The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2017-07-18T03:10:44Z Natural Power Solutions celebrates 17 years of success with Eaton 2017-07-18T03:10:44Z natural-power-solutions-celebrates-17-years-of-success-with-eaton Sydney, Australia – 18 July 2017 – Natural Power Solutions (NPS), a leader in independent power quality and lightning protection services celebrates 17 years of success as an Eaton solutions channel partner, another milestone in the two companies’ lengthy history together. Both NPS and Eaton provide an extensive range of power solutions across transport and infrastructure, utilities, and industry among others. Mark Swell, Founder and Managing Director of NPS commented, “Eaton’s solutions have helped us to service the electrical, industrial and data communications market, while also providing bundled services for the more traditional IT and OEM market here in Australia.” For the past seven years, NPS and Eaton has worked with The Perth Mint to design, implement and maintain a power solution to provide extensive battery back-up for the Mint’s security applications. Using two Eaton Universal Power Supply (UPS) devices in conjunction with a generator, The Perth Mint is protected in the event of blackouts, power surges or other equipment failure.   “With security such a critical factor at The Perth Mint, having a continuous power supply is absolutely essential,” says Mark Bridger, Facilities Manager at The Perth Mint. “NPS and Eaton have helped to give us the tools we require to ensure the Mint is safe and secure.” Most recently, NPS has deployed Eaton’s power quality and power distribution solutions in organisations as diverse as pharmaceutical, clean energy, airport security and critical road transport infrastructure. As the debate around the future of energy in Australia continues, NPS plans to expand its reach in conjunction with Eaton, focusing on boutique market segments, including the fast-growing pharmaceutical and public sector industries. John Atherton, General Manager, Power Quality Eaton ANZ says, “In light of recent events such as the South Australian Blackout, there’s never been a more important time to discuss the logistics of power quality and supply. We look forward to working closely with NPS over the coming years to help formulate solutions across a variety of industries.” For more information about Eaton’s services, visit Specialist gas detectors help to keep port workers safe 2017-05-31T02:32:13Z specialist-gas-detectors-help-to-keep-port-workers-safe Entec, an Auckland-based supplier of mechanical, electrical, instrumentation and gas detection solutions has recently secured a substantial deal with a large pest management company which deals largely in treating logs intended for export. The customer – who wished not to be named – is tasked with fumigating large consignments of raw logs prior to export. This fumigation process takes place wharf-side prior to loading on board. In order for the product to reach export standard, it must be fully ensured that no insect life is present in the material. The fumigant used in this process is methyl bromide, a highly toxic, dangerous chemical compound which is extremely effective in eliminating all insect life. This ensures that the biosecurity of the importing country is safeguarded and the reputation of the timber exporter is upheld. Due to the highly toxic nature of methyl bromide, its use must be stringently controlled and carefully monitored in order to ensure the safety of workers and nearby personal. Entec has supplied the fumigation company with a number of handheld PID gas detection instruments designed and manufactured by Ion Science in the United Kingdom. This equipment order includes items from both the Tiger (larger, handheld detectors) and Cub (light, wearable units) product ranges. The Tiger range of handheld detectors boast the fastest response time on the market of just two seconds and feature a 24-hour battery life. “Accidental inhalation of methyl bromide has actually led to deaths in port-side fumigation applications overseas. The use of these portable detectors is an effective way of monitoring exposure and ensuring we keep our people within safe limits.” The instruments supplied by Entec are designed to lightweight and easy to use, meaning they keep workers safe from volatile organic compounds, while not impeding or slowing down the task being completed. The handheld detectors allow for one-handed operation, even when wearing think gloves.  carbonTRACK's New Smart Meter can create Smart Electricity Grids 2017-03-15T07:36:27Z carbontrack-s-new-smart-meter-can-create-smart-electricity-grids carbonTRACK has recently been awarded an Accelerating Commercialisation grant from the Australian Government Department of Industries to bring their new Smart Meter to the Australian and International Market. carbonTRACK’s intelligent ‘smart meter’ is for electricity utilities, retailers, and consumers. It can be used to control homes, renewable energy, electrical appliances, and helps manage grid infrastructure. The Smart Meter’s accurate control reduces electricity consumption and costs to make the electricity efficient. This technology could be the key to preventing future blackouts in the grid, as well as distributing the energy in an optimal manner.. If supply of electricity fails to meet demand, blackouts occur. Blackouts negatively impact business, government, and households, and can damage grid infrastructure. carbonTRACK’s new Smart Meter solves this problem. If the supply and demand can be normalised, the electricity production infrastructure can operate in an optimal manner, and peaks and troughs can be reduced. Suppliers of electricity have very limited visibility over demand and users have no idea of its varying costs throughout the day. This market blindness has previously been unavoidable, because technology hasn't existed that provides both sides of the market with live visibility and the ability to interact and respond instantly. Electricity is something we take for granted, but the electricity sector is a complex mix of physical assets regulators and consumers. Electricity must generally be used the moment it is produced. Because of this, demand and supply are unable to interact the way they do in normal markets. carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter has the ability to create smart grids. A smart grid is created through the increased use of digital information and controls technology to improve reliability, security, and efficiency of the electric grid. It involves the dynamic optimisation of grid operations and resources through the development and incorporation of demand response, demand-side resources, and energy-efficiency resources and the deployment of `smart' technologies (real-time, automated, interactive technologies that optimise the physical operation of appliances and consumer devices) for metering, communications concerning grid operations and status, and distribution automation. “carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter lifts the curtain of ‘market blindness’ that exists between the supply side of the electricity market and the demand side.” Quote by Shavaj Kallamkote, carbonTRACK CTO Visibility is created through data collected and shared with electricity generators. This is the first step to more efficient electricity supply. This data helps to minimise the need for peaker plant infrastructure. “Peaker plants” are power plants that are fired up to supply electricity to the grid during peak demand events, such as extremely hot days during summer. Peaker-plant infrastructure accounts for 30% of electricity infrastructure assets, despite this infrastructure being used less than 10 days per year. They are incredibly inefficient, and could be blamed for the recent South Australia blackout and threatened NSW blackout. The second step is managing electricity demand by controlling non-essential household devices. This ‘behind the meter’ control of consumption gives suppliers the ability to react instantaneously when supply exceeds predictions by turning off non-essential loads such as hot water systems and pool pumps, and requesting that energy stored in batteries or self-generating enters the grid. This control has the potential to eliminate the need for peaker plants entirely and, in doing so, removing billions in electricity infrastructure costs each year. carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter also helps to make better and smarter use of PV solar. Current grid architecture doesn’t adequately support end-point generation, and a lopsided adoption of solar causes grid instability issues. This is why in Southern Queensland, where residential rates of solar are in excess of 30%, two-thirds of generated solar power is at times blocked from entering the grid. carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter uses predictive analysis of available solar energy using weather forecasts, and other mechanisms to assist suppliers in managing grid stability. It ensures that as much as possible solar energy is consumed where it is produced. For its entire existence, the electricity sector has been forced to tolerate efficiency losses of up to fifty percent in the transport and use of power. The cost, both financial and environmental, is much higher than they would be if demand and supply could interact and renewable energy sources could be effectively and completely integrated into the existing grid. With carbonTRACK’s Smart Meter, everyday people will save money by switching off devices when they are not needed and scheduling heavy loads, like hot water systems and pool pumps, to run at optimal times.  Grid infrastructure will also become more efficient, and greenhouse gas emissions will be substantially reduced across the entire electricity sector. The Smart Meter has the unique technical capability, and non-invasive infrastructure that has the potential to convert the electricity grid into the much-coveted and long anticipated (but as of yet unrealised) Smart Grid of the future. Accelerating Commercialisation support from the Australian Government Department of Industries will help carbonTRACK commercialise this disruptive technology for Australian and global deployment in homes and businesses to reduce electricity costs; grid infrastructure stress, and greenhouse gas emissions. It is set to generate jobs, technology expertise, and export income for Australia.   About carbonTRACK carbonTRACK is an energy management and Internet of Things (IoT) company that helps businesses and households to use less power to save money and the environment. We envision a world where energy is consumed sustainably, shared fairly, and all people have access to tools to control their energy use. Our mission is to develop intelligent energy solutions that empower people and engender sustainability through creative technologies. Facebook: CarbonTrack  Twitter: carbonTRACK_AU  LinkedIn: carbonTRACK Media Contact:                 Debra Cupitt E: M: 0488 436 719 Synergy Enhances Data Protection and Disaster Recovery With Hitachi Data Systems 2017-03-07T02:40:50Z synergy-enhances-data-protection-and-disaster-recovery-with-hitachi-data-systems Perth — March 7, 2017 — Hitachi Data Systems (HDS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE:6501), today announced that Western Australian energy provider, Synergy, has selected Hitachi Data Systems to provide a highly cost-effective and scalable enterprise infrastructure to meet the highest levels of data protection, disaster recovery and business continuity. Synergy is WA’s largest provider of gas and electricity, with one million residential, business and industrial customers in Western Australia.  Following the merger with the state’s generator, Verve Energy, Synergy consolidated from four data centres into two with new providers. The data centre redesign and migration presented the opportunity to design and deploy a new IT infrastructure for the new facilities. Synergy ICT Project Services Manager Matt Tranter said: “Hot data replication was a key feature for us as it renders traditional backup redundant. The new design negates the need to schedule regular downtime for applications and infrastructure testing, which brings further efficiencies and benefits.” Synergy selected Hitachi Virtual Storage Platform G600 (VSP G600) and Hitachi NAS (HNAS), which provide better total cost of ownership (TCO) and leverages the advantages of active-active data replication. The solution uses Hitachi Data Protection Suite (HDPS), powered by Commvault, to deliver a single point of policy-based and automated data protection management, preparing for and responding to all types of disasters and outages, and the ability to test and assure established disaster recovery plans. Nathan McGregor, vice president and general manager, Hitachi Data Systems Australia and New Zealand added: “We take data protection very seriously. Disaster recovery and business continuity are important considerations in the digital age, and Synergy demonstrates this with a proactive approach to risk mitigation. By leveraging active-active data replication, the business is able to run critical services on an infrastructure with the highest availability to deliver an even better customer experience at a lower cost.” To read the success story, go to Find Out More Twitter HDS News Hub Facebook   About Hitachi Data Systems Hitachi Data Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Hitachi, Ltd., offers an integrated portfolio of services and solutions that enable digital transformation through enhanced data management, governance, mobility and analytics. We help global organizations open new revenue streams, increase efficiencies, improve customer experience and ensure rapid time to market in the digital age. Only Hitachi Data Systems powers the digital enterprise by integrating the best information technology and operational technology from across the Hitachi family of companies. We combine this experience with Hitachi expertise in the internet of things to deliver the exceptional insights business and society need to transform and thrive. Visit us at   About Hitachi, Ltd. Hitachi, Ltd. (TSE: 6501), headquartered in Tokyo, Japan, delivers innovations that answer society’s challenges. The company’s consolidated revenues for fiscal 2015 (ended March 31, 2016) totaled 10,034.3 billion yen ($88.8 billion). The Hitachi Group is a global leader in the Social Innovation Business, and it has approximately 335,000 employees worldwide. Through collaborative creation, Hitachi is providing solutions to customers in a broad range of sectors, including Power / Energy, Industry / Distribution / Water, Urban Development, and Finance / Government & Public / Healthcare. For more information on Hitachi, please visit the company's website at   HITACHI is a trademark or registered trademark of Hitachi, Ltd. All other trademarks, service marks, and company names are properties of their respective owners.  Fuel Prices Heading Up as Motorists Gear Up for Summer Travel 2016-12-21T19:26:33Z fuel-prices-heading-up-as-motorists-gear-up-for-summer-travel SYDNEY– (December 22, 2016) – Motorists preparing to travel for the Summer Holidays will be sweating on the fuel price cycle to deliver lower prices as the wholesale fuel price starts to climb. According to GasBuddy, petrol prices across Australia are climbing higher as wholesale fuel prices are heading up, coming just at the time when millions of Australians will be hitting the road. GasBuddy projects the national average fuel price this Holiday Season will be higher than the 2015 average of 110 cents per litre (cpl), but lower than the 10-year average of around 130cpl. Today’s national average price for a litre of unleaded petrol is 126.29cpl, some 16 cents more than the average price during summer last year. “As the Summer Holiday travel period starts in earnest, motorists are unlikely to see the historic low prices of 2015,” said Nic Moulis, GasBuddy country manager. “In the weeks leading up to Christmas we have seen increases in the oil price and reductions in the US Dollar exchange rate, both of which will act to increase Australian fuel prices in the Christmas week. “With crude oil prices up 29 percent on this time last year, fuel prices at the board will not be delivering the Christmas bonus motorists would have hoped for. We can blame the Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries (OPEC) and the US Federal Reserve for fuel prices continuing to rise as they reduce production and increase interest rates respectively.” Consumers are not planning to change their travel habits, even though prices are up. According to GasBuddy’s Australia 2016 Summer Holiday Travel Survey, 58 percent are planning the same holiday routine as 2015. This means that 70 percent of respondents will be travelling away from home this summer break. Of those traveling this year 57 percent will be on the road for at least 4 hours; 30 per cent of which will be driving 10+ hours. The survey also found that “running out of fuel” is the second biggest fear when it comes to being on the road for the holidays this year, ranked behind the bane of all holiday motorists, sitting in traffic. Additionally, travellers are on a mission. Forty-nine percent said they only make stops when absolutely necessary. When they do make stops, fuel prices and location are the top deciding factors, followed by the cleanliness of the service station convenience store. “Travelers will be journeying long distances again this year. It is evident that consumers are looking to save time and make quick stops that can fulfill all their needs from affordable fuel, to clean restrooms, to good food,” said Moulis. “The newly redesigned GasBuddy app is made to help with this journey. With enhanced search filters and station ratings, travellers will now be able to quickly and easily find what they want right in the palm of their hands.” About GasBuddyGasBuddy is the technology company changing the way more than 60 million consumers find, purchase, and save money on fuel. Founded in 2000, the original GasBuddy website was a pioneer in crowdsourced information, leveraging technology, big data, and a passionate community that now connects more than 60 million users with real-time, accurate fuel pricing information as well as reliable reviews of petrol station amenities and services. The app has the most accurate and real-time fuel prices at over 140,000 unique stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia and is the most comprehensive money-saving companion while on the road. GasBuddy is available on iOS and Android. For more information visit           # # # UTRC can employ Stawell Gold Mine’s new unemployed workers 2016-12-13T12:56:40Z utrc-can-employ-stawell-mine-s-new-unemployed-workers Following his Open Letter* to Stawell residents advising them of a misinformation campaign regarding UTRC’s removal of the largest tyre stockpile in Australia, Dr Matthew Starr is again imploring the Victorian Government to take steps that will see the business start employing many of Stawell Gold Mines’ retrenched workers. With up to 150 people losing their jobs at the mine (announced Tuesday, 13 December), UTRC offers Stawell a chance to employ up to 50 people in early 2017.  “All we request from the government is to waive some of the small regulatory fees that UTRC has been hit with, and provide greater support for our efforts to eliminate Victoria’s number one environmental hazard,” said Dr Starr. “UTRC is the only new business of size attempting to become operational in Stawell that can employ up to 30 per cent of the newly unemployed.  “UTRC is the best option for the unemployed workers who now face a very unhappy Christmas and New Year, with a bleak outlook for 2017.” The Stawell tyre stockpile comprises almost 9 million tyres, which UTRC purchased in June 2015 to create a new, environmentally-friendly, clean-tech facility to recycle the tyres. Dr Starr added, “We intend to support the workers of Stawell for the long term and as UTRC in Stawell has been classified as a Transfer Station for Victoria's used tyres, we can assure the town that there will be jobs well into the future.” * You can view the Open Letter, which is being delivered this week, at and a copy should be attached. Dr Matthew Starr can be contacted on 0402 457 315. GasBuddy Reveals Redesigned App with More Robust Real-Time Petrol Price Data and New Features 2016-10-03T23:47:40Z gasbuddy-reveals-redesigned-app-with-more-robust-real-time-petrol-price-data-and-new-features SYDNEY – October 4, 2016 – GasBuddy, the leading community-based mobile technology platform that enables consumers to find and share the lowest petrol prices in their area, today announced a revamped app experience with increased fuel price data, consumer provided station ratings, and a new more immersive way users can earn points and win free petrol every day. GasBuddy continues to innovate as it expands globally with new features and capabilities making it the most comprehensive petrol app “for the road ahead.” “Since the launch of GasBuddy in Australia the reception has been incredible. We receive on average 20,000 price reports a day, all entered by the community,” said Nic Moulis, country manager for GasBuddy. “Today we are excited to announce that in addition to crowdsourcing, GasBuddy is also receiving extremely accurate and current direct petrol price information from additional sources in the country, making the app the most definitive destination for drivers to find the cheapest servo to fill up.” Additionally, the new redesigned GasBuddy app includes the following innovative updates: • Enhanced Search and Filters - To help users better find what they want while on the road, GasBuddy has added additional filter options. User can now customize search results to show petrol stations by preferred brand along with specific desired amenities such as carwashes or air for their tires. The more robust filter options help drivers more easily find what they need, getting them from searching to fueling more quickly. • New Station Ratings - Over the years petrol stations have expanded from providing just fuel to building a more robust offering such as with fresh foods and improved customer experience. The new rating system in GasBuddy gives the driver the ability to share their thoughts about various aspects of a station and convenience store, such as restroom cleanliness, outdoor lighting, and service quality. Fellow consumers will then be able to get a quick overview of how a particular location stacks up against others, beyond just petrol price. • Introducing “Challenges” - Members will find more ways to earn GasBuddy points to enter the daily drawing for a chance to win $100 worth of fuel. In this new version of GasBuddy it includes a daily, weekly, and monthly set of ‘challenges’ such as reporting a certain number of prices in a time period. By completing Challenges, users will be awarded new Achievement badges and additional GasBuddy points. • Modern Look - Listening to the feedback from our users, the app now has a streamlined interface and icons allowing for increased information and easier viewing. With a navigation tool that consumers are used to with other apps, it will make the experience quicker and provide for access to often used actionable items drivers need.   Additionally, GasBuddy has unveiled a rebrand to further its mission of empowering great experiences while on the road. Core elements of the new GasBuddy brand include a reimagined company logo and tagline “For the Road Ahead.” About GasBuddy GasBuddy is the technology company changing the way more than 60 million consumers find, purchase, and save money on fuel. Founded in 2000, the original GasBuddy website was a pioneer in crowdsourced information, leveraging technology, big data, and a passionate community that now connects more than 60 million users with real-time, accurate fuel pricing information as well as reliable reviews of petrol station amenities and services. The app has the most accurate and real-time fuel prices at over 140,000 unique stations in the United States, Canada, and Australia and is the most comprehensive money-saving companion while on the road. GasBuddy is available on iOS and Android. For more information visit           John Morris Group partners with Scanivalve Corporation in the ANZ region 2016-09-22T03:50:57Z john-morris-group-partners-with-scanivalve-corporation-in-the-anz-region Sydney, Australia – The Industrial Division of the John Morris Group announced today that it has signed an exclusive distribution agreement with Scanivalve Corporation as a new professional representative for Scanivalve’s intelligent pressure and temperature measuring modules across Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Islands. John Morris Group is a privately owned, third generation family business spanning over sixty years. John Morris Group’s Industrial Division has a growing team offering support and expertise in the test and measurement equipment supply markets. With a strong presence in the ANZ region, John Morris Group will strengthen the promotion of Scanivalve solutions and system portfolio to wind tunnel testing, wind engineering, wind turbine testing, gas turbine, automotive, flight testing and industrial pressure and temperature measurement test markets. Addison Pemberton, President of Scanivalve Corporation, said "Our exclusive distribution agreement with John Morris Group is giving us great growth potential across many important markets in the ANZ region. John Morris Group’s complete solution platform will place Scanivalve’s brand in an extended leading position in the pressure and temperature measurement markets in the ANZ region" “We are very excited to be partnering with Scanivalve in the ANZ region. Scanivalve’s state-of-the-art Intelligent Pressure and Temperature instrumentation solutions will definitely expand our offering to many of our test and measurement customers.” said Duncan McLeod, John Morris Group’s Industrial Division Manager. About John Morris Group As providers of complete solutions for noise, pressure and vibration measurement and data acquisition systems, John Morris Group partners with the region’s leading engineers and scientists to deliver solutions for the measurement of acceleration, force, load, pressure, shock, strain, torque, noise and vibration. John Morris Group has a proud family heritage spanning sixty years. We specialise in the supply, installation and servicing of technical instrumentation and consumables covering diverse industry sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region. Contact our John Morris Group team toll-free: AUS 1800 251 799 and NZ 0800 651 700 email: Web: AIIA undertaking significant survey on analytics and data usage by Australian businesses, government and NGOs 2016-09-12T02:46:08Z aiia-undertaking-significant-survey-on-analytics-and-data-usage-by-australian-businesses-government-and-ngos FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE 12 SEPTEMBER 2016 Encourages new and established organisations in all sectors to participate in order to develop the most comprehensive report possible The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced it is undertaking a major survey of Australian organisations on analytics and data usage. The purpose of the survey is to find out what differentiates those business, government and NGO organisations that effectively use data and analytics for senior decision making. The survey is open to individual respondents via the AIIA website until 31 September 2016. It is anticipated that a whitepaper will be published towards the end of the year incorporating an analysis of the results and providing a body of knowledge that will help guide business leaders on ways to incorporate data and analytics into their organisation in order to remain competitive. Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO of the Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), says, "On a global scale, we see those organisations that know how to use data effectively are usually the strongest performers. If Australia is serious about driving an ideas boom and creating new employment opportunities, we need to ensure that we help local organisations better understand and then take advantage of data to be competitive. “This is not just a survey for tech companies. The information generated will benefit all industries and we encourage participants across all sectors whether they be in education, retail, finance, or others, as well as established and newer companies to participate,” added Fitzpatrick. This initiative is being led by the AIIA’s Data and Analytics Special Interest Group, which is chaired by Dr Roger Kermode, director of business consulting firm Alimua Pty Ltd and former practice principal for analytics and data management for Hewlett-Packard Enterprise and Graeme Wood, general manager of marketing for Semantic Software Asia Pacific. “There is mounting evidence that data-driven organisations tend to require fewer assets, execute with greater insight and less risk, and ultimately generate higher returns. We believe incorporating these practices is an important part of creating a sustainable and growing economy in Australia and is crucial to seeing our standing in world innovation and growth rankings improve,” says Dr Kermode. The data collected will be analysed by data scientists at the University of Technology Sydney. Professor Michael Blumenstein of UTS Sydney says, “Much has been published on big data, automation and the use of analytics at an organizational level. However, despite the recognition of data increasing in importance, the use of data between and within organisations varies widely. The AIIA survey has been constructed to find out why. It’s designed to enable deep diagnostics and analysis of what actually take place inside organisations across different functions and different levels, not just what is visible externally.” Numerous leading Australian organisations are encouraging their members to complete the survey, including: Data61, The Knowledge Economy Institute; NSW State Government; Advance Australia; FINSIA; CPA Australia; StartupMuster; UTS Faculty of Engineering and IT; and, the UTS Business School. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 the AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. MEDIA CONTACT For more information, please contact Joanna Stevens Kramer at 0408 466 410 or email For more information about the AIIA please visit Australia’s top innovations celebrated at national AIIA iAwards 2016 2016-09-02T00:55:32Z australia-s-top-innovations-celebrated-at-national-aiia-iawards-2016 Melbourne, Victoria – 2 September 2016 – The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) has today announced the national winners of the 2016 iAwards, Australia’s leading awards program for recognising and rewarding Australian innovation.   Yesterday, Australia’s preeminent innovators and best home-grown ideas were on show at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre. Finalists from each state and territory iAwards competed for national category and cross-category awards, with winners announced and celebrated at the AIIA iAwards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony.   This year, more than 600 entries were received from government, startups, corporates and students. Entrants competed in five base award categories across Business Services, Community Services, Consumer, Industrial & Primary Services, and Public Sector & Government as well as Student Categories and Cross Categories.   Additional awards were presented to the winners of Innovation of the Year, AIIA Accelerator and Pitchfest!.   “The AIIA’s iAwards has a proud history as Australia’s leading national innovation awards program, attracting entries from all sectors of the economy including public, private, not-for-profit and students,” said Rob Fitzpatrick, CEO, AIIA. “Last year’s entry numbers set a record high and this year, and we have seen the entry numbers double again. This is true testament to the broadening scope of Australian innovation, which provides solutions to social problems; problems that matter. The AIIA would like to congratulate the winners and merit recipients of this year’s national iAwards, and thank all those who dedicated a day to innovation by participating in the 2016 iAwards national program.”   The AIIA believes the iAwards program is a critical platform to demonstrate the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. The impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before.   The Hon. Phillip Dalidakis MLC, Minister for Small Business, Innovation and Trade, said, “It’s a great honour for Victoria, Australia's undisputed IT and tech capital, to host the 22nd iAwards. Congratulations to all entrants and especially iAwards winners as we are proud many of you will be representing us on the world stage at the Asia Pacific ICT Alliance awards in December." The 2016 iAwards winners and merit recipients are:  Special Recognition: Pitchfest! Award: DoseMe PTY. LTD. – DoseMe AIIA Accelerator of the Year Award: Switch Automation – Switch Smart Hub Innovation of the Year Award: Optika Solutions Pty Ltd – Akumen Victorian Government Inspiration of the Year Award: automed – automed Cross Categories: Big Data Innovation of the Year Winner: Optika Solutions Pty Ltd – Akumen Merit: Santos – Predictive Analytics in Oil and Gas Export of the Year Winner: StarRez – StarRez Housing, Conduct and Conference Software Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year Winner: NEC Australia and NT Police – NeoFace Reveal Merit: Symbio Networks – TollShield Mobility Innovation of the Year Winner: automed – automed Merit: Catholic Education Office – Darwin and SRA Information Technology – The Attendance Management Map Application (AMMA) Research & Development Project of the Year Winner: La Trobe University - OTARC and Salesforce – ASDetect Merit: Metro South Health and AEHRC - CSIRO – SNOMAN – Clinical Terminology Mapping Solution Merit: OneGov, Department of Finance Services and Innovation – OneGov Digital Gateway Startup of the Year Winner: AgriWebb – The AgriWebb NoteBook and SaleYard Merit: Biteable – Biteable Categories: Business Services Winner: Symbio Networks – TollShield Community Services Winner: Infoxchange, Google, REA Group and News Corp Australia – Ask Izzy: The A to Z of homeless help Merit: DoseMe PTY. LTD. – DoseMe Merit: Sense-T – The AirRater App Consumer Winner: University of South Australia – LiPo – Indoor Positioning System using Visible Light Merit: CHOICE – CluckAR App Merit: Nuheara – IQbuds Industrial & Primary Industries Winner: automed – automed Merit: AgriWebb – The AgriWebb NoteBook and SaleYard Merit: Santos – Predictive Analytics in Oil and Gas Public Sector & Government Winner: OneGov, Department of Finance Services and Innovation – OneGov Digital Gateway Merit: CSIRO – Global Initiative for Honey Bee Health Merit: Sense-T – Sensing Tourist Travel Junior Students Winner: Linden Park Primary School – Leafy Sea Dragon National Park (Virtual World) Merit: Hamish Finlayson - Cathedral School of St Anne and St James – Triple T – ASD and Me Senior Students Winner: Imogen Low - Brisbane Girls Grammar School – Elevator Merit: Jalia, Angas, Tiff, Natalie, Lohana, Daeeun and Isabella - Australian Science and Mathematics School – Experience! Undergraduate Tertiary Students Winner: Luiz Cavalieri, Daniel Schofield, Chiaki Iwamoto and Amandeep Singh  - Academy of Information Technology – AITendance Merit: K Osborn, M Jones, C Snook, J Sardi et al - Murdoch University ­– Radiology Assistant Simulator Merit: M Carriedo, A Harrison, K Saleh, S Alanazi et al - Murdoch University students – FlexiBrains As winner of the Innovation of the Year Award, Akumen developers Optika Solutions Pty Ltd will later this year travel to Chinese Taipei on an all-expenses-paid trip to compete in the esteemed international APICTA Awards.   2016 iAwards’ prizes also include $25,000 to Pitchfest! winner DoseMe towards travel to an international pitch competition or business development program of their choice. Switch Automation, winner of the AIIA Accelerator Award for Switch Smart Hub, will receive $50,000 to go towards business development. Victorian Government is the host partner for the national iAwards. This year’s national program sponsors are CSIRO’s Data61, Informed Solutions, Pym’s Technology Lawyers and SAP.  What industry leaders are saying about innovation in Australia:   “Public institutions everywhere are looking for innovative ways to provide a new level of services, become data driven and enable the government workforce by converting to digital tools. These tools are connecting government departments to each other, to businesses, and to citizens. Australia continues to punch far above its weight in public sector innovation. Our partnership with governments at all levels in this country influences our work globally.” – Isabella Groegor-Cechowicz, Senior Vice President and Global General Manager, SAP Global Public Services “The calibre of this year’s iAwards finalists are testament to an accelerating innovation ecosystem where research, government, industry and startups come together to build a supportive environment, allowing us to be creative, bold and to move faster. Innovation happens when people share ideas, data and expertise and then focus relentlessly on having economic, societal or environmental impact with these insights. To compete on a global scale, we need to invest in growing our innovation capability by nurturing stronger collaboration networks and encouraging local talent to be ambitious in creating impactful work that has the potential to change the world we live in.” – Adrian Turner, CEO, CSIRO’s Data61 “Innovation is about adapting, improving and remaining relevant to the changing social, economic and business landscape.  It is about benefitting from the opportunity to change rather than being overtaken or overwhelmed by change.  Moreover, innovation can create social value and improve the lives of people, at the same time as support business growth, create employment opportunities and improve the nation’s economic prosperity.  Innovation is what drives and helps ICT and Digital be more useful, better serve its customers and help Australia compete for exports in a global marketplace.  The iAwards recognise the creativity, initiative, ambitions, hard work and amazing successes of the best Australian ICT and Digital innovators in government and industry.” – Elizabeth Vega, Global Chief Executive Officer, Informed Solutions   “Innovation to me means significant positive change. It advocates the advancement of new ideas and processes that disrupt convention, improve efficiency and benefit clients and industry.” – Michael Pym, CEO, Pym’s Technology Lawyers   -ENDS- About AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem.Join the conversation One of the great things about the iAwards is that they get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the hype by joining the conversation on Twitter, liking iAwards on Facebook, staying in touch with LinkedIn or following iAwards on Pinterest. @theiAwards / #iAwards/ #DedicateADayMedia contacts Biana Chamlet/Gloria Lee Espresso Communications on behalf of iAwards Phone: +61 2 8016 2200 Email: How do I clean glass capillary viscometer tubes? 2016-06-22T11:23:17Z how-do-i-clean-glass-capillary-viscometer-tubes Find some great tips & tricks for cleaning glass capillary viscometer tubes. When using the ASTM method D445,  here's some guidance on cleaning solvents from glass capillary viscometer tubes. Begin with employing a solvent which is miscible with your sample. Then find a second solvent that is miscible with the first solvent and water. Bear in mind that the second drying solvent may not be necessary if the first solvent adequately evaporates and water is not present in the sample. If the viscometer tube has a build-up on it that is not removed with these solvents, then the viscometer can be cleaned with chromic acid. The chromic acid doesn't adhere to glass and is therefore a great product for cleaning. The CANNON automated viscometers can use similar guidelines for washing and drying solvents. The second solvent is again optional. For cleaning out build-up in the viscometer tubes, we recommend an alkaline detergent for cleaning. Remember that prolonged exposure to the glass can etch the surface and change the capillary. We recommend to using the detergent at a temperature below 80 °C and to simply pull the fluid up into the tube and then immediately drop the fluid back out, making sure not leave it in the tube. Then, rinse the tube with several vials of water and finally dry it with acetone or an alcohol.The detergent can also attack metals in the solenoid values. Never place the detergent in a sample vial and run it like a sample and never run it through the instrument in place of the normal solvent. Use an alternative source of vacuum and a trap to pull the fluid up into the tube. A house vacuum source with a trap could be used. You can check to see if the detergent etched the glass by measuring a certified reference material after cleaning to verify the viscometer tube is measuring properly. Tips & Tricks supplied by CANNON, Tom Zubler, VP of QA & Technical Services Find out more about CANNON Instruments from ourPetrochemical team, contact us today onPhone free call AUS 1800 251 799  and free call NZ 0800 651 700Email: WEBSITE: New Outdoor Noise Monitor NMS043 releases from Larson Davis 2016-06-12T05:41:04Z new-outdoor-noise-monitor-nms043-releases-from-larson-davis John Morris Group is proud to offer a brand new update of the Larson Davis NoiseTutor noise monitoring system specifically designed for permanent outdoor use. This NMS043 provides the NoiseTutor features of wireless (cellular) communication, automatic transfer of data to a server and website, and real time SMS and email alerts for events to make outdoor noise monitoring easier.  The NoiseTutor functionality is powered by an embedded, industrial grade PC that makes remote administration and management easy using readily available tools.  Combining all these features with a low overall cost of ownership makes the NoiseTutor NMS043 an excellent choice for community, construction, wind-farm, airport and other long term noise monitoring needs. Ken Cox, Product Development Manager said, "This new configuration of the NoiseTutor system brings all the great features and value of NoiseTutor to applications where long term noise monitoring is required.  The system has been designed to provide flexibility in component mounting which facilitates customisation needed to address unique noise monitoring requirement.  This combination of a standardised system that can be customised allows the NMS043 to be used in a large number of applications." For more information about the NMS043 read our brochure:Larson Davis NMS043 Outdoor Noise Monitor To find out more about the Larson Davis NMS043Contact our John Morris team toll-free:AUS 1800 251 799 and NZ 0800 651 700Email:  About John Morris Industrial As providers of complete solutions for noise and vibration measurement and analysis, John Morris Industrial partners with the region’s leading engineers and scientists to deliver Larson Davis and PCB Piezotronics solutions for the measurement of acceleration, force, load, pressure, shock, strain, torque, noise and vibration. John Morris Group has a proud family heritage spanning almost 60 years. We specialise in the supply, installation and servicing of technical instrumentation and consumables covering diverse industry sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region. Crystal Instruments EDM 6.0 Software is released 2016-06-08T13:06:42Z crystal-instruments-edm-6-0-software-is-released John Morris Group introduces the latest Crystal Instruments' Engineering Data Management software, EDM 6.0, which supports three new hardware releases, enables strain measurement in Vibration Control Solutions (VCS), and creates increased compatibility with diverse sensor types and measurement quantities. The new software also comes with extensive bug fixes as well as a wide variety of customisable report functions. The three new hardware front-ends supported by EDM 6.0 are CoCo-80X, a handheld touchscreen dynamic signal analyser, Spider-80Xi, a compact and lightweight high channel count measurement system, And Spider-20E, the Ethernet version of Spider-20, a wireless 18-ounce dynamic signal analyser and digital data recorder. All three new hardware front-ends combine distinct portability with high functionality. A new VCS feature of EDM 6.0 is the ability to measure strain in vibration control mode through the Spider-80SG, which can be seamlessly synchronised as one system with the Spider running the vibration tests. Another feature of VCS in EDM 6.0 is that notching may be enabled before the level reaches 100%. This is to guarantee that the spectrum will never exceed the range of the notch limit. Further, newly introduced Time Trace signals on a Sine RSTD test allows for valuable parameters, such as drive peak or control peak, to be traced and displayed over time for the duration of the test. The Dynamic Signal Analysis (DSA) functions of EDM now support “Black Box” mode, which allows the Spider platform from Crystal Instruments to function as a stand-alone data recording system that does not require a separate computer. The Spider stops and starts recording in accordance to a pre-set run schedule which does not require constant user commands. In EDM 6.0, Post Analyzer comes as a standalone product, meaning no hardware purchase is required. Post Analyzer licenses are now handled by OLM (Online License Management) which is a convenient way to purchase and manage license keys through the internet. Additional improvements include Windows 10 support, expanded foreign language options, and IP configuration automation for high-channel count systems. About Crystal Instruments Corporation Crystal Instruments (CI) is an engineering firm focused on data acquisition, dynamic signal analysis and measurement data management supplied by John Morris Group. With over ten years' experience creating embedded and DSP systems for structural testing, product evaluation, algorithm implementation and application software programming, CI's products and technology are in use today by many of the world's leading companies, industrial providers and government agencies. To find out more about Crystal Instruments,Contact our John Morris team toll-free:AUS 1800 251 799 and NZ 0800 651 700Email: Website: John Morris Group partners with DEWETRON in the ANZ region 2016-06-01T03:49:19Z john-morris-group-partners-with-dewetron-in-the-anz-region Sydney, Australia – The Industrial Division of the John Morris Group announced today that it has signed a distribution agreement with DEWETRON GmbH as a new professional representative for the data acquisition markets across Australia, New Zealand and South Pacific Islands. John Morris Group is a privately owned, third generation family business spanning over sixty years. John Morris Group’s Industrial Division has a growing team offering support and expertise in the test and measurement / condition monitoring equipment supply markets. With a strong presence in the ANZ region, John Morris Group will strengthen the promotion of DEWETRON solutions and system portfolio to R&D engineers and innovation experts. Laurent Chalard, Sales Director at DEWETRON, said "Our distribution agreement with John Morris Group is giving us the next leverage of growth in one of the most important and driving markets in the ANZ region. John Morris Group’s complete solution platform will place DEWETRON’s brand in an extended leading position in the data acquisition market in the ANZ region" “With DEWETRON’s data acquisition solutions, we are pleased to expand our solutions offering, for our customers who would like to measure multiple inputs and sensor sources seamless and simultaneously, including digital signal sources such as digital video or digital buses. DEWETRON systems are so versatile and flexible, that we will be able to provide a solution to all our customers requesting high precision combined with a fully adapted solution for their specific environment” said Duncan McLeod, John Morris Group’s Industrial Division Manager. About John Morris Group As providers of complete solutions for noise and vibration measurement and analysis, John Morris Group partners with the region’s leading engineers and scientists to deliver solutions for the measurement of acceleration, force, load, pressure, shock, strain, torque, noise and vibration. John Morris Group has a proud family heritage spanning sixty years. We specialise in the supply, installation and servicing of technical instrumentation and consumables covering diverse industry sectors throughout Australia, New Zealand and the South Pacific region. Contact our John Morris Group team toll-free: AUS 1800 251 799 and NZ 0800 651 700 Email: Web: United Technologies Acquires Commercial HVAC Business in Australia 2016-05-30T23:38:46Z united-technologies-acquires-commercial-hvac-business-in-australia SYDNEY, May 31, 2016 – United Technologies has acquired the commercial HVAC product sales and commercial service divisions of AHI-Carrier (Australia) Pty Ltd, a UTC joint venture in Australia. The newly acquired organization will conduct business as Carrier Australia Pty Ltd (Carrier Australia), a part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, a unit of United Technologies Corp. (NYSE: UTX).     Carrier Australia operates in nine locations nationally and delivers a wide range of commercial heating, ventilating and air-conditioning (HVAC) solutions and services. As part of UTC Climate, Controls & Security, Carrier Australia will have direct access to established global Carrier operations, factories and engineering centers, leading to closer collaboration and even stronger product offerings for customers.   “We’re excited about the opportunities this will bring. For Carrier Australia, the acquisition will facilitate closer collaboration as well as more direct access to UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s global resources in terms of products, engineering, sales and marketing initiatives,” said John Sherry, Managing Director, Carrier Australia.   “Our ability to offer more complete building solutions is a crucial differentiator for us, and this acquisition continues to build that capability, positioning us to even better serve our customers,” added Oon Wee Chin, President, Southeast Asia, UTC Climate, Controls & Security.   Carrier Australia will also be closely connected to UTC Climate, Controls & Security’s existing local operations through Chubb Australasia, and will benefit from Chubb’s established infrastructure and presence. “The synergy with Carrier Australia strengthens the full range of integrated, innovative and sustainable building solutions for customers,” said Mark Brisson, President, Chubb Australasia.   In addition, Carrier Australia employees will have access to world-class UTC programs, such as the UTC Employee Scholar Program. “Our staff will benefit from one of the world’s most comprehensive, company-sponsored employee education programs, which offers company-paid tuition, books and fees for employees to pursue a degree of their choice, whether or not it is related to their job,” said Sherry.   The remaining residential, light commercial and Totaline parts business segments have transferred to a new entity, AHIC (Australia) Pty Ltd, which will continue to be owned by AHI-Carrier FZC.                    Carrier Australia will continue to serve customers with product and service offerings that ensure a comprehensive suite of next generation products and segment-leading solutions.   To learn more about Carrier Australia, visit   -Ends-  About UTC Climate, Controls & Security UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a leading provider of heating, ventilating, air conditioning and refrigeration systems, building controls and automation, and fire and security systems leading to safer, smarter, sustainable and high-performance buildings. UTC Climate, Controls & Security is a unit of United Technologies Corporation (NYSE:UTX), a leading provider to the aerospace and building systems industries worldwide. For more information, visit and follow @UTC_CCS on Twitter.