The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-10-10T06:05:34Z SYDNEY FISH MARKET HOOKS DEC PR AS AGENCY OF RECORD 2019-10-10T06:05:34Z sydney-fish-market-hooks-dec-pr-as-agency-of-record p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 12.0px Helvetica} p.p1 {margin: 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px 0.0px; font: 11.0px Helvetica} span.s1 {color: #0000ff} October 2019, Sydney, Australia – Australia’s home of seafood, Sydney Fish Market, has appointed independent agency DEC PR to manage its public relations, following a recent competitive tender process. Sydney Fish Market is the largest market of its kind in the Southern Hemisphere; a one-stop-shop for 3 million food lovers from Sydney and beyond. Having been the flagship commercial hub for the New South Wales fishing industry for more than 70 years, today more than 13,300 tonnes of seafood is traded through the wholesale market, annually. Stephanie Margrain, Marketing & Communications Manager at Sydney Fish Market says: “Our team was impressed with the professionalism as well as the strategic and creative thinking that DEC PR showed during the tender process.” “We are excited to partner with an independent agency with such strong capability spanning consumer and corporate communications – one that will be able to support and shape stories across our seasonal events, but also work closely with our internal team and our retailers, to drive earned media outcomes that champion the consumption of seafood and promote the world-class sustainability of the industry," added Margrain. Renowned for its 36-Hour Seafood Marathon held annually from 23 to 24 December, and Good Friday Trading at Easter, Sydney Fish Market is an iconic Sydney destination for locals and tourists alike, but also aims to educate consumers on the wide range and seasonality of quality, sustainable seafood available. Agata Kenna, Managing Director at DEC PR, says: “Food and tourism are categories that the DEC PR team is incredibly passionate about, so Sydney Fish Market combines two of our favourite pastimes. We have extensive experience building brands, safeguarding reputations and cultivating genuine engagement in this space, and are looking forward to collaborating on campaigns that attract Australians from near and far to this iconic destination.” DEC PR commences work immediately. -ENDS- For more information or any media enquiries, please contact: Sarah-Ann Taylor via sydneyfishmarket@decpr.com.au or +61 2 8014 5033 For more information please visit www.decpr.com.au. DataCo and SES Networks to Provide Broadband Network for APEC 2018 2018-11-19T04:01:19Z dataco-and-ses-networks-to-provide-broadband-network-for-apec-2018 SYDNEY, November 2018 – Ahead of the 26th Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) forum taking place in Papua New Guinea, the PNG Government through its implementing agency, DataCo with the assistance of the Australian Government have chosen SES Networks to provide a managed data service delivering 6Gbps of high-bandwidth, low-latency connectivity to ensure the venues and all delegates have reliable, high-speed internet access during the conference from October to December 2018. SES announced that the service will utilise capacity from its O3b Medium Earth Orbit (MEO) satellite fleet to supplement existing capacity into Papua New Guinea (PNG) and will utilise existing DataCo infrastructure. To provide additional connectivity to the nation, SES Networks has created a new core network for DataCo, featuring state-of-the-art security technology to ensure detection and prevention of network intrusions. The core network connects Port Moresby to two Australian cities and includes caching systems to ensure near-instant access to important content during the conference, such as news media and APEC-managed sites. Two high-capacity connections using diverse O3b ground stations have been added in Port Moresby suburbs Gerehu and Boroko, and will be backhauled to gateways in Australia to ensure reliability of connectivity services. The Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs, Senator the Hon Marise Payne, said, “This investment is an important component of Australia’s broader internet connectivity support to PNG that includes the Coral Sea Cable System, which will connect Port Moresby and Sydney by a new fibre optic cable scheduled for delivery by late 2019.” Paul Komboi, the Managing Director of DataCo said, “Having worked with SES Networks prior to the APEC summit, we are confident that the proven quality of service and experience will ensure a successful APEC 2018 event. After APEC, we hope to continue to partner with SES Networks to improve internet services across the archipelago and bring PNG closer to the world.” Imran Malik Khan, Vice President, Fixed Data Sales Asia-Pacific of SES Networks said, “We are very pleased that SES Networks was chosen to provide this service for such an important event such as the APEC summit. This represents a tremendous vote of confidence in our company by regional governments and underscores our ability to provide quickly dependable, high-quality and consistent services, on demand, through our extensive and flexible network infrastructure and on-the-ground expertise.” ENDS About SES SES is the world’s leading satellite operator with over 70 satellites in two different orbits, Geostationary Orbit (GEO) and Medium Earth Orbit (MEO). It provides a diverse range of customers with global video distribution and data connectivity services through two business units: SES Video and SES Networks. SES Video reaches over 351 million TV homes, through Direct-to-Home (DTH) platforms and cable, terrestrial, and IPTV networks globally. The SES Video portfolio includes MX1, a leading media service provider offering a full suite of innovative services for both linear and digital distribution, and the ASTRA satellite system, which has the largest DTH television reach in Europe. SES Networks provides global managed data services, connecting people in a variety of sectors including telecommunications, maritime, aeronautical, and energy, as well as governments and institutions across the world. The SES Networks portfolio includes GovSat, a 50/50 public-private partnership between SES and the Luxembourg government, and O3b, the only non-geostationary system delivering fibre-like broadband services today. Further information is available at: www.ses.com Media contact p: +61 2 8014 5033 j.woods@decpr.com.au HTC VIVE launches VIVE Pro for enterprises to grow VR-based business 2018-04-27T05:06:15Z htc-vive-launches-vive-pro-for-enterprises-to-grow-vr-based-business-2 Australia– April 26, 2018 – HTC VIVE™, the leader in room-scale Virtual Reality (VR), today announced VIVE Pro 2.0 Kit specifically built for commercial users to develop and deliver VR experiences to grow their business. The Vive Pro delivers on the business user’s demand for higher resolution, improved audio, and greater comfort in VR as well as extended tracking area and ease of deployment behind a company firewall. This launch reflects HTC’s increased focus on developer and enterprise partners to create products for today’s most demanding and innovative VR users. Companies such as Airbus, Volkswagen Group, and Raymond Corporation are already using Vive for their training and simulation needs. VIVE Pro Innovates for Business The Vive Pro provides the most complete experience available for businesses that use or are built on VR. The headset’s superior resolution enhances immersion for commercial users, and the improved clarity means text, graphics and overall experience are true-to-life. Vive Pro also features integrated, high-performance headphones with a built-in amplifier for a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound which is critical for businesses using VR. The Vive Pro was strategically built with enhanced ergonomics to ensure long-wear comfort for professional users. The Vive Pro 2.0 Kit retails for $1,999 and includes the Vive Pro HMD, SteamVR tracking 2.0, two base stations and two controllers. Created for business-use, the out of the box work space is 6 x 6 meters and will support up to 10 x 10 meters with multiple base stations[i]. Individual base stations will be available for purchase separately at a later date. “Enterprise VR is transforming the way businesses operate and interact with their employees and customers. We are bringing the market a premium VR experience with a high-resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM U.S., VIVE. “Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for businesses that want to utilize the most innovative technology to optimize their business and streamline their processes.” Seamless Service and Integration – Coming soon Enabling small to large companies to leverage the best-in-class VR solution and protect their investment, Vive Enterprise Advantage professional service offers commercial licensing and service utilities for Vive Pro. The program offers purchase protection with tailored hardware warranties, limited down time and advanced device management utilities. Vive Pro’s new enterprise management tool gives businesses the flexibility and control to manage Vive deployments and updates easily and securely. Enterprise Advantage: End User License Agreement Device Management System With NVIDIA, Vive Pro Delivers Enterprise Grade VR for Airbus, Volkswagen and Raymond Corporation When combined, the HTC Vive Pro and NVIDIA VR Ready Quadro GPUs deliver the performance, stability and reliability necessary for an enterprise-grade experience. NVIDIA VR Ready Quadro graphics provide the capabilities essential for high-fidelity VR experiences across professional applications. The Quadro P5000 offers an excellent entry point for those in need of the highest quality VR experience. “Enterprise VR growth is exploding, thanks to improvements in audio, text and graphics that have made VR far more immersive,” said Bob Pette, Vice President, Professional Visualization, NVIDIA. “From architectural walk-throughs to automotive design, HTC and NVIDIA are redefining what commercial users can do in VR.” As a global leader in the aerospace industry, Airbus is implementing Vive across their organization to streamline operations and facilitate collaboration. To ensure all teams have access to VR, departments at Airbus can order and install VR just like any other IT equipment request. The Raymond Corporation has deployed Vive across their business space to provide advanced, hands-on forklift instruction that is designed to improve operator skills and build confidence, as well as help retain employees and keep them learning. The first simulator of its kind in the material handling industry, it allows operators to learn on an actual lift truck in a virtual environment helping them become familiar and comfortable with the forklift before reaching the warehouse floor. “The Raymond Virtual Reality Simulator is responding to new customer challenges in the supply chain and logistics industry with smart, leading-edge technology. By using Vive to allow operators to become familiar and comfortable with the forklift and its controls Raymond is harnessing technology to help overcome the skills gap, as well as draw in new candidates who may have not considered the supply chain for a career track,” said Raymond CEO, Michael Field. “Using Vive and VR exemplifies our commitment to keeping customers running better and managing smarter, and planning for future needs while increasing a business’s productivity and efficiency.” Volkswagen Group has implemented VR in numerous way, through their Volkswagen Digital Reality Hub Group, with the most recent advancement to train employees in logistics and production using VR. “At the Volkswagen Group using Vive and Virtual Reality creates an ideal environment for effective and efficient training, in addition to global collaboration,” said Dennis Abmeier, Volkswagen Group IT/Digital Realities. “We’re excited to embark on our goal of training 10,000 employees in logistics and production this year using VR.” For more on the Vive Pro, please visit: www.vive.com/enterprise. About HTC VIVE VIVE is a first-of-its-kind virtual reality platform, built and optimized for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions. Delivering on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content, VIVE has created the strongest ecosystem for VR hardware and software, bringing VR to consumers, developers and enterprises alike. The VIVE ecosystem is built around the best VR hardware in market, supported by VIVE X, a $100 million accelerator for VR and related technology start-ups, VIVEPORT, a global platform and app store with the world’s first VR subscription model that operates in more than 60 countries, and VIVE Studios, its VR content development and publishing initiative. For more information on Vive, please visit www.Vive.com. HTC, the HTC logo are the trademarks of HTC Corporation. All other names of companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. - Ends - [i] Tracked space at launch will support 6x6 meter area. VIVE Pro is capable of supporting a 10x10 meter area using up to four SteamVR Base Station 2.0 units, along with a software update to be delivered at a later date. Additional Base Stations purchased separately. PlayUp Acquires ClassicBet 2018-04-13T05:13:27Z playup-acquires-classicbet - Acquisition Delivers Incremental Gross Gaming Turnover of $200m to PlayUp 13 April 2018 –PlayUp Australia Pty Limited has acquired Sydney-based ClassicBet, in a deal that will immediately increase PlayUp’s annual gross gaming turnover by more than AUD$200M. The deal will complete once licensing approvals are granted in either the Northern Territory Racing Commission or Harness Racing NSW ClassicBet is mid-tier, well renowned wagering operator and this latest acquisition forms a key part of PlayUp’s growth strategy, which is to acquire and roll up multiple Australian wagering and global fantasy sports businesses into a single group that is seeking to be dual listed on the ASX and NASDAQ* (refer to notes below). PlayUp recently acquired the Draftstars fantasy sports platform from CrownBet. All key ClassicBet operational staff and the current COO Luke Coward will join the PlayUp Limited team immediately. ClassicBet COO Luke Coward said: “Having been involved in the early stages of the Australian arm of both Betfair and Bet365 and having seen firsthand the benefits of wagering acquisitions in the sector including Bookmaker to Ladbrokes and Betezy to what became Crown, none are as exciting as the opportunity PlayUp presents. Now as part of PlayUp’s rapidly growing ecosystem we have an opportunity to provide PlayUp with decades of experience to grow its wagering division in other global jurisdictions.” PlayUp CEO Daniel Simic commented: “ClassicBet has enjoyed a strong track record of success in the Australian sports and racing wagering market. ClassicBet’s users are loyal and regularly transact on the Classicbet.com.au website, wagering on both racing and multiple sports. PlayUp is committed to growing the ClassicBet business beyond Australian shores and will integrate the ‘PlayChip’ as a new currency option within its platform.” PlayUp is seeking acquisitions of cash-based fantasy sports betting platforms as well as other wagering operators globally recognizing the opportunity that is emerging within the global online sports and gaming sector. PlayUp will then integrate a new turnkey universal gaming currency solution known as the ‘PlayChip’ into these and other independent gaming platforms. PlayChip will be the world’s largest fully integrated blockchain enabled and cryptocurrency for gaming and wagering. PlayUp Background: PlayUp is a fully operational Fantasy Sports, Sports Betting and Online Gaming Platform. PlayUp currently has approximately 400,000 registered users and is represented by global sporting icons such as Brett Lee, who has amassed a social network of over 4 million sports fans. PlayUp currently employs 27 fulltime employees with offices in Sydney (HQ), Melbourne, Darwin and Hong Kong. PlayUp Interactive Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of PlayUp Limited is a licensed gambling operator in Australia. PlayUp will deliver the worlds first fully-integrated, blockchain enabled global fantasy sports, online sports betting and gaming ecosystem. Underpinning its ecosystem, is the PlayChip Utility Token – a crypto-currency built on the Ethereum blockchain, specifically designed for use as a universal payment and rewards system for the online gaming industry. The PlayChip will form the foundation to facilitate the decentralisation of the PlayUp platform and allow sports fans to connect, compete and collect, irrespective of their location. * As announced on 09 April 2018, PlayUp has agreed to merge with Mission NewEnergy Limited (ASX:MBT, OTCMKTS:MNELF), subject to the approval of the ASX and NASDAQ and regulatory approval requirement, upon the completion of the merger it is anticipated that the company’s securities will seek to re-comply with both ASX and NASDAQ listing rules resulting in the trading of shares on the NASDAQ stock exchange and the ASX. - Announcement Ends - * PlayUp Australia Pty Limited is a subsidiary of PlayUp’s international entity. For editorial enquiries for PlayUp please contact Michael Henderson DEC PR Phone +61 413 054 738 m.henderson@decpr.com.au PlayUp Acquires Draftstars from CrownBet 2018-04-12T05:14:50Z playup-acquires-draftstars-from-crownbet Acquisition of Draftstars delivers significant growth opportunities in Australia for PlayUp PlayUp set to become the global market leader in blockchain-enabled Fantasy Sports, Sports Betting, Wagering and Online Gaming The ‘PlayChip’, a universal gaming currency built on the Ethereum blockchain, will be integrated within Draftstars 12 April 2018 – Australia-based PlayUp Limited, the developer, owner and operator of leading-edge technologies focused on live sports entertainment in the online gaming and daily fantasy sports sector, has acquired Draftstars from CrownBet. Draftstars is Australia’s largest daily fantasy sports (DFS) platform. The acquisition forms part of PlayUp’s international growth strategy while allowing CrownBet to focus on its core wagering business. The Draftstars platform has more than 100,000 active users and provides opportunities to wager on daily fantasy sports games spanning major local and international sporting codes such as the AFL, NRL, NBA and more. PlayUp will continue to operate and grow the Draftstars brand. Draftstars was founded by Matt Tripp and the James Packer backed CrownBet in April 2015 with Seven West Media, Fox Sports and the AFL becoming shareholders in the venture. Within a short period of time, Draftstars became the clear Australian market leader and dominant player in Daily Fantasy Sports. Draftstars attracted professional talent such as Wendall Sailor (ARL) and Barry Hall (AFL). PlayUp is seeking acquisitions of cash-based fantasy sports betting platforms as well as other wagering operators globally, providing those as well as other independent platforms with a new, turnkey universal gaming currency solution. This solution is the ‘PlayChip’, which will be the world’s largest fully integrated blockchain enabled and cryptocurrency for gaming and wagering. Matt Tripp commented: “PlayUp’s innovative strategy to grow Fantasy Sports and create global liquidity in cash and cryptocurrency via its ‘PlayChip’ will be an exciting journey. We are glad that Draftstars now forms part of PlayUp’s offering and that the effort put into growing the Draftstars brand and client base will add to PlayUp’s success.” PlayUp CEO Daniel Simic said: “Draftstars is an ideal acquisition for PlayUp delivering immediate and significant growth in our Australian user base and a highly recognisable daily fantasy sports brand that we will continue to grow and enhance. Over time, we will integrate the PlayChip within Draftstars as an additional currency.” PlayUp Background: PlayUp is a fully operational Fantasy Sports, Sports Betting and Online Gaming Platform. PlayUp currently has approximately 400,000 registered users and is represented by global sporting icons such as Brett Lee, who has amassed a social network of over 4 million sports fans. PlayUp currently employs 27 fulltime employees with offices in Sydney (HQ), Melbourne, Darwin and Hong Kong. PlayUp Interactive Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of PlayUp Limited is a licensed gambling operator in Australia. PlayUp will deliver the worlds first fully-integrated, blockchain enabled global fantasy sports, online sports betting and gaming ecosystem. Underpinning its ecosystem, is the PlayChip Utility Token – a crypto-currency built on the Ethereum blockchain, specifically designed for use as a universal payment and rewards system for the online gaming industry. The PlayChip will form the foundation to facilitate the decentralisation of the PlayUp platform and allow sports fans to connect, compete and collect, irrespective of their location. - Announcement Ends - For editorial enquiries for PlayUp please contact Michael Henderson DEC PR Phone +61 413 054 738 m.henderson@decpr.com.au Mission NewEnergy to Acquire PlayUp Limited and seek ASX and NASDAQ exchanges listing 2018-04-11T02:37:42Z mission-newenergy-to-acquire-playup-limited-and-seek-asx-and-nasdaq-exchanges-listing PlayUp operates in one of the fastest growing technology segments; set to become the global market leader in blockchain-enabled Fantasy Sports, Sports Betting and Online Gaming Merger process provides pathway to global capital markets to enable rapid local and international growth PlayUp's gaming ecosystem will make use of the PlayChip, a universal gaming currency built on the Ethereum blockchain, as its primary global currency Sporting legend Brett Lee signs as PlayUp’s first brand ambassador 11 April 2018 - Mission NewEnergy Limited (ASX: MBT, OTC: MNELF) announces today that it has entered into a Heads of Agreement to acquire, subject to satisfaction of conditions, PlayUp Limited (“PLA”) by way of issuance of ASX and US Securities and Exchange Commission registered shares. Subject to the approval of the ASX and NASDAQ and regulatory approval requirements, upon the completion of this transaction it is anticipated that the company’s securities will seek to re-comply with both ASX and NASDAQ listing rules resulting in the trading of shares on the NASDAQ stock exchange and the ASX. The transaction will involve Mission wholly acquiring PlayUp with consideration comprising the issue of shares in Mission more commonly known as a reverse merger (“RTO”). PlayUp an Australian Limited Company is a fully operational Fantasy Sports, Sports Betting and Online Gaming Platform. Based on Mission’s Due Diligence and warrantee’s made by PlayUp Directors, it is understood PlayUp currently has approximately 400,000 registered users. PlayUp is represented by global sporting icons, such as Brett Lee, who has amassed a social network of over 4 million sports fans. According to Legal Sports Report, globally Daily Fantasy Sports revenues are predicted to exceed US$14.4 billion by 2020 and according to Research and Market, Online Gambling which is growing at a 10.81% CAGR is set to exceed US$500 billion. PlayUp will deliver the worlds first fully-integrated, blockchain enabled global fantasy sports, online sports betting & gaming ecosystem. Underpinning its ecosystem, is the PlayChip Utility Token, a crypto-currency built on the Ethereum blockchain, specifically designed for use as a universal payment and rewards system for the online gaming industry. PlayUp is the first distribution partner of the PlayChip, established to launch the Initial Coin Offering (“ICO”) of its proprietary crypto-currency, PlayChip, in June/July this year. The PlayChip will form the foundation to facilitate the decentralisation of the PlayUp platform and allow sports fans to connect, compete and collect, irrespective of their location. Daniel Simic, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of PlayUp said: “The PlayChip is a unique offering, which will deliver both function, utility and value to the entire PlayUp ecosystem. The network effects of successful crypto currencies are astounding and by introducing the PlayChip, we envisage significant user growth as we address the demands of a growing and key market segment of the global online gaming community” Mr Simic further commented; “We expect that with the successful integration of Blockchain technology and the completion of ASX and NASDAQ listings, our company will be positioned to be a dominant player on the global stage in fantasy sports, online gaming as well as the emerging blockchain technology sector.” PlayUp has committed to engage the reputable investment bank and financial advisory firms Investorlink Group in Sydney and Chardan Capital Markets LLC in New York to assist with the transaction. About PlayUp PlayUp is the developer, owner and operator of leading-edge technologies focused on live sports entertainment in the online gaming and Daily Fantasy Sports sector. PlayUp’s ecosystem is underpinned by live sports, specifically Fantasy Sports, sports betting and online gaming offerings. The user experience is uniquely packaged with social interaction, community belonging and decentralised blockchain functionality. PlayUp currently employs 27 fulltime employees with offices in Sydney (HQ), Melbourne, Darwin and Hong Kong. PlayUp Interactive Pty Ltd, a wholly owned subsidiary of PlayUp Limited is a licensed gambling operator in Australia. - Announcement Ends - For more information and a copy of this announcement, please visit: www.missionnewenergy.com or contact: For PlayUp Michael Henderson DEC PR Phone +61 413 054 738 m.henderson@decpr.com.au For MBT James Garton Phone: +61 8 6313 3975 Email: james@missionnewenergy.com NEW RESEARCH: Aussies waste $3.53b annually on dodgy DIY 2018-04-08T22:35:51Z new-research-aussies-waste-3-53b-annually-on-dodgy-diy-18 Aussies waste $3.53b annually on dodgy DIY On average, $1,500 is spent fixing damage caused by a DIY job gone wrong Almost 1-in-4 men admit they’ve required a tradie to fix a job they tried themselves Ironically, the main motivator to DIY is to save money 9 April 2018, Sydney: What would you do with $1,500? Spend it on a long weekend away, pay down your credit card debt or squirrel it away for a rainy day? New Galaxy research from hipages has revealed that Aussies are spending an average of $1,500 fixing damage caused when a ‘do-it-yourself’ repair, maintenance or renovation job goes awry equating to a whopping $3.53 billion wasted annually. “We’re a very house proud nation and many of us take inspiration from popular renovation TV programs. However, the research suggests that a lack of knowledge about DIY projects is costing Aussies in more ways than one - often making the issue worse and causing additional financial strain,” says Stuart Tucker, hipages Chief Customer Officer. As many as one in five Aussies, the equivalent of 2.3 million homeowners, admit they have attempted to complete a repair or renovation for their home that went wrong, requiring a qualified tradesperson to fix, or re-do the work. The research found that men (12 per cent) are more likely than women (5 per cent) to say they prefer to do jobs around the home themselves without the help of a professional, though 22 per cent of men admit their dodgy DIY required a professional to fix. hipages tradie, Chris Smith from Eze-Flow Plumbing recounts a recent job fixing a shonky shower which a homeowner tried to DIY. “A client attempted to install a shower rail and unfortunately drilled through the copper pipe. He wasn’t aware of the issue until he had his first shower and water sprayed out flooding the third floor of his house, whilst he was enjoying his shower completely oblivious to the chaos he‘d created! He needed more than a bath mat to mop that mess up!” Across the generations, the adage that the older you are, the wiser you are proved true, with Gen Y’s the biggest culprits of DIY disasters (27 per cent) followed by Gen X (19 per cent), Traditionalists (17 per cent) and then Baby Boomers (16 per cent). Gen Y (81 per cent) and Gen X (77 per cent) are also more likely than Baby Boomers (68 per cent) and Traditionalists (62 per cent) to say the main motivation for DIY is to save money. This motivation was also most prevalent for those living in Western Australia (79 per cent). “It’s unsurprising that in the current economic climate, homeowners are searching for ways to save money, though misjudging projects can be costly. We encourage homeowners to save money through smart decision making, including comparing quotes and using qualified, licensed tradespeople to get the job done right, the first time” says Mr Tucker. The Galaxy research highlighted that almost half of Australian homeowners find great enjoyment getting their hands dirty and managing a job themselves, with 46 per cent of men agreeing that DIY gives them a greater sense of satisfaction and 38 per cent saying they really enjoy working on their home. Encouragingly, there are a number of homeowners who recognise most jobs require the diligent work of a qualified, licensed tradesperson with 64 per cent of Aussies saying they’d hire a tradie as they themselves lack the knowledge and skills to complete the work. One in three homeowners also say that using a professional tradesperson gives them peace of mind with another 37 per cent recognising that it saves them time. To help homeowners make informed decisions about jobs around the home, hipages has develop a list of typical tasks that should not be undertaken as DIY and actually require the work of a qualified tradie; Painting or wallpapering - Painting and wallpapering can be particularly time consuming jobs, and you’ll need to consider potential hazards like working on ladders and dealing with solvents and dust. With this in mind, you should seriously consider whether the pros of doing the job yourself would outweigh the cost of hiring a professional. Repairing property damage - Property damage may range from clogged drains to leaky roofs and water damage, so when considering whether to tackle a job yourself or bring in a professional, you’ll need to look at the scale of the job, the risks involved, and what sort of time commitment would be required. Home extensions and renovations - When it comes to DIY projects, the onset of reality TV renovation shows has given people a false perception of the work involved and the potential for costly mistakes. Registered builders are well-versed with the building process and understand how to keep a build on schedule with quality control in check, while maintaining safety standards. Electrical jobs - Electrical work should never be attempted without the help of a properly licensed electrician due to the high risks associated with DIY-ing electrical work - in fact, in some State’s you’re required to use a licensed tradie even to change your light bulbs! Plumbing jobs - Although simple plumbing jobs such as unclogging a drain or fixing a leaky tap can usually be tackled by an amateur handyman without any problems, larger repairs or installations should never be attempted without the help of a professional plumber. hipages is an Australian platform designed to make hiring a trusted, qualified tradie as easy as possible. Homeowners can receive up to three quotes from local tradies for jobs posted to the platform, allowing negotiations on price and timings of jobs. All tradies are licensed professionals, verified regularly by hipages. Since 2004 hipages has helped over 1.5 million Australians get jobs done around their home, and will continue to help make this an easy, hassle-free experience for homeowners and tradies. - ENDS - Notes to Editors: The survey was conducted by Galaxy Research amongst a nationally representative sample of 1,111 Australians 18 years and older who are homeowners. For the purposes of this research Gen Y are those aged 18 - 34 years old, Gen 35 - 49, Baby Boomers 50 - 64 and Traditionalists 65+. About hipages hipages is transforming the way people get things done around their home. Founded in an Aussie garage 14 years ago by two great mates, hipages helps Aussies find verified and licensed tradies in their local area while helping tradies grow their business through innovative technology, finding them more local jobs, which they can manage on the go. With over, 130,000 tradies listed in 1,300 categories and over 100,000 jobs posted by Australian consumers every month, hipages is Australia’s number one place to hire qualified, trusted and verified tradespeople - www.homeimprovementpages.com.au. For more information, please contact: hipages Guillaume Papillon, PR & Communications manager guillaumepapillon@hipages.com.au 0405 074 109 DEC PR Luisa, Jennifer, Summer or Duyen hipages@decpr.com.au (02) 8014 5033 HTC Vive raises the bar for premium VR with new Vive Pro upgrade and wireless Vive udaptor 2018-01-08T22:00:00Z htc-vive-raises-the-bar-for-premium-vr-with-new-vive-pro-upgrade-and-wireless-vive-udaptor Las Vegas, NV – January 9, 2018 – HTC VIVE™, the leader in room-scale Virtual Reality (VR), today announced new hardware upgrades that deliver premium VR experiences to consumers and enterprises with the introduction of Vive Pro and Vive Wireless. In addition, the company debuted new improvements in how VR users discover, experience and acquire VR content through a radical redesign of Viveport VR and Vive Video. These advancements deliver on VR users’ desire for higher resolution, improved audio, greater comfort, wireless freedom and immersive content discovery. Vive Pro Vive Pro is a new HMD upgrade from Vive, built for VR enthusiasts and enterprise users who want the best display and audio for their VR experiences. Vive Pro includes dual OLED displays for a wider field of view and crisp picture resolution of 2880 x 1600, a 37% increase over the current Vive HMD. In addition, Vive Pro features a pixel density of 615 ppi, a 70% increase over the current Vive. This premium resolution enhances immersion for VR enthusiasts, and the improved clarity means text, graphics and overall experience all come into sharper view. Vive Pro also features built-in, high-performance headphones with an in-line amplifier to offer a heightened sense of presence and an overall richer sound. Vive Pro’s new headstrap was built with enhanced ergonomics and comfort, including a sizing dial for a more balanced headset that decreases weight on the front of the headset. Additional improvements include dual microphones with active noise cancellation and dual front-facing cameras designed to empower developer creativity. “There’s a clear need in the VR market for a premium VR experience with high resolution display, integrated audio and the best components available today in a headset,” said Daniel O’Brien, GM U.S., VIVE. “Vive Pro offers an immediate upgrade for both VR enthusiasts and enterprises that want to utilize the best VR experience.” More details on Vive Pro availability and price will be made available soon. Vive Wireless Adaptor Also unveiled today, the Vive Wireless Adaptor will be the first to market with a truly wireless VR headset integration for both Vive and Vive Pro. The Vive Wireless Adaptor features Intel’s WiGig technology and offers a premium VR wireless experience that operates in the interference-free 60Ghz band, which means lower latency and better performance. The Vive Wireless Adaptor will ship in Q3 to customers worldwide. “Wireless VR has been on nearly every VR user’s wishlist since the technology was unveiled,” said Frank Soqui, General Manager Virtual Reality Group at Intel Corporation. “By collaborating with HTC to commercialize Intel’s WiGig technology, we will guarantee that wireless VR meets the most discerning quality bar for home users and business VR customers.” Viveport VR In the largest upgrade to the Viveport customer experience since launch, Viveport VR redefines how users, discover, experience and acquire VR content. Instead of a traditional 2D catalog, Viveport VR content is delivered in fully immersive interactive previews. Viveport is embracing a VR first approach by including VR enabled "VR Previews," which are interactive glimpses of content that give customers a room-scale preview of an experience and the opportunity to interact with content before purchasing or subscribing. “Viveport is moving to a VR first experience model, and with the all-new Viveport VR, we are changing the way consumers discover, experience and acquire VR content,” said Rikard Steiber, president, Viveport. "Until now, there has not been a shopping and browsing experience that takes advantage of the full functionality of VR. Available in early access today, Viveport VR increases interaction with content and offers developers a preview that showcases the quality of their titles and experiences.” Earlier this year, Viveport launched the world’s first VR subscription service to provide a whole new way to access the best VR experiences for a great price. With more than 1,000 titles available on Viveport today, and more than 325 available for subscription, Vive is changing the way users browse and discover content through Viveport VR. Vive Video Includes Vimeo Today HTC Creative Labs also rolled out an upgrade to its native VR video player, Vive Video. Vive Video solves the discovery and acquisition problem for VR video content by delivering a large catalog of high quality streaming video directly to VR headsets. In addition to new features and UI upgrades, Vive Video has integrated content from Vimeo, the world’s largest ad-free open video platform home to millions of creators worldwide. In the new Vive Video experience, a curated selection of Vimeo content will be made available to browse and view in a highly optimized native VR experiences within Vive Video-compatible headsets. “Whether we’re building our own tools in-house or partnering with other innovative platforms, Vimeo is committed to the future of storytelling and finding new ways to support our creators,” said Christophe Gillet, GM of Vimeo’s Creator Platform. “Not only does the integration with Vive Video showcase some of Vimeo’s highest quality, human-curated content within the VR experience, but it also gives those creators an exciting new way to expose their work and engage with audiences.” Vive Video has consistently been one of the most-downloaded and highest-rated apps on the SteamVR platform, enabling users to view 180 and 360-degree video content. Vive Video is available today for both Vive and Google Daydream platforms, and will arrive on Vive Wave in the near future. For all images and assets, please visit: https://www.vive.com/us/pr/newsroom-gallery - Ends - About HTC VIVE HTC Vive is the creator of the unprecedented PC-based virtual reality system, the Vive, which was built and optimized for room-scale VR and true-to-life interactions. The Vive ecosystem has evolved around its premium VR product portfolio, supported by Vive X, the most active global VR/AR accelerator that has invested in over 80 start-ups, Viveport, a global content platform with the world’s first VR subscription model that operates in more than 60 countries, and Vive Studios, Vive’s VR content development and publishing initiative. Vive is delivering on the promise of VR with game-changing technology and best-in-class content, bringing VR to consumers, developers and enterprises alike. For more information on Vive, please visit www.vive.com. HTC, the HTC logo are the trademarks of HTC Corporation. All other names of companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners. Media Contact Elizabeth or Emma at DEC PR (02) 8014 5033 / e.abbott@decpr.com.au / e.lowde@decpr.com.au Aussie in-store music leader, Marketing Melodies partners with Spotify-backed Soundtrack Your Brand 2017-12-14T05:57:34Z aussie-in-store-music-leader-marketing-melodies-partners-with-spotify-backed-soundtrack-your-brand-1 ● Marketing Melodies selected as exclusive ANZ reseller for Swedish business Soundtrack Your Brand ● Soundtrack Your Brand offers a leading subscription-based music streaming service licensed for commercial and public spaces ● Recent study shows 9.1% sales increase when in-store music matches brand Melbourne: 14 December, 2017 – Marketing Melodies, Australia’s most progressive and truly independent in-store music provider, today announces an exclusive reseller agreement with Spotify-backed Soundtrack Your Brand, for the Australia and New Zealand markets. Soundtrack Your Brand was founded in Sweden in 2013, with a mission to kill bad background music. Its flagship solution, Soundtrack Business, is a music-streaming platform licensed for commercial and public spaces. Some of the company’s multinational customers include McDonald’s, TAG Heuer, as well as TONI&GUY, along with thousands of small-to- medium businesses across 100 countries. Marketing Melodies is Australia and New Zealand’s leading supplier of background music, digital signage and other retail technology, catering to over 4,600 retail stores including Witchery, The Just Group, Grill’d, Kathmandu and Optus. The reseller agreement will see Marketing Melodies exclusively provide access to Soundtrack Your Brand’s technology and grants retailers and business owners access to the world's largest music library for commercial use, for the first time in Australia and New Zealand. For retailers and restaurateurs, ambient music can have a profound impact on dwell time and sales. Soundtrack Your Brand recently partnered with The Swedish Trade Federation to complete the world’s largest ever study into the effects of music in commercial settings. The study found in-store music that matched the brand resulted in an average 9.1 per cent increase in overall sales, compared with playing randomly selected popular songs. Results also showed an average increase in sales per food and beverage unit categories, including 15.6 per cent sales growth in desserts and 11 per cent in sides when brand fitting music played, indicating people prefer to spend more time in a venue with brand-aligned music. Key features of the Soundtrack Business solution includes: Users can schedule their playlist sequence so that music suits different times of the day and creates different moods; Managers of various retail locations can control music across as many sites as needed. Managers can make changes to a single location’s playlist or instantly update the music in all stores; A remote app allows staff to fine-tune the volume or skip songs in order to adjust the playlist to changing conditions in real-time; Users have access to ready-made soundtracks, which are professional selections of music specially made for business identities. They are always updated, will never go silent and are never repetitive. The solution combines data analysis with hands-on expertise to deliver content that fits individual brands, boosts sales and makes staff happier. Marketing Melodies Founder, Dean Cherny, said: “We understand that thousands of businesses in Australia and New Zealand have been inadvertently using Spotify illegally, not realising the platform is a non-commercial service. Through our partnership with Soundtrack Your Brand, we can offer access to a growing music catalogue of millions of songs across 180 music channels, which are continuously updated with fresh sounds and specially designed for differing commercial environments. “This is a game changing development, and we’re thrilled to channel this solution through to retailers locally,” continued Mr Cherny. In 2016, Soundtrack Your Brand expanded from the Nordics into over 100 countries worldwide. Since the beginning of last year, the business has seen revenue and user base growth by close to 400 per cent. Meysam Majd, Global Partner Manager said: “Background music today is sold as a utility, and there’s rarely much thought going into what music brands are playing and why. We’re dedicated to improving the background music experience for retail owners, staff and consumers alike. Our business has been undergoing an aggressive growth strategy, and we are constantly scoping out potential partners in regions we’ve not yet entered. When we chose to expand into Australia and New Zealand, the team at Marketing Melodies was an obvious alignment. They are a proven market leader in the category, and we are delighted to have them join us as our exclusive ANZ partner. “We look forward to helping local retailers take their background music to a whole new level, legally,” continued Mr Majd. The Soundtrack Your Brand solution is available via Marketing Melodies from today. For more information, please visit http://soundtrack.marketingmelodies.com.au (use the following voucher code for one month free: marketingmelodiesxsyb). Any sales enquiries should be directed to Dean Cherny via dean@marketingmelodies.com.au or +61 3 9016 3576. ENDS Notes for Editors About Marketing Melodies and other retail technology, catering to over 4,600 retail stores. http://www.marketingmelodies.com.au/ About Soundtrack Your Band digital signage services Marketing Melodies is widely recognised as Australia's most progressive and #1 truly independent in-store music provider. Marketing Melodies also offers Soundtrack Your Brand is a Spotify-backed company founded in 2013 on a mission to kill bad background music. Headquartered in downtown Stockholm, the company has spent the last couple of years building the world’s best music streaming service for businesses. The company provides businesses with a state-of the-art music platform and a scientifically proven content curation model, crafted by connoisseurs and perfected with technology. https://www.soundtrackyourbrand.com/ Research from Soundtrack Your Brand and The Swedish Trade Federation Download the full study findings, here: https://www.soundtrackyourbrand.com/lp/hui Marketing Melodies Media Contacts Jennifer Gillis or Ashleigh Manion at DEC PR j.gillis@decpr.com.au or a.manion@decpr.com.au +61 2 8014 5033 Soundtrack Your Brand Media Contacts Sven Grundberg grundberg@soundtrackyourbrand.com +46 (0)70 288 36 39 CMC Markets announces APAC expansion 2017-10-12T02:30:00Z cmc-markets-announces-apac-expansion 12 October September 2017: Leading global financial services provider, CMC Markets has announced the opening of their Shanghai office, following significant growth and demand from the Chinese market. CMC Markets entered the Chinese market over a decade ago, with a base in Beijing supported by the service team in Sydney, to meet the appetite in the Chinese economy for financial products and a growing demand from Chinese traders for access to world-class platforms. The opening of a dedicated office in Shanghai further builds CMC Markets presence in China, responding to the continued success and requirements from the market. Talking on the expansion, Head of CMC Markets Asia Pacific and Canada, Matthew Lewis said: “We are excited about expanding CMC Markets’ presence throughout the APAC region. China’s significance as a key player in the global financial landscape continues to grow and this trend reflects our business expansion in the region. “Having an office located in mainland China ensures better communication and a higher level of service to our clients, while demonstrating our commitment to traders in the market. Over the past ten years, we have invested heavily in our services in China including new technology, leading educational offerings and innovation of our platforms. This ensures we continue to offer an exceptional proposition and standard of service to the Chinese market.” CMC Markets founder, Peter Cruddas and Mathew Lewis are enlisting local experienced financial executive, Biyi Cheng, to head up the new office based in the Shanghai Free trade zone. “Biyi brings over fifteen years experience and relationships within the Chinese market to the role and is well placed to head up the Greater China region for CMC Markets. As a global business, our purpose is to make the financial markets truly accessible to investors, and this latest announcement further supports this mission,” said Mr Lewis. Speaking about his new appointment, Biyi Cheng said: “The evolution of China’s financial policy and the need for investment and money management in the Chinese market is growing, providing great opportunity in China for an experienced provider of online trading like CMC Markets to deliver additional opportunities to investors and traders locally. We already have a lot of experience and an in-depth understanding of this audience from our wider APAC offices, and as a local to Shanghai, I’m looking forward to continuing to grow the offering here.” CMC Markets is a leading global provider of online trading platforms, headquartered in the UK and listed on the London Stock Exchange (LSE). As well as the UK and Australia, the Company also has offices in New Zealand, Canada and across Europe. Media enquiries: For more information please contact DEC PR on +61 2 8014 5033 or cmcmarkets@decpr.com.au About CMC Markets CMC Markets plc. (CMCX), was established in 1989 and through regulated offices and branches in 14 countries is now one of the world’s leading independent financial services providers. With a head office based in London, UK, the business has offices across many of the world’s leading financial centres, including Frankfurt, Paris, Sydney, Singapore and Toronto. Through our award-winning, online and mobile trading platforms, we enable clients to trade over 10,000 financial instruments including contracts for difference (CFDs), foreign currencies (FX), shares, indices, Digital 100s, electronically traded funds (ETFs) mFunds (unlisted managed funds), options, listed managed investments, warrants and interest rate securities. In 2007 CMC Markets launched its broking service, CMC Markets Stockbroking, which is now the largest non-bank aligned, online stockbroker in Australia. Dedicated to quality, innovation and customer service, in 2017, CMC Markets was recognized for overall satisfaction in the 2017 Investment Trends Report (CFD) and as an ABA100 Winner for Service Excellence in The Australian Business Awards in 2015. CMC Markets Stockbroking has continued to provide Australia’s Best Value, winning Canstar’s Online Share Trading Broker of the Year for seven consecutive years, and additionally our Pro stockbroking platform has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2016 for Business Innovation. Please see our website for more information www.cmcmarkets.com.au Crestron appoints National Sales Manager to lead ANZ Residential team 2017-09-26T02:58:00Z crestron-appoints-national-sales-manager-to-lead-anz-residential-team New appointment to advance Crestron’s direction in the residential market Trevor Rooney previously held the role of National Sales Manager, ANZ, Sonos Sydney, Australia – September 26, 2017 – Crestron, the global leader in control and automation technology, has today announced the appointment of Trevor Rooney as the company’s National Sales Manager for its Residential Markets solution. As National Sales Manager, Rooney will oversee Crestron’s residential market program in Australia and New Zealand. “Crestron is a leader in home automation and control globally, and I’m thrilled to be joining the team,” said Rooney. “It’s an exciting time for Crestron, as it continues to ramp up its residential technology investment. I’m extremely proud of my work at Sonos, and look forward to bringing my knowledge to the Crestron team and expanding the company’s presence within the residential space.” Stuart Craig, Chief Executive Officer, Crestron, Asia Pacific, said: “With more than 20 years’ experience in the consumer electronics industry, Trevor is the ideal candidate to lead Crestron’s expansion in the residential space. “Crestron has a strong history of innovation, leading the way in automation and control technology for over four decades. We set the standard for performance and reliability for leading companies, government organisations and universities, as well as prestigious luxury homes across the world. The time is right for us to further our investment here in residential markets in ANZ, with the launch of our shading range, new lighting solutions, new and simpler programming methodologies, and so much interest around the residential automation space as Amazon Alexa and other AI technologies open people’s minds to what is possible. Crestron is at the forefront of integrating these technologies for a seamless customer solution.” Trevor is most notably known for his time at Len Wallis Audio and then as National Sales Manager, ANZ, for Sonos, a role he upheld for five years, creating a phenomenal success story in the region. Trevor will commence his position as National Sales Manager, Residential Markets, Crestron, ANZ, from October 2017. Crestron works with customers in Asia Pacific across various industry sectors including residential, education, corporate, government and defence, hospitality and healthcare. About Crestron Crestron is the world’s leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems, innovating technology and reinventing the way people live and work. Our solutions are built on a validated architecture, using best-in-class technology that integrates unified communications, AV presentation, IT, lighting, audio and environmental systems. Crestron streamlines technology, improving the quality of life for people in Education, Corporate, Government and Defense, Hospitality, Retail and their homes. Crestron’s leadership stems from its dedicated people who are committed to providing the best product solutions, programs and services in the industry. This culmination of loyalty, devotion and innovation is what our dealers refer to as “The Crestron Experience.” Our product solutions are backed by over 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support around the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin, New Zealand and United States. Discover the world of Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com. Skyfii Secures Renewal Of Long Term Agreement With The GPT Group 2017-09-11T03:06:00Z skyfii-secures-renewal-of-long-term-agreement-with-the-gpt-group Three year contract renewal of Master Services Agreement with The GPT Group Renewal sits across all three of Skyfii’s core product lines: IO Connect (collected data), IO Insight (analytics) and IO Engage (marketing services) New additional provision of data science consultancy services Scope across GPT Group’s 18 retail premises and commercial offices SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, September 11, 2017 – Skyfii Limited (ASX: SKF) (Skyfii, or the Company), a data analytics and marketing services company, is pleased to announce the renewal of its long-term Master Services Agreement (MSA) with The GPT Group. The MSA extends for a further three years Skyfii’s full suite of analytics and marketing services; IO Connect, IO Insight and IO Engage, to The GPT Group. In addition to the original suite of services, the contract will be broadened to enable Skyfii to provide data science consultancy services. The GPT Group is one of the largest diversified property groups and a top 50 ASX listed company by market capitalisation. GPT owns and manages a $20 billion portfolio of office, logistics, business parks and prime shopping centres across Australia. Skyfii has implemented its analytics and marketing services across 18 of The GPT Group’s retail properties and commercial offices across Victoria, New South Wales, Queensland and Northern Territory. Key venues include shopping complexes such as Victoria’s Melbourne Central, Highpoint and Parkmore; and NSW’s Charlestown Square and Wollongong Central; as well as premium office spaces Melbourne Central Tower and One One One Eagle Street, Brisbane. The GPT Group was one of Skyfii’s first enterprise customers, first contracted in 2015. John Rankin, Skyfii’s Managing Director, Australia and New Zealand said, “Data analytics are a very useful tool for GPT’s retail and commercial-focused properties. The output allows landlords and tenants to hone their in-venue communications and adapt them for a variety of different customer demographics, improving overall customer service through a better understanding of behaviour.” John Rankin added, “Skyfii’s data science consultancy services provide our property group partners the opportunity to help them solve complex problems, specific to their environments, such as tenant-retail mix, long-term capital planning, marketing strategy and venue performance.” Vanessa Orth, Head of Retail at the GPT Group commented, “We have been able to use the data collection and interpretation services that Skyfii provides to deliver solid commercial value in our retail and commercial environments.” “We used to think we knew what shoppers and tenants wanted, but are now able to confirm our decisions, with the backing of data analytics. It means we can deliver a much higher value experience to visitors in our venues, driving better outcomes for both GPT and our customers.” The new three-year deal with The GPT Group highlights the strength in value being delivered by Skyfii to its clients and further confirms the value for large organisations in investing in technology that helps create a better understanding of their customers. ENDS About Skyfii Advancements in cloud, mobile technology and Wi-Fi systems have enabled bricks-and-mortar venues to become more competitive by better understanding the needs of their diverse types of visitors. Today, every smartphone is a chatterbox of information. The cloud-based Skyfii platform uses existing Wi-Fi infrastructure, BLE beacon networks, door-to-people counters, video sources, web and social platforms to allow various types of venues to not only analyse behaviour of anonymous visitors, but also capture data from those who opt-in to free Internet connectivity. In doing so, it converts the data into a critical sales and marketing tool that allows venues and their commercial tenants to deliver content that is catered to each visitor’s needs and interests. Skyfii offers a cloud-based solution in a subscription model consisting of three core ‘IO’ services: IO Connect: a data portal where data is collected (Data in) IO Insight: venue performance, customer behaviour and, loyalty & engagement (Insights out) IO Engage: targeted content delivery, automated marketing and monetization Skyfii also engages with clients to provide further revenue generating services such as data science, targeted advertising and sponsorships, arising from the insights gained from its three core services. Media contact: DEC PR E: Skyfii@decpr.com.au P: +61 2 8014 5033 Crestron innovative technology honoured at the Australian Business Awards 2017 2017-08-16T02:59:00Z crestron-innovative-technology-honoured-at-the-australian-business-awards-2017 Sydney, Australia, 16th August 2017 – Crestron, the global leader in advanced control and automation systems, has been recognised as an ABA100 Winner in The Australian Business Awards 2017 for Technology Innovation. As an enterprise management platform, Crestron Fusion Cloud revolutionizes the way organization’s control their building technology. It goes above and beyond to streamline the everyday operations of businesses, becoming an integrated necessity in the lives of users, working to progress routine processes while enhancing key decision-making and learning. Stuart Craig, Chief Executive Office, Crestron, Asia Pacific, says: “We are very pleased that Crestron Fusion Cloud has been selected as the 2017 ABA100 Winner for Technology Innovation. Crestron Fusion represents our passion for optimising a business’s most important investments spanning people, spaces and technology. This networkable, scalable, manageable and reportable solution ensures use of workplace technology is seamless, stress-free and incredibly intuitive for every user. “Australian C-level executives have driven the demand for Fusion as a Cloud offering, as organisations continue to seek cost-effective, fully managed end-to-end solutions with fast deployment timelines." Australian Business Awards Program Director, Ms Tara Johnston, said: “Today, companies are facing a competitive and continuously changing business landscape. In this context, the performance of companies depends more than ever on their flexibility, adaptability and responsiveness. New technological possibilities have the potential to transform the way companies operate within their respective industries with long-term gains in efficiency, productivity and customer loyalty,” “Each year the ABA100 Winners are recognised for their commitment to business and product innovation and for their achievements in transforming business practices and end user experiences. “The Australian Business Awards are proud to acknowledge the role of these leading corporate, government and non-government organisations for implementing innovative, well-managed high-performing business initiatives and for the research and development of their innovative products and services,” Ms Johnston added. The Australian Business Awards program provides notable opportunities for high-performing organisations which implement world-class business initiatives and develop innovative products and services to be acknowledged and honoured for their achievements both nationally and internationally. The World Business Awards Framework (WBA Framework) is utilised as a structured model of assessment that enables the participating organisations to be benchmarked against world class performance standards. Organisational participation includes private companies, publicly listed companies, multi-national subsidiaries, non-government organisations, educational institutions, franchise systems, partnerships, government departments, government agencies, local government and statutory bodies operating in Australia. For more information on The Australian Business Awards and the 2017 ABA100 Winners go to www.australianbusinessawards.com.au. About Crestron Crestron is the world's leading manufacturer of advanced control and automation systems, innovating technology and reinventing the way people live and work. Our solutions are built on a validated architecture, using best-in-class technology that integrates unified communications, AV presentation, IT, lighting, audio and environmental systems. Crestron streamlines technology, improving the quality of life for people in Education, Corporate, Government and Defense, Hospitality, Retail and their homes. Crestron's leadership stems from its dedicated people who are committed to providing the best product solutions, programs and services in the industry. This culmination of loyalty, devotion and innovation is what our dealers refer to as "The Crestron Experience." Our product solutions are backed by over 90 fully-staffed offices that provide 24 x 7 x 365 sales, technical, and training support around the globe. In addition to its World Headquarters in New Jersey, Crestron has sales and support offices throughout Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe, Latin, New Zealand and United States. Discover the world of Crestron by visiting www.crestron.com. Contact Information DEC PR Ruth Fletcher, Duyen Nguyen or Ashleigh Manion crestron@decpr.com.au / (02) 8014 5033 Skyfii Expands Global Footprint With Acquisition Of Wicoms 2017-07-26T03:40:00Z skyfii-expands-global-footprint-with-acquisition-of-wicoms SKYFII EXPANDS GLOBAL PRESENCE IN EUROPEAN AND NORTH AMERICAN RETAIL VERTICAL WITH ACQUISITION OF WICOMS WIRELESS PORTFOLIO OF CUSTOMERS Skyfii to acquire key assets of Wicoms Wireless that includes a portfolio of customers across Europe and North America Opportunity to upsell Skyfii’s ‘IO’ data analytics and marketing services to Wicoms’ existing customers Wicoms’ customer portfolio includes an operator of large format designer outlet malls located across nine countries Skyfii in advanced stages of negotiating a new multi-year revenue accretive deal with large format designer outlet mall operator to rollout Skyfii IO services to an initial 23 malls All scrip transaction for 3,800,000 new ordinary shares in Skyfii Limited (issued at $0.065 per share, valued at $247,000) SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA, July 26th, 2017 – Skyfii Limited (ASX: SKF) (Skyfii, or the Company), a data analytics and marketing services company, is pleased to announce significant global expansion in Europe and North America with the acquisition of key assets from Wicoms Wireless Ltd (‘Wicoms’). Wicoms is a provider of guest WiFi services and user analytics to the retail sector, with a portfolio of customers including a group of designer outlet malls under contract. In line with Skyfii’s stated plans to strategically expand its global footprint in 2017, the acquisition of Wicoms portfolio of customers will see the Company expand its international retail sector footprint within key overseas geographies of North America and Europe. The acquisition will enable Skyfii to leverage an existing revenue generating footprint and subsequently upsell the Wicoms’ retail mall customers with a greater level of data analytics and marketing services, than what is provisioned under Wicoms’ own technology platform. Based in the UK, Wicoms has grown its sizeable customer portfolio directly and through reseller arrangements over the past 9 years, that currently includes a group of designer outlet malls operating across nine countries. The Wicoms portfolio and the key assets being acquired by Skyfii has a profitable customer base, making this a revenue accretive deal for Skyfii. Wayne Arthur, Chief Executive Officer, Skyfii said “We are extremely pleased to be acquiring key assets from Wicoms including contracted revenues from a large retail footprint. This transaction brings a profitable asset onto the Skyfii balance sheet, and significant short term opportunity to grow the portfolio value through the upsell of Skyfii’s data analytics and marketing services. “The deal terms on the transaction are favourable, and will springboard our international retail sector growth across key geographies of Europe and North America.” Skyfii and Wicoms have agreed a transition plan and have already commenced a process to migrate and upgrade existing Wicoms customers to the Skyfii platform. This includes a new multi- year revenue accretive deal with a large format designer outlet mall operator which is in advanced stages of negotiation. Successful conclusion of negotiations with see Skyfii deploy its IO services across an initial 23 designer outlet malls, with the further potential to expand to a further 7 malls. The transaction will be completed using an all scrip consideration of 3,800,000 new Skyfii shares issued at $0.065 per share (‘Consideration Shares’), valued at $247,000. The Consideration Shares will be issued immediately, and will be subject to 12 month escrow provisions. ENDS About Wicoms Wicoms provides guest WiFi and analytics services across Europe and North America. Based in the UK, Wicoms began selling WiFi services in the UK to hotels, pubs and gyms before expanding to retail malls in continental Europe. About Skyfii Advancements in cloud, mobile technology and Wi-Fi systems have enabled bricks-and-mortar venues to become more competitive by better understanding the needs of their diverse types of visitors. Today, every smartphone is a chatterbox of information. The cloud-based Skyfii platform uses existing WiFi infrastructure, BLE beacon networks, door-to-people counters, video sources, web and social platforms to allow various types of venues to not only analyse behaviour of anonymous visitors, but also capture data from those who opt-in to free internet connectivity. In doing so, it converts the data into a critical sales and marketing tool that allows venues and their commercial tenants to deliver content that is catered to each visitor’s needs and interests. Skyfii offers a cloud-based solution in a subscription model consisting of three core ‘IO’ services: IO Connect: a data portal where data is collected (Data in) IO Insight: venue performance, customer behaviour and, loyalty & engagement (Insights out) IO Engage: targeted content delivery, automated marketing and monetization Skyfii also engages with clients to provide further revenue generating services such as Data Consulting Services (DCS) and Marketing Services (MS) arising from the insights gained from its three core services. Media contact: DEC PR E: Skyfii@decpr.com.au P: +61 2 8014 5033 New luxury precinct at Melbourne Airport taking traveller experience to the next level 2017-06-16T04:23:17Z new-luxury-precinct-at-melbourne-airport-taking-traveller-experience-to-the-next-level New luxury precinct taking traveller experience to the next level   Melbourne Airport is excited to announce a number of the world’s most fashionable and desirable luxury brands including Tiffany & Co, Burberry, Salvatore Ferragamo, Max Mara and Emporio Armani will open at Melbourne Airport’s luxury precinct in Terminal 2 (T2) later this year. The airport’s new high-end fashion destination is part of the airport’s continued effort to enhance the traveller experience.    Creating an airport that Melbourne can be proud of, the new luxury brands have been purposefully chosen and carefully curated to meet the evolving needs and expectations of the Airport’s passengers.   “The luxury precinct is really taking Melbourne Airport to the next level, with 11 of the world’s most prestigious brands set to enhance our international passenger experience,” said Andrew Gardiner, Chief of Retail at Melbourne Airport. “We’re absolutely thrilled to bring these brands to Melbourne Airport. Our domestic and international passengers have informed us of the stores they want to see, and we’re delivering on that with high end brands that we know our travellers love.”   The new high-end precinct will be located adjacent to the next generation duty free store and will also see brands including Australia’s leading official watch specialty store Watches of Switzerland, Swiss designer Bally, Michael Kors, HUGO BOSS and Furla, as well as upscale business and travel lifestyle brand Tumi.   All stores are scheduled to be open between end of July and end of November 2017.   Founded in 1837 in New York City, international luxury brand Tiffany & Co. are excited to open their store within the dedicated space.   “We are extremely excited to be opening at the Melbourne Airport and offering both local and international travellers the convenience of shopping at Tiffany & Co.,” said Glen Schlehuber, Vice President and Managing Director of Tiffany & Co. Australia & New Zealand. “Our prominent location in the new luxury precinct provides us with the ideal environment to showcase our jewellery collections such as our renowned Tiffany Diamonds and icon collections Tiffany T, Tiffany HardWear, watches, gifts and accessories.”   Melbourne is the fastest growing city in Australia attracting travellers from around the globe. With the increase in demand Melbourne Airport is determined to get the traveller experience right. Extensive customer research conducted by Think Global and Urbis to better understand international passengers profiles revealed a desire for quality brands when travelling, including authentic luxury goods with strong brand recognition.   The new international retail experience will create a lasting impression for every traveller, establishing it as another iconic shopping destination for Melbourne. The luxury retail offering will be set within a unique architectural space for an Airport, featuring a sculptured ceiling.   “Melbourne Airport has invested more than $50 million in the first phase of the retail transformation, enhancing the traveller journey,” said Andrew Gardiner, Chief of Retail at Melbourne Airport.“This is just the start of our upgrades in Terminal 2 and we look forward to transforming the space with the aim of becoming the chosen international gateway to Australia.”       -ENDS-  For further information, please contact: DEC PR for Melbourne Airport on +61 2 8014 5033 or at melair@decpr.com.au