Y Soft unveils premium 3D lesson plans and special EDU bundle to help educators use 3D printing in STEAM curriculum

New exclusive be3D Academy lesson plans available only to YSoft be3D eDee customers  

Y Soft Corporation, the leading enterprise workflow solutions provider, has announced premium 3D lessons in YSoft be3D Academy and a new 3D/2D EDU bundle designed to save schools money by combining their regular 2D print management needs with Y Soft 3D printers.

3D printing in education is a growing market with more and more educational institutions adopting fleets of 3D printers to help STEAM classes illustrate difficult concepts, enhance hands-on interactive learning, and drive class engagement. To help support those efforts, 
Y Soft worked with educators to develop YSoft be3D Academy. The online library of 3D curriculum features comprehensive lesson plans, guides, videos, models, and presentations. It provides everything needed to conduct a STEAM subject lesson using 3D printing. A model database provides additional models that teachers can use to build their own lessons. 

While standard be3D Academy 3D lessons are available for anyone to use for free, Y Soft now provides premium 3D lesson plans exclusively for all eDee customers, including those that purchase the new EDU bundle. Premium lessons have the same rich resources as standard content, but only eDee customers can access them. Premium lessons are available today, and more will be added quarterly. 

Elke Heisschief marketing officer, Y Soft, said, “These premium lessons, and the ones that follow, demonstrate our resolve to provide educators with easy to use and easy to follow lesson plans that help keep students engaged whether in a classroom or even at homeWe’ve learned from schools that these lessons have helped teachers quickly ramp up their home learning classes during the current work/study at home situation caused by COVID-19.”  

Adam O’Neill, managing director, Australia and New Zealand, Y Soft, said, Feedback from customers in Australia has been positive as they have moved to a learning at home situation. With be3D Academy teachers have been able to access practical content quickly and easily. This includes being able to bring teachers up to speed, even those with little to no experience in 3D printing, because of the comprehensiveness and easy-to-follow curriculum provided. 

The files can either be printed by staff still onsite who can then share photos of the finished product with the students or the design files can be saved for when the students go back to school. According to one school be3D Academy was a lifesaver by providing lessons and activities that could engage the students in a practical way, even though they were at home.  

EDU bundle 

Y Soft also announced new affordable educationfocused EDU bundle that includes everything a school needs to start leveraging 3D printing in their classrooms. With scarce resources, educators need to be efficient in their print services offerings while finding new ways to engage students in learning.The EDU bundle combines print management for a school’s 2D printers and 3D printers, accomplished through YSoft SafeQ, the company’s print management and document capture software. Combining their print management options and leveraging available grant monies allows schools to justify the investment into 3D printing. 

The EDU bundle includes: 

  • YSoft be3D eDee printer, a desktop 3D printer with an enclosed chassis for safety 
  • three years of free access to premium 3D lessons in YSoft be3D Academy 
  • DeeControl layering software, easy-to-use PC/Mac application for 3D print preparation 
  • Intelligent software including: 
    • YSoft SafeQ for secure access, the ability to print at any 2D or eDee printer and usage reports 
    • notifications and pictures during print progress, job completion alerts. 
  • beginner’s Accessory Kit 
  • student/faculty ID Card Reader
  • filaments: 3,000 grams each of black, white and orange. 

Elke Heiss said, “This bundle helps schools create an opportunity for students to excel in STEAM subjects and ready them for their future careers at an affordable cost. When a school choosethe be3D eDee solution, they get YSoft SafeQ to manage their 2D and 3D print needs, a unique value only Y Soft can offer.” 

The education bundle also includes 3D print training, multi-year support, and installation. Full details can be found at https://be3dacademy.ysoft.com/en/3d-print-solution. 


About Y Soft 

Y Soft develops intelligent Digital Transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB, and Education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SafeQ® workflow solutions platform enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our 3D print solutions are focused in the Education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SafeQ software for seamless 3D print management.  

Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com. 

CompTIA launches online testing for its industry-leading certification exams

Testing and scheduling available today 

CompTIAthe leading provider of vendor-neutral skills certifications and training for information technology (IT) professionals around the world, has launched an “anytime, anywhere” online testing option for its certification exams. 

CompTIA is collaborating with Pearson VUE, the global leader in computer-based testing, to make its exams available via Pearson VUE’s OnVUE online proctoring solution. 

Todd Thibodeaux, president and CEO, CompTIA, said, “Current and prospective IT professionals, students, career changers and others whose plans have been put on hold due to the COVID-19 pandemic can resume their studies and schedule their exams with the full confidence that we’re here when they’re ready to take their test.  

“They’ll do so on a platform that delivers a rich user experience and robust security protection, all from the privacy and security of their home. This is a great advancement for our global certification program. We’re extremely pleased to work with our longtime partner Pearson VUE to deliver online testing to candidates around the world.” 

Online testing is ideal because it lets certification candidates: 

  • Test from anywhere, especially from the security and privacy of their own home or from any private area. 
  • Test anytime, so candidates can schedule their exam according to their schedule to avoid competing priorities and conflicts. 
  • Test in a highly secure environment, because Pearson VUE’s OnVUE remote proctoring ensures all candidates test under the same secure monitoring conditions as a test centre. 

Online tests may be scheduled for all CompTIA certifications except for CompTIA Certified Technical Trainer (CTT+). 

Getting ready to test  

 It takes just a few simple steps to prepare to take a CompTIA certification exam online. 

  1. Review testing policies and procedure, including CompTIA Testing Policies, the CompTIA Candidate Agreement and Pearson OnVUE Testing Policies. 
  1. Run a system test using the same computer and network that you will use to take your exam. To avoid delays and added stress during your testing appointment, complete the system test prior to the start of your exam appointment.  
  1. Create a Pearson VUE testing account (if you don’t already have one). 
  1. Schedule and complete your online exam.  

The online testing option for CompTIA exams is available in English, around the world, with the following exceptions: China, Cuba, Japan, Iran, North Korea, South Korea, Sudan, Syria, and Slovenia. 

CompTIA will continue to offer both online testing and taking a certification exam in a test centre once those facilities are cleared to reopen for business based on guidance from local governments and health authorities.  


About CompTIA  

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more. 

Konica Minolta Australia spearheads 3D printing effort to provide lifesaving equipment for COVID-19

Konica Minolta, a leading supplier of 3D printing equipment and services in Australia, is working with partners and customers to help address the likely shortage of personal protective equipment (PPE) and ventilators required on the frontlines of the fight against COVID-19.

Matt Hunter, innovation product manager, Konica Minolta, said, “Rapidly-dwindling supplies of PPE and lifesaving ventilators have created a nightmare scenario in other countries as they battle the virus. 3D printing offers a unique opportunity to address these shortages by providing a fast, reliable production method that means essential equipment can be manufactured and delivered to hospitals without long lead times.

“Konica Minolta knew that many Australian organisations would be eager to help protect patients and healthcare workers from the deadly virus. We reached out to key customers and partners in the 3D printing space, as well as health authorities across Australia, to see what we could do. As a result, Konica Minolta is facilitating the development and manufacture of two key pieces of equipment: the hard-to-source Venturi ventilator valve for patients; and the essential P2/N95 filters for PPE for frontline health workers.”

Konica Minolta partner 3D Systems has designed the Venturi ventilator valve for 3D printing and sent the file to Konica Minolta, which will print the valves if they become required. The 3D-printed valve uses biocompatible, sterilisable, high-temperature-resistant material, making it ideal for medical use. And, because it’s 3D printed, the team can provide high volumes at unprecedented speeds, potentially meeting demand as the COVID-19 crisis hits its peak.

The P2/N95 filter is an essential part of the PPE that healthcare workers require. It filters the virus out of the air being breathed so the wearer breathes clean air. These cost-effective masks with a 3D-printed adaptor and easily replaceable filtration can be mass-produced and sent immediately to healthcare workers on the frontline.

Konica Minolta worked with Erebus Motorsport to develop the filter, which is printed using a 3D Systems Figure 4 3D printer. An existing Konica Minolta customer, Erebus had already been in contact to see how 3D printing could help in the fight against COVID-19. Working with Supercars medical delegate, Dr Carl Le, the team created the e-Mask, a snorkel-like face mask with a 3D-printed adaptor for the easy replacement of P2/N95 filters.

The Erebus team and Dr Carl Le also designed a ventilated Perspex box, which is placed around the patient’s head and chest to provide a continuous filtered airflow, called the e-Aerosol Box. The e-Aerosol Box has already been distributed to hospitals around Australia, as the Erebus team now looks at adapting the model for ambulance transportation.

Barry Ryan, CEO, Erebus Motorsport, said, “The urgency to produce PPE equipment for our health care workers right now is at the forefront of our minds, so with Dr Carl’s guidance we identified what is most crucial and our partners like Konica Minolta have been more than willing to get in and make things happen.

“No matter how big or small, we know that if everyone pitches in then we are doing our part to help protect those who are protecting us.

“It can’t be underestimated. We need to move on things right now and do our part. We want to make sure we are in a better position than overseas, so we are doing all we can to ensure we are ready, if and when the worst hits, and teaming with partners like Konica Minolta and encouraging everyone to pitch in is our way of doing our part as Australians.”

Matt Hunter said, “At this stage, no one knows exactly what the demand will look like as Australia continues to work hard to flatten the curve. However, it’s likely that a fast response will be required to save lives. By facilitating the capacity to 3D print these lifesaving components, Konica Minolta and our customers and partners are playing a small but important role in the fight against COVID-19. Having thoroughly tested the parts, we know they work. We’re now looking to see what other customers and partners we can pull into this project to increase capacity even further, and potentially find new ways to contribute.”


About Erebus Motorsport

Erebus Motorsport is a Melbourne-based Australian Supercar team, owned by Betty Klimenko and sponsored by Penrite Oil. Erebus has risen throughout the ranks of Supercars, finishing fourth in the 2019 Teams Championship, with drivers including David Reynolds, Anton De Pasquale and rising star, Will Brown.

About Konica Minolta Australia

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing.

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now.

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies.

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home

Fortinet appoints Glenn Maiden as director of threat intelligence, FortiGuard Labs Australia and New Zealand

Fortinet has appointed Glenn Maiden as director of threat intelligence at FortiGuard Labs Australia and New Zealand. Glenn’s role will focus on threat intelligence sharing to help Australian and New Zealand organisations protect themselves from current and emerging threats.  

With a strong background in defence, intelligence, security and federal government, Glenn has led a wide variety of cybersecurity activities including penetration testingsystems engineering as well as risk assessments and cyber operations. While in the Australian Intelligence Community (AIC), Glenn supported intelligence collection, processing and reporting.  

Glenn has also held roles with the Australian Taxation Office (ATO), where he was the agency’s cybersecurity advisor, and with Lockheed Martin, where he ran cyberoperations for the organisation’s Defence Centralised Processing project. Prior to joining Fortinet, Glenn worked at Cisco, where he ran a national-level program to raise Australia’s overall cyber posture. His focus was on accelerating Australian cybersecurity education and building effective partnerships to realise mutual success.  

At FortiGuard Labs, Glenn will head up threat intelligence operations for Australia and New Zealand. FortiGuard Labs builds the security intelligence that underpins advanced security technologies like artificial intelligence, antivirus, intrusion prevention, and email and web security.  

Glenn Maiden, director of threat intelligence, FortiGuard Labs, said, “Threat intelligence sharing is a crucial aspect of minimising the harm caused by cybersecurity breaches in Australian and New Zealand organisations. Effective threat intelligence sharing can help cybersecurity professionals take a more strategic and proactive approach to protecting their organisations. This can help overcome challenges posed by skills shortages and disparate cybersecurity postures characterised by point solutions that create complexity.  

“By integrating threat intelligence into their cybersecurity posture, organisations can reduce their risk and optimise their security investments, focusing on the controls that will make a real difference.” 

FortiGuard Labs aims to help organisations move away from tactical, responsive approaches to cybersecurity towards a more integrated approach. With more than 200 dedicated researchers and analysts reviewing a constant stream of threat-related data, FortiGuard Labs takes the human cost out of trying to defend organisations’ networks.  

Glenn Maiden said, “Threat intelligence is an extraordinarily valuable tool in the fight against cybercriminals. It’s possible to point to any number of situations in which organisations have avoided significant damage and losses due to timely threat intelligence informing their response to attacks. When organisations have a plethora of point solutions in place, it becomes more difficult to integrate threat intelligence into the cybersecurity ecosystem. It’s important to choose cybersecurity solutions that incorporate a security fabric that extends across the business and leverages threat intelligence for a more effective defence.”  


About FortiGuard Labs
FortiGuard Labs is the global threat intelligence and research organisation at Fortinet. Its mission is to provide our customers with the global threat intelligence and contextualised analysis needed to protect them from malicious cyberattacks. To do so, FortiGuard Labs employs over 200 threat researchers and analysts in 31 countries around the world and utilises one of the most effective and proven artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) systems in the industry. This platform analyses approximately 10 billion events every day to generate actionable threat intelligence updates for Fortinet products and to keep our customers up-to-date with the latest threat identification and protection information available. Additionally, FortiGuard Labs maintains an integrated threat intelligence ecosystem with over 200 security intelligence partnerships and collaborations. The combination of our industry-leading research and analyst team, innovative and proven AI and ML systems, and extensive security intelligence ecosystem enables Fortinet to provide the leading-edge detection and protection our customers and partners need. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs. 

 About Fortinet
Fortinet (NASDAQ: FTNT) secures the largest enterprise, service provider, and government organisations around the world. Fortinet empowers our customers with complete visibility and control across the expanding attack surface and the power to take on ever-increasing performance requirements today and into the future. Only the Fortinet Security Fabric platform can address the most critical security challenges and protect data across the entire digital infrastructure, whether in networked, application, multi-cloud, or edge environments. Fortinet ranks #1 in the most security appliances shipped worldwide and more than 440,000 customers trust Fortinet to protect their businesses. Both a technology company and a learning company, the Fortinet Network Security Expert (NSE) Institute has one of the largest and broadest cybersecurity training programs in the industry. Learn more at http://www.fortinet.com, the Fortinet Blog, or FortiGuard Labs 

CompTIA launches COVID-19 Resources Forum to serve tech community

CompTIAthe leading trade association for the global information technology (IT) industry, announced the launch of the COVID-19 Resources Forum, an interactive online forum to serve technology companies and professionals as well as government agencies during the ongoing pandemic. 

The forum (covid19.comptia.orglets users  share valuable information, resources and best practices on how technology organisations of all sizes are coping with the impact COVID-19 is having on business operations. The forum also serves as a place to ask questions, list or learn about events and programs, and benefit from ideas and processes that are working for other tech professionals and businesses. 

Nancy Hammervik, executive vice president for industry relationsCompTIA, said,  “CompTIA is committed to helping the technology community stay connected and in step with each other by providing continued access to peers, business insight, useful tools and the resources organisations need to navigate the current environment.  

Users can post information about how the technology industry is responding to the public health crisis, details of philanthropic and community service efforts, and tips and tricks to improve remote working. There are also international resources, a listing of virtual industry events, and sections to ask questions of other users and industry experts. 

Technology companies that work with local, state and federal government agencies also can share information and resources specific to the public sector on the forum. CompTIA’s state and federal advocacy team is sharing details directly from government resources on the forum as well. 

Nancy Hammervik said, “Our members and the technology industry are doing incredible work in communities around the world and we want to make sure they have a platform to share best practices, success stories and valuable resources. The technology industry has stepped up and answered the call on so many levels and we want to empower professionals and companies to continue to serve their customers and the public.” 

All content posted to the COVID-19 Resources Forum is moderated by CompTIA, which reserves the right to remove any postings that do not adhere to the user guidelines.  


About CompTIA 

The Computing Technology Industry Association (CompTIA) is a leading voice and advocate for the $5.2 trillion global information technology ecosystem; and the estimated 75 million industry and tech professionals who design, implement, manage, and safeguard the technology that powers the world’s economy. Through education, training, certifications, advocacy, philanthropy, and market research, CompTIA is the hub for advancing the tech industry and its workforce. Visit www.comptia.org to learn more. 

Micro Focus announces Vertica 10, delivering unified predictive analytics at massive scale

Leading analytical data warehouse empowers organisations to derive greater insight at extreme scale by unifying data siloes across cloud and hybrid environments; features include advanced integration with TensorFlow and Python to operationalise machine learning at scale 

Micro Focus (NYSE: MFGP) has announce the Vertica 10 Analytics Platform, which includes major updates for operationalising machine learning at scale and expanding deployment options for Vertica in Eon Mode, enabling  the most intensive variable workloads across major cloud and on-premises data centres. With Vertica 10, organisations are better equipped to unify their data siloes and take advantage of the deployment models that make sense now and in the future in order to monetise exponential data growth and capture real-time business opportunities. 

Colin Mahonysenior vice president and general manager, Vertica, Micro Focus, said, “Over the years, many organisations have successfully captured massive amounts of data, but are now challenged with getting the business insights they need to become data-driven. In addition, the market demand to leverage cloud architectures separating compute from storage needs to be balanced with the higher costs and increased risk of cloud-only data warehouses, while machine learning projects with tremendous potential have struggled to make their way into production.  

“Vertica 10 expands the options for a unified analytics strategy to address growing data siloes, a mix of cloud, on-premises, and hybrid environments, and the pressing need to operationalise machine learning at scale.”  

Vertica 10 offers deeper integration with Python and TensorFlow for unsupervised learning and PMML standard model format for cross-platform compatibility. By offering integration with these popular languages and tools, data scientists can continue using Python and TensorFlow, while leveraging larger volumes of data and parallelised performance advantages to improve accuracy and replicability 

Vertica 10 expands deployment and communal storage options for Vertica in Eon Mode. With Vertica in Eon Mode’s expanded public cloud support for Google Cloud Platform (GCP) and Apache Hadoop HDFS as communal storage, organisations now have more options to optimise infrastructure costs and simplify operationsFollowing support for Vertica in Eon Mode for Pure Storage FlashBladeupdates to Vertica in Eon Mode for HDFS and MinIO now include more choices for organisations to manage their dynamic workloads with S3 object stores in on-premises and cloud environments. The expansion of Vertica in Eon Mode, already available on AWS and now on GCP, expands the public cloud options for managing analytically intensive, dynamic workloads.   

Highlights and enhancements to Vertica 10 also include: 

  • Seamless migration – New migration functionality enables seamless migration for customers moving from Vertica in Enterprise Mode to Vertica in Eon Mode to adopt the next-generation data architecture separating compute from storage for on-premises, hybrid, and cloud deployments. 
  • Next-generation Vertica Database Designer – The updated Vertica Database Designer offers significant improvements to operations and ease of use and reduces resource usage by orders of magnitude and improves projection designs for consistently faster queries. 
  • Range of security improvements – Vertica 10 includes security enhancements that span simplifying the process of administering TLS certificates, better user authentication and permissions management with LDAP Link, Kerberos for Vertica-Python and new permissions system tables, and improved support for format preserving encryption with new Voltage integration capabilities. 
  • Operationalising machine learning at scale with PMML and TensorFlow integration – Vertica 10 now imports models built in other platforms and languages like Spark, Python, and SPSS using the PMML format. With PMML model export, models built in Vertica can also be exported for scoring in other systems such as edge nodes for IoT use cases. Organisations can also now put Neural Networks and custom machine learning models into production by importing pre-trained TensorFlow models into Vertica for predictions on hot data and archiving for replicability.  
  • Analyse data in place and in any format – With Vertica 10, organisations can now analyse complex data types from MAPS and ARRAYS to STRUCTS in Parquet on S3 or HDFS to open SQL-based analytics to new use cases. 

 More Information
Vertica 10 will be available in the coming weeks to customers worldwide for trial or purchase.  

 Vertica 10 is available to deploy on Google Cloud Platform as a bring-your-own license (BYOL) option. In the future, it will be offered by-the-hour on the Google Marketplace. Both new and existing customers can realise tremendous value when leveraging this new solution with other Micro Focus solutions. 

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 About Micro Focus 

Micro Focus delivers enterprise software to empower our 40,000 customers worldwide to digitally transform.  With a broad portfolio, underpinned by a robust analytics ecosystem, the company enables customers to address the four core pillars of digital transformation: Enterprise DevOps, Hybrid IT Management, Predictive Analytics and Security, Risk & Governance.  By design, these tools bridge the gap between existing and emerging technologies so customers can run and transform at the same time.  

YSoft SafeQ now provides secure printing from SAP

YSoft SafeQ integration with SAP ensures accountability and increased document security 

Y Soft, a leading enterprise office solution provider, announced that its flagship product, YSoft SafeQ, can be integrated with SAP, a leading enterprise resource planning solution.  

When integrated with SAP, business documents are processed through YSoft SafeQ’s secure print queues, and users pick up their documents after authenticating themselves at any YSoft SafeQ equipped printer in the company’s network. This makes documents more secure as they are not left exposed in the print output tray; the prints only process when the user is at the printer. YSoft SafeQ can also handle batch printing from SAP, and documents are printed in the original order. Direct print queues can also be supported.  

In addition, with YSoft SafeQ’s robust reporting, businesses can account for prints originating from SAP as they strive to reduce costs and look for ways to reduce unnecessary waste and improve their sustainability efforts. Reporting also provides accountability for print activity within the SAP application.  

Y Soft offers three levels of integration between YSoft SafeQ and SAP. The initial two levels can be performed by Y Soft partner resellers and an organisation’s SAP administrator. 

Y Soft’s professional services team provides deeper integration for advanced functionality through the company’s available extensions and integrations. 

All the available extensions and integrations that add additional print management and document capture value to a business can be viewed on the newly available YSoft SafeQ Extensions and Integrations webpage. This list of extensions and integrations previously visible only to partners via the Y Soft Partner Portal, can now be accessed by potential and existing customers on the company’s website, www.ysoft.com. These extensions and integrations allow Y Soft and Y Soft partner resellers to design a solution for customers specific needs. 

With the integration between YSoft SafeQ and SAP, users can now automatically process print jobs securely and streamline the transfer of print job data over their network. Additionally, SAP users can view the status of their print job directly in the SAP NetWeaver interface.  

Matej Štefaník, VP of Product Marketing, Y Soft, said, “SAP is the standard in ERP systems, and YSoft SafeQ is the standard for enterprise printing. Customers want these two leading products to work seamlessly together.” 


About Y Soft  

Y Soft develops intelligent digital transformation office solutions for enterprise, SMB and education that empower employees to be more productive and creative. Our YSoft SafeQ® workflow solutions platform enables businesses to manage, optimise and secure their print and digital processes and workflows. Our 3D print solutions are focused in the education sector where they provide unique ease of use and safety benefits, while utilising YSoft SafeQ software for seamless 3D print management.  

Founded in 2000, the company is headquartered in Brno, Czech Republic, with offices in North and Latin America, Europe and Middle East/Africa (EMEA) and the Asia Pacific region (APAC). For more information, please visit www.ysoft.com. 

Vertel and Ondacomms deliver wide-area radio solution for Grasshopper Environmental fleet

VertelAustralia’s largest privately-owned telecommunications carrier, and Ondacomms, an Australian wireless communications company, have partnered to supply Grasshopper Environmental with a widearea radio solution for its fleet vehicles 

Grasshopper Environmental has supplied waste management services for over 40 years to construction, demolition & infrastructure industriesand commercial and industrial organisations, such as warehouses and manufacturing, nursing homes, medical institutions, restaurants and retail. It operates across the greater Sydney area, with bases in Arndell Park and the Blue Mountains, and is committed to environmental sustainability.  

Because of the size of the area their fleet covers, it needed a quality voice communications radio solution with a wide coverage area. Grasshopper Environmental approached Vertel channel partner, Ondacomms, to provide a solution 

Ondacomms partnered with Vertel to formulate a solution using Push-to-Talk over cellular (PoC) to meet these requirements. PoC is provided on a mobile device, using both mobile cellular networks and WiFi networks to communicate.  

Gavin Jenkins, business owner, Ondacomms, said, “Grasshopper Environmental was not able to find a two-way radio system that could offer voice communications across a large area for its fleetWhen Ondacomms and Vertel introduced the PoC system to the Grasshopper Environmental teamit was quickly apparent that the advantages the system could provide far outweighed those of a standard two-way radio solution.”  

The Grasshopper Environmental fleet was fitted with Telo M5 in-vehicle mobile devices with the PoC application installed. The dispatcher also uses the mobile phone application to communicate with the fleet.  

Tony Hudson, commercial director, Vertel, said, “Working with OndacommsVertel provided Grasshopper Environmental with a service to ensure its fleet would receive coverage across its entire area of operations with high quality communications. The PoC service also provided them with additional features making communication with drivers and non-vehicle staff simpler and more streamlined.”  

Some of the additional features include: portable, hand-held devices for fleet vehicles; secure device management using MDMapplication scalability to incorporate further features onto the devices; individual and group call capabilities; and a phone application for non-vehicle staff that lets them remotely track fleet trucks and to communicate with drivers without being confined to their desk 

Ryan Noble, asset and driver manager, Grasshopper Environmental, said, “Grasshopper Environmental offers timely support and services to customers, so it’s essential to keep in touch with the fleet at all times regardless of whether a driver is within range of mobile service. Using the PoC service provided by Ondacomms and Vertel, communication is now clearer between staff members. Dispatchers can quickly and easily advise job specifications, updates and changes, and can reach all drivers regardless of their location. Likewise, drivers can contact dispatch instantly to ask questions or provide updates. The PoC service provides Grasshopper Environmental with efficient and effective communication to meet customer and staff needs.”   


About Grasshopper Environmental 

Established in 1978, Grasshopper Environmental Pty Ltd have been providing sustainable, professional and tailored Waste Management services and Waste Data Reporting for over 4 decades across two major sectors in Sydney – Building, Demolition & Infrastructure and Commercial & Industrial. 

Their clients range from Tier 1 Construction and Government to Hospitality, Retail, Manufacturing, Medical & Industrial Premises with a portfolio that consists of partnerships across major projects such as Sydney Light Rail, Central Station upgrade, Sydenham Station, Hornsby Hospital and the new Sydney Zoo. 

About Ondacomms   

Ondacomms is a wireless communications company based in Sydney, supplying quality products and software solutions to all industries. It specialises in two-way radioPoC solutions and offers full duplex communications solutions. Ondacomms is an approved reseller of Vertel.  

About Vertel 

Vertel is a wholly-owned, Australian national telecommunications carrier with over 40 years’ experience and have built a reputation as fixed and mobile critical network experts. With a broad range of fixed and mobile network and cloud services, underpinned by excellence in delivery and on-going operations, we specialise in serving customers with high availability, performance, management and security requirements for business, mission and life-critical operations.  

OnePlace Solutions offers Microsoft 365 add-on software for free to support remote workers

Remote working software helps businesses remain productive when employees work at home 

Microsoft 365 App Award People’s Choice 2019 winner and Australian software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions provider, OnePlace Solutions has followed Microsoft’s lead in response to COVID-19.   

OnePlace Solutions is offering its Microsoft 365 add-on software, the OnePlaceMail App, for free to support remote workers. No credit card details will be required to unlock this offer and it will be valid until 30 June 2020This offer follows Microsoft’s announcement that subscribers to Microsoft Office 365 will be able to access a free trial of its Teams software. 

James Fox, CEO, OnePlace Solutions, said, “The escalating situation caused by COVID-19 means that tens of thousands of workers may be working remotely before long.  

As a small Australian business, OnePlace Solutions understands the pressures that businesses are facing at the moment. We’re doing what we can to support fellow businesses by letting users access all of the features of the OnePlaceMail App for free 

OnePlaceMail will be an important ingredient in making sure that those who implement the free Microsoft trial will get the most value and productivity out of it.” 

Using OnePlace Solutions software, businesses can make it simple for users to share information and collaborate seamlessly and securely using Microsoft Teams or SharePoint, even if they’re not already familiar with these applications.  

Users can share information with their colleagues with just a few clicks and be secure in the knowledge that the documents they’re accessing are the latest and most correct versions, and that an important file isn’t locked on someone’s desktop while they’re on sick leave. 

James Fox said, “Fortunately for many companies, modern collaboration solutions make it relatively simple for most people to be productive from home.  

“Businesses need the right mix of secure access to information and shared digital workspaces to let their employees be just as productive from home as they are from the office. This includes videoconferencing technology, document sharing and management platforms, and collaboration software.” 

To get the most value from these platforms, organisations need to ensure that team members are using them effectively. Microsoft SharePoint and Teams are extremely powerful tools that help employees stay connected and up to speed on the information they need to do their jobs. However, if team members aren’t used to collaborating in this way, they may find themselves relying on inefficient and error-prone approaches such as emailing information to each other and saving documents on local devices or insecure platforms. This creates security issues and violates many best practices when it comes to managing corporate information.  

James Fox said, “With the right combination of cloud-based tools, employees can be just as effective and productive from home as they could be in the office. This can help minimise the disruption caused by COVID-19, letting organisations conduct normal operations including meetings and close collaboration, all without requiring team members, customers, partners, or suppliers to come face to face with each other during this critical time.” 


About OnePlace Solutions
OnePlace Solutions is a Microsoft Gold Partner providing SaaS solutions to enable people in business to do more, simply. The OnePlace Solutions suite of products is used by organisations to increase productivity, empower modern workplace collaboration, and achieve intelligent information management and compliance. 

Learn more about OnePlace Solutions or OnePlaceMail at www.oneplacesolutions.com. 

Download the OnePlaceMail App from Microsoft AppSource. 

Konica Minolta Australia releases proprietary workflow solution: Dispatcher Phoenix

Konica Minolta Australia has announced the release of Dispatcher Phoenix, a powerful workflow solution for organisations of all sizes, from small and mediumsized businesses to large enterprises. 

Dispatcher Phoenix provides businesses with the opportunity to increase their efficiencies, secure important business information, drive productive collaborations and distribute documents directly to content management systems via its powerful, automated processing features, batch scanning and indexing tools, and direct connectors to other vendors’ systems. 

Research shows employees spend considerable time on recurring tasks as part of their everyday office work. According to McKinsey, as many as 45 per cent of the activities individuals are paid to perform can be automated by adapting currently demonstrated technologies, representing around USD$2 trillion in annual wages.1  

This might include documents that need to be scanned, processed and delivered to one or more destinations, another department, or to a line of business system. These tasks involve a lot of manual intervention at each step, which results in lost productivity. One of the biggest drawbacks is that it’s simply not secure and organisations are at constant risk of a data breach if the right systems and processes aren’t in place. 

Shane Blandford, director of innovation, Konica Minolta, said, “For efficiency and economy, modern businesses need to automate and integrate routine office tasks. Ideally, document processing and printing routines should run in the background and with as little manual intervention as possible.  

Such advanced process automation lets operators, administrators and users concentrate on their core tasks, thus enhancing the overall productivity of the entire office. Dispatcher Phoenix assists users with customised workflows and common document processing tasks to improve productivity and work efficiently, all in a secure way.” 

Konica Minolta is one of the few multifunction printer (MFP) manufacturers that offers its own capture and workflow solution, placing it as part of an exclusive community of end-to-end solution providers.  

Featuring direct integration with Konica Minolta’s bizhub MFP control panel, Dispatcher Phoenix streamlines document scanning, indexing, processing and routing using a visually enhanced display. Dispatcher Phoenix can help employees store, process and access critical document processes and keep business running smoothly, and is useful for sharing files with teams securely and conveniently.  

Dispatcher Phoenix includes connectors to leading content management systems and cloud storage solutions such as SharePoint, OneDriveBox, Dropbox and Google DriveAdditionally, a desktop workstation application is available that will work with any manufacturer’s high-speed scanner, offering a variety of pre-scan options including automated document separation. It also supports a workflow scheduler, which lets users run workflow checks at specific times. 

Shane Blandford said, “Innovation is core to Konica Minolta’s business, which led to the development of Dispatcher Phoenix, our own workflow solution that helps organisations of all sizes increase efficiencies, secure important business information, improve productivity and drive collaboration. This solution will help Australian businesses leverage the benefits of workflow automation with a vendor they already know they can rely on.”  


About Konica Minolta Australia 

Konica Minolta Business Solutions Australia Pty Ltd is a market-leading provider of trusted technology solutions for enterprise, government, small business, education and manufacturing. 

Konica Minolta Australia helps Australian organisations keep pace with the needs of the changing workplace to start leveraging the technology of tomorrow today.  

Through innovation and investment in building a portfolio of technology solutions that will help organisations shape their future workplace, Konica Minolta Australia has key partnerships that extend its offering into future products such as artificial intelligence (AI), machine learning (ML); robotics; robotic process automation (RPA); wearables; augmented reality (AR); data analytics; and 3D, now. 

Part of the future workplace includes creating businesses, and working with businesses, that are responsible for their impact on and contribution to employees, key stakeholders and the wider community. Konica Minolta Australia actively promotes and innovates in these areas through gender equality, ethical supply chain and climate change action strategies. 

For more information visit: konicaminolta.com.au/home