Australian small business IT specialist Calvert Technologies has expanded its capacity, especially in the real estate industry, after acquiring the assets of Adelaide-based technology company Vivid IT.
Set up in 2013, Vivid IT had a customer base throughout Adelaide, from bricks-and-mortar retailers to several real estate agencies. Calvert has also recruited Vivid IT founder Bobby Collier as an account manager. As well as running his own company, Bobby’s technology experience includes positions in the defence industry with Raytheon and the Australian Air Warfare Destroyer Alliance.
Calvert Technologies is an Adelaide-based Microsoft solutions company that services small business, corporate and government customers throughout Australia. With a headcount of 12, Calvert has clients including Group Training NT in Darwin, the Challenger Gold Mine, Adelaide Expo Hire, Mykra and LCS Landscapes.
Calvert Technologies founder and managing director Dean Calvert said Vivid IT was a “great cultural fit” with his company. “Vivid IT was a smaller version of our company, providing managed services and core products such as Office 365 and security, so there’s a great alignment,” he said.
“We decided to bring these two businesses together because collectively we can deliver better services to customers than we could separately. Bobby has an intimate product knowledge from his time on the tools with Vivid IT, plus a first-hand understanding of what makes businesses tick, so he’s passionate about delivering solutions to real-world business problems.
Adrian and his partner, who live at Glenlyon in central Victoria, have used their ZCell batteries to maintain a “city lifestyle” in the country, without having to “calorie count” their daily energy use.
The self-declared “tree changer” couple, who own energy efficient appliances and insulated the cottage's roof, have plenty of solar-generated energy to power their home, including multiple computers and professional musical amplifiers that Adrian requires for his sound engineering work.
Although the cottage had existing photovoltaic solar panels and a lead-acid battery when they moved in, Adrian and his partner decided to upgrade both the solar panels and the battery to make the property truly grid-independent without heavy use of a diesel backup generator. Redflow’s 10 kilowatt-hour (kWh) zinc-bromine flow batteries, which the solar panels can fully charge in just four hours on a sunny day, deliver clean power that does not interfere with Adrian’s elaborate musical equipment.
Adrian said the energy storage system had cost $56,000 – about one quarter of the $200,000 cost of connecting mains power to the property. “It means we never receive another power bill,” he said.
Australian battery company Redflow Limited (Redflow) today announces leadership changes, including a new Managing Director and CEO and an Independent Non-Executive Chairman, effective immediately, as it prepares to commence manufacturing in Thailand and grow battery sales during the next 12 months.
Appointment of Chief Executive Officer / Managing Director
Redflow’s largest shareholder Simon Hackett - who became acting CEO 12 months ago – has stepped aside from his executive role after completing a year-long mission to refocus, redirect and recapitalise the business. Simon will continue as a non-executive director with special oversight for technology-related matters.
The Redflow Board has promoted Chief Operating Officer, Richard Aird, as CEO to accelerate the company’s new strategic direction announced in May. With more than 20 years’ experience in commercial development and operations, Richard has a thorough understanding of Redflow and its technology from holding various roles with the company since 2009. He has the skills and expertise needed to drive the company as it starts manufacturing batteries in Thailand and implements cost downs in battery production. Discussions regarding terms of engagement to reflect Richard’s new role are well advanced and will be disclosed in accordance with the listing rules when finalised.