learning how to be a “Hope Ninja” in the classroom and at home—especially during lockdown periods—by spotting the good things that happen every day. Learn more about the startups here: https://www.riotinto.com/news/stories/future-minds Subscribe to the Future Minds Accelerator newsletter to get updates on the startups and events: https://mailchi.mp/bluechilli/fma-newsletter-sign-up   +++ End +++   Photos and Videos: Photos of Paraburdoo Primary and WCC Secondary students participating in the program: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/3i355uzfya5fm74/AAA-6N7uljhVgNaGIjtmQVFTa?dl=0 Videos: BOP Industries: https://youtu.be/sYxop-e_MQQ Experimentary: https://youtu.be/8MSSSnAsSec Vortals: https://youtu.be/7ihp8wP6KtY imagineer.me: https://youtu.be/-0WwLrZeWMY Vortals: https://youtu.be/7ihp8wP6KtY Program intro: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gda922cDMJE&feature=emb_logo About Rio Tinto Rio Tinto has committed to invest AUD $10 million in the EdTech sector over four-years to help prepare our kids for 21 century jobs.  As the primary partner of the Future Minds Accelerator, Rio Tinto understands firsthand the capabilities and skills needed in the workers of the future. Being on the forefront of a traditional industry that has successfully navigated massive change, Rio Tinto understands innovation. The company is committed to investing in people—in startups that can solve future challenges, in communities that embrace change, in schools and administrators, and in students of all ages across Australia.  About BlueChilli BlueChilli Technology is the leading tech accelerator in Australia. For eight years, BlueChilli has worked with thousands of entrepreneurs across Australia, New Zealand and Southeast Asia and supported over 140 startups to build their technology companies. Partnering with Rio Tinto and Amazon Web Services, BlueChilli aims to address the future of work and the looming skills revolution for businesses of the future. By evaluating challenges facing Australia in the future and sourcing startups with innovations that can impact our country, BlueChilli will support startups with a five-month program to accelerate commercial success and create social change. For more information, please contact: Email: <hilary@bluechilli.com>                         Tel: <0432075789>     Balance Internet teams up with Australia’s tech sector to launch ‘Skill Finder’ 2020-10-21T02:21:26Z balance-internet-teams-up-with-australia-s-tech-sector-to-launch-skill-finder MELBOURNE, Australia — October 21, 2020 Balance Internet has teamed up with the Australian technology sector to launch Skill Finder, a world-first, free digital micro-skills marketplace available to all Australians, including 3.5m JobKeepers and 1.5m JobSeekers. Skill Finder was launched on the 15th of October, click-ready to enhance the skills and competence of the Australian workforce, equipping individuals with in-demand, immediately applicable digital micro-skills from leading technology companies, for free. Since launch, over 1,500 Australians have already used the marketplace to click through to find a course. Skill Finder was created after the Minister for Industry, Science, and Technology, The Hon. Karen Andrews, asked Australia’s technology sector to help with the nation’s post-COVID economic recovery.  The idea for Skill Finder was born out of a hackathon that Balance Internet, a leading Australian open source solutions provider, hosted a few months ago. Balance Internet collaborated with the broader technology sector to make the idea a reality. These skill training and digital enablement opportunities are provided by a public-spirited collaboration of leading technology companies operating in the Australian market, and the website is provided and delivered as an MVP Proof of Concept (POC). The Skill Finder (POC) site has been developed free-of-charge by Balance Internet. Adobe Magento Commerce, Adobe Analytics and AWS hosting services have also been provided at no fee. It is a real tech for good project, based upon the unprecedented levels of collaboration and cooperation in the tech sector in Australia. Hundreds of online courses and micro-skills are available on Skill Finder, spanning 12 categories and 144 sub-categories across digital design, coding, artificial intelligence, machine learning, analytics, cloud computing, accounting and business tools, and content marketing. Australian tech leaders Atlassian, Canva, MYOB and Xero have all contributed free courses and micro-skills as has Adobe, AWS, Google, IBM, LinkedIn, Microsoft, Salesforce and Twitter. James Horne, Managing Director of Balance Internet said, "The idea for Skill Finder was born out of a hackathon we hosted only months ago. It's incredible to think our company, operating out of extended lock-down in Melbourne, has been able to corral the calibre of Australian and global technology companies involved to deliver on the Skill Finder concept. We believe that 10 per cent or more of Australia's total workforce could benefit right now from this initiative." James Horne further said, "We hope that Skill Finder will help the Australian workforce to fill the gaps that exist in ICT roles, improving digital skills and literacy for as many individuals working with digital technologies as possible. The adoption of digital technology to transform services and businesses plays a critical role in supporting Australia's COVID-19 economic recovery." "We wanted to bring a service of value to Australians. We consider ourselves very fortunate that our sector hasn't been as affected as much as others, so we wanted to do what we could to help. Our team has thrived working on such a public-spirited initiative." "Our involvement in the Skill Finder initiative is well aligned with Balance Internet’s core business values; boosting the capability of individuals countrywide to increase uptake of digital technology for their own career progression, and Australia's economic growth as a whole."  Australians can access hundreds of free courses at www.skillfinder.com.au -ends- For all media or interview enquiries please contact James Horne, Balance Internet james@balanceinternet.com.au / (+61) 0425 800 773 To view the Adobe site launch media release visit: https://www.balanceinternet.com.au/wp-content/uploads/Skill-Finder-Press-Release_15Oct_Adobe.pdf  View Skill Finder video, https://youtu.be/1bKx1o8eLRs View ‘Introducing Skill Finder’ blog https://www.balanceinternet.com.au/news/introducing-skill-finder/ View ‘Could upskilling be the key to your economic future?’ https://www.ausbiz.com.au/media/could-upskilling-be-the-key-to-your-economic-future?videoId=4904§ionId=1890 About Balance Internet Balance Internet is an Australian company and experts in digital ecommerce. We partner with some of Asia Pacific’s leading brands, government agencies, educational institutions and corporations to deliver innovative and transformative digital experiences. For more information visit www.balanceinternet.com.au About Skill Finder Skill Finder is committed to connecting the Australian workforce, small and medium businesses to new learning opportunities. A centralised marketplace, Skill Finder is powered by the world’s top technology platforms and software providers. With hundreds of online courses, the platform provides an opportunity for every Australian to up-level their knowledge with transferable and useful micro- skills, so they are prepared for an unpredictable future where agility and adaptability is key. For more information visit www.skillfinder.com.au  ACMO take the win for the 2020 Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Local Business Awards for Outstanding Professional Service 2020-10-21T01:24:15Z acmo-take-the-win-for-the-2020-hornsby-ku-ring-gai-local-business-awards-for-outstanding-professional-service 2020 being an exceptional year with many businesses facing a myriad of un-expected challenges, our Sydney based business ACMO has managed to help others achieve more this year by streamlining difficult and labour-intensive business processes for our customers. ACMO is an IT service company specialising in business process automation using Kofax Cognitive Capture and Robotic Process Automation. We are proud to announce our win last night at the 2020 Hornsby Ku-ring-gai Local Business Awards for Outstanding Professional Service. Our director Joseph Joy was also humbled to be a finalist himself for Outstanding Business Person of the Year. Joseph has a passion for delivering digital transformations to companies, using our intelligent automation software. Our team look forward to making 2021 another successful year and helping even more business with their digital transformation though automated artificial intelligence. Neto Launches Kogan.com Marketplace Channel 2020-10-20T23:32:21Z neto-launches-kogan-com-marketplace-channel Brisbane, 21 October, 2020 - Neto, a leading Australian-owned unified ecommerce platform that empowers retailers and B2B sellers to grow sales and increase efficiencies, today announced its integration with premier shopping destination Kogan.com Marketplace, making it easier for Australian businesses to reach millions of potential customers during these difficult and uncertain times.  Neto's powerful all-in-one platform helps retailers and wholesalers sell in more channels with a comprehensive suite of tools that centralise product data, inventory and sales orders, whilst streamlining the fulfilment of orders at scale, reducing the complexity of running a multi-channel ecommerce business. The platform's unified approach means that through the integration with Kogan.com, businesses on Neto with a Kogan.com seller account will be able to list hundreds of products in minutes[i], expanding their reach to millions of purchase-ready Australian shoppers.  "This year we've been focussed on helping our merchants overcome the challenges caused by the COVID-19 crisis. We're excited to continue these efforts by joining forces with Kogan.com, and making it easier for businesses to expand onto the Kogan.com Marketplace," said Ryan Murtagh, CEO of Neto. "Partnering with Kogan offers our Australian merchants a massive opportunity to rapidly reach millions of new customers with zero marketing outlay. We know that our most successful merchants are those that sell across multiple channels, that’s why we created a curated solution that helps SMEs rapidly scale through channels like Kogan.com, while equipping them with back-office automations that allow them to streamline their operations.” he said.  Synchronising data between Neto and Kogan.com, the Kogan-certified solution enables sellers to automatically create and maintain listings on the Kogan.com marketplace using existing product data including images, descriptions and pricing, slashing what would normally be hours of set-up time. As products sell on Kogan.com, the integration updates stock levels in Neto, downloads orders, and helps the merchant get orders out the door faster.  "At Kogan, we're obsessed with helping our partner sellers provide a superior customer experience and want to equip our sellers with the tools they need to deliver exceptional service from sale to delivery," said Lazar Monin, Director of Marketplace at Kogan.com. "Our strategic partnership with Neto does this by removing the complexity that can create errors or delays and impact customer experience. We value partners such as Neto because it’s a win-win-win. It’s a win for our customers, sellers, and our business.” Mr Monin added. Learn more about Neto's integration with Kogan.com at www.netohq.com/kogan.  # ENDS # About Neto: Neto is a leading Australian own and grown ecommerce platform. Since 2009, Neto has helped Australian B2B and multi-channel businesses scale fast through their all-in-one solution for ecommerce, POS, inventory management, order management, and shipping labelling. [i] Internal testing by Neto across multiple stores resulted in an average of 10-15 minutes to map a category and set-up field mapping. Charity Launches New Mental Health Helpline Technology 2020-10-20T23:16:44Z charity-launches-new-mental-health-helpline-technology Thousands of Australians in crisis are set to benefit from the launch of a new charity’s technology which can reduce the time it takes to select and contact a suitable mental health helpline. Latest government data shows almost half (45%) of the Australian population will experience mental illness at some time in their life [1], and a recent study revealed that more than three quarters (78%) of Australians reported worsened mental health as a result of COVID-19 [2]. Live For Tomorrow, a new local charity has launched technology which is set to help news companies and social media platforms more effectively connect users in crisis with mental health support services. The charity is set to offer the world’s largest database of mental health helplines to those experiencing distress providing a new, more user friendly, online interface embedded on media websites. The interface makes it easier to select the right mental health support service instantly. Users will also be able to access the database of over 1,600 helplines directly through the charity’s Find A Helpline website in the coming weeks. Elliot Taylor, founder of Live For Tomorrow, says the challenges faced in searching for the right helpline at a time of crisis can be a barrier to seeking support. “What we know is that people in crisis can struggle to connect with helplines that best fit their needs for a range of reasons. “These barriers can manifest in a number of ways - including the stigma of reaching out for help. “Our aim is to remove the perceptual and logistic barriers and make the first step taken to connect with support as seamless as possible. “We’re achieving this through a new web-based widget which can be integrated into a news or social media site around content which may be a catalyst for a user to seek help. “The user can confidentially select the right service to fit their specific needs and know straight away whether they offer support for the deaf or hard of hearing community via text message, are familiar with the issues facing LGBTQ+ youth or even just knowing which hours they are open - an issue particularly relevant to regional services which aren’t always funded for 24/7 support,” he says. Live For Tomorrow has also partnered with the world’s leading short form video app, TikTok, to help promote mental health and wellbeing resources and content on the platform.  "Keeping people on TikTok safe is our top priority and we are at our strongest when we work together," says Arjun Narayan, APAC Director of Trust and Safety at TikTok. "We're pleased to partner with Live For Tomorrow to help people connect with services when they need them, and access content that offers practical advice and support”. The charity has also beaten out international competition to become the only Southern Hemisphere entrant accepted into the Headstream Accelerator programme in San Francisco - which is supported by a Melinda Gates founded investment and incubation company, Pivotal Ventures. Taylor says the financial funding and international recognition from the programme has opened a number of doors - including the inclusion of their technology in the online resources of the Pandemic Crisis Services Response Coalition in the United States, a coalition of leading mental health organisations across the country.  He says although still in beta testing at the time, the chance to be the primary bridge between helplines and the public during the pandemic has meant they are well placed to expand their offering globally. “We're launching in Australia, but within the coming weeks, we'll also launch in the UK, Ireland and in Canada, the Caribbean and the US.  “Once our service covers the whole English-speaking world, then we will look for support to be able to localise the tool and get it into different languages. Our aim is to have one portal that, wherever you are in the world, and if you're struggling, within a matter of clicks you can talk to someone confidentially about what's going on,” he says. [1] Australian Institute of Health & Welfare. Accessible here. [2] PLOS ONE. Accessible here. -Ends- High res images can be found here Written by Impact PR for Live For Tomorrow. For more information or images, please contact Mark Devlin mark@impactpr.co.nz (+6421509060) Tricentis Introduces Next Generation AI-Powered Test Automation 2020-10-20T21:13:53Z tricentis-introduces-next-generation-ai-powered-test-automation-1 Sydney, Australia — Oct. 21, 2020 — Tricentis, the world’s #1 testing platform for modern cloud and enterprise applications, today announced Vision AI, the core technology that will now power Tosca. Vision AI is the industry’s most advanced AI-based test design and automation technology which allows organisations to address the needs brought about by the increasing prevalence of cloud-native and enterprise application platforms. This new AI-based approach marks the beginning of a new era of test automation. Test automation technology has evolved from script-based, to model-based, and is now moving towards AI-based approaches. This new approach will enable agile and DevOps teams to build automated test cases much earlier in the development process – starting with only a mockup or a low-fidelity prototype. Using self-healing capabilities to adapt tests as applications change from sprint to sprint removes bottlenecks and delivers software innovation faster. For the first time, test-driven development can now be achieved end-to-end at the business process level. Tricentis’ AI-driven approach allows organisations to solve the following test automation challenges: Heavy application customisation. Current test automation solutions don’t support both legacy and modern cloud-native technologies which require heavy customisation and refactoring, resulting in increased costs spent on acquiring complex tools. Support for virtual and remote applications. Whether due to regulation or other concerns, many teams are forced to rely on virtual or remote applications (i.e. Citrix, VMware, etc.). However, traditional test automation solutions do not work for remote or virtual applications, resulting in a reliance on manual testing. Testing and test automation occur too late in the process. Traditionally, applications have had to be built before any test automation can be created. As a result, test teams are always a step behind developers and risk becoming a bottleneck to application delivery. “Tricentis has been at the forefront of the testing evolution and is now ushering in the next era of test automation powered by artificial intelligence,” said Sandeep Johri, CEO of Tricentis. “The introduction of Tricentis’ next generation AI technology will allow organisations to deliver innovation faster and at lower costs, while also rapidly modernising and transforming their application landscape to bring more value to the business.” With the launch of Tosca 14, Tricentis delivers on a comprehensive strategy to embed AI capabilities across the portfolio in order to take the pain out of test design, execution, and maintenance for testers. Tosca also improves the business value of enterprise and cloud-native applications by taking the risk, time and expense out of the delivery process. This product strategy focuses primarily on three technology areas: Vision AI, included with Tosca 14 – Automatically recognises and identifies visual user interface elements and controls across any form factor the same way humans do to aid in the automated generation of robust test cases. Can also be trained on any unique and complex controls by a business user. Risk AI, delivered by LiveCompare – Detects the most at-risk objects and select the right set of tests to minimise the business and technical impact of code changes. Self-healing AI, part of Tosca 14 – Adapts test cases and adjusts test plans as applications evolve with each iteration. “We have been struggling with automating our virtualised applications for a long time and are looking forward to seeing how Vision AI can automate applications across our platforms, even if they are behind a Citrix environment,” said Markus Bonner, Test Manager, Vienna Insurance Group. “We evaluated a number of vendors promising to make testing simpler however nothing came even close to Tricentis’ AI approach to solving our problems." For more information about Tricentis’ AI-based approach to testing, visit https://www.tricentis.com/products/automate-continuous-testing-tosca/vision-ai/. About Tricentis Tricentis is the global leader in enterprise continuous testing, widely credited for reinventing software testing for DevOps, cloud, and enterprise applications. The Tricentis AI-based, continuous testing platform provides a new and fundamentally different way to perform software testing. An approach that’s automated, fully codeless, and intelligently driven by AI. It addresses both agile development and complex enterprise apps, enabling enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation by dramatically increasing software release speed, reducing costs, and improving software quality. Tricentis has been widely recognised as the leader by all major industry analysts, including being named the leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant five years in a row. Tricentis has more than 1,800 customers, including the largest brands in the world, such as Accenture, Coca-Cola, Nationwide Insurance, Allianz, Telstra, McKesson, and Vodafone. To learn more, visit https://www.tricentis.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Contacts Antoinette Georgopoulos Einsteinz Communications antoinette@einsteinz.com.au Genetec kicks off new podcast series with Privacy by Design Architect and former Ontario Privacy and Information Commissioner, Dr. Ann Cavoukian 2020-10-20T21:02:29Z genetec-kicks-off-new-podcast-series-with-privacy-by-design-architect-and-former-ontario-privacy-and-information-commissioner-dr-ann-cavoukian SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA/MONTRÉAL, October 21, 2020— “When we talk about privacy vs. public safety, I can assure you that it is never privacy that wins, nor should it be. But what I reject, is the proposition that privacy must suffer,” insists Dr. Ann Cavoukian in “First Principles”, the inaugural episode of Engage, a new podcast series hosted by Genetec Inc. (“Genetec”), a leading technology provider of unified security, public safety, operations, and business intelligence solutions. Focused on exploring key industry themes with global thought leaders spanning multiple disciplines, Engage: A Genetec podcast, examines a broad spectrum of safety and security topics, from digital transformation in business, city, and government operations, to vital technology topics including privacy, data sovereignty, and more. In “First Principles”, Engage hosts Kelly Lawetz and David Chauvin take on the often-controversial topic of privacy. “In the world of privacy, Dr. Ann Cavoukian is a formidable force,” said Andrew Elvish, Vice President of Marketing at Genetec, Inc. “While Information and Privacy Commissioner for the province of Ontario, Canada, her work on Privacy by Design sparked a global revolution on how privacy is perceived by putting the onus on providers instead of users. Today, Dr. Cavoukian champions a pragmatic, proactive approach, which she feels is especially important in an age when more personal and behavioural information is being used to track and anticipate our activities – it is an important perspective that resonates within the practice of physical security as much as it does in the wider public.” During this interview, Dr. Cavoukian who is now Executive Director of the Privacy and Big Data Institute at Ryerson University, talks about the importance of adopting a ‘Privacy by Design’ approach to software. She argues that the old “check the box” model for privacy compliance no longer holds up when considered in light of the type and volume of information being shared. When a software solution is designed from the ground up with privacy in mind, organisations don’t have to choose between protecting the privacy of individuals and their physical security, creating a win/win for the individual and the organisation. Dr. Cavoukian believes that there can be a positive sum between privacy and security. “Get rid of the ‘versus’ and let’s embrace privacy and embed it into the code of information technologies, business practices and networked infrastructure,” she says. To listen to the full interview with Dr Cavoukian and to subscribe to Engage: A Genetec Podcast, go to www.genetec.com/engage --ends-- About Genetec Genetec Inc. is an innovative technology company with a broad solutions portfolio that encompasses security, intelligence, and operations. The company’s flagship product, Security Center, is an open-architecture platform that unifies IP-based video surveillance, access control, automatic license plate recognition (ANPR), communications, and analytics. Genetec also develops cloud-based solutions and services designed to improve security, and contribute new levels of operational intelligence for governments, enterprises, transport, and the communities in which we live. Founded in 1997, and headquartered in Montreal, Canada, Genetec serves its global customers via an extensive network of resellers, integrators, certified channel partners, and consultants in over 80 countries. For more information about Genetec, visit: www.genetec.com © Genetec Inc., 2020. Genetec, Genetec and the Genetec logo are trademarks of Genetec Inc. and may be registered or pending registration in several jurisdictions. Other trademarks used in this document may be trademarks of the manufacturers or vendors of the respective product. Press Contact: Sue Ralston Einsteinz Communicatios Ph: + 61 02 8905 0995 sue@einsteinz.com.au Tricentis Introduces Next Generation AI-Powered Test Automation 2020-10-20T21:00:00Z tricentis-introduces-next-generation-ai-powered-test-automation Sydney, Australia — Oct. 21, 2020 — Tricentis, the world’s #1 testing platform for modern cloud and enterprise applications, today announced Vision AI, the core technology that will now power Tosca. Vision AI is the industry’s most advanced AI-based test design and automation technology which allows organisations to address the needs brought about by the increasing prevalence of cloud-native and enterprise application platforms. This new AI-based approach marks the beginning of a new era of test automation. Test automation technology has evolved from script-based, to model-based, and is now moving towards AI-based approaches. This new approach will enable agile and DevOps teams to build automated test cases much earlier in the development process – starting with only a mockup or a low-fidelity prototype. Using self-healing capabilities to adapt tests as applications change from sprint to sprint removes bottlenecks and delivers software innovation faster. For the first time, test-driven development can now be achieved end-to-end at the business process level. Tricentis’ AI-driven approach allows organisations to solve the following test automation challenges: Heavy application customisation. Current test automation solutions don’t support both legacy and modern cloud-native technologies which require heavy customisation and refactoring, resulting in increased costs spent on acquiring complex tools. Support for virtual and remote applications. Whether due to regulation or other concerns, many teams are forced to rely on virtual or remote applications (i.e. Citrix, VMware, etc.). However, traditional test automation solutions do not work for remote or virtual applications, resulting in a reliance on manual testing. Testing and test automation occur too late in the process. Traditionally, applications have had to be built before any test automation can be created. As a result, test teams are always a step behind developers and risk becoming a bottleneck to application delivery. “Tricentis has been at the forefront of the testing evolution and is now ushering in the next era of test automation powered by artificial intelligence,” said Sandeep Johri, CEO of Tricentis. “The introduction of Tricentis’ next generation AI technology will allow organisations to deliver innovation faster and at lower costs, while also rapidly modernising and transforming their application landscape to bring more value to the business.” With the launch of Tosca 14, Tricentis delivers on a comprehensive strategy to embed AI capabilities across the portfolio in order to take the pain out of test design, execution, and maintenance for testers. Tosca also improves the business value of enterprise and cloud-native applications by taking the risk, time and expense out of the delivery process. This product strategy focuses primarily on three technology areas: Vision AI, included with Tosca 14 – Automatically recognises and identifies visual user interface elements and controls across any form factor the same way humans do to aid in the automated generation of robust test cases. Can also be trained on any unique and complex controls by a business user. Risk AI, delivered by LiveCompare – Detects the most at-risk objects and select the right set of tests to minimise the business and technical impact of code changes. Self-healing AI, part of Tosca 14 – Adapts test cases and adjusts test plans as applications evolve with each iteration. “We have been struggling with automating our virtualised applications for a long time and are looking forward to seeing how Vision AI can automate applications across our platforms, even if they are behind a Citrix environment,” said Markus Bonner, Test Manager, Vienna Insurance Group. “We evaluated a number of vendors promising to make testing simpler however nothing came even close to Tricentis’ AI approach to solving our problems." For more information about Tricentis’ AI-based approach to testing, visit https://www.tricentis.com/products/automate-continuous-testing-tosca/vision-ai/. About Tricentis Tricentis is the global leader in enterprise continuous testing, widely credited for reinventing software testing for DevOps, cloud, and enterprise applications. The Tricentis AI-based, continuous testing platform provides a new and fundamentally different way to perform software testing. An approach that’s automated, fully codeless, and intelligently driven by AI. It addresses both agile development and complex enterprise apps, enabling enterprises to accelerate their digital transformation by dramatically increasing software release speed, reducing costs, and improving software quality. Tricentis has been widely recognised as the leader by all major industry analysts, including being named the leader in Gartner’s Magic Quadrant five years in a row. Tricentis has more than 1,800 customers, including the largest brands in the world, such as Accenture, Coca-Cola, Nationwide Insurance, Allianz, Telstra, McKesson, and Vodafone. To learn more, visit https://www.tricentis.com or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter, and Facebook. Contacts Antoinette Georgopoulos Einsteinz Communications antoinette@einsteinz.com.au