MEDIA RELEASES

 

A SIMPLE WAY TO PROVIDE A SAFER COMMUNITY, WHILST USING LESS ENERGY

July 21, 2021

AFN Solutions provides a number of smart solutions that can assist governments, reduce their environmental impact and realise significant cost savings. One of the most important jobs for a local government is providing a safe environment for our community to live in.

FACIAL RECOGNITION & ACCESS CONTROL

July 14, 2021

Managing swipe cards is tedious, not to mention a heightened vulnerability in your protocols as the cards can be easily stolen. What if we could replace the card with something that is unique to you and impossible to leave behind? Your face is your key to the future of access control.  

NX WITNESS VMS & IRYX

June 25, 2021

The iryx owl camera can act as your server using the Nx VMS and supports object recognition through machine learning onboard (with up to 90 days of storage). The Owl is a multi-spectral imaging and multi-sensor IoT device. It performs A.I computations at the edge to deliver real-time detection and event classification.

360 CAMERA PROVIDING SURVEILLANCE & DATA ANALYSIS

June 23, 2021

AFN Solutions is proud to work with some of the most leading Retailers throughout Australia, assisting them
with the deployment and optimisation of their security CCTV infrastructure. Our Retail analytics suite empowers
you with customer intelligence that helps you to really understand your customers.

 
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AFN’S OCCUPANCY MONITORING SOLUTION

September 16th, 2020

What is it?

Amidst new  occupancy regulations for hospitality and the accompanying fines for non compliance our solution is a simple fix combining digital media and compliance technology.

One camera, one screen and one tripod.

We use what we call an occupancy camera to count the number of people entering/exiting your store. When that number reaches the maximum occupancy the screen flashes red and asks the next person trying to enter to Please Wait. This is all displayed upon a screen at the entrance of your venue, the screen space can be utilised to display whatever you want from a PDF Menu, a rotating advertisement or your own web page or YouTube channel.

It’s a technological Covid Marshall, a simple solution so that you can focus more on your business.


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YACHT CLUB INSTALLS LICENCE PLATE RECOGNITION CAMERAS TO TACKLE TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

February 11th, 2019

One of Australia’s oldest and most prestigious yacht Clubs, situated on Sydney’s Northern Beaches, decided to enhance their parking facilities.
In order to facilitate automated access to the Club and understand guest vehicle movement throughout the marina, AFN provided an Licence Plate Recognition (LPR)-enabled access-control solution. The LPR ensures convenience, auditability and control of the Club’s facilities.
Club members’ satisfaction was the main drive for the Club. “Providing a more personalised service to our patrons throughout the Club’s facilities such as the parking, bistro, our state-of-the-yard floating marina and boat yard more easily, was our prime objective at all times” said the Club’s representative.
The first part of this requirement was an automated boom gate for smooth access of exclusive members vehicles enrolled on the LPR database. Incorporated in this system, are two LPR cameras that monitor entry and exit points to the facilities and multi-level car park.
Combined with a centralised CCTV system, the Club can now control thoroughfares and improve visitor experience, safety and management of their parking.
As an added security function, this system can be configured to detect known ‘vehicles of interest’ alerting security teams of their presence.
This was an ideal solution for the Club’s access control requirements whilst maintaining convenience for their members. Benefits for the Club included a reduction in vandalism, trespassing and theft of valuable items such as petrol or outboard motors at the Club.

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CELEBRATING BECOMING AN ASIAL GOLD CORPORATE MEMBER

January 29th, 2019

After 16years of being an ASIAL member, AFN Solutions has been given a GOLD CORPORATE member status, which is only given to a handful of companies with 16+ years of membership.
“The ASIAL Gold member is naturally a great achievement for us. It is a great hallmark for all of our existing and prospective customers assuring them that we do things right,” said Charles Clapham, AFN’s General Sales Manager.
Being engaged in the provision of community safety and proactively addressing security needs our customers may have for over 20 years, it makes sense for AFN to be with ASIAL, it being the peak body for security professional.
“We cannot wait for a Platinum status,” concluded Adam Moore, General Manager for Sales & Delivery.

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DARWIN TO BECOME SMART WITH THE HELP OF AFN SOLUTIONS

January 22nd, 2019

The City of Darwin was among the 32 successful recipients of grant funding from a round two of the Smart Cities and Suburbs Programfrom the Australian Government.

A $10mil project ‘Switching on Darwin’ co-funded by the Northern Territory government is to implement a range of smart technologies to drive business performance in the region; increase operational efficiencies and address the needs of the Darwin community more proactively.

While Telstra has been announced as the major partner of Darwin’s Smart Cities deal, winning the $10 million partnership for the project, AFN Solutions is proud to be the prime contractor for the works.

“This is an amazing achievement for AFN Solutions as we’ve already successfully delivered multi-million dollar projects in Moreton Bay, Cairns, and Kapunda,” Managing Director Darren Ruger said. “We are extremely proud to be Telstra’s preferred Smart City partner and being chosen to fulfil the projects in Darwin and Queanbeyan-Palerang Regional Council further cements our great partnership,” Ruger concluded.

The scope of the works includes CCTV & Video Analytics, Telstra Air Wi-Fi, LED Smart Lighting, parking sensors, weather and pedestrian analytics.

Through AFN, Telstra is engaging with local businesses, enabling them to work with Australia’s largest technology company and presenting and opportunity to work with a multinational business. This represents a local contribution of over $3.5 million over the course of the project.

AFN Solutions is responsible for the on-time and on-budget delivery of the project, and has signed on Security and Technology Services (STS) and Top End Race to complete the lion’s share of the works in the CBD.

Top End Race started installing new cabling in sub surface in early January 2019. The project will conclude May 2019.

Note:

The Smart Cities collaboration initiative ‘Smart Cities and Suburbs Program’ provides investment for innovative technology-based solutions to urban challenges for Australia’s cities, suburbs and towns.’ In 2019 further $21mil will support the delivery of innovative smart city projects across Australia. Read about Round Two outcome here.

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INTELLIGENT VIDEO ANALYTICS SOLUTIONS FOR SAFE AND SUSTAINABLE SMART COMMUNITIES

October 18th, 2018

LGA Queensland, Brisbane 29-31st October 2018

AFN Solutions is proud to exhibit at the annual Local Government Association Conference in Brisbane from 29th to 31st of October.

Safe and sustainable communities are at the heart of every council. 

Having a growing community within a thriving and viable economy where people feel safe is now more paramount than ever before. What’s more than that, with constant advancements in smart city technologies, managing and controlling these aspects is becoming easier every day. This is where we come in.

For a number of years, AFN Solutions has worked with Queensland councils to secure government funding for provision of intelligent, innovative & customised end-to-end solutions.



Focusing on creating better places to live through advanced CCTV & video analytics,  these solutions offer proactive response, real-time notification of critical events and identifying people and objects of interest.

This is increasingly essential for:

– crime prevention through understanding public spaces, its use and demographics

– managing regional land and transport planning including recreation & sport grounds, footpaths or parks and gardens

– identifying high tourism hotspots

– development of local infrastructure including roads, footpaths, street lighting and parking services

– controlling the effects and impact of infrastructure use through planning

– optimising rubbish collection, waste disposal and recycling

The LGAQ conference promises driving “the debate on issues and challenges facing local government and their communities”.

Join us and discover the future of video & video analytics for your smart community.

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ANNOUNCING RELOCATION OF SOUTH AUSTRALIA OFFICE

August 30th, 2018

AFN Solutions is delighted to announce that we are moving into new offices within the Innovation House at the Adelaide Innovation Centre in Mawson Lakes, SA, as of 1stSeptember 2018.


In addition to the head office in Belrose, Sydney, NSW and two regional offices in Queensland and Victoria, the new facility supports the company’s interest to increase its strategic footprint within the emerging Australian technology market.

This new office, headed by a Technical Business Development Manager Douglas Banks, provides AFN  a single location for their state-wide sales enquiries as well as customer and technical support for current and future customers.

Any enquiries as well as 24/7 emergency call-outs are still to be processed via a 1300 303 876 number.

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NEW CEO ANNOUNCEMENT & MANAGEMENT RESTRUCTURE

May 7th, 2018

As of May 2018, Stuart Presgrave has been appointed as Chief Executive Officer of AFN Solutions, A Telstra company.

“This is an extremely positive move for AFN Solutions and I’d like to congratulate Stuart on his appointment” said Darren Ruger.  “Stuart is well qualified and I’m confident that he’ll continue to strengthen and grow the business in Australia.”

Stuart has 28 years experience in IT and Telecommunications, including time spent as a Network Engineer, Enterprise Architect and Executive Manager. He has worked in multiple industry verticals with time served in Transport (at TNT), Banking and Finance (Westpac and St.George) and Telecommunications (Telstra). Stuart has successfully lead large teams (of up to 700 staff), run large budgets (up to $65mil), transformed and restructured businesses, established offshore delivery centres, and executed large programs. Most recently, Stuart lead the BTS Security Services team at Telstra where he grew the Telstra professional services business in the cyber security space by 200% over two consecutive years

“I’m extremely excited to join a company that has been at the cutting edge of technical innovation for many years. I truly believe that with the skills and capabilities that AFN has developed, we can build and deliver almost anything and we will be regarded as a technical innovator for many years to come.”

As Chief Technology Officer for AFN Solutions nationally, Darren Ruger retains overall responsibility for the technology innovations, services and R&D ascertaining to the future of our great company.

Also as part of the management re-structure, several new Account Managers have been appointed.

Expanding our technical capabilities and building new team in Victoria


In response to the incredibly exciting and buoyant Smart Cities market in Victoria, Josh Zlotin has been appointed as State Manager. We are very fortunate to have Josh on board with his vast experience in delivering key outcomes for city airports ensuring optimal ground traffic management systems. His insight into low voltage electronics, CCTV, vehicle and people access management solutions, licence plate recognition fixes as well as mobile systems is a great addition into expanding AFN’s capabilities across the state.

Strengthening our QLD


In our Queensland branch, Anna Campling is strengthening our QLD team. Moving into an Account Management role from an Operations & Admin Support role at AFN where she worked since early last year, this is certainly an exciting field Anna is keen to explore. Having worked mainly in customer solution-focussed positions, Anna specialises in delivering exceptional customer care with a fair and honest approach. Her experience as an Operations Manager within a very large retail company will certainly come useful when it comes to contract management. “Building my passion on the AFN brand, providing next generation technology and a focus on delivering smart solutions is a movement I am thrilled to be a part of” Anna comments on her new role.


Bringing integrated solutions expertise into our QLD team


Another recent addition to our QLD team is QLD Business Development Manager Mark Irwin-Pack who brings with him over ten years of experience delivering integrated solutions to government infrastructure and premium A-grade commercial customers.

Mark’s wealth of know-how in integrating various building, energy and security systems into single platforms aligns well with our Smart Cities solutions portfolio.

“I am excited to be a part of AFN solutions bringing exciting new ways of using technologies to transform our cities into smart cities and improving the quality of life for all Australians,” Mark says.


AFN boosts the NSW sales team


All the way from Perth, WA, we also welcome Marcus Rebbettes to the NSW team as Account Manager. Marcus is looking forward to utilise his previous skill set gained in commercial and government security, safety and emergency management in delivering innovative security solutions. Marcus has established himself as a specialist Security and Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) professional across the Defence and commercial sectors and has forged a reputation as a proactive operator, capable of initiating and implementing security and OHS policy in accordance with Australian National Standards. In his business development capacity, Marcus has experience in tendering for new business opportunities and is a licenced Security Consultant.


Newest branch gets a boost


Restructuring also sees a change in AFN’s newest branch (Adelaide) where Douglas Banks takes on the BDM role  for South Australia.  Doug boasts over ten years industry-wide knowledge covering technical product know-how, wireless networks, solution integrations and service and installation of security, communication, RADAR and CCTV systems.


Please welcome them all on board.

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INTRODUCING FARMBOT – AN INTERACTIVE AUTOMATED ROBOTIC FARM

April 19th, 2018

The future of food production rests with robots. They are efficient, compact and won’t take any sick days. Recently, AFN Solutions Dev team has been working on bringing the idea of robotic farming to fruition.

The result of this vision is the FarmBot; an automated robotic farm, with the capability of planting, managing, and caring for an entire vegetable garden all on its own as you can see in the video below, where our FarmBot is planting capsicum seeds in an AFN garden:



This is achieved by using a robot on a gantry system that runs along tracks, with a collection of interchangeable heads that are used to tend to the farm. These include a watering nozzle, a weeder, a soil moisture sensor and more.

The FarmBot is run by an interactive software platform that uses a series of procedures to maximize the efficiency of the farm, combined with an intuitive and ergonomic farm planning program.

The FarmBot comes in two customizable sizes – 3×1.5 metres and 6×3 metres, meaning it can be built inside, outside, on a balcony or on a commercial scale. It also has the capacity to grow up to 36 different kinds of plants currently, with that number increasing with every new update, resulting in a versatile and efficient farming solution that can be built in many different environments; from a small backyard vegetable garden, to future expansion into commercial agriculture.

The precision and efficiency of the FarmBot is one of its main advantages over traditional farming methods. The software has precise knowledge of exactly how much space, water, and time each plant needs to thrive means that no space in the garden bed is wasted, creating a maximum vegetable yield per square metre.

Due to the ease of use of the FarmBot and its ability to produce large quantities of crops even with minimal resources, AFN Solutions plans to implement the robot in remote communities in the Australian outback where fresh food is hard to come by.

AFN also plans to implement the FarmBot in various schools to teach school children about robotics and agriculture as well as implementing technology in our future. This will allow schools to reference FarmBot across a wide range of the student curriculum from sciences and technologies, to societies and humanities.

So, will we see farms shutting down and robots taking over soon?

Well, not quite – the FarmBot is still early in its developmental journey – but at AFN Solutions, the team is always looking for the next leap ahead for our communities.

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WHAT SHOULD YOU KNOW IF YOU ARE PLANNING FOR A SMART CITY IN 2018?

March 22nd, 2018

AFN Solutions is working hard on helping communities and businesses to become smarter and be future-ready. A lot is happening in 2018 in the IoT and Smart Cities are closely connected to these developments. With all of these new trends and emerging technology popping up like mushrooms, it is hard to predict where the fastest growth or rise of interest in the smart cities related IoT technologies will be?

What is happening in Smart Cities in 2018?

One of the most exciting parts of IoT and Smart Cities is that there is so much change, innovation and collaboration happening at breakneck speed.

At AFN we see a large interest being placed on laying down the foundations for the future of our cities now, leveraging mature solutions like CCTV, Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

Then, the next steps are to utilise that network to build intelligence onto – things like automation, environmental monitoring, asset management and so on. On top of this, the technology is really taking a back seat to the outcomes that are being set as goals and achievements. It’s more about the stories that can be told and less about which widgets or gadgets will be turned on.

Unsurprisingly, AFN is planning to respond to these opportunities in a variety of ways.

AFN has been a trusted partner for the foundational works in Councils and Enterprises for over 17 years, so there is a great amount of experience to draw on. This allows us to respond quickly and accurately to our client’s needs, and means that when we design a solution, we are designing it with all our team’s experience involved.

The new urban challenge

The challenge is that a lot of Councils and business don’t know much about what a ‘Smart City’ or ‘Smart Enterprise’ is, because it changes based on outcomes and needs. Although many clients know they need to do something, they are not always sure on what that ‘something’ is. That’s what we are here for!

Specifically, we have procured some brand new video analytics software to trial. We have some incredible sensors and software being tested, we have new development resources joining our team, and we have even commissioned our very own FarmBot here at AFN.

Undeniably, it looks as though in 2018, businesses will need to be a lot more proactive to survive. A big change is coming, and it will force companies and government to react whether they like it or not.

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IOT, AFN, SMART CITIES AND ROBOTS – WHAT DO THEY HAVE IN COMMON?

March 15th, 2018

Ben Hancock, National IoT Lead based at AFN Solutions head office in Sydney answers the most pertinent questions surrounding the IoT and Smart Cities.

Hi Ben, welcome to AFN, where in early November you started in a newly created position of a National IoT Lead. Also, you recently visited a Retail Innovation Summit in Sydney CIC where you talked about various challenges of  making the physical world ‘digital’. So it seems you settled in well and you have your hands full, but can we maybe start by explaining your job title to everybody?

Q: What exactly is IoT?:

Ben: Thank you! I am excited to join the AFN team in such an exciting industry that is IoT. IoT stands for ‘Internet of Things’, however it is also known as Industrie 4.0; Industrial Internet, M2M, Internet of Everything and so on.

Basically, it is the concept of  ‘things’ talking to other ‘things’ using intelligent platforms, networks, AI and analytics. It is the future of how humans connect to the technology around them. 

Q: Sounds like a passage from some Isaac Asimov’s book. What exactly does AFN Solutions, a smart city technology company with vast experience primarily in CCTV & video analytics, do in that field?:

Great question – AFN has a strong lineage in CCTV, which requires network connectivity. This is the foundation and walls of the solution, which allows IoT technology to fill in the rest. Sensors, smart lights, smart bins, robots (yes, robots), analytics and platforms are the smart technology and solutions that build out the rest of our offering. But without the underlying foundation, there is no house! 

Q: Robots? Smart sensors? Analytics? Are you sure you are not filming a sequel to the A.I. movie? How does AFN intend to integrate these disparate technologies in the context of Smart Cities?

Haha, well – the future is now! The first step is to understand which technology will achieve the greatest outcome in terms of improving life for the inhabitants of a city or town.

For some regions, this may be a more effective waste management program to reduce unsightly rubbish and free up capital to invest in other projects; for other towns, it may be public safety-led; and for some, it may be an upgrade to typically outdated and manual parking management systems, to reduce congestion, improve visibility and keep visitors flowing through towns.

Once we have established this, we can look at integrating into existing systems, or the viability of building something new entirely.

Q: And that’s where you come in?:

That’s right! My role is to provide thought leadership, product excellence and of course customer service and sales to our clients. Anything IoT, is me. 

Q: For example? Can you be specific?

For example, we have recently undertaken a consulting engagement for a regional town where we have been their Smart City partner from initial ideation, assisting in the application and securing of funds, through to the actually project management and deployment of technologies.

In this instance, that includes Smart LED lights, Smart Bins, Smart Parking, Wi-Fi, and environmental monitoring.

This means AFN have been involved from the ground floor and can ensure a logical approach is applied to the investment of funds into the right technology.

Q: Good to know. Now, let’s get real. Technology being technology – can you see any disruptions IoT may cause to an average Australian community or business whether they are big or small?

I think we will see less reliance on ‘the way things have always been done’, and more acceptances to small start-ups, innovative ideas and Proof of Concepts to learn and fail fast.

From a technology perspective, we will see more focus on distributed computing (or ‘fog computing’) a larger uptake of NB-IoT solutions, and investment into open-source, API-driven solutions that can form a coherent network of technology and outcomes.  

Q: That sounds very complex. Do you have any recommendations as to how can AFN Solutions help companies stay prepared? Or maybe even be a little bit ahead of the game?

There needs to be a keen desire to do things a little differently – there is a town we are working with at the moment looking to leverage a communal farming robot project as one of their Smart City projects, for which AFN is the lead partner.

There is also large amounts of information on grants available on the Smart Cities & Suburbs webpage, so I highly recommend spending some time researching that avenue.

The most innovative projects draw the most attention and generally give Councils access to the most funding.

For businesses, understanding where they sit in their IoT maturity and where some of the technology I’ve mentioned may provide some return – e.g. Smart Retail, Connected Logistics sites, etc.

Q: Okay, and in practical terms, where do you suggest Australian communities should start to be future-ready and why?

Well that would differ from Council to Council and likewise, no two businesses are alike. One thing to remember is that we strive to create brilliant solutions with our customers as partners. Call me and let’s have a chat! Be open-minded, creative and brave.

Thanks for your time, Ben.

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WHICH EMERGING TECHNOLOGY WILL DRIVE MORE RETAIL GROWTH?

February 22nd, 2018

Looking back at the Retail Innovation Summit 2018 in Sydney Telstra CIC on the 20th February 2018 it is clear that the challenges retail industry faces in the fast-paced retail world are very real.

The summit, positioned under a common theme ‘Data Driven Retailing’, featured a number of workshops with industry experts, behind the scenes access and the latest industry thinking and success stories from prominent industry leaders and CEOs for example from Facebook, Iconic, Microsoft or Adobe as well as some representatives from some Telstra customers like Woolworths or Australia Post, to name a few.

The day was kicked off by with a key note, live-stream speech from Scott Galloway and Matt Shay closed the sessions with an informative interview. Scott is a founder of L2 and Professor at NYU Stern and he discussed innovative ways companies can fight back the challenges and competition. Matt Shay, President and CEO of National Retail Federation, reflected on ideas in creating a positive environment in which the retail industry can thrive.

As mentioned before, the underlying summit theme was ‘Data Driven Retailing‘. It is therefore no surprise that everyone was keen to discover how can we get more data generating invaluable insights and what can be done with that data.

Some of the challenges that were brought up are well known to all in the industry. From booming rent prices, shrinking retail footprint to rocketing online sales, IoT, Big Data or defining new strategies to engage with the ever more elusive customer.

It’s not all doom and gloom, though.

Emerging technologies are constantly reinventing the retail as we know it. Namely, video analytics.

Increasingly, video is becoming another data source used by retailers to back up data-driven decisions. Remarkably, video is still not being utilised to its full potential as a business insights tool. Video, being a passive system, can be engaged to verify what is actually happening in store. Measuring foot traffic, wifi use & tracking, people counting, dwell time, store layout utilisation and more will transform the face of retail. Nothing is 100% accurate, however having access to video allows businesses to visual verify the data being collected – this is what will allow retailers to make the physical world digital.

Some other interesting points out of the RIS is the potential for Voice to be the next ‘big thing’ in retail, more so than well-known technology such as augmented and virtual reality, where we will be able to order products by simply saying “I need more batteries”. Another revelation was that brick and mortar retail is not going away, rather that the function is changing from a place of transaction to an environment for experience.

Now watch AFN’s February TechTalk solely dedicated to new ways of generating retail growth:

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March 1, 2025

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SMART CITIES: A STORY OF POSSIBILITY

December 12th, 2017

Imagine a world where we can make intelligent decisions about how to design towns to suit the needs of the people that live there: data-driven designs that allow for safer, monitored public spaces, with intelligent lighting with access to connectivity in parks and on pathways that react to us automatically to direct us where we need to go.

“The most profound technologies are those that disappear. They weave themselves into the fabric of everyday life until they are indistinguishable from it” – Mark Weiser, Scientific American (1991)

This is a story of possibility.

In Smart Cities, we can easily find and book a parking spot, charge our electric vehicles and then walk down to the local communal garden. Here, primary school students work with local high school and University students on building and maintaining farming robots, promoting inclusivity and curiosity in the community.

The revenue from selling the organic, local vegetables can be reinvested in technology projects, creating a sustainable cycle. After tending to the garden, the University students catch an automated bus to the local library – a learning hub where they can seamlessly collaborate with peers hundreds of kilometres away, allowing us to retain and attract talent, creating flourishing, prosperous and innovative regional centres.

Imagine we can accurately predict a thunderstorm approaching, and automatically warn asthma sufferers to stay indoors; on hot days we can make sure we check on all the people at risk, and we can ensure that nobody is lost during a flood or bushfire. The elderly will have better access to health care, whilst retaining their independence and social connection, and our children will be raised in a safe, knowledgeable environment.

We can promote a healthy lifestyle, where we are encouraged to park a little further away, to understand what we are eating, to reduce pollution in our towns and to share our successes and failures so others can learn and grow with us.

We can power it all using the sun, and store energy more efficiently for when we need it. If we have too much, we can securely trade it with a nearby community who needs it. Local businesses will thrive in a more connected, open-source world, where access to talent and data is abundant. We can attract tourism, invite disruptive entrepreneurs and incentivise our societies to think green, act responsibly and be more active.

Nothing in this story is beyond the realms of possibility – we can start to implement these solutions today.

Ben Hancock – National IoT Solutions Lead, AFN Solutions

You can follow Ben on his LinkedIn.

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BIG CHANGES FOR OUR QUEENSLAND BRANCH

November 14th, 2017

It is with great sadness that AFN bids adieu to Adam Kalnins, the QLD State Manager, who decided to pursue his career and personal development goals at our mother company Telstra.

On a more positive note though, AFN Solutions is jubilant after appointing its own Cameron Follett as the new Queensland State Manager.


With a strong background in technical project management and delivery, Cameron has 14 years of experience in communications and complex electronic surveillance systems.

After his career in Defence as electronics apprentice, he worked his way through the project management ranks, across a number of significant projects in both the construction and resources sectors.

Adam himself is more than pleased with the decision to promote from within his team that he has built and nurtured over the last two years “I wish Cam and the team all the best in this new phase of the business. Cam is a sensitive team leader, skilled project manager with a lengthy background in the Safety and Security sector which will ensure that the new exciting position builds on his existing experience.”

With strong team support, Cameron is really excited about AFN’s involvement in the Smart Cities movement.

“The deployment of these new technologies is being used to enrich the lives and safety of everyday Australians, throughout both our major cities and also our smaller regional town centres. That’s a challenge that I am proud to be a part of.”

“Cameron is truly a man with a vision and I have complete confidence that he will be awesome in the role,” says AFN’s Managing Director Darren Ruger.

“I also want to acknowledge Jason Veenendaal (Qld PM for Morton Bay project)”, Darren continues, “for also stepping up to apply for the position. Both of these boys were the front runners of the dozen applicants and I could not be prouder of both of them and how far they have come since joining our team.”

We wish Cam and all the members of the Queensland team all the best.

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HOW UNIQUE IDENTITY SOLUTIONS CAN HELP MANAGE OPERATIONAL RISKS

September 24th, 2017

AFN Solutions is working hard on helping communities and businesses to become smarter and be future-ready. A lot is happening in 2018 in the IoT and Smart Cities are closely connected to these developments. With all of these new trends and emerging technology popping up like mushrooms, it is hard to predict where the fastest growth or rise of interest in the smart cities related IoT technologies will be?

What is happening in Smart Cities in 2018?

One of the most exciting parts of IoT and Smart Cities is that there is so much change, innovation and collaboration happening at breakneck speed.

At AFN we see a large interest being placed on laying down the foundations for the future of our cities now, leveraging mature solutions like CCTV, Wi-Fi and mobile networks.

Then, the next steps are to utilise that network to build intelligence onto – things like automation, environmental monitoring, asset management and so on. On top of this, the technology is really taking a back seat to the outcomes that are being set as goals and achievements. It’s more about the stories that can be told and less about which widgets or gadgets will be turned on.

Unsurprisingly, AFN is planning to respond to these opportunities in a variety of ways.

AFN has been a trusted partner for the foundational works in Councils and Enterprises for over 17 years, so there is a great amount of experience to draw on. This allows us to respond quickly and accurately to our client’s needs, and means that when we design a solution, we are designing it with all our team’s experience involved.

The new urban challenge

The challenge is that a lot of Councils and business don’t know much about what a ‘Smart City’ or ‘Smart Enterprise’ is, because it changes based on outcomes and needs. Although many clients know they need to do something, they are not always sure on what that ‘something’ is. That’s what we are here for!

Specifically, we have procured some brand new video analytics software to trial. We have some incredible sensors and software being tested, we have new development resources joining our team, and we have even commissioned our very own FarmBot here at AFN.

Undeniably, it looks as though in 2018, businesses will need to be a lot more proactive to survive. A big change is coming, and it will force companies and government to react whether they like it or not.

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READY. GET SET. TELSTRA VANTAGE™ 2017 GO.

September 6th, 2017

Spring is finally here and Telstra Vantage™ in Melbourne, now in its fourth year, kicks off in just two weeks!

Telstra Vantage™ is THE place to be if you want to get first-hand experience of the most innovative solutions to transform your business and connect with the right people to solve your business challenges. This year’s event is set to be bigger and better than ever with 120+ exhibitors and estimated 5000+ attendees.

Telstra Vantage™ is not just about Telstra partners demonstrating cutting-edge technology, it is also a unique opportunity to hear from a number of world-class speakers sharing their latest ideas. With over 75 sessions scheduled over only two days, it’s hard to decide which one to choose from. However, there is one session that definitely should not be missed.

AFN’s Managing Director, Darren Ruger, will be presenting at 12:30-12:50 pm on September 20th 2017, discussing in the Silent Theatre how various operational risks can be minimised using unique identity solutions, such as reducing the risk of wage fraud with facial recognition for time and attendance. Given the spate of high profile companies being pursued by the Fair Work Ombudsman over the last twelve months, this is a great opportunity to understand the significant risks and how to mitigate them.



Another incentive to attend this year’s Telstra Vantage™ in Melbourne is that AFN Solutions will be demonstrating state-of-the-art technology in two separate zones.

The whole venue will be divided into five key areas that organisations need to address to stay ahead of the competition. These are: Create transformative innovation; Liberate your workforce; Reach global markets; Optimise your IT; and Secure your business.

You will be able to find AFN Solutions in the ‘Secure your business’ zone in the Telstra Vantage™ Village area where we will be showcasing the convergence of multifactor authentication with intelligent solutions for sustainable and prosperous smart cities. Seeing first-hand how AFN Solutions integrates the latest technologies to deliver bespoke smart cities, business intelligence, environmental and security solutions will certainly enlighten your understanding of business transformation and what is possible with tomorrow’s technology.

Additionally, within the ‘Telstra World’ stand, AFN Solutions will help you understand how to incorporate video and retail analytics, multifactor authentication, city-wide Wi-Fi and traffic management solutions to manage a secure future.

Still not sure if you should register? Here is a preview of what to expect.