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McLelland D.J.,Zoos South Australia | Reardon T.,South Australian Museum | Dickason C.,Government of South Australia | Kessell A.,Gribbles Veterinary Laboratories | And 3 more authors.
Journal of Wildlife Diseases | Year: 2013

In 2009, an outbreak of white nodular cutaneous lesions was detected in one of only two known breeding colonies of the critically endangered southern bentwing bat (Miniopterus schreibersii bassanii), at Nara-coorte, South Australia. Necropsies were conducted on 10 euthanized bats in September 2009. In October 2009, 123 bats were examined under anesthesia, with skin biopsies collected from 18 affected bats. Prevalence of skin lesions was 45.2%. The prevalence among males was three times greater than among females. The majority of lesions examined histologically were granulomas, typically centered on a nematode. A single lesion had epidermal hyperplasia with intracytoplasmic inclusions consistent with a pox virus; pox virions were identified on electron microscopy. Nematodes dissected from frozen lesions were identified morphologically as Riouxgolvania beveridgei, previously described in the eastern bentwing bat (Miniopterus schreibersii oceanensis). The factors contributing to this apparent disease emergence and outbreak remain undetermined. Lesions consistent with white nose syndrome were not identified. © Wildlife Disease Association 2013.


Bardsley D.K.,University of Adelaide | Rogers G.P.,Government of South Australia
Society and Natural Resources | Year: 2011

This article describes a regional approach to climate change adaption that focuses on engaging the natural resource management community. In a world tempered by increasing climatic uncertainty as a result of projected climate change, natural resource management practitioners are looking for approaches to respond through effective adaptation, yet the availability of practical tools to guide and inform their decision-making processes is limited. The social learning approach described was developed between the South Australian Government and the Adelaide and Mt Lofty Ranges Natural Resource Management Board. The approach successfully engaged stakeholders and provided a foundation upon which informed adaptation planning and action could take place. Techniques ranged from direct relationship building and participatory action learning, through to a regional vulnerability analysis and the development and application of a comprehensive regional adaptation response framework to guide future decisions. © 2011 Taylor & Francis Group, LLC.


News Article | December 15, 2016
Site: www.businesswire.com

LABÈGE, France & HONG KONG--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sigfox, the world’s leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Thinxtra, the Sigfox Operator in Australia and New Zealand, today announced an agreement to roll-out Sigfox’ IoT network in Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) in 2017. The Hong Kong SAR Government has addressed the importance of IoT in its agenda. The 2014 Digital 21 (the blueprint for Information Technology and Communications (ICT) development) has recognized IoT as one of the latest technologies Hong Kong should adopt and champion, and the 2015 Policy Address introduced a new initiative “Energizing Kowloon East” aiming to carry out a pilot study in that district to examine the feasibility of developing a Smart City. The IoT space opens up new and exciting opportunities by connecting the physical world to the Internet. In just five years, the company has built a global wireless network that provides a simple, efficient connectivity solution, enabling devices to connect to the cloud at ultra low-cost and using minimal energy. Sigfox’s network is now present in 28 countries and on track to be in 60 by 2018, which will represent over 80% of the world’s growth domestic product. “Hong Kong as an innovation hub and technology center, and as the gateway to China, will benefit greatly from the most advanced and mature global IoT network, and developing the local ecosystem will benefit all the other countries in the region. We look forward to extend our partnership with Thinxtra, our operator in Australia and New Zealand”, says Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, Sigfox executive vice president networks and operators. “We are delighted to expand our network to Hong Kong market together with Thinxtra, and we are confident that together, we will strengthen Hong Kong government’s IoT” said Roswell Wolff, Sigfox’s president, Asia Pacific. Thinxtra was the first Sigfox operator to extend the network in Asia Pacific and has achieved rapid coverage, having rolled out the network across 65% of the Australian and 80% of the New Zealand population in just 8 months. Earlier this year, Thinxtra has announced an engagement with Silicon Controls for 1M connections, as well as a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the State Government of South Australia and Sigfox, for full state roll out of the Sigfox network across South Australia. Murray Hankinson, Thinxtra Managing Director Asia said, “Thinxtra is the pure play LPWAN IoT service provider in Australia and New Zealand and will soon be in Hong Kong, supporting the city’s vision for IoT and Smart City. We have proven that we have a winning team that lives and breathes IoT, a world leading secure purpose built technology in Sigfox and that we achieve great things quickly and efficiently working with local partners and businesses. We are planning to replicate this winning formula in Hong Kong. This experience and forward thinking will serve us well in bringing the most mature IoT network to Hong Kong - territory-wide. We are excited by the opportunity to harness local talent and the technological community to expand the Sigfox ecosystem in support of Hong Kong’s local & global applications. We are already open for business, having recently set up our Solutions business in the HKSTP to foster and promote the IoT device design, solution, and manufacturing industries.”


News Article | December 15, 2016
Site: www.marketwired.com

Partners expect fast adoption of Sigfox's low power and low cost connectivity solution in Special Administrative Region of China LABEGE, FRANCE and HONG KONG, CHINA--(Marketwired - Dec 15, 2016) - Sigfox, the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT), and Thinxtra, the Sigfox Operator in Australia and New Zealand, today announced an agreement to roll-out Sigfox' IoT network in Hong Kong SAR (Special Administrative Region) in 2017. The Hong Kong SAR Government has addressed the importance of IoT in its agenda. The 2014 Digital 21 (the blueprint for Information Technology and Communications (ICT) development) has recognized IoT as one of the latest technologies Hong Kong should adopt and champion, and the 2015 Policy Address introduced a new initiative "Energizing Kowloon East" aiming to carry out a pilot study in that district to examine the feasibility of developing a Smart City. The IoT space opens up new and exciting opportunities by connecting the physical world to the Internet. In just five years, the company has built a global wireless network that provides a simple, efficient connectivity solution, enabling devices to connect to the cloud at ultra low-cost and using minimal energy. Sigfox's network is now present in 28 countries and on track to be in 60 by 2018, which will represent over 80% of the world's growth domestic product. "Hong Kong as an innovation hub and technology center, and as the gateway to China, will benefit greatly from the most advanced and mature global IoT network, and developing the local ecosystem will benefit all the other countries in the region. We look forward to extend our partnership with Thinxtra, our operator in Australia and New Zealand", says Rodolphe Baronnet-Frugès, Sigfox executive vice president networks and operators. "We are delighted to expand our network to Hong Kong market together with Thinxtra, and we are confident that together, we will strengthen Hong Kong government's IoT," said Roswell Wolff, Sigfox's president, Asia Pacific. Thinxtra was the first Sigfox operator to extend the network in Asia Pacific and has achieved rapid coverage, having rolled out the network across 65% of the Australian and 80% of the New Zealand population in just 8 months. Earlier this year, Thinxtra has announced an engagement with Silicon Controls for 1M connections, as well as a memorandum of understanding (MoU) signed between the State Government of South Australia and Sigfox, for full state roll out of the Sigfox network across South Australia. Murray Hankinson, Thinxtra Managing Director Asia said, "Thinxtra is the pure play LPWAN IoT service provider in Australia and New Zealand and will soon be in Hong Kong, supporting the city's vision for IoT and Smart City. We have proven that we have a winning team that lives and breathes IoT, a world leading secure purpose built technology in Sigfox and that we achieve great things quickly and efficiently working with local partners and businesses. We are planning to replicate this winning formula in Hong Kong. This experience and forward thinking will serve us well in bringing the most mature IoT network to Hong Kong -- territory-wide. We are excited by the opportunity to harness local talent and the technological community to expand the Sigfox ecosystem in support of Hong Kong's local & global applications. We are already open for business, having recently set up our Solutions business in the HKSTP to foster and promote the IoT device design, solution, and manufacturing industries." About Sigfox Sigfox is the world's leading provider of connectivity for the Internet of Things (IoT). The company has built a global network to connect billions of devices to the Internet while consuming as little energy as possible, as simply as possible. Sigfox's unique approach to device-to-cloud communications addresses the three greatest barriers to global IoT adoption: cost, energy consumption, and global scalability. Today, the network is present in 28 countries and on track to cover 60 by 2018 -- covering a population of 451 million people. With millions of objects connected and a rapidly growing partner ecosystem, Sigfox empowers companies to move their business model towards more digital services. Founded in 2010 by Ludovic Le Moan and Christophe Fourtet, the company is headquartered in Labège near Toulouse, France's "IoT Valley". Sigfox also has offices in Paris, Madrid, Munich, Boston, San Francisco, Dubai and Singapore. For more information, see www.sigfox.com and follow us on Twitter, Facebook and Youtube. About Thinxtra Thinxtra is the exclusive Sigfox operator for Australia & New Zealand. Thinxtra is an Internet of Things (IoT) company founded by IoT experts who share the same passion and expertise: connecting things to improve business processes and people's lives. Thinxtra is backed by NZX-listed high-tech company Rakon Limited, which has a history of innovation in communications technology going back some 50 years. By opening an office in Hong Kong, Thinxtra aims at empowering AsiaPac's Internet of Things with Sigfox world-leading LPWAN connectivity as well as building a full eco-system of IoT solutions & services to enable the non-connected to connect, increase productivity, accelerate decision making, improve quality of service or simply solve problems in an economic & connected manner. Visit www.thinxtra.com and follow us on Twitter @Thinxtra.


Kaneiwa K.,University of Tokyo | Mizoguchi R.,Japan Advanced Institute of Science and Technology | Nguyen P.H.P.,Government of South Australia
New Generation Computing | Year: 2015

In order to formalize complex and compositional concepts, we propose a logical framework based on an upper ontology constructed from the composition of basic concepts such as properties and objects. In particular, ontologically distinct compositions (called ontological compositions) that are not easily defined by using ISA and PART-OF relations are classified into characterizing, temporal, and spatial compositions (e.g., ’red face’ and ’today’). In this paper, we precisely model such ontological compositions by using monadic second-order logic; properties and objects are expressed as predicates, and attributes are expressed as predicates of predicates. The proposed approach provides a novel technique for the classification of attributes as higher-order concepts, and it clarifies illegal compositions of properties and objects and the uniqueness of temporal attributes. Moreover, our composition ontology is described by a set of RDF triples using the metamodeling of concepts in RDF Schema. © 2015, Ohmsha and Springer Japan.


News Article | March 29, 2016
Site: www.rdmag.com

Flinders University researchers have developed clean technology to dissolve waste wool and unwanted woollen products to produce a high-value protein called keratin and other byproducts with varied potential applications. Well known on packaging of popular hair products, the scientists have worked out how to distil keratin from wool using a non-toxic, biodegradable chemical process to 'dissolve' the wool fibres with an eye on potential end uses in the cosmetic, pharmaceutical and even animal feed markets. The South Australia Premier's Professorial Research Fellow in Clean Technology at Flinders, Professor Colin Raston, says the discovery is an outstanding example of reducing waste in a safe way to make use of – and create value – from an existing resource. "The future of clean technology is rapidly growing as the cost of producing expensive substances is offset against the benefits of low-cost, efficient, and environmentally sustainable recycling processes such as this," said Raston. "After breakdown using a choline-chloride-urea solvent 'melt', the keratin nano-materials can be further refined and freeze dried to form a protein powder, to be used for a range of products ranging from wound healing in bandages to animal feedstock. The 'green chemistry' process is simple, efficient, and environmentally friendly, said Ramiz Boulos, Ph.D., who worked on the breakthrough technology with Professor Raston and fellow researchers Katherine Moore, Ph.D., Daniel Mangos and Ashley Slattery, Ph.D. "Sheep wool is clearly an abundant biomaterial, with the wool weaving industry worldwide discarding tonnes of low grade non-spin wool fibres every year and much more landfill from wool garments from human waste," Boulos said. "Our system makes use of a waste stream, deemed unsuitable for the clothing industry, to produce an additional revenue source." Boulos, who previously demonstrated a similar process to deconstruct his own hair, says the benign eutectic melt used to break down wool and human hair creates the opportunity to extract the valuable keratin with another straight forward process, such as simple dialysis techniques and then concentrated using freeze drying. "The final product would be highly useful for electro-spinning to form keratin bandages or for implantation into a hydrogel, both of which have demonstrated clear wound healing advantages." The research, funded by the Australian Research Council and Government of South Australia, was supported by Flinders Microscopy and the Australian Proteome Analysis Facility through the Federal Government's National Collaborative Research Infrastructure Strategy. The paper, Wool deconstruction using a benign eutectic melt, has been published by the Royal Society of Chemistry journal RSC Advances.


Kaneiwa K.,Iwate University | Nguyen P.H.P.,Government of South Australia
Proceedings of the ACM Symposium on Applied Computing | Year: 2012

In the Semantic Web context, the meta-modeling of concepts in ontologies and rules is required for defining the meanings of upper-level data and vocabularies. For this purpose, we propose a decidable fragment of order-sorted logic programming with hyper-predicate hierarchies. In the sorted language, we can employ simple- and hyper-predicates to express the concepts of sorts, predicates, and meta-predicates by unifying and enhancing them in a hyper-predicate hierarchy. The sorted Horn-clause calculus is extended to develop a query-answering system that can answer queries such as atoms and hyper-atoms generalized to contain predicate variables. We show that each query is computable in NEXPTIME if knowledge bases are function-free and safe. Furthermore, the computation can be reduced to EXPTIME if additional arguments in super-predicates and multiple predicate declarations are restricted. © 2012 ACM.


Kaneiwa K.,Iwate University | Nguyen P.H.P.,Government of South Australia
Knowledge and Information Systems | Year: 2013

This paper presents a decidable order-sorted query system for reasoning between ontologies and rules. We describe order-sorted logic programming with sort, predicate, and meta-predicate hierarchies (OSL3h), which derives predicate and meta-predicate assertions. Meta-level predicates (predicates of predicates) are useful for representing relationships between predicate formulas, and further, they conceptually yield a hierarchy similar to the hierarchies of sorts and predicates. By extending the order-sorted Horn-clause calculus, we develop a query-answering system in OSL3h that can answer queries such as atoms and meta-atoms generalized by containing predicate variables. We show that the expressive query-answering system computes every generalized query in single exponential time, that is, the complexity of our query system is equal to that of DATALOG. © 2012 Springer-Verlag London Limited.

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