When 1.7 million South Australians lost power in late September, the family of Redflow CEO Simon Hackett in suburban Adelaide learned of the state-wide blackout only by reading of it on social media.
As the electricity grid shut down to protect itself during a fierce storm, two Redflow batteries at the Hackett house continued to operate, providing it with electricity, without missing a beat.
At last week’s Redflow AGM, Mr Hackett said the two ZBM2 batteries had worked as intended. “They kept our lights on as the rest of the state was plunged into darkness,” he said.
Adelaide’s premier audio-visual specialist VAF Research will this week display Sony’s latest and greatest 4K high definition laser projector - worth $90,000 - in an SA first event at its Kent Town showrooms.
Highlighted by an invitation-only event this Wednesday evening, VAF will demonstrate Sony’s top-of-the range VPL-HW5000es projector all this week, hooked up to breathtaking VAF speakers.
Dubbed the world’s most advanced 4K projector, the Sony VPL-VW5000ES contains dual laser light sources that deliver 20,000 hours of lamp life with as much as 5000 lumens of brightness at a screen resolution of 4096 by 2160 pixels.
Centrify, the leader in securing enterprise identities against cyberthreats, has issued a safety checklist to help consumers reduce security risks as they rush to buy Christmas gifts online at the last minute.
As online shopping becomes the norm due to convenience, the recent Centrify Online Shopping Survey, an online study commissioned by Centrify, found that one in eight respondents said they would accept discounts and special offers from retailers in exchange for their passwords, highlighting the risks consumers are willing to take in order to save money online. Disturbingly, the Australian Payments Clearing Association has reported that Card Not Present fraud – typically where credit cards are used for online purchases – jumped by 21 per cent last year.
With this Christmas shopping season well under way, Centrify has issued 10 tips for online shopping safety to help consumers recognise security risks and ensure they shop online in safety.
Centrify Senior Director APAC Sales Niall King said a recent Centrify Online Shopping survey showed many consumers still make basic security mistakes. “Nearly 14 per cent admitted they share passwords with friends and family so they can login to their accounts,” he said.
UltraServe has expanded into the United States, opening an office in Chicago to meet demand for its SmartStack-powered SAP Hybris deployment and hosting expertise.Australian ecommerce specialist
UltraServe expects its Illinois office to grow within the next few months as word-of-mouth spreads about its ability to deploy ecommerce platforms in weeks rather than months.
UltraServe recently undertook a major engagement in the US to assist a pharmaceutical multinational to put a challenging Hybris deployment back on track. It achieved this within weeks. UltraServe’s US beachhead follows a successful international expansion that has seen the Sydney-based company win business in countries as diverse as Brazil and India.
UltraServe CEO Matt Hyland said the Chicago office gave the company “skin in the game”. “We deal with some very large organisations, so establishing a US office adds to our global credibility,” he said.
Melbourne car dealership Essendon Renault has saved thousands of dollars a year by deploying Accelerated 4G routers to avoid broadband breakdowns that can bring the business to a standstill.
Essendon Renault is highly reliant on the Internet to operate efficiently, with a state-of-the-art Virtual Machine Cluster serving remote desktop sessions, email and virtualised routing technology and a cloud-based virtual PABX. Both Sales and Service departments rely on real-time Internet access.
However, the company, which has branches in North Melbourne and Moonee Ponds, has experienced a range of broadband outages or service disruptions that have prevented one, or both, branches from accessing the Internet. In one case, the switch to Naked ADSL services disrupted Internet access for the next two weeks.
Essendon Renault Financial Controller Les Hogan said some disruptions had been show-stoppers. “If we haven’t got that instant communication all the time, then my business just stops,” he said.