Customer demand for low-cost, convenient wireless access has encouraged Billion to launch its BiPAC 3012G USB Wireless Adaptor in Australia, costing just $53.
"It's because we were getting a lot of demand from resellers who want it," says Raaj Menon, the managing director of Billion's exclusive Australian distributor, PC Range. "We used to sell an earlier OEM version, which we discontinued some time back. However, after Billion came out with a newer model overseas, we had a lot of people asking for the Billion device by name.
"At the end of the day, the customer is king, it's back on the shelf."
Advanced demographic modelling of water consumption patterns in Adelaide suggest that pricing models preferred by governments punish the poor and discourage water saving.
Australian company Intelligent Software Development claims that its modelling of water use data from more than 580,000 households has shown that a "flat rate per kilolitre" charge for water would encourage greater water savings than the current tiered system while earning a greater level of revenue. In a report called "A Fairer Water Pricing Policy for Adelaide Residents", Intelligent Software Development also condemns a three tier water pricing model that is proposed to replace the current two-tier system.
"With the current two-tier and proposed three-tier pricing policies, low income households unfairly pay a greater per kilolitre rate for water than high income households," says the report. "This is due to the supply charge added to the household water bill for all households. With the three-tier policy, low income households are forced to save a greater percentage of water (from current two-tier usage) due to financial constraints."
Adelaide courier company Aceit Transport Solutions has more than doubled its turnover in the past three years using state-of-the-art technology developed by Australian transport specialist JAIX Software.
Aceit uses the JAIX MetroLink software, which includes GPS (Global Positioning System) and digital communications technology, to manage its fleet of more than 90 couriers. This has allowed the company to boost deliveries by more than 20 per cent in the past year.
During 2007, JAIX has provided Aceit with a new generation of smart software that integrates satellite navigation and digital communications technology into a system that makes life easier for Aceit, its couriers and their customers. The GPS version of MetroLink provides:
Customers with self-service via the Internet for placing bookings and job “track and trace”
Couriers with handheld computers that seamlessly record every delivery detail, and
Dispatchers with GPS map-based tracking of every courier, customer and booking.