The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2020-07-09T00:57:00Z JIC White Paper - Enabling the digital transformation of healthcare 2020-07-09T00:57:00Z jic-white-paper-enabling-the-digital-transformation-of-healthcare Brussels, 7 JULY 2020. The Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardisation (JIC) has published a white paper explaining how its nine health informatics standards development organisations (SDOs) have been working together to help transform the global healthcare system into one that’s digital with the goal of precise and real-time exchange of information based on full interoperability enabled by global standards. Transcending national boundaries and organisations, the Joint Initiative Council’s SDOs work collaboratively to provide global, coordinated—not competitive—standards that address real-world healthcare issues. In its recently released white paper, the JIC explores the desired future of a digital health ecosystem where high-quality data is available to the right people, at the right place and at the right time for high-quality decisions and care. Established in 2007 and consisting of nine SDOs, including CDISC, CEN, DICOM, GS1, HL7, IHE, ISO, LOINC and SNOMED International, the Joint Initiative Council has come together to deliver coordinated standards and implementation guides. Today, healthcare researchers, manufacturers and providers can use these JIC outcomes for the successful implementation of digital processes and interoperable systems. “At JIC, we recognise the importance of consistency across standards and the need to collaborate on their development. We’re concerned not only about standards as ‘outputs,’ but more importantly, how standards impact healthcare ‘outcomes’—their practical value in the delivery of high-quality care,” said Ulrike Kreysa, senior vice-president, GS1 Healthcare and chair of the JIC. Within the context of the global COVID-19 pandemic, the need for accelerating the speed and capacity of this digital transformation has become more important than ever before. JIC members are contributing to this public health need by addressing immediate gaps and by providing topical enhancements to their existing standards. "The World Health Organization (WHO) looks forward to the continued cooperation of global Standard Development Organisations within the Joint Initiative Council in order to better leverage on common health data standards and interoperability to anticipate and react to pandemic challenges such as the one we are experiencing, and to the future ones to come in our fast and ever-changing environment.”, said Bernardo Mariano Junior, Director, Digital Health & Innovation and Chief Information Officer, World Health Organization. Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics StandardisationHighlights from the JIC white paper include four standards-based initiatives that offer practical solutions to real-world problems. These initiatives include the International Patient Summary (IPS), the Identification of Medicinal Products (IDMP), COVID-19 and Genomics. The white paper is available as a downloadable PDF at For more information, visit the JIC Web page: or follow us on Twitter @JICouncil. JIC Media Contact Philippe NeirinckxDirector Marketing Healthcare, Emerging Sectors & Solutions T: +32 2 788 78 00 E: About the Joint Initiative Council - The Joint Initiative Council for Global Health Informatics Standardisation (JIC) is formed to further the important role of health informatics standards to enable interoperability of information and processes across health domains. Health informatics standardisation is supported by a community of experts that works within and across various health informatics standards development organisations (SDOs). The JIC supports the timely, efficient delivery of safe, coordinated, accountable, high-quality health services to individuals, communities and populations. www.jointinitiativecouncil.orgAustralian media enquiries:Wendy McWilliams, WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Tel: 03 9803 2588. E: copy of the white paper can be downloaded from WMC PR’s Press Office: GS1 and Manbulloo create next level ‘whole-of-chain’ tracking 2020-07-08T05:39:12Z gs1-and-manbulloo-create-next-level-whole-of-chain-tracking Manbulloo is Australia’s largest grower of mangoes, specialising in the world-renowned mango variety, Kensington Pride. The company takes ‘pride’ in delivering fresh, sweet mangoes to customers in Australia and overseas. The company has been supplying delicious fruit to its retail partner since 2005 and has worked closely with GS1 Australia for the past seven years, proactively helping to drive industry forward with technology and advancements in data sharing. Manbulloo wanted to improve the process of information flow in their supply chain, particularly the effectiveness and efficiency of communications and business operations between Manbulloo, their ripeners and their customers.Scott Ledger, Quality Manager at Manbulloo says, “Our supply chain was fragmented and errors occurred during marketing as timely information was difficult to obtain, or we weren’t able to share it efficiently.” Each partner in the supply chain operated their own proprietary information system. It was difficult for information, such as fruit temperature and ripeness levels, to be shared as the data was only directly available to Manbulloo. Other members of the supply chain had to rely on Manbulloo sending the information by email. Other information was communicated verbally by telephone, reliant on people being available 24/7. Information was often received last minute and under pressure, resulting in errors, impacting heavily on all members in the chain.Manbulloo’s vision was to have one product identification and traceability system for the whole supply chain. One that each member could access. As well as a carton identifier that anyone in the chain could scan to identify the history of the fruit as the carton moved through the chain. Marie Piccone, CEO at Manbulloo says, “What we needed was a ‘whole of chain’ information system that could be accessed by each member of the supply chain and information shared timely and accurately.” Manbulloo already had GS1 barcoding embedded in their operations. Each piece of fruit was identified by a GS1 Databar label. It made sense to expand the use of the GS1 barcodes to provide improved communications and traceability up and down the supply chain. Ledger added, “The good thing was, because we used GS1, our supply chain partners didn’t need to upgrade or change their technologies. GS1 integrates with other systems including our crop management program and blockchain. The collective of information is available to us in real-time and allows for greater data insights. This leads to an increase and improvement in product knowledge, inventory control and product quality, all creating a better consumer experience.” Each Manbulloo mango is hand-picked and handled with care at every stage of the supply chain. Specially designed fruit trays are used to protect the delicate fruit during transport and handling, until it reaches its final destination, the supermarket shelf. For Manbulloo to achieve enhanced levels of communications and visibility throughout the chain, the trays also required unique identification. To address this, the mango giant switched their Freshtrack Gateway implementation to print GS1 serialised barcodes on their tray labels. This allowed every tray on every pallet from all seven Manbulloo farms and five pack houses to be tracked up and down the chain. Manbulloo also utilised Freshtrack FieldOp, an application developed by FreshTrack Systems to complete quality checks on mangoes in the packhouses. FreshTrack’s solution collects the information and generates the GS1 barcodes on the fruit trays and directly uploads to a blockchain system, in real-time and without any loss in performance. Other companies involved in the Manbulloo initiative were Trust Provenance and Muddy Boots Software. Trust Provenance provided Manbulloo with an integrity system that enabled all data points in the supply chain to be securely stored and accessed via the one platform. This data was secured by a distributed ledger infrastructure (aka blockchain) and made available to supply chain partners with permissions for who-sees-what. Data points included food safety certificates, real-time temperature data, quality assessments and the location of shipments. All tracked using the serialised barcodes on the mango trays. Each data point is added to the blockchain using GS1 EPCIS event data standards.With the whole-of-chain network in place, Manbulloo can enter a carton number and see throughout the supply chain, from packing shed to retailer, where all related mangoes are from that batch. It also allows for rapid reporting and because it links with each system in the supply chain (such as FreshTrack, Muddy Boots Software, Emerson, etc) it records, stores and makes information available in real-time, providing flow-on benefits for optimising quality control and management.Ledger says, “Using GS1 standards in conjunction with other technology solutions, we can now track every carton and every batch through the supply chain, from packing shed to retail shelf. Our order rejections at the retailer’s DC have reduced to very low levels. This is a major win for everyone in the supply chain as it saves an enormous amount of time and money.” Ultimately, the improvements in data management have helped Manbulloo increase the quality and integrity of their mangoes for consumers - today and for the future. More informationFind out more about Manbulloo visit www.manbulloo.comFor more about GS1 Australia and Traceability visit contactTracey Kelly-JenkinsMarketing Program ManagerGS1 Australia8 Nexus Court | Mulgrave | VIC | 3170E Tracey.Kelly-Jenkins@gs1au.orgNational Number 1300 BARCODE (1300 227 263) Fusion Broadband expands global reach with new UK office 2020-07-03T00:52:03Z fusion-broadband-expands-global-reach-with-new-uk-office Australia's leading SD-WAN provider, Fusion Broadband, has launched an office in the UK, which will spearhead sales of its unique SD-WAN services to the UK and Europe. The business will be led by former BT Global Services solution architect Andrew Catchpole, who becomes chief executive of Fusion Broadband UK Limited. The expansion is part of its broader worldwide growth with offices also in Johannesburg, South Africa and Manilla in the Philippines. The company has more than 300 resellers globally including North America, Europe and South East Asia. The UK office is located at the Innovation Martlesham Technology Hub at Adastral Park near Ipswich in Suffolk. Fusion Broadband's SD-WAN (Software Defined Wide Area Network) and bandwidth aggregation services have been used to solve business connectivity and SD-WAN networking challenges for 10 years. Managing director of Fusion Broadband, Jason Maude, said the UK team will build the business servicing customers headquartered in the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe. “The UK company will also strike deals with UK managed service providers and jointly take our SD-WAN services to market.” Fusion Broadband is Australia's most popular SD-WAN provider with customers as diverse as two-site SMEs to two thousand site enterprise deployments in sectors including financial services, government, schools, large corporates and small businesses. Market research firm P&S Intelligence estimates that revenues for the UK SD-WAN market could reach $US478M by 2023. “UK businesses and government organisations are currently paying through the nose for expensive MPLS (Multi-Protocol Label Switching) networks to link up their headquarters, branch offices and remote workers,” says Fusion Broadband UK's Andrew Catchpole. “Working with Managed Service Provider partners, we plan to change that and help customers connect ‘cloud-first’ to much better, more resilient and easier to manage services at a significantly lower price.” SD-WAN services have proven hugely popular in Australia, South Africa and South-East Asia where customers are benefiting from much better and faster connectivity, reduced downtime and improved business application performance. Through Fusion Broadband’s offering, these benefits are now available throughout the UK, Ireland and mainland Europe to help keep organisations and their employees securely connected to critical cloud-based business tools, wherever they are. The shift from enterprise data centres to the cloud is driving a big change in business networking requirements. One of SD-WAN's chief features is the ability to manage multiple connections from MPLS to broadband to mobile and now 5G. Fusion Broadband's SD-WAN service is built on IBM Cloud technology, with more than 48 points of presence around the world connected to IBM's high-speed backbone. Its infrastructure has already been deployed in IBM's London data centres and will expand into IBM's European data centres as required. Earlier this year, Fusion Broadband became proud winners of the 2020 IBM Beacon Award. The company’s technology enables resellers and MSPs to securely connect their clients' different sites to the cloud. It offers a connectivity agnostic service, which can link fixed-line broadband and direct internet access (DIA), as well as 4G and new 5G mobile broadband data services to provide a ‘100% connected service’. Fusion Broadband's key differentiation is its intelligent cloud technology, which can detect application performance issues or degradation, allowing it to re-route data services within less than 300 milliseconds, before the customer even notices any application performance problems. To learn more about Fusion Broadband visit or contact Fusion Broadband:Fusion Broadband provides a unique broadband bonding solution that fuses multiple broadband connections together to make a much faster and more reliable connection. This gives businesses an easy, affordable, broadband bonding service that is ISP independent and delivers high speed data connections with more reliability and stability. The company has been bonding broadband services since 2011 with products installed in Australia, North America, Asia and Europe. Organisations are now taking advantage of Fusion SD-WAN, which provides an affordable multi-site private network (SD-WAN) solution with exceptional flexibility, performance and control. Fusion Broadband has more than 300 resellers globally, selling and supporting the range of their products. As part of its reseller program and ISP license program, ISP's or larger MSP's can license the solution for their own deployment.Further enquiries:Issued on behalf of Fusion Broadband, Suite 8, Level 1, 119-125 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento, Victoria 3943, Australia. Contact Jason Maude on 0405 685 419 or Wendy McWilliams, Managing Director of WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Tel: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: Humorous guide on failure reveals true nature of how to succeed 2020-06-21T05:24:59Z humorous-guide-on-failure-reveals-true-nature-of-how-to-succeed Everyone in the world has failed at something at some point in their lives. To many, failure is a daily occurrence. To help them and everyone who fears failure, a new self-help guide has been published that is aimed at getting people to talk and open up about the topic. The new, tongue-in-cheek book is called 'How to fail fantastically' written by serial failure-ist, Ken Williams, who says you shouldn't fear failure, but embrace it. Through the companion guide, Williams shows that with a sense of humour and sense of purpose, anyone can fail fantastically. In fact, his aim is to demonstrate that failure is a precursor to success. True success. Peppered with amusing illustrations and quotations throughout, the guide offers 11 steps to failure (well, step 6 is a bit dodgy, and 8 is a tad lazy while step 4 is a doozy!) that reveal the true value of failure. "There shouldn't be any fear in failure," says Williams, "because it promotes a strength of character and confidence. Failure is under-valued in society. It's not the big, bad monster but offers us many great lessons." He says you can't afford NOT to fail and that failure is a critical step to success. "If you don't know how to fail, you'll never be successful." Failures for Williams began at an early age where he was the class clown and left school at 15. Over the past 35 years he has chased a life that he is not sure exists. He has had myriad jobs and careers including a pirate, a brewery worker, a chef, a motel manager, a children's entertainer, a nutritionist, a sales rep and a copywriter. He has created and run several of his own businesses in numerous industries all with varying degrees of success. None of them lasted the distance, a situation for which Williams takes full ownership. "I either made the wrong calls, lost interest, did things half-arsed and got all my business expertise from all the wrong people. But I'm still here, ready to go again. I love life and I wouldn't change a thing. There are so many great character-building lessons to learn from failure." Ken Williams is also the author of The sound of Crickets - my life as a comedian and How to get your Book Rejected. How to fail fantastically is available from leading bookstores (distributed by Woodslane) and has an RRP of $19.95. For more information visit endsAbout Ken Williams: Ken Williams has worked in sales and marketing for more than 20 years, from direct selling to writing ad copy for Australia's leading newspapers. He is the founder of the blog and podcast, Reading with a chance of tacos. Ken's own writing has been published in popular magazines, daily newspapers, online publications, children's books and the corporate sector. Ken and failure go way back. Failure has got Ken through life. He's failed at just about everything he's ever done (at least in some way), but he's still smiling and quite often, he even laughs. Media Enquiries: Issued on behalf of Delbridge Street Books, Watsonia VIC 3087. Contact Wendy McWilliams, Managing Director, WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. T: 03 9803 2588 M: 0421 364 665 E: request a high res image of Ken Williams and the book's cover please contact Wendy. Fusion Broadband wins global 2020 IBM Beacon Award 2020-05-06T05:35:04Z fusion-broadband-wins-global-2020-ibm-beacon-award Australia's first SD-WAN provider, Fusion Broadband, has received IBM's global Beacon Award for Outstanding Infrastructure Services Solution. The IBM Beacon Awards recognise IBM Business Partners that deliver exceptional solutions to help drive business value and transform the way clients and industries operate. The auspicious award was presented during the IBM Think digital conference, 5-6 May 2020. Local company Fusion Broadband was selected as one of only 17 total Beacon Award winners across the IBM portfolio, standing out among dozens of global applicants, and the only Australian company on the winner's list. Jason Maude, managing director of Fusion Broadband, said the company is honoured and extremely proud to receive such a prestigious global award. "Winning this Beacon Award from IBM validates our achievements and our dedication to delivering business value through our global, white-label, affordable SD-WAN solutions for our rapidly growing partner network of MSPs, ISPs and telecoms carriers," Maude said. Fusion Broadband's mature software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) and Bandwidth aggregation services are sixth generation technology and have been used to solve business connectivity and SD-WAN networking challenges for organisations as diverse as two-site SMEs to two thousand site enterprise deployments in Australia, North America, Asia and Europe. The multi-tenant technology allows resellers to build their own SD-WAN networks utilising a mix of connectivity types that they know is most appropriate for their client's individual locations. This ultimately provides the network flexibility, bandwidth and uptime that customers now expect. In addition to working with a global partner network, the company provides services to a range of multi-site end users such as governments, schools, emergency services, large corporates and small businesses. Outstanding Infrastructure Services Solution Award "Our next-generation SD-WAN solution is the ultimate platform on which to transform existing legacy or MPLS networks into agile, flexible and scalable networks, suitable for conducting business in the 21st century," said Maude. "Our unique approach allows users to build sophisticated SD-WAN solutions, integrating public and private cloud core networks, with full multi-tenancy capabilities and licensing options for ISPs and MSPs. "It was this solution, primarily backed by the IBM Cloud network, that has seen our company exceed all growth targets year on year." The Beacon Award winners were chosen by a panel of expert judges that consisted of industry experts, IBM executives and industry analysts who recognised how Fusion Broadband's SD-WAN solution sparks client innovation with IBM technology. Fusion Broadband's win is a testament not only to its commitment to innovation, but also to their partners' and end users' satisfaction and business growth. For a list of all 2020 IBM Beacon Award winners visit: and for Fusion Broadband's virtual award visit: To learn more about Fusion Broadband visit or contact Ends About Fusion Broadband: Fusion Broadband provides a unique broadband bonding solution that fuses multiple broadband connections together to make a much faster and more reliable connection. This gives businesses an easy, affordable, broadband bonding service that is ISP independent and delivers high speed data connections with more reliability and stability. The company has been bonding broadband services since 2011 with products installed in Australia, North America, Asia and Europe. Organisations are now taking advantage of Fusion SD-WAN, which provides an affordable multi-site private network (SD-WAN) solution with exceptional flexibility, performance and control. Fusion Broadband has more than 300 resellers globally, selling and supporting the range of their products. As part of its reseller program and ISP license program, ISP's or larger MSP's can license the solution for their own deployment. Further enquiries: Issued on behalf of Fusion Broadband, Suite 8, Level 1, 119-125 Ocean Beach Road, Sorrento, Victoria 3943, Australia. Contact Jason Maude on 0405 685 419 or Wendy McWilliams, Managing Director of WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Tel: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: A variety of high res photos of Jason Maude are available. 2DB - The future of fresh foods for retail 2020-05-01T00:42:10Z 2db-the-future-of-fresh-foods-for-retail Food safety for fresh foods is entering a new era for the retail sector. Supermarket giants the world over have recognised the need to transform the way food is managed within the supply chain to ensure customer safety. Account Director for Retail at GS1 Australia, Andrew Steele said upon return from a recent overseas visit where he met with international retailers such as Carrefour, Tesco and Metro, "One of the major challenges to achieving increased food safety in retail is the sheer volume of data in the supply chain. Data from multiple sources and in disparate formats. To date the retail sector at large has not had the necessary tools to address this challenge in the context of today's market conditions and operational realities". Enter the 2DBarcode. A content-rich, on-pack symbol that is about to transform fresh foods in the retail environment. The single symbol enables multiple data elements to be available at point-of-sale including product batch/lot number, serial number, best before date, use-by date, pack date, weight and price. Maria Palazzolo, CEO of GS1 Australia said, "2DBarcodes can help solve many of today's retail business problems in the areas of meat, seafood, deli, dairy, bakery as well as packaged fruit and vegetables because one small barcode can reveal a wealth of information that just can't be squeezed onto a traditional linear barcode". Woolworths have already taken a proactive approach to improving consumer food safety by piloting 2DBarcodes in a trial across several stores in Sydney. Richard Plunkett, Woolworths' General Manager of Business Enablement said, "The (2DBarcode) trial was a complete success and demonstrates that 2DBarcodes have immense potential. We're excited to see how they can improve food safety across the entire Woolworths network". What do 2DBarcodes mean for food safety? A lot, actually. For customers, the sale of expired or recalled products can be stopped at the register. If an out-of-date or recalled product is scanned at point-of-sale, the information contained in the 2DBarcode will alert the customer and prohibit the product from being purchased. For suppliers and retailers, food products can be recalled by batch lot number. The affected batch lots can be identified more accurately within the supply chain. This means only the affected products need to be removed from warehouses and supermarket shelves. Currently, the product recall process requires all recalled products to be removed from the supply chain and disposed of. The information supplied by 2DBarcodes will also allow retailers to pinpoint the specific batches affected by a recall or withdrawal and trace it back through the production line, making it easier to identify the source of contamination. 2DBarcodes also help increase food freshness and sustainability. The extra data enables improvements to date management, enhancing product rotation to increase food freshness and reduce food waste. In the future, customers will access the information contained within 2DBarcodes on their smartphones. For more information visit Ends Originally published in Food Australia journal. High res image available When businesses pivot to make PPE, are all the boxes being ticked? 2020-04-15T06:13:54Z when-businesses-pivot-to-make-ppe-are-all-the-boxes-being-ticked Australia can be thankful for its manufacturing base and the entrepreneurs who keep it going. So when the NSW Premier recently released a call-to-action for companies to re-tool and produce Personal Protective Equipment (PPE*) to meet increased demand, many businesses nationwide were prompted to change direction and supply PPE to the frontline health workers who need it. These new suppliers to the health industry, for example a gin distiller making hand sanitiser, may not be aware that state and territory health departments, and many other health provider organisations, require unique identification, barcoding and product data using GS1 standards. One of the key reasons for these requirements is the enhanced ability to track and trace products throughout the supply chain for improved visibility, to streamline processes for greater efficiency and productivity, and ultimately, to make their environments safer for patients and staff. To support manufacturers who have taken on the challenge of supplying these critical products, GS1 Australia is offering these suppliers at no charge: Priority support from the GS1 PPE Support team GS1 Australia membership** Allocation of identification numbers for barcodes as required Assistance in creating and testing barcodes on the new products Access to training and support services ​Access to additional supporting services from GS1 **For companies who were not already GS1 Australia members Existing GS1 Australia members who move to producing PPE products are also being provided with prioritised support and assistance to get their products to market sooner. “We want to ensure that new suppliers to the health industry who are re-tooling to manufacture PPE products get express but comprehensive support for the duration of the COVID-19 crisis in Australia,” said Maria Palazzolo, GS1 Australia’s chief executive officer. Details of the offer and regulatory information can be found here: “Our priority right now is to support the sector and its people that is supporting our community,” she added. While patient safety is paramount in healthcare, other drivers for having a digital supply chain include the ability to identify and authenticate pharmaceuticals and medical devices, traceability of products from manufacture to the point of care and improved industry efficiencies. GS1 data standards not only benefit the supply chain but can also add value when used within clinical processes by providing underlying interoperability of data within areas such as theatre management, electronic medication management and administration, surgical equipment management, patient medical and health records, resource and capacity management, asset tracking, reimbursement and costing, and more. Ends Note to editor: Maria Palazzolo, GS1's CEO and Marcel Sieira, GS1's Chief Customer Officer are available for interview. Please call Wendy McWilliams on 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665 to set up a suitable time. Further information: Background information on the standards in the healthcare sector can be found here: * PPE equipment includes but is not limited to: Masks, gloves, face guards/visors, goggles, glasses, gowns, coveralls, aprons, head covers/hoods, leg and shoe covers. This offer also applies to other items that are critical in treating infected patients during the COVID-19 outbreak, including but not limited to: Ventilators, respirators and hand sanitiser About GS1 Australia: GS1 Australia is the Australian member of GS1, a not-for-profit global organisation that develops and maintains the most widely-used supply chain standards in the world. GS1 Australia currently supports around 20,000 member organisations nationally representing 22 industry sectors including healthcare where our global data standards to improve supply chain efficiency, enable traceability and support improved patient safety. For more information visit or follow on LinkedIn and Twitter Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of GS1 Australia by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on Tel: 03 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Email: or Marian Makram-Perkins on Tel: 03 8581 5940. Email: Keep your licence with this new vehicle ignition interlock system 2020-03-10T01:14:31Z keep-your-licence-with-this-new-vehicle-ignition-interlock-system Drivers don't have to be prosecuted and ordered by the courts to install an ignition interlock system; they can do it voluntarily for themselves, their partners and their children. Commercial applications for these units are becoming increasingly popular where organisations install them in their company vehicles. However, the most common use is where a car owner has the potential for drink driving but needs their licence for work or the school run, for example. They can’t afford to lose their licence so install a breathalyser that is connected to the ignition and must pass the breath test before the engine starts. Helping keep drivers safer on the roads, Andatech's new ALX3000 ignition interlock breathalyser can be set to zero or programmed to a maximum desired BAC level, such as 0.025, which is below the legal limit and would accommodate approximately one standard drink. With a high level of P-platers involved in road deaths, parents may wish to install one in their child's car to give them greater peace of mind knowing they won't be able to start the car unless they provide a clean breath sample. "Not having drivers on the road who are over the BAC (blood alcohol concentration) level is better for everyone," said Michael D’Angelo, product specialist from Andatech. "Using this interlock device isn't a hassle as it's simple and fast to use. It is also compact and easily concealable so it's not obvious to anyone else,” he said. "A sensible choice for business owners is to install an interlock system in company vehicles, which is seen as responsible in protecting both their employee and their asset." The ALX3000 breathalyser has the ability to store the test results values for up to 100,000 tests. These can be viewed on the sharp OLED display, which shows the status and test result crisply and clearly. Accurate, smart breathalyser A fuel cell sensor provides a precise BAC level along with other sensors that provide accurate readings such as temperature, flow and altitude. An internal buzzer indicates the status and measurement result as sound, indicating when the breath alcohol test has been completed. The result appears shortly after the reading has taken place. Drivers who are over the programmed limit, will have to wait five minutes before they are able to take the test again. Living with an interlock device It doesn't take long to get used to driving with an interlock device. Other people can still drive the car as long as they are under the limit, whether that's a friend or motor mechanic. Using the device is very quick. The driver simply sits in the driver's seat, turns the unit on, blows into the mouthpiece and drives off. Drivers shouldn't be embarrassed they have one fitted, but be honest about their situation and the responsible approach they are taking. The benefits of having an ignition interlock system are many, whether it's for private use or for a company vehicle, with the ultimate achievement of preventing drink-driving. Andatech's ALX3000 breathalyser has an RRP of $1700 and comes with a one-year warranty. It needs to be installed by an auto electrician (additional cost). It is available online from ends Further enquiries: Issued on behalf of Andatech by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. Selection of high res images available: view some in media release attached. Power protection vendor Delta Electronics Australia appoints Comscentre to its Premium Partners list 2020-02-26T23:58:00Z power-protection-vendor-delta-electronics-australia-appoints-comscentre-to-its-premium-partners-list Power electronics vendor, Delta Electronics Australia has appointed Comscentre as a Premium Partner, providing the Australian managed network provider with access to the full range of Delta UPS products and cooling solutions. Comscentre is a specialised provider of enterprise-grade communications products and services. Comscentre will now have access to Delta’s full portfolio of products. Delta Australia channel manager, Stephen Lovelace said, “The partnership with Comscentre further enforces our commitment to the channel and our commitment to support our valued customers. The alignment of Comscentre fits perfectly with our company’s goals and further enables our premium partners to offer best in class solutions nationally.” “This aligns with our strategy to bring Delta Australia’s range of products into the IT market via strategic national companies that are working in our ICT targeted verticals. Comscentre fits into this niche perfectly. We know that Comscentre will deliver great complete solutions that the market is demanding.” Comscentre managing director, Ben Shipley, said Delta Australia’s capability and specialist services are an ideal fit with the company’s existing range of customer solutions. “This strategic partnership with Delta allows us to provide customers with even greater peace of mind, assuring them their business-critical systems will remain up and continue to function without disruption. Delta’s best in class UPS product range gives us yet another layer of redundancy to assure them of this,” Shipley said. Earlier this month, Delta Australia appointed Stephen Lovelace as channel manager and launched a new range of Amplon Rack and Tower UPS products. The Amplon family of UPS offers best in class efficiency and reliability in a scalable solution. The solution’s expansive capability is due to its modular battery that will increase run times or follow increasing hardware growth needs. As a Delta premium partner, Comscentre is taking advantage of the latest in UPS technology from one of the world’s largest manufacturers of UPS solutions. Ends About Delta Electronics (Australia) Pty Ltd Delta Electronics (Australia) Pty Ltd is a subsidiary of Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL. As a Delta Group company, Delta Australia is committed to its mission statement, “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow”. Delta Group is a global producer of power and thermal management products and solutions, which is supported by sales offices worldwide and by R&D centres and manufacturing facilities in Taiwan, China, USA, Europe, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, India, Mexico and Brazil. Delta's business categories include Power Electronics, Automation, and Infrastructure. In Australia, Delta is rapidly expanding into solutions for Renewable Energy Solutions (Solar Inverters), Industrial Automation, Power Quality, LED Lighting, Display and Control Room, Mission Critical Infrastructure, Electric Vehicle Charging and Energy Storage. To find out more about Delta Australia please visit: About Comscentre Comscentre is Australian owned and operated. They design, deliver and manage enterprise-grade network and collaboration solutions for some of Australia’s most recognisable brands, including Australia Post, Flight Centre, Vinnies and Hawthorn Football Club, among others. Comscentre’s unique One Touch Control platform brings together the network, carriage, licensing, helpdesk and support, into a single, centrally managed portal, providing customers with a single pane of glass view, single source of truth, and full visibility and control over their network and its operation. Comscentre brings innovation and simplicity to their clients by transforming the way they connect, collaborate and operate. Comscentre has offices in Sydney, Melbourne, Brisbane, Perth, Adelaide and Manila. For more information, call 1300 134 684 or Connect with Comscentre on LinkedIn, Twitter or Facebook. suggested captions: Ben Shipley, managing director of Comcentre, which has just been appointed a Delta Electronics Australia Premium Partner. Stephen Lovelace, Delta Australia’s channel manager, said Comcentre now has access to Delta’s full portfolio of products Help is at hand to keep athletes performing at their best 2020-02-25T02:33:40Z help-is-at-hand-to-keep-athletes-performing-at-their-best Money and sport go hand in hand. From an athlete's perspective, their monetary worth is based on how well they perform. And if they are injured they can't perform at all. That's one reason why Richard Maloney works with professional sports people from sports such as AFL, AFLW, WAFL, NRL, NBL and netball. Richard helps them become injury free and break the negative cycles and limiting beliefs that hold players back. With footy already on our screens and the Olympics around the corner, why not talk to Richard to discuss the many issues around athletes having (and not having!) the right mental attitude. As a leading mental health sports coach, Richard has worked with elite athletes for 20 years. Over this time he has found out what sports people need to do to perform at their highest peak and be injury free.Please see further information attached. If you would like to interview Richard Maloney, please get in touch. PMA A-NZ and GS1 Australia improving the safety of fresh produce 2020-02-24T01:27:12Z pma-a-nz-and-gs1-australia-improving-the-safety-of-fresh-produce Produce Marketing Association Australia-New Zealand (PMA A-NZ) and GS1 Australia have officially signed an agreement to support the Australian fresh fruit and vegetable industry to achieve enhanced food safety through the use of a national food recall platform. The peak industry body PMA A-NZ encourages the adoption of the GS1 Australia Recall portal within the fresh produce industry to assist growers and suppliers address major challenges of food tampering and food safety. In February this year, Ministers from the Australia and New Zealand Ministerial Forum on Food Regulation, requested Food Safety Australia and New Zealand (FSANZ) to identify appropriate regulatory and non-regulatory measures for Australia to manage food safety risks. Particular products included berries, pre-cut fruits and melons. The request creates a microscopic focus on the risk management of these products and has become a key focus area for produce growers, suppliers and the PMA A-NZ. Darren Keating, CEO of PMA A-NZ, said, “Food safety underpins the success of the entire fresh produce industry. By using tools such as GS1 Australia’s Recall platform, the industry can achieve greater speed and consistency in the management of their product recalls and withdrawals, delivering safer produce to Australian consumers.” The use of the Recall platform is supported by FSANZ as a communication tool that enables organisations of any size, including manufacturers, wholesalers, retailers and importers to share product recall notifications with their trading partners and regulators. Recall is also certified by HACCP Australia as an effective and suitable technology for businesses that operate a HACCP based Food Safety Program. “GS1 Australia is proud to continue its collaboration with PMA,” said Marcel Sieira, GS1 Australia’s Chief Customer Officer, “and help their members be better prepared for product recalls. Being able to communicate with your key trading partners and regulators is key for organisations to protect their customers, their reputation and their brand.” ends About PMA A-NZ PMA Australia-New Zealand Limited (PMA A-NZ) is the first stand-alone global affiliate of the Produce Marketing Association (PMA Global) - the leading global fresh produce trade association serving member companies around the world and every segment of the fresh fruit, vegetable and floral supply chain. By working across the whole supply chain, PMA A-NZ strives to assist businesses to increase their sales of fresh and safe produce to regional and global consumers and develop their internal business capabilities through motivated and skilled employees. About GS1 Australia GS1 is a neutral, not-for-profit organisation that develops and maintains the most widely used global standards for efficient business communication. It is best known for the barcode, named by the BBC as one of “the 50 things that made the world economy”. GS1 standards and services improve the efficiency, safety and visibility of supply chains across physical and digital channels in 25 sectors. With local Member Organisations in 114 countries, 1.5 million user companies and 6 billion transactions every day, GS1 standards create a common language that supports systems and processes across the globe. GS1 Australia has over 20,000 company members. For more information visit the GS1 Australia website or follow us on LinkedIn, Twitter and our YouTube channel. Media contacts: Charlotte Gingell – PMA. Email: Tracey Kelly-Jenkins - GS1 Australia. Email: Suggested caption: GS1 is collaborating with PMA, which will see any organisation involved in the fresh fruit and vegetable industry be better prepared for product recalls. SENEC Australia expands its operations with new GM appointment 2020-02-23T04:22:38Z senec-australia-expands-its-operations-with-new-gm-appointment A world-leader in innovative energy and storage solutions, SENEC Australia has expanded its operations by opening an office in Sydney and appointing Patrick Duignan as general manager of sales & service. The German solar battery manufacturer set up its regional head office in Perth two years ago and has been making inroads into the home, apartment and mining battery storage market since then. SENEC has just doubled the warranty for its new hybrid battery to 20 years, which alone is expected to be a major impetus for all homeowners with rooftop solar to take the next logical step and add a battery. Interestingly, in Germany more than half of PV (photovoltaic) rooftop purchases include a battery for energy storage. However, in Australia the total number of households with solar batteries is a low 8 per cent. Mr Duignan is well known in the solar industry having previously worked for Hanwha Q Cells Australia (Managing Director) and SMA Technology (Sales Manager). He has a proven track record in managing multi-million-dollar accounts and securing new business to underpin both revenue and financial success. A priority for Mr Duignan in his new role at SENEC will be to continue to build and grow strong partnerships and encourage more solar PV suppliers to take advantage of the support, training, education and technical assistance available to them from the SENEC team. "It is rare to be able to join a company that has embraced the needs of the market and developed a premium product and service solution that is tailored based on those needs," Mr Duignan said. “This, combined with the backing of EnBW and the ability to offer a 20-year warranty, makes SENEC a very strong and attractive choice for the Australian residential market. “We look forward to growing the team on the eastern seaboard with a new business development manager joining us in March.” SENEC launched its new SENEC.Home V3 Hybrid battery in late 2019, which offers home owners extensive benefits including 90 per cent solar power self-sufficiency, even in blackouts. The combined photovoltaic inverter and battery inverter of this model delivers savings of approximately $4,000 per installation due to its simplified installation and design aggregation. 2020 Excellence Award Innovative design and engineering has seen SENEC receive the German Excellence Award 2020 in the Products and Services B2C category for its SENEC.360° solution, a comprehensive offering that enables home owners to supply themselves completely with self-generated solar power. The SENEC.360° complete solution comprises high-performance photovoltaic modules, intelligent power storage and SENEC.Cloud To Go for charging on the go. This electric mobility solution becomes part of the energy ecosystem with the SENEC.360° comprehensive package unique in the world. ends Note: Energie Baden-Württemberg AG (EnBW) supplies electricity, gas, water and energy-related products and services to 5.5 million customers. It has a workforce of 21,775 and generated revenue of some 20.62 billion euros in the 2018 financial year. About SENEC: SENEC is one of the world’s most popular brands for innovative energy and storage solutions. The company has been repeatedly honoured by EuPD Research as a Top PV Brand Power Storage. With its sophisticated storage-based energy solutions, SENEC gives people the freedom to generate, use and share their sustainable energy. Since March 2018, SENEC has been a wholly owned subsidiary of EnBW Energie Baden-Württemberg AG, one of the largest energy supply companies in Germany and Europe. EnBW is resolutely focused on the transition towards a renewable energy future – with the tradition of the company always focusing on the customer. SENEC Australia was established in 2017 and is based in Perth. Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of SENEC Australia by WMC Public Relations Pty Limited. Contact Karan Nagrani, Marketing Manager, SENEC Australia on 0430 954 922 or contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. Selection of high res photos available A simple breath test can now find an accurate ketosis level 2020-02-05T00:08:01Z a-simple-breath-test-can-now-find-an-accurate-ketosis-level A three-second breath is all it takes to now obtain an accurate ketone level thanks to a new, smart, handheld electronic meter. Invasive and unpleasant blood and urine tests can be eliminated. If you are on a keto diet, the highly sensitive KetoScan Mini meter, which works with a mobile app, allows all ketone test results to be tracked from a smartphone. By accurately detecting ketone levels, users can keep within a desired range, depending on the level of ketosis required. The KetoScan Mini can measure breath acetone concentration up to 99 parts per million. The simple test can be done at home, in the gym, after a swim or jog or anywhere a fat loss result is required. There are several versions of the ketogenic diet, with the most common being a very low-carb, high-fat diet that involves reducing carbohydrate intake and replacing it with fat. This diet allows the body to start burning fat instead of glucose and can help people lose weight. This reduction in carbs puts a body into a metabolic state called ketosis. It is recommended that anyone undertaking a keto diet first seeks advice from their GP. The highly accurate KetoScan Mini from Andatech is 10 times more sensitive to ethanol and 50 times more sensitive to hydrogen than other sensors. It is designed to detect acetone (ketone) concentration and ignore other gasses that can contaminate the results. The more fat that is metabolised into energy, the higher the levels of ketone in the breath. A Ketone Levels Chart is provided with the device that shows 13 ketosis levels along with an acetone reading, which is an indication of body fat lipolysis and ketone generation. Early ketosis starts at a level of 2ppm (part per million) with a proper ketosis level starting at 5ppm. The optimum level is 10-40ppm and shows the user is burning fat at a rapid pace. Email and share results With people who are on an exercise program or being coached on their dietary intake, ketone test results can be emailed to the coach, personal trainer and their physician. Results can also be shared with diet and fitness buddies with the KetoScan app displaying weekly rankings between two and more people, which can help motivate everyone to reach their goals. In monitoring all results, the device and app keeps all historical quantitative data on measuring ketosis and fat loss. Synchronised Pairing with the KetoScan mobile app allows users to synchronise to iOS Health, Samsung Health and Google Fit, which can help users better reach their fitness and weight loss goals. The ability for self-diagnosis of ketosis is easy with the KetoScan Mini and app. To maintain its accuracy, it notifies the user when calibration is required, which is needed after 300 tests. The device will lock after 320 tests to prevent it from providing inaccurate results. For more information visit: ends About Andatech: Andatech is a 100% Australian owned company that designs, supplies, supports and services safety and wellness products including high quality alcohol and drug testing equipment, and air quality products. The company has the widest range of Australian Standard-certified breathalysers in Australia, which are designed for personal use, in workplaces, at hospitality venues (wall mounted) and as car interlock devices. Drug testing kits cover saliva and urine testing of 7 drug groups providing error-free results. Air quality products include dehumidifiers, air purifiers, humidifiers and aroma diffusers. To request high res photos please contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR on 03 9803 2588 or email World-first program sees injuries eliminated from professional sports people 2020-02-04T01:56:40Z world-first-program-sees-injuries-eliminated-from-professional-sports-people Professional sportsmen and sportswomen no longer have to imagine a life where performing at their highest peak is a given and injury is no longer a concern. Through a new ground-breaking program developed by Melbourne mental health sports coach, Richard Maloney, this is now a reality with scores of elite athletes from around the world endorsing the system. Injury Free | Mental Training for Elite Athletes (Lifestyle Entrepreneur Press) by Richard Maloney takes readers on an epic and life-changing journey through Maloney's ground-breaking 'Quality Mind' program and provides the tools to alleviate injury and break the negative cycles and limiting beliefs that hold players back. Accompanying the Amazon No.1 best seller book is a free Quality Mind app, which is equivalent to athletes having a performance coach in their pocket. As Maloney explains, injuries take a devastating financial and emotional toll on athletes no matter what level they compete at. The Quality Mind program is for athletes training for the Olympics, for professional players in elite codes and even for someone just trying to improve their golf game. "The key to being injury free is continuously becoming self-aware by connecting to your heart space and getting in touch moment by moment with your innate intuition, and then letting life flow to you," he said. Maloney outlines seven common areas where athletes can continually break down with injuries as well as mental health issues: Not managing pressure from the media and parents (for younger athletes) Not 100% focussed Burnout Lacking self-worth Not listening to their body (eg fatigue) Not unconditionally excited Being an inconsistent performer "As an elite athlete, your highest excitement is performing on the big stage, entertaining the crowds and dominating the play," Maloney writes. "When you become worried or fearful of what other people think, or whether something's going to happen, you get out of alignment with your true potential.” “Nine times out of ten, I can now accurately predict when an athlete I'm working with is going to get injured, and through my twenty years of working with high-performing people and athletes, I've built a tangible, proven, step-by-step system to eradicate injury and improve performance." The Injury Free self-coaching book and app will unlock inner super-powers, resulting in the best sports performances possible, as well as increased happiness, health, wealth and thriving relationships. This is achieved through practical, actionable and proven mental training. Injury Free teaches readers how to: Unlock their ultimate sports capability while minimising or eliminating sports injuries and significantly increasing play time. Unleash new levels of energy and passion. Release inner fears and dissolve limiting beliefs that are inhibiting success. Discover and explore their higher mind and the extraordinary powers and abilities that this affords once recognised. The book reveals the 5-step process allowing them to reach their potential: Evaluate (where are you now/where do you want to be?); Retrain (discovering another way); Clean (making room for the new); Dream (creating the new you); and Live (become the new you). Richard says that many high-profile players who start with great potential and then drop off are not mentally equipped, “They don’t have a strong mental foundation,” he said. “It’s the same for young kids who crash out. The pre-season provides so much pressure.” Injury Free has numerous case studies from athletes who have experienced the program and its overwhelmingly positive outcomes, and who are now reaping the rewards. This includes: * Shaun Higgins from the North Melbourne Football Club who says that it has been the secret to his success. Shaun won the team’s best and fairest in 2017 and 2018 and was named an All-Australian in 2018 at 30 years old. * Tiarna Ernst, a doctor at Royal Brisbane & Women's Hospital and an AFLW player who now plays with the Gold Coast Suns after three years with the Western Bulldogs where she won a premiership in 2018. Juggling two vocations successfully is attributed to Richard’s program. * Easton Wood from the Western Bulldogs Football Club. Easton won the Club Best and Fairest and was selected All-Australian in 2015. In 2016 Easton captained the team to a winning premiership. * Laura Attard from Carlton Football Club who says, "the work is on my mind and yet the impact on my body has been so positive". Injury Free | Mental Training for Elite Athletes introduces a world-first, proven activation system, teaching athletes, sports managers and coaches how to handle the high pressure of elite sports and consistently reach the pinnacle of performance, game after game. Injury Free has an RRP of $35.95 (paperback version with app included) and is available from all good bookstores and online at An eBook is available for $2.99. ends About Richard Maloney Richard Maloney is the founder of both Engage & Grow Global and Quality Mind Global. With over 20 years of experience in the sports industry, and having worked with hundreds of elite athletes, Rich has proven time and time again that the body is led by the mind. Now, he has a unique and tangible system designed to minimise or eliminate injuries from athletes through systematic mental training, allowing anyone to unlock their ultimate sports capability and true potential, in both sport and in life. Media enquiries: Issued on behalf of Richard Maloney by WMC Public Relations Pty Ltd. Contact Wendy McWilliams on (03) 9803 2588 / 0421 364 665. E: Delta launches new UPS and appoints National Channel Manager 2020-02-03T01:31:16Z delta-launches-new-ups-and-appoints-national-channel-manager Delta Electronics Australia Pty Ltd has launched a new range of Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS) devices that delivers a high-power-density rack/tower solution in a much smaller footprint.   Delta has also announced the appointment of Steve Lovelace to Delta Australia's mission critical systems team as National Channel Manager.   The Delta Amplon UPS RT 1-20kVA range of UPS is Delta’s most complete power solution for mission critical ICT environments, providing Australian organisations access to significant operations and energy-saving features such as a high output power factor of 0.9 that provides more real power to critical loads; operation temperature tolerance up to 50°C; up to 94 per cent AC-AC efficiency and 97 per cent efficiency in ECO mode; and intelligent battery management to sustain battery life and performance.   This new model has a much smaller footprint than other models, which can save up to 67 per cent of space, and excellent local communications through a rotatable LCD display.   In addition, the Delta Amplon UPS range offers optional Li-ion battery technology allowing hot-swappable battery strings, replaceable from the front of the rack and enabling continuous operation. This feature addresses critical issues such as maintenance costs, space, manageability and total cost of ownership.   New Channel Manager, Steve Lovelace   Delta Australia recognises that both IT and electric distribution channels play important roles in supporting its strong commitment to customers and to this end has appointed Steve Lovelace to its mission critical systems team as National Channel Manager.   Mr Lovelace will be placing emphasis on specific routes to market including alliance partners, value-add resellers and distributors, service providers and system integrators.   David Leal, Eltek* regional president–APAC and country manager for Delta Electronics Australia, said, "Today’s successful channel companies are extremely diverse, competitive and agile while continually seeking additional revenue streams and increase diminishing margins.   "It’s a very exciting time for Delta and the IT channel as we recognise our partners are diversifying and evolving to the present need for mission critical requirements. Our mission, which is to provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow, is being directly addressed through Steve’s appointment and our ongoing investment and support.   “We are definitely moving in the right direction to deliver this to our customers," Leal said.   Ends   About Delta Electronics (Australia) Pty Ltd Delta Electronics (Australia) Pty Ltd is a subsidiary of Delta Electronics (Thailand) PCL. As a Delta Group company, Delta Australia is committed to its mission statement “To provide innovative, clean and energy-efficient solutions for a better tomorrow”. Delta Group is a global producer of power and thermal management products and solutions which is supported by sales offices worldwide and by R&D centres and manufacturing facilities in Taiwan, China, USA, Europe, Thailand, Japan, Singapore, India, Mexico and Brazil. Delta's business categories include power electronics, automation and infrastructure. In Australia, Delta is rapidly expanding into solutions for renewable energy solutions (solar inverters), industrial automation, power quality, LED lighting, display and control room, mission critical infrastructure, electric vehicle charging and energy storage. * Eltek, a Delta Groups company, is a global power specialist that develops, manufactures, sells and distributes cutting-edge power solutions and services. Solutions provide power and backup power required for efficient and stable operation of essential infrastructure that makes the world work, such as telecom, power utilities, data centres, railway & metro, marine & offshore and rural electrification.   More product information can be found here: Further media enquiries: Karin Siruckova at Caption 1: The new Delta Amplon UPS RT 1-3kVA UPS, which is Delta’s most complete power solution and saves up to 67% of space. Caption 2: Steve Lovelace is Delta Australia’s new National Channel Manager in the company’s mission critical systems team. To request a high res image, please contact Wendy McWilliams at WMC PR.