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Five-metre scanning from Intermec by Honeywell Intermec by Honeywell scanners are being used by the Australian shipping industry to scan and automatically read shipping container codes and numbers from a distance of up to five metres, allowing them to track containers in real time and reduce errors in data capture. With assistance from its Melbourne research and development team, Honeywell has tailored its rugged mobile computers for the shipping industry by: adding 2D imaging capabilities to the CK71 scanner (pictured); and by pairing the SR61EX long range scanner with a CV61 fixed vehicle mount computer, which can be used for optical character recognition (OCR). “A common practice each evening following the closure of the port is for the company to send out ‘walkers’ throughout its yard to manually record on paper each container’s number and location,” says Tony Repaci, country manager for Honeywell Scanning and Mobility, ANZ. But the introduction of the software-based imaging solutions has automated data collection by using OCR technology to scan letters and numbers on shipping containers saving time.

Panasonic 6 Series dome network cameras Panasonic has introduced six new fixed dome network surveillance cameras, which offer highresolution images with clear motion and improved low-light capabilities while resisting vandalism. Each 6 Series camera is available in a 1080p/60p Full HD model or a 720p/60p HD model. They include an IP66 rated outdoor weather and vandal-resistant camera, an indoor vandal-resistant camera and a standard indoor dome model. Top features of the range include: video capture at 60 frames per second, for very clear images of moving objects; up to 133dB of dynamic range, for improved performance in highly dynamic lighting conditions; and the ability to encode up to four simultaneous H.264 streams, and six JPEG outputs, while maintaining efficient use of bandwidth. Low-light performance is enhanced through MNR (Multi-process Noise Reduction) and Super Chroma Compensation (SCC) technologies, which ensure both bright and dark areas are faithfully reproduced with minimum video noise and accurate colour reproduction. The range is available through distributors Pacific Communications (, DAS ( and Lan 1 (

Saferoads Omni Stop bollard The Omni Stop Bollard is an energy-absorbing bollard that allows access for workers to a construction zone or pedestrians to a shopping precinct while preventing vehicle penetration at the same time. The carbon steel bollard is supported by an energy absorbing cartridge that is encased in a concrete footing. When the bollard is hit, the cartridge deforms and absorbs the kinetic energy of the vehicle. Saferoads, based in West Gippsland, Victoria, says that the Omni Stop moves no more than 30 centimetres at the top when hit by a 1600-kilogram car travelling at 60 kilometres per hour. The cartridge can deform in any direction – hence the name – allowing it to be located where it provides the best protection. After most impacts, the company says, the inner cartridge can be replaced and the bollard itself reused. Designed, assembled and tested in Australia, the Omni Stop has been crash-tested with impacts up to 60 kilometres per hour and complies with the requirements of AS/NZS3845:1999 Table 5.3.3(3). Site applications for the bollard include pavement cafés, tram and bus stops, retail shop windows and construction sites on busy roads.


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Is cogeneration the answer to your energy needs? Cogeneration – the simultaneous production of electricity and heat from a single fuel source – is a hot topic right now. But there is still some confusion surrounding the concept and its uses and feasibility. The team from the New South Wales Office of Environment and Heritage (OEH) is here to help.

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How to save energy without capex Energy savings and NABERS rating maintenance without dipping into capital expenditure is possible when you use your Building Management System (BMS) to its full potential, writes DAVID ODD, National Sustainability Engineer, AE Smith.


magine you’re sitting in a racing car. You’re in the

in existing facilities. The value of removing the blindfold is

driver’s seat on the starting grid. You feel the engine

undeniable, particularly when it promises energy savings

throbbing. It’s hot and it’s noisy. The start flag goes

and maintenance of a building’s hard-earned NABERS

down and your pit crew’s screaming at you over

rating. All without spending any of your capex (capital

the radio, “Go, go, go!” It’s then you realise you’re

expenditure) budget.

blindfolded! You take off down the straight. You hit the wall on the right, so you turn left. You hit the wall on the left, so you turn right. It’s scary how little control you actually have. Now, replace the car with the Building Management

Understand what puts your energy targets at risk

right now. It can’t see the corners in the road ahead, such as

The fi rst step to reduce risk is to understand the difference between expectation and reality. Expectation is based on an understanding of how a

changes to the weather throughout the day. In effect, your BMS

building HVAC system operates using historical data, energy

is blindfolded as well, bouncing from one set point to another.

consumption models and future vacancy rates, whereas

System (BMS) in your facility. This is exactly how it’s ‘driving’

With HVAC systems typically accounting for 60 to 70

reality is driven by other, less predictable factors such as the

percent of Base Building Energy consumption, arguably

weather, the behaviour of occupants, the placement of the

your BMS poses the single greatest risk to controlling energy

thermostat, the efficiency of equipment.


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How to drive optimal HVAC PERFORMANCE THROUGH DATA ANALYTICS TECHNOLOGY By Peter Morris, national service manager, Buildings Business, Schneider Electric


eating ventilation and cooling (HVAC) are huge contributors to a building’s power use. Optimising their efficiency can significantly reduce overall power usage. HVAC can be complex to effectively optimise and

until recently it has been difficult for building managers to develop simple solutions to building and HVAC problems. However, recent advancements in Big Data analysis have enabled building managers to gain granular insights into their buildings, giving them a more holistic view of their operations. This helps them reduce energy costs, equipment outages and occupant discomfort.

Improve efficiency through informed insights In order to achieve the maximum operational efficiencies from data analytics, facility managers must fi rst derive the most comprehensive insights from their building’s data. The latest analytics technologies are often based on Managed Software as a Service (MSaaS) solutions. With managed services, external and third-party engineering analysts help aggregate and analyse diagnostic results and track progress. The managed services aspect of data analytics technology ensures that information is used to keep buildings operating at peak performance for optimal return on investment (ROI); it’s like having an industry leading expert monitoring your building 24/7.For example, an analytics report can guide the on-site maintenance team to choose the best course of action on a daily basis to optimise building operations.

Leveraging data analytics for effective vendor management Building managers and their suppliers can use building analytics data to validate and verify improvements or


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Multi-monitor installations for digital signage The secrets to successful multi-monitor installations are proper planning and the right hardware and software, writes SARAH KELLY, corporate marketing manager, Matrox Graphics.


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