News & Events

Digest - Tuesday the 15th of August 2017

Welcome to the NAS Australia August Digest. In this edition, I am proud to announce new security product partnerships with WAMA, Risco and DoorBird. Training schedules for Cairns, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Newcastle are announced. As usual the digest includes industry news articles, NAS advisory posts and product release information.

Happy reading.

Best regards,

John Kimbell

NAS Product Distribution Announcements

NAS Australia Appointed Exclusive WAMA Australia and Pacific Distributor

NAS Australia is thrilled to distribute WAMA products into the Australasian region.

WAMA is a CCTV technology company incorporated in Hong Kong. The company offers a comprehensive range of video surveillance solutions that cater to the needs of the mass market. The WAMA management team has over 20 years of experience in the industry and its strong R&D team is well experienced in delivering state-of-the-art technologies, quicker than other participants in the market. WAMA is a fast-growing brand and its global distribution network is expanding rapidly across Asia, Australia, Europe, Middle East, North America and South Africa.

For more information please view the NAS Australia Opens external link in new windowWAMA product pages, or visit the Opens external link in new windowWAMA website or contact your local NAS Australia Branch.

NAS Australia Appointed as Risco Distributor

NAS Australia is proud to distribute RISCO cloud enabled intrusion and security products.

Over the past three decades, RISCO Group has evolved to become a proven leader in the global security solutions market, manufacturing and marketing end-to-end solutions for the professional security market, with regional offices around the globe. Risco currently serve millions of satisfied customers worldwide.

Risco produces high quality and reliable security products for every type of security installation. From intrusion alarm systems for residential and commercial installations -- including a full range of accessories -- to large scale access control and integrated security and building management platforms, Risco aspire to provide all customers with an abundance of top of the line security management solutions.

For more information please view the NAS Australia Opens external link in new windowRISCO product pages or contact your local NAS Australia Branch.

NAS Australia Appointed as DoorBird Distributor

The team at NAS Australia is proud to announce that we have been appointed as a DoorBird Distributor.

A little bit about the company

Bird Home Automation provides innovative home automation products for sophisticated home owners. The company is the market leader for smartphone door station systems in Europe. Bird Home Automation’s headquarters are located in Berlin and San Francisco.

In 2010, the company released the first smartphone door intercom system “myintercom” worldwide. This was the foundation of DoorBird. In 2013 and 2014, Bird Home Automation won multiple highly recognized national and international awards for their innovative technology.

A little bit about the product

You can see your visitors, speak with them and open the door by smartphone or tablet – from anywhere in the world. DoorBird combines innovative technology with exclusive design. A smart solution – Made in Germany.

Perfect all-round visibility: Thanks to the integrated high-end motion sensor you always know what happens in front of your home. The 180° infrared motion sensor can, if desired, set off an alarm – without the visitor having rung the doorbell.

DoorBird is manufactured in Germany. A guarantee for the highest levels of quality and production standards. Temperature-resistant from -20° to +40° C, rain water protection in accordance with IP65 industry standard, a stylish product design with high quality stainless steel models.

Should you require more information, please download a Initiates file downloadbrochure or contact your local NAS Australia Branch.

Save The Date - Training and Anniversary Celebrations

Newcastle, Brisbane & Cairns WAMA, Risco & Ubiquiti Training

The team at NAS Australia will be visiting Newcastle, Brisbane and Cairns in September to conduct free introductory training sessions on WAMA CCTV, Risco Intrusion and Ubiquiti Products.

Formal invitations will be circulated soon.  In the interim, please save the following dates:

Newcastle - Tuesday the 12th of September

Brisbane - Thursday the 14th of September

Cairns - Tuesday the 19th of September

Sunshine Coast 3 Year Anniversary Celebration

To our fantastic Sunshine Coast Customers, the team at NAS would like to invite you along to help us celebrate the 3rd anniversary of our Warana Branch.  Celebrations will commence at 5pm on Friday the 22nd of September.  A formal invitation will be circulated soon.  In the interim please save the date.

Product Focus

Promax FSM's available through NAS Australia

Please be advised that the Promax FSM range is again available for purchase through NAS Australia.

In this digest edition we focus on the HD RANGER Eco.

The HD RANGER Eco is a universal field strength meter that covers a comprehensive mix of broadcast standards around the globe. The latest developments in broadcast technology such as DVB-T/C/S/S2 with MPEG-2 as well as MPEG-4 video are managed effortlessly within the product.

One of the most noticeable and stunning features on the new HD RANGER Eco product is the ultra fast spectrum analyser. As soon as you use the analyser you will experience this outstanding feature as one of the major changes we have adopted in the new product allowing you to sweep faster and more accurately.

The introduction of the latest technology within the product allows you to display multiple screens either overlapped together or in a split screen format.

Should you be interested in the HD RANGER Eco, a Initiates file downloadflyer is attached for your consideration.  Please contact your local NAS Australia Branch for more information.

Technical Information of Interest

A guide to major spectrum allocations in Australia

Have you ever thought that a visual representation of spectrum allocation in Australia would be handy?  If so, we are sure that you will find the acma's Spectrum Illustrated guide to major spectrum allocations in Australia will fit the bill.  Zipped and unzipped versions can be downloaded from the acma website Opens external link in new windowhere.

How Wi-Fi Works

Our IT Manager Mark thought this would be an interesting link for the digest.  A fantastic web page development with some interesting visualizations explaining how Wi-Fi works. The page is well worth a visit and can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Industry News

Free To Air TV

Freeview Says Aussies Stream 1.5 Billion Minutes Of Catch-Up TV A Month

"According to a new report by digital TV service Freeview, Australians streaming more than 1.5 billion minutes of catch-up and live streamed content in the past month."

"According to Freeview CEO Elizabeth Ross, “on top of solid appointment viewing with FTA broadcast television being viewed by 83.7% of people each week, Aussies are also choosing to watch additional content at a time, and in a way, that suits them best.”

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Australian broadcast TV continues to bleed viewers

"Australian broadcast television is sitting on a demographic time bomb as it continues to lose young viewers at an accelerating rate."

"Broadcast television remains by far the most-watched source of content, but that doesn't mean Australia's broadcasts should give themselves a pat on the back. It's only the rusted-on 50+ demographic which is keeping the figures from going into total freefall. The 18 to 35 demographic – the next generation of seniors – is looking for entertainment elsewhere."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

'Poorly planned': Foxtel's $30 million government handout questioned

"Communications minister Mitch Fifield has come under renewed pressure to explain why Foxtel – and not a free-to-air network or public broadcaster – was given millions of dollars to boost coverage of women's and niche sports."

"The broadcaster was assigned $30 million in taxpayer's money over four years in the 2017 federal budget in order to boost "under represented sports" on subscription television." 

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Pay TV

Foxtel: Reaching for the Sky?

The below in an insight from an automated investment solutions provider.  In their InvestSMART Insight article, one of their analysts states a case that Foxtel's direct relationship with 2.8 million subscribers is valuable.

"Fox’s takeover of Sky plc might indicate that Foxtel isn’t as much of a millstone around News Corp’s neck as you might think."

"One thing is clear. A combination of News Corp’s content and Foxtel’s ‘pipe’ is probably more valuable than were the companies to be completely unrelated. Throw in the possibility that News Corp might somehow acquire Ten Network from administration, and you could have a formidable broadcasting business."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Foxtel Pirate Receives 18-Month Suspended Sentence

"A Sydney man has been sentenced to serve an 18-month suspended jail term after illegally selling access to Foxtel services to thousands of people."

"33-year-old Haidar Majid Salam Al Baghdadi was convicted of criminal offences for his role in operating an illegal network that allowed over 8,000 people to access Foxtel for free."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Streaming giant Netflix is bleeding money at a shocking rate, on the hook for more than AU$25 billion

"Despite boasting 100 million global subscribers and a stack of award-winning series, Netflix is in big trouble."

"The streaming giant is haemorrhaging money at an alarming rate, according to fresh reports about its business strategy, with debts totalling a staggering US$20 billion (AU$25 billion)."

"Its pursuit of more and more paying customers, coupled with spending a small fortune annually on producing new content, is adding up."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Streaming Legality (or lack thereof)

Cable giants step up piracy battle by interrogating Montreal software developer and searching his home

Canadian content providers now also aggressively pursuing android/kodi "streaming boxes". Although in this case they seem to have overstepped their boundaries.

"Canadian cable companies have ratcheted up their war on piracy by launching a new legal battle. The effort has already seen Bell, Rogers and Quebecor's Videotron search a Montreal software developer's home and interrogate him for more than nine hours." 

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Content

Optus Expands Content Offering With NatGeo Partnership

"Optus has announced a global-first partnership with National Geographic, launching the iconic brand’s new app and confirming plans to develop Australian content for the platform."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Disney To Part Ways With Netflix And Start Own Steaming Service

"Disney has announced it’ll be pulling its film content from Netflix’s library to start its own dedicated streaming service in 2019, a journey that begins today with the $1.58 billion acquisition of technology company BAMTech."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Technology of Interest

CAT’s outback mobile hotspot gets government funding

This is brilliant in its simplicity!  Well worth a read.

"The NT Government will provide $360,000 over four years to install 22 “mobile hotspots” in Central Australia’s outback."

"The low-tech mobile phone signal amplifiers, developed by the Centre for Appropriate Technology (CAT) in Alice Springs, extend the range of mobile services to about 30km."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

When a farmer's internet speed was slow, he built a private 53m tower

You have to admire the ‘can do’ attitude of our Australian Farmers.  Another article well worth a read.

"An outback Queensland farmer hatched an unusual plan to counter slow internet speeds - build and install his own 53-metre tower."

"And now he plans to use the technology to set-up a live feed for his 6000 hectare property about 20km north of Dirranbandi, a rural town about 470 km south-west of Brisbane and midway between St George and the New South Wales border."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Mesh Networking Comes To Bluetooth

"Bluetooth is set to become more viable as a networking standard for both crowded smart home setups and large-scale enterprise with the introduction of mesh-networking."

“By adding support for mesh networking, the Bluetooth member community is continuing a long history of focused innovation to help new, up-and-coming markets flourish,” said Mark Powell, executive director for Bluetooth SIG, Inc.

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Professor Toby Walsh makes terrifying predictions for the future in new book

The article below seems somewhat extreme to me but an interesting read all the same.  If accurate I'm sure those of us still around in 2050 will long for the good old days!

"HUMANS are banned from driving, you talk out loud to rooms and you have to visit the doctor every day. Welcome to the year 2050."

"HUMANS are banned from driving, you talk out loud to rooms and you have to visit the doctor every day."

"No, it’s not an episode of futuristic drama Black Mirror. Welcome to the year 2050."

"Leading scientist on Artificial Intelligence, Professor Toby Walsh, has made some terrifying predictions about the future in his new book It’s Alive!: Artificial Intelligence from the Logic Piano to Killer Robots."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Industry News

Optus Moves Into Regional Australia With $1B Investment

"In a move that’s set to challenge Telstra’s long-held dominance in the area, Optus has announced it plans to significantly expand into the regional market."

"The effort will see the telco invest $1 billion into infrastructure, building 500 new mobile sites across regional and remote parts of Australia."

"Another 1800 3G sites will be bumped up to 4G while 200 sites with existing 4G sites set to receive a capacity upgrade."

"In addition, Optus say 114 of these sites will fall under the Federal Government’s Mobile Blackspot Program."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Amazon's Australian invasion: separating hype from reality

"And so it begins."

"Amazon, the $US500 billion ($630 billion) gorilla stalking Australian retail, took a giant step towards establishing a bona fide e-commerce presence in this country last week. It appointed one of its top German executives to run its local operations, and signed a lease on a former Bunnings Warehouse space on the outskirts of Melbourne for its first fulfilment centre."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Has UK Dixons, Just Given JB Hi Fi An Insight Into Their Future

"In what could be a model for JB Hi Fi after Amazon has moved into Australian market, UK retailer Dixon’s, has come out and said that they no longer see themselves as a “retailer” but more a “services” Company."

"After reporting record profits Dixons CEO Sebastian James argued that the Company was now making half their profits from services."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Online reseller Electronic Bazaar's owner imprisoned after misleading customers on refunds

"The Federal Court has sentenced the owner of an online electronics retailer to three months imprisonment after he misled customers about their refunds and warranty rights, and accepted payment for goods without supplying them."

"Dhruv Chopra was the sole operator of Electronic Bazaar, which listed products such as notebooks and mobile phones from the likes of Apple, Acer, Asus, Dell, Sony, Toshiba and Samsung."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Economy & Development

Australian Economy Bounces Back With Trade Surplus

"New figures from the ABS has seen the Australia’s balance of goods and services surpass estimates to record a trade surplus of $2.47 billion in seasonally adjusted terms."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

How cheap overseas retailers are pushing up house prices in Australia

An interesting take on how foreign retailers and their cheap prices are adversely affecting house prices and the state of our economy in general.

"'DOWN Down! Prices are Down!' It’s a jingle that is practically our national anthem. But ever-cheaper retail — and the waves of foreign retailers competing on price — could seriously unbalance Australia."

"'Down, Down' might be the only place our economy has left to go if we can’t solve the imbalance between crazy low retail prices and crazy high house prices."

"Australia needs a little bit of inflation. Without it, our economy is stuck with low interest rates and all the issues they create. But inflation is turning out to be very hard to generate."

"The world’s discount retailers have discovered Australia. Aldi, Costco and Uniqlo were wave one of the discount invasion. Wave two is coming in 2017 and mostly involves Amazon. Every retailer already here is working hard to be able to compete."

"Prices keep falling and the RBA is finding life difficult. Its job is to keep inflation in line. It should be between two and three per cent per year. But for a while now inflation has been below that range."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Is the Brisbane apartment market oversupplied? A Wealth Manager’s perspective

For those interested in the Brisbane inner-city apartment market, the followng article is an interesting read.

"The years following the GFC saw Banks and Developers exit the Brisbane apartment market at a rapid rate, mainly due to debt funding issues. The retraction sparked a growing deficit of new property developments and by 2012 the ever-increasing demand for inner-city living saw Brisbane reach unprecedented levels of under-supply. This imbalance combined with the eventual stability of the domestic and international economies, saw a rush to market by banks and developers to fill the supply/demand gap in the Brisbane apartment market."

"By 2015, apartment developments in Brisbane were at an all-time high particularly in areas such as Fortitude Valley, Newstead, and West End where council rezoning had encouraged development investment. And so begun the media fear campaign of how you could lose your life savings and your first born if you bought an apartment."

"So where are we two years later? Whilst median house and unit prices are not an entirely accurate measure of capital growth, the evidence suggests that price growth has slowed in the inner-city Brisbane apartment market. But despite a cooling in price growth, it seems the demand has not significantly slowed, and most new apartment buildings in the inner ring are still experiencing close to 100% sales prior to completion, including the heavily supplied Fortitude Valley, Newstead, and West End areas."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.

Coast building approvals hit eight-year high

A very positive article for our Sunshine Coast customers follows.

"Sunshine Coast building approvals are at their highest level in eight years, with Sunshine Coast Council issuing $1.72 billion in approvals for the 2016/17 financial year."

"Council has published its Development Indicators Financial Year Highlights Report, which presents a selection of statistics on development activity throughout the past 12 months."

"Mayor Mark Jamieson said the report documented local development activity and demonstrated that development on the Coast continued to remain stable."

“For the third consecutive financial year, council has recorded building approvals with a value in excess of $1 billion,” Mayor Jamieson said.

“The building approvals issued in the last financial year were 32% higher compared to the building approvals issued in the previous year.

“Game-changing projects such as the new Maroochydore CBD, Caloundra South (Aura), Palmview (Harmony), the opening of the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital and the expansion of the Sunshine Coast Airport have been setting the scene for increased building approvals."

“These projects attract a range of investments, providing greater stability for our local economy and assisting to smooth out the traditional boom bust cycle."

The complete article can be accessed Opens external link in new windowhere.