Digest - Monday the 12th of March 2018

Welcome the the March NAS News Digest. In this digest I will introduce to you our new Security Products Support Technician Lyndon Pearson, will report on our service room project completion, recent charity fundraising efforts and NAS staff milestones. As usual, links to numerous industry and technology news articles will also be provided.

Thank you for taking the time to read the digest.

Staff Bio

We are excited to announce that Lyndon Pearson joined the NAS Team late last month as a specialist security products support technician.  Following the recent additions of Tim Prag and Aaron Obrist (reported last Digest) coupled with Lyndon's addition, NAS Australia will be able to offer the most comprehensive sales and technical support of the Australian Risco Distributors and that all products in our Security Pillar will be well supported moving forward.

Lyndon Pearson

I have spent most of my time living and working in Manchester, England. I began my career in the security industry as an apprentice for the UK's largest independent Electronic Security company, working on various security and fire systems. I eventually moved on to Kings Security, where I became a fully qualified technician completing all qualifications along the way. The main part of my role at Kings was to attend sites and correct faults with many different Intruder Alarms, CCTV, IP and Door Access systems. I also maintained each of these systems ensuring all equipment was tested and worked correctly, importantly complying with industry standards.

Following 4 years with Kings I was offered the Electronic Security Support Technician role for NAS Australia, based in Brisbane, supporting and training installers and re-sellers on a range of security products and systems such as RISCO and WAMA. This meant migrating from the UK to Australia to carry out this role, a role I am very excited and optimistic about. I am looking forward to a rewarding career and future with NAS.

NAS Australia Service Department Relocation

To support our extensive product diversification strategy, NAS Australia proudly announces our Service Department has been relocated to a purpose built room in our Newstead Head Office.  The new service room has been designed and built with all the data, RF and satellite connectivity needed to support our ever growing range of electronic communications devices.   We now have a specialist Security Electronics technician, Lyndon Pearson, in the team to add full-time support in Intrusion, CCTV and Access Control.  Timely and knowledgeable support will be available by telephone and email for the following products:

  • Altech UEC VAST Satellite Products
  • Ubiquiti WiFi Products
  • Risco Intrusion
  • Paxton Access Control
  • Novonde Digital Modulators
  • Kramer Commercial AV and Control Products

The on-site repair services include:

  • Altech UEC VAST Satellite Products
  • Novonde Modulators

Staff Milestone Birthdays

The team at NAS would like to recognise the following recent staff milestone birthdays:

David Dargie (Product Director) - 50th Birthday

Damon Wenck (Service Technician) - 21st Birthday

Rhys Burns (Internal Sales) - 30th Birthday

Happy Birthday one and all and I hope you enjoyed the dulcet tones of your fellow team members singing happy birthday.  Well worth a milestone birthday I say!

NAS Staff Raise $500 (to date) for the Pancare Foundation

With the 5 year anniversary of the passing of NAS Founding Director and Financial Controller Marianne Dargie approaching, the team at NAS has partnered with Managing Director John Kimbell's 20 year old daughter Maddy to raise much needed funds for the Pancare Foundation.

Marianne passed away on Thursday the 11th of July 2013 following a long battle with Pancreatic Cancer. Marianne was much loved and respected by the NAS Team and we have all missed her friendship, support and guidance since her untimely passing.

In memory of Marianne, Maddy's Oma, Maddy is swimming the English Channel this July.  Between now and July the NAS team will continue to market the swim and attempt to raise as much money as possible for the foundation.

I am happy to announce that a Brisbane NAS Staff lunch room snack box has raised $500 to date with the money donated to the Pancare Foundation through Maddy's everyday hero page: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/swimming-for-oma

A facebook page has been set-up that chronicles Maddy's progress pre-swim.  Closer to the swim Maddy will post how you can track the swim in real time.  Maddy's recent preparation has included swimming the Rottnest Channel Swim, a 19.7km open water swim from Cottesloe Beach to Rottnest Island in WA. Maddy also has two cold water preparation camps soon in Melbourne. Should you be a facebook user, we would very much appreciate you following the Swimming for Oma page: https://www.facebook.com/swimmingforoma/

Please note that Maddy's swim and preparation are all entirely self funded so all money raised will be donated to the Pancare Foundation.

Any supplier or customer donations would be very much appreciated by the entire NAS Australia Team.  Donations can be made through Maddy's everyday hero page: https://give.everydayhero.com/au/swimming-for-oma

Kramer wins two prestigious awards at ISE 2018

Kramer recently won two prestigious awards at ISE 2018 held in Amsterdam as follows:

InAVation Award: Technology for Control and Management: Kramer Electronics - Kramer Control

AV News Award: Collaboration Innovation of the Year: Kramer Electronics - VIAware

More information on the Kramer Stand and the awards won can be viewed here.

Industry News


Sky News Australia in talks with Seven and Nine

"Sky News Australia could be shown on free-to-air television for the first time, with Rupert Murdoch’s subscription service in preliminary talks with Seven West Media and Nine Entertainment Co about a broadcast deal."

"According to three sources familiar with the discussions, Australian News Channel, which owns Sky News and its sister channel Sky News Business, has approached the two FTA broadcasters about carrying a portion of its content on their digital channels." The complete Sydney Morning Herald article can be accessed here.

DVB launches new DVB-I initiative

"GENEVA — The Terms of Reference for the new DVB CM-I group for DVB-I (Internet) were agreed at the recent 80th DVB Project Commercial Module meeting. DVB CM-I will look into the Commercial Requirements for standalone linear TV services over broadband Internet."

"Following trends and capabilities to access and consume TV services over the open Internet, the initial focus of CM-I will address the collection of relevant commercial and technical requirements in order to provide a user perception of a linear TV channel that can be discovered and consumed over the open Internet and by regular TV equipment and user interfaces. This is an important new work item for DVB, identifying additional needs to distribute linear TV channel experiences not only over dedicated access networks such as DVB-S/C/T or IPTV, but also provide such experiences in modern IP-based delivery infrastructures without any perceptible differences to the end user. DVB-I will look to maximize commonalities with existing DVB specifications." The complete Digital TV News article can be accessed here.

Australia: FTA reigns, SVoD growing

"The Online & On Demand 2017 report, based on research conducted by Nielsen on behalf of Screen Australia, finds streaming services have completely changed how Australians view content, yet broadcast TV remains popular and piracy levels have declined drastically."

“Free-to-air television remains king, but AVoD services like YouTube are nearly as widely used and SVoD platforms such as Netflix have seen incredible audience growth. The report also confirms that younger Australians are frequent users of new content platforms, including social media outlets like Facebook to access video.”  The complete Advanced Television article can be accessed here.

Australian millennials are turning off their televisions in droves

"Australian millennials are turning their backs on the big screen in the lounge room, for the first time watching more video on their devices than broadcasts on television."

"Australian broadcasters are the masters of burying the lede when it comes to talking about viewing figures, while using myriad different metrics to make it difficult to compare apples with apples."

"The most telling statistic in the latest industry report is buried on page 13, where you dive into figures which make it clear that rusted-on seniors are all that's stopping Australia's viewing figures plunging into free fall."

"The amount of broadcast television Australians watch continues to fall across the board, but 18-to-24 year-old viewers have passed a major milestone which is likely to spook broadcasters."

"At the end of 2017, these young Australian viewers became the first demographic to officially watch more video on their devices each month than broadcasts on a television screen, according to the Q4 2017 Australian Video Viewing Report." The complete Brisbane Times article can be accessed here.

Industry News

Technology Articles

Streaming kills the video store as Brisbane's last rental shop closes

"A long, long time ago – in 1980 – The Buggles released a song called Video Killed the Radio Star."

"In 2018, it looks like the band could potentially record a new version along the lines of 'Streaming Killed the Video Store', as the advent of movie streaming takes its toll on older business models."

"Brisbane’s last video store closes on February 14, 2018."

"The whole idea of Friday night on the couch with beer, soft drink, pizza and a video is almost gone." The complete Brisbane Times article can be accessed here.

Illegal mobile service boosters causing dangerous drop-outs in outback towns

"As residents of outback Queensland scramble for reliable telecommunications, illegal mobile phone coverage boosters have been blamed for a spate of service outages."

"In recent months, the towns of Charleville and Camooweal in western Queensland have reported damaged mobile coverage with phone calls dropping out."

"First I thought my phone was had it, then so did a lot of other people and then we found that all the phones couldn't be faulty and then we started complaining to Telstra."

"Illegal repeaters, which are used to boost mobile coverage in marginal areas, can send out a signal strong enough to suck coverage from nearby phone towers and damage the entire service." The complete ABC News article can be accessed here.

Amazon Acquires Ring Doorbell For US$1bn

"Amazon is acquiring Ring, a doorbell company for US$1bn, making it the second biggest acquisition the online behemoth has made after acquiring WholeFoods for US$13.5bn last year."

I"n a joint statement Amazon and Ring says, “Ring’s home security products and services have delighted customers since day one. We are excited to work with this talented team and help them in their mission to keep homes safe and secure.”  The complete Channel News article can be accessed here.

Economic News

The infrastructure boom cometh

"In a big week for the Reserve Bank – board meeting, governor speech, quarterly statement on monetary policy – the attached graph provides one rock of certainty at the start of an uncertain year: Australia’s infrastructure boom is getting stronger for longer."

"Industry research and forecasting consultancy Macromonitor has updated its major transport infrastructure summary out to 2023, showing investment soaring over the next two years to run at more than $16 billion a year for the following three."

"And that’s just the big-ticket items, the ones that come with ribbons politicians like to cut. The less spectacular rats-and-mice expenditure on transport infrastructure construction more than doubles the total spend to $36-37 billion in 2020."

"The infrastructure investment surge serendipitously arrives as housing construction cools, more than compensating for that slowdown and extending Australia’s extraordinary run of unbroken economic growth." The complete Brisbane Times article can be accessed here.

Major Transport Infrastructure Projects
Value of work done by year (Years ended June)