Innovation In Textured Commercial Concrete Coatings Technology

Nanokote Pty Ltd specialises in the engineering, manufacturing and sales of specific nano coating materials for glass, metals, plastics, concrete and textiles. Nanokote was set established in 2005 as a marketing and distribution company within Micronisers Pty Ltd but has since expanded into being a manufacturer in its own right and is quickly developing a reputation as one of the very few nanotechnology companies successfully commercialising products on a global scale.

“Our globally patented coatings are all manufactured in Dandenong, Melbourne Australia and Dallas, Texas USA,” informed Simon King, Nanokote’s Technical Director and CEO. “We also have distribution partners in the US, EU, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, and Vietnam.

Nanokote products with hydrophobic and oleophobic functions are available for many surfaces, including glass, metal, wood, plastic, mineral undercoats, textiles and leather and ensure surfaces maintain their clear and clean appearance longer and allow superior glass visibility and presentation of other surfaces. The enhanced surfaces can also be effortlessly cleaned with less and more environmentally friendly cleaning products.

“Our latest innovation from our Melbourne plant is PrimoGuard Texture, a new concrete spalling repair that can be applied using all traditional methods: roller,” said Simon. “We’ve been working with government road, rail, power and water authorities globally for eight years supplying our standard PrimoGuard Flat which was primarily developed for application on highly stressed concrete surfaces for prevention of concrete spalling repair. PrimoGuard is an organometallic coating, that is, it has both organic and inorganic components. Compared with traditional commercial coatings that are inherently organic, such as polyurethane, acrylic, or styrene acrylic, our hybrid coatings have some exceptional properties.”

PrimoGuard Texture is a modified polysiloxane hybrid for the decorative protection of concrete. PrimoGuard provides excellent protection from commercial concrete coatings combined with permanent anti-graffiti and easy to clean/self-cleaning functionalities. It has outstanding resistance to corrosion, better weatherability than aliphatic polyurethanes and acrylic paint technology and is available in a range of profiles and colours. Normally only requiring one and no more than two coats, PrimoGuard can be applied directly to dry or damp concrete. This replaces typical competitor systems of a standard four coat system, primer, two separate coats of roll on acrylic 24 hours apart, followed seven days later by two pack polyurethane anti-graffiti top coat.

“Typical competitor systems cannot offer a warranty on textured surfaces due to the topography of the surface,” added Simon. “ProGuard™ has a ten year warranty and is approved by the German, Swiss, Australian and US Governments. It’s certified for VicRoads Sec.685 and WA Main Roads for anti-graffiti. It also meets all Green Star rating requirements with a low VOC content of 63g/litre.”

PrimoGuard Texture is suitable for a wide variety of civil and community projects including hospitals, sports stadiums, shopping centres, apartment buildings, aquatic centres and car parks. It is being applied to the $1.2 billion Perth Children’s Hospital currently under construction on the QEII Medical Centre site in Nedlands and due to open to the public in late 2016.

Nanokotes R&D staff in Dandenong have been working hard to expand their coating range and a single coat for mild steel, meaning no priming is necessary, will be released early in 2016.

“Our manufacturing plant in Dallas, Texas USA opened earlier in 2015 after a successful tunnel project in the Rocky Mountains in Colorado,” continued Simon. “Our coatings fill a gap in the market, having the flexibility to apply a single coat to concrete, damp or dry, in a wide range of weather conditions, from temperatures as low as 2°C and 95% high humidity is a real advantage and one that our customers are welcoming with open arms.”

Calgary Printing Advantages

Once your business has been incorporated and is ready to deliver its products and services, the first step is to make your target audience aware of what your business can do and how you differentiate yourself from your competitors. Once your corporate identity has been established it is important to find a responsive, high quality Calgary printing services firm that is able to provide printing and copying services that are tailored to your needs. There are many advantages of working with a good Calgary printing company.

Choosing the right printing company is vital to the success of your business. As the owner of a small or medium-sized business, your choice of printing and copying services could determine how quickly your marketing and advertising material is available to your customers. From premium economy business cards to brochures, flyers and even the forms your business uses, a high quality, local printing company such as Calgary Economy Printers can provide affordable full color printing solutions that make your marketing campaigns run smoothly.

Calgary Printing – Advantages of a Premium Printing Company

When you choose the right printing services, you give your business a boost. Some of the key advantages of working with a top Calgary printing firm such as Calgary Economy Printers include:

» Speed – Most small and medium businesses are far more responsive to their customers than large enterprises. Whether you need premium business cards printed for an upcoming business trip or tickets to an event that’s just days away, a proactive printing firm needs to be able to deliver on time, every time.

» Accuracy – While ‘printer’s devils’ – glaring errors in printed matter – are an accepted part of  daily operations at a full color printing company, they can cost clients thousands of dollars. Printing inaccurate information could result in a misrepresentation of services or even the risk of a lawsuit. Choosing the right printing company that uses several stages of quality control can ensure that the information on your corporate brochures, business cards printing and flyers is accurate and appears exactly as you want it.

» The Extra Mile – While any full color printing company can offer standard printing services, choosing a premier print firm such as Calgary Economy Printers brings the added advantage of going the extra mile to fulfill your order. Whether you are a new company or an established firm, short orders and rush situations are going to be a regular part of your business, so working with a print firm that shares your commitment of going the extra mile can pay rich dividends in the long term.

Working with Calgary Economy Printers is a step in the right direction to making your print collateral stand head and shoulders above that of your competition. For nearly three decades, Calgary Economy Printers has been the printing company of choice among thousands of businesses in Calgary, Banff, Okotoks, Longview, Cochrane Crossfield, High River, Camrose, Canmore, Brooks and the picturesque town of Turner Valley.

Why You Need AC Wholesalers For Parts & Installations

Do you need help finding the correct air conditioning parts and components in order to repair an air conditioning unit? While of course an air conditioning technician has to be qualified, they still need to have first rate air conditioning parts in order to do their work. Advance Heating and Cooling do not just provide AC Ducted Heating Installation and repair services, but we are also the best AC wholesalers in Sunshine and the surrounding area.

Our expertise will help your business

Not only do the team at Advance Heating and Cooling have expert knowledge on air conditioning parts and components, but we also have the professional contacts, the warehouse capacity to store all of our supplies, and technical knowledge in this field to assist our customers.

Many of our clients are tradespeople work in the building and construction industry, and when they are working on constructing new homes, offices, and other buildings, they often also install some sort of climate control system. Advance Heating and Cooling offer various high quality products from leading brands for fittings, heating and air conditioning parts and units, plumbing equipment, and much more, hat can be used for domestic, commercial, and industrial applications for both big and small jobs.

We keep in mind the individual needs of each customer and the specific requirements of their job, offering our customers solutions as well as products. The high quantity of products we receive from manufacturers allows our customers to save money when purchasing our top tier equipment. We are AC wholesalers supporting Sunshine-based tradespeople and keeping local businesses active.

Rich Media

20 ideas for Rich Media Mobile Ads

Using Rich media mobile ads as part of a digital cam­paign is stead­ily becom­ing a key strategy. These types of ads are up to four times as effect­ive as stand­ard ban­ner ads in terms of click­through rate, accord­ing to a report from Opera Medi­aworks. How­ever cre­at­ing rich media ads on mobile devices is much more com­plic­ated that cre­at­ing flash based rich media that has be pre­val­ent on desktop com­puters for many years. Even though we now have ways to serve rich media there can often be a lot of browser dis­crep­an­cies and code con­flicts on the sites that serve the ads. This is why many brands and agen­cies are rely­ing on ad plat­forms to make the whole pro­cess much simpler.

In our opin­ion the the best tool for deliv­er­ing Rich Media for mobile plat­forms is Cel­tra. They have an excel­lent an “AdCre­ator” cre­ation plat­form and track­ing. How­ever there are many other excit­ing ideas from other ad plat­forms includ­ing Amo­bee, Air­push, Google Doublel­click and Smartad­server.

Here are some ideas for Rich Media Mobile Ads all of which are now ready to use via the vari­ous ad serving platforms.


Amo­bee have a 3D Ad plat­form where ele­ments can can be rotated in real time whilst tilt­ing the mobile device. This is is a great way of show­cas­ing products.


This is an obvi­ous one. How­ever tools like AdCre­ator and Google Web­Designer allow us to now cre­ate rich anim­a­tion in mobile ads in a sim­ilar way to Flash. This means that recently pro­duc­tion time for anim­ated mobile ads has been greatly reduced.


Using a mobile device and a prin­ted magazine you can cre­ate some inter­est­ing ads. The example below is taken from a cam­paign cre­ated for eBay on the Amo­bee plat­form. Users hover over cer­tain images in the magazine to reveal extra content.


For this idea a pre-populated list of tweets appear in the ad. The users then taps on which tweet they want to send, this integ­rates with the Twit­ter mobile app. It lets you choose which mes­sage to the user sends, this means you can also include hastags.


If you have a phone num­ber dis­played on your ad remem­ber with mobile you can tap it to make a call mobile devices.


Mobile users nat­ively use apps, so why not ust­l­ise this. Have a link to down­load the app in the app store.


Users can see a count­down and date when your product or ser­vice will launch, this date can also be added to the calendar.


Inter­ac­tion a using drag and drop mech­an­ism works well on Smart­phones, the touch­screen lends itself well to these type of phys­ical activities.


App installed on users mobile phones can be used to good effect. For example with Groupon users can expand a ban­ner to find a store near them and get a coupon. They can then click on a loc­a­tion and check in with foursquare. Once they have checked in the coupon becomes unlocked.


Rich Media

In mobile ads we can tar­get ads so they only dis­play in cer­tain loc­a­tions i.e areas of high dens­ity shop­ping. This is a great way of tar­get­ing cus­tom­ers only in the rel­ev­ant location.


There are many oppor­tun­it­ies to use tilt in mobile ads. Types of uses might include tilt to change col­our, tilt to go to next scene, shake to randomise.


In mobile ads Ins­tagram images can be inter­grated, users can also take a pic­ture and share.  Cel­tra seem to have good integ­ra­tion of this.


It might be a good idea to integ­rate Google maps in your mobile ad, espe­cially if you want to show the loc­a­tion of phys­ical stores. Mobile devices are used often for nav­ig­a­tion, so it makes sense to do this.


Like other sys­tems of inter­ac­tion, paint is a good way to build user engage­ment. Ideas could be a quick paint­ing com­pet­i­tion or adding you own sig­na­ture to objects.


Puzzles are a great way to engage users, often for hours! Below is a puzzle game built on Centra plat­form for Wiz­ard of OZ.


Amo­bee have a good example using tilt to show a vir­tual world over­laid upon the real world.


Google have a good example where users can shake to reveal ads. In their example they use a snow globe that reveals a mes­sage on shake.


Swipe is another tech­nique that is very sat­is­fy­ing on touch­screen device. This is good for ideas that involve swip­ping – such as swipe to cut, kick and reveal more con­tent. Below is an example by Centra for snickers.


A slide mech­an­ism can be used in many way such as to reveal more con­tent or in more cre­at­ive ways. Mobileads have a good example where the user can swipe between one ad and the other using a divider in the centre of the ad.


Wipe works like tra­di­tional scratch cards, so in that sense it’s quite organic and feel “right”. Below is a great example from McDonalds.

Contemporary Carports Adelaide

As Australia’s fifth most populous city, Adelaide is the economic, educational and cultural hub of South Australia. Often referred to as the wine and festival capital of Australia, Adelaide boasts a population of over 1.67 million inhabitants with over 75% of people residing within the metropolitan capital of Adelaide.

Touted as South Australia’s cosmopolitan coastal capital, Adelaide enjoys a Mediterranean climate with long hot summers and cool snow less winters. Offering over 2,500 hours of sunshine per year, ensuring your car and home is protected from the constant stream of sunshine and heat is paramount in preserving their value. At Future outdoor sun shades, we install contemporary styled and highly effective carports in Adelaide and surrounding suburbs. Helping you protect your investments from the harsh Australian sun.

Future Shade your Trusted Supplier of Carports in Adelaide

Stretching from the hills in the east to over 70 kilometres of coastline on the west, Adelaide, also known as the city of churches, has seen a steady increase in median prices over the past 3 years, some as high as 23%. With strong residential sales in the city and suburbs, this competitive and burgeoning market highlights the need to set your home apart from the next. At Future outdoor shade sails with our contemporary, highly stylised carports for Adelaide and surrounding suburbs, enhancing your kerbside appeal is our business. As Adelaide’s carport specialists, our cantilevered carport offers:

  • Heat reduction of up to 75%
  • 250 x stronger than glass sheeting
  • 10-year warranty
  • Specialised polycarbonate roof sheeting that offers 100% protection from UV rays

Cutting Edge Carports Adelaide

Complement the aesthetics of your home while increasing your kerbside appeal with our revolutionary anodized aluminium carports – the Cantaport. Call today for consultation.

Personal Trainer Richmond


Overload is the principle of physical fitness that describes how to get stronger, faster, leaner, or more
mobile. First, you stress the body. For example, if you are looking to build leg strength, you might hit a
set of 10 barbell back squats at 100 pounds. Then, you add more stress to the body after it has
sufficiently recovered from the first stressor. In keeping with the same example, you might hit 2 sets of 10 barbell back squats at 100 pounds, 3 days after the initial workout. In this way, becoming fit is a
never-ending, progressively more difficult journey of stressing the body (a good kind of stress, refer to
my article on allostatic load if you are confused) and letting it recover. This is why the principle of
overload is sometimes referred to as the principle of “progressive overload”.

Personal Trainer Richmond
Personal Trainer Richmond

At Crux Fitness Richmond Gym, we aim to push our clients every single day in accordance with the principle of overload. In any given workout, client A might be lifting 200 pounds or running on the treadmill at 12 miles/hour, while client B is doing bodyweight exercises and walking on the treadmill.

But I guarantee that both clients are putting in the same level of effort; our Personal Trainer Richmond keep an eye out for things like breathing rate, heart rate, and other body language clues to make sure that the workout is (subjectively) equal in intensity. The workout needs to be sufficiently difficult in order to overload the system. If not, nothing will change.

So please, be consistent, be determined, but seek out support when you need it. Before you know it,
you can be like client A as well: Strong and lean, with a seemingly endless gas tank! It just takes
hundreds of hours of progressively overloading the body. And if anybody tries to tell you otherwise, and that there is some sort of secret or shortcut to getting fit, they are without a doubt a snake-oil salesman.

How To Overcome Anxiety and Fear?

Beating Dental Anxiety

Going to the dentist can be a frightening experience for many. When people think about all the procedures or simply the thought of going to the dentist, they start to feel very nervous and scared.  Hearing the word “extraction”, may make people start to feel very anxious at the thought of a drill operating around their teeth. Anxiety at the dentist is more common than you may think.

The point is that most people, at some point or another, has (or will) experience anxiety about going to the dentist. It’s unavoidable. No one takes perfect care of their teeth during their lifetime, so going to the dentist is inevitable. In most cases, after a visit to the dentist and experiencing how painless and easy each procedure is, all the feat and anxiety goes away, and as the old saying goes, knowledge is power.

So, read on, arm yourself with knowledge, and let’s explore several common dental procedures, and what you can do to combat the anxiety that you may associate with them

Fear of the dentist

Many people find that arming themselves with information all on 4 Melbourne their procedure is key to beating their fear around their dentist visit.

The fortunate thing, however, is that many common dental procedures involve little to no pain at all! The myth that going to the dentist is an immediate sentence for agony is one that has long plagued the dental industry, mainly due to cartoon depictions and threats made towards misbehaving children.

So, let’s go through a few common dental procedures, and what you can expect while getting them done.


Fillings are an incredibly common dental procedure, and even though they do involve an injection, a numbing gel is used to turn the sharp stabbing sensation, into a minor pinch. Fillings are popular, because they are cheap, reduce bacteria, extend the life of your tooth, and prevent further dental work tremendously.

The procedure starts by taking an x-ray that will show the dentist where the cavity is, as well as how deep it is.

The dentist will then apply a numbing gel to the site of the filling, and a local anaesthetic is administered via an injection. Remember, the dentist will apply a numbing gel to the filling sit so that you register this injection as little more than a pinch. Once the anaesthetic has turned the area numb, a cotton roll is placed between the gum and lip, giving the dentist room to work.

Any decay is removed with a dental drill, and once removed you will be able to decide whether you want an Amalgam or Composite filling.

If you have ever seen completed fillings in the mouths of friends or family, you might have seen a silver coloration on the affected tooth. This is the result of an Amalgam filling. Amalgam fillings cost less and have higher durability – delaying the need for further work done on that tooth even further. However, they do not come in tooth colours, and also require a larger area of the tooth to be prepared.

Composite fillings, however, are made of composite resin. They are tooth coloured and require less preparation area, however, they do incur a higher cost.

For composite fillings, a self-etching adhesive is applied to the inside of the tooth, as drilled out by the dentist. The adhesive is then dried, and then reapplied and cured. A syringe with the composite resin injects it into the area, then packed in and smoothed out. The filling is then cured before being polished.

With Amalgam fillings, a section of Amalgam is placed into the prepped area of the tooth, which is then packed in, smoothed out and cured before being polished.

Root Canal

We’ve all heard of root canals. They’re that procedure that the fish in the dentists’ office were so interested in in Finding Nemo. While the procedure is clearly done without anaesthetic for comedy purposes in the film and one of the main sources of fear the dentist, in real life a root canal is much less painful.

Teeth have three distinct parts. The enamel, which is the outer-most section we see when we smile; the dentin, which is hard inner tissue which the enamel protects; and the pulp, which is soft tissue designed to house the tooth’s nerve endings. Root canals are used to treat disease or damage to affected tooth pulp.

The tooth is numbed using an injection. This will be the most painful part of the operation, and after the injection is given, the procedure will be completely painless. Once the anaesthetic has been applied, a plastic shield is used to isolate the affected tooth, keeping it dry and clean.

An opening is made through the crown of the tooth and into the pulp chamber. Fluid is then put into the tooth canals to kill bacteria and rinse out debris. The pulp is then removed, the pulp chamber cleaned, reshaped, and then sealed up and filled with a temporary crown. After this has been done, you will need to make an appointment with your dentist to get a standard filling, as root canals are performed by specialists called an endodontist.

Dental Crowns

These are used for weak teeth, teeth that need a bridge, or teeth that are extremely discoloured. The procedure to get a crown installed usually takes 2 visits over a week or two. Beating anxiety of the dentist can mean you have this procedure done sooner, and you can reap the benefits of having strong and healthy teeth.

On the first visit, your teeth will be examined, then the tooth (or teeth) getting the crown are filed down and the dentist will take an impression of your teeth. You will then be given a temporary crown to wear before your second visit.

The impression will be sent to a lab where the techs there will custom create the crown for your teeth. This normally takes a week or so.

After your dental crown has arrived, you can schedule the second visit with your dentist, where the crown will be installed, checked for a good fit, and then permanently fixed in place.

There is no pain during this procedure.


Extractions involve the full removal of an entire tooth and are often portrayed in the media as extremely painful, and just the word its self can provoke some fear of the dentist. While this was true once, modern science allows dentists to perform extractions with little more than mild discomfort for the patient.

Simple extractions are performed after first administering a local anaesthetic, after which the patient will only feel pressure on the tooth during the procedure. Dentists use a special tool to sever the ligament that attached to tooth to the bone, and then removed.

During surgical extractions that are required for very severely impacted wisdom tooth removal, the patient is put to sleep. No pain will be felt until after the operation, where standard painkillers can help numb the ache.

Teeth Whitening

More and more people are having this procedure done, and there are not many methods that will result in pain. The method we are going through today however does not involve pain, as it uses a variety of chemicals to disintegrate the yellow stain from the enamel.

During the chemical procedure, a bleach solution is painted onto the teeth, and a gingival barrier is applied to protect the gums from other chemicals used during the procedure. The barrier is then cured using a curing light. After the barrier is fully cured, a hydrogen peroxide gel is applied to the teeth, and after 10 minutes is slightly agitated. After 20 minutes, the gel is removed then reapplied, where it is left for 3-5 minutes. After this, the gel is cleaned, and the gingival barrier removed.

How to overcome dentist anxiety

There are some commonly utilised and very well-known methods of conquering, or at least managing the fear response.

The first is a breathing exercise, designed to slow down the intake of breath associated with panic, lower the surge of adrenalin, and give you the feeling of control of your body. Simply breathe in for 7 seconds, then out for 11 seconds. This will help manage your symptoms.

This breathing exercise will help calm you down, allowing you to perform the following steps easier. The second this to do is to imagine the procedure while doing the above exercise. If you can do the breathing exercise while imagining the procedure, it will help your body become accustom to it and any perceived threat from the procedure.

Analysing the fear for what it is can also take your mind of the fear itself. If you can think “What am I afraid of? The pain. Why am I afraid of it? The pain. Why am I afraid of the pain? Because my brain perceives pain as a threat” etc, then it will take your mind of feeling the fear and put it into an understandable context.

If these still aren’t working, then simply remove yourself from whatever situation is causing the anxiety, perform the 7/11 breathing method, and count down from a fear scale of 10 to 1, with 10 being the most afraid. Once you have counted down, imagine the procedure being performed with you in a calm, controlled state.


Dance Exercise Melbourne – If you think that a dance-inspired workout sounds like fun, you’re right! Dancing is a great way to make exercise fun for people of all ages. Dancing has always been a popular way to celebrate, socialise, and get healthy exercise, but in recent years, dance exercise classes in Melbourne and other cities have become increasingly popular and include a range of styles from ballet to Bollywood. In addition to being truly enjoyable, dance-inspired workouts provide several significant physical and mental health benefits.

The Benefits of Dance

Dance exercise classes in Melbourne are a great style of workout that provides heart health benefits as well as reducing high blood pressure and helping you maintain a healthy weight. As a weight-bearing activity, dancing can improve bone density as well as Yoga Strength Training, balance, and coordination. Besides being good for your body, dancing also provides many psychological benefits. The simple fact that dancing is engaging and fun means that it can reduce stress, increase energy, improve mood, and enhance confidence and self-esteem. It may also improve your memory and your quality of life as you age. Just about anyone can participate in dance workouts whether they are 15 or 80. New to exercise? No problem – there’s a beginner class for you, and many classes allow you to work at your own pace and gradually build fitness and skill.


If you’ve searched for ‘dance exercise classes near me in Melbourne’, you’ve no doubt discovered that there are many class styles for your selection. You’ll want to choose a style of dance that aligns with your preferences, goals, and fitness level. If you’re new to dance – or to exercise in general – it’s good to start with a beginner level class and work your way up to more advanced classes to minimise the risk of injury and give yourself a more enjoyable and fruitful experience. Different types of dance will provide you with diverse results. Some intense dance workouts allow you to burn as many calories as if you were jogging for the same amount of time while giving you a whole-body workout that targets all your major muscle groups. You may want to try several different classes to keep things interesting and to find the one you enjoy most.

Dance Dynamics

For 19 years in four Melbourne locations, Dance Dynamics has been offering a unique dance and fitness experience. We have over 180 classes each week in more than 18 different styles. We cater to kids, adults, seniors, and clients with special needs with several types of classes. Choose from Ballet Barre, Jazz, Contemporary, Latin Rhythms, Zumba, Tabata, Yoga Stretch, and much more. Our classes focus not just on physical health but also psychological health, and our classes are social, therapeutic, and lots of fun. When you’re looking for ‘dance exercise classes near me’, look no further than Dance Dynamics and come learn to dance while you get fit with us.

Armored Vehicle Liberia

The Top Five Things to Know Armored Vehicle in Liberia

If traveling to an area of increased risk, or the risk level is due to the VIP traveling it is important to consider three things.

Use Trusted providers:

Once a vehicle has been armored its driving characteristics can be affected. Armor plate can weigh a lot, although most IIIA/B4 armor is normally quite manageable. Braking distances and acceleration can be affected, also you must take into consideration armor may make the vehicle more prone to roll over. Therefore it is important to ensure the vehicle has been professionally fitted and had suspension and brakes modified. Other modifications to insist on include the use of ‘run-flat’ tires. Use security companies that you can trust and have proven experience in the theater of operations.

Blend In:

It is strongly advised that any armored vehicle is of low profile and that your use of an Armored Vehicle Liberia is not common knowledge. ETS can provide low profile executive, sedan, SUV and Sprinter type vehicles in various countries throughout the world.

Identify What level of Armor You Require:

Armored Vehicle Liberia
Armored Vehicle Liberia

There are multiple ratings of armor, and each will have varying levels of effectiveness against different ammunition, and explosives.

Security Drivers are Vital:

Armored vehicles are vulnerable if trapped and cannot escape the immediate threat. As with all security proactive action and avoidance is key. Well-trained security drivers, with evasive and defensive driving skills and with excellent working knowledge of local roads are invaluable. If an incident occurs drivers must react immediately to extricate the vehicle from the immediate threat. Armored vehicles are only designed to take a certain number of shots in one location before they fail

 Use as Part of a Comprehensive Approach:

Armored vehicles are but one tool in a comprehensive security repertoire. They are utilized to provide an extra layer of security during ground transportation. They should, however, not be overly relied upon and not used at the expense of other security procedures. If the assessed risk determines that best practice is the utilization of armored transportation (accurate risk assessments are key to any security plan) then journey management planning and the potential use of Executive Protection Officers should also be considered as part of an integrated security plan.

Example:  Venezuela, Caracas – In 2014 a German Businessman was traveling from the airport to a Central Caracas 5 star hotel in an armored vehicle. Assailants followed him, waited until he exited the vehicle and attacked him in the lobby of the hotel – killing him in the process of a failed protection effort by his unprofessional local security team.

Choosing the Right Armored Vehicle Rental Provider:

It is vital to use trusted suppliers with vetted resources that have been utilized prior and have proven capability and experience in that country and city. Security plans have multiple tiers and start at the very beginning with accurate risk assessments. Make sure that your provider is asking the right questions, risk assessments should be utilized by the security provider to design best practice methodology. Certain situations may require armored vehicles and local security teams to work in unison.

Bright Computing Select XENON as an Asia Pacific Service Partner

XENON, an Australian leader in high-performance computing solutions, has collaborated with Bright Computing, a global leader in cluster and cloud infrastructure automation software, to become a Bright service partner for the Asia Pacific region. XENON can install and configure Bright Cluster Manager software on its GPU and CPU HPC systems, as well as offer specialised training, management and support services, to deliver supercomputing clusters that are easy to deploy and use for enterprise, government, finance, and healthcare and education mid-market customers throughout this allocated region.

Together, Bright Computing and XENON will empower organisations to manage complexity and build scalable high-performance computing environments.

Lee Carter, VP Alliances at Bright Computing, commented; “We are delighted to have XENON join our Bright Service Partner community to deliver professional services, systems integration, and training to organisations in Asia Pacific. XENON has a strong reputation across the region, and we are excited to have their specialist skills available to assist customers deploying Bright technologies for high-performance computing and AI Solutions.”

Bright recently launched Version 8.2 of their product portfolio which incorporates new capabilities for managing edge computing, improved workload accounting/reporting, and support for 64-bit ARMv8 processors. The new release also comes with PythonCM2—an all-new way to interact with Bright Cluster Manager using Python—and features some big increases in performance.

Bright 8.2 also features some significant under-the-hood improvements that deliver a five-fold reduction in the amount of inter-node traffic generated for management. This frees up more bandwidth for job-related communications and improves the overall performance footprint of the entire cluster. Bright OpenStack 8.2 now includes the 18th release of OpenStack, Rocky. This release of OpenStack addresses the new demands for infrastructure—driven by use cases like AI, machine learning, and NFV—and delivers enhanced features and support for diverse hardware architectures including bare metal. Bright 8.2 also includes support for Ceph v13.2.0 (Mimic).

Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science has been expanded, adding the ability to schedule containerised Spark service through Kubernetes with an NGINX proxy server as ingress controller, and the ability to deploy and manage multiple Kubernetes clusters in a single Bright cluster.


Bright empowers organisations to gain actionable insights from rich, complex data. To achieve this, Bright offers a comprehensive deep learning solution that includes:

  • A modern deep learning environment: Bright provides everything needed to spin up an effective deep learning environment, and manage it effectively
  • Choice of machine learning frameworks Bright Cluster Manager provides a choice of machine learning frameworks, including Caffe, Torch, Tensorflow, and Theano, to simplify deep learning projects
  • Choice of machine learning libraries: Bright includes a selection of the most popular machine learning libraries to help access datasets, including MLPython, NVIDIA CUDA Deep Neural Network library (cuDNN), Deep Learning GPU Training System (DIGITS), and CaffeOnSpark (a Spark package for deep learning)
  • Supporting infrastructure elements: Bright takes care of finding, configuring, and deploying all of the dependent pieces needed to run deep learning libraries and frameworks, and includes over 400MB of Python modules that support the machine learning packages, plus the NVIDIA hardware drivers, CUDA (parallel computing platform API) drivers, CUB (CUDA building blocks), and NCCL (library of standard collective communication routines)

For more information regarding implementation and support for Bright’s Cluster Manager software please contact XENON.


XENON is an Australian leader in High Performance Computing solutions. XENON’s innovative products and technology are designed to tackle the most data intensive and complex visualisation challenges, allowing its clients to focus on breaking new ground in their respective fields. Whether it’s high performance computing, network design, server and storage solutions or visual workstation technology being sought, it has delivered tailored solutions in a variety of demanding environments including science, defence, manufacturing, precision medicine, finance, broadcasting, motor racing, education and telecommunications.

Recognised and trusted as a partner to achieve the extraordinary, its talent lies in applying new thinking and ideas to create pioneering solutions that uniquely address client’s needs. Further information about XENON.


Bright Computing is the leading provider of platform-independent commercial cluster management software in the world. Bright Cluster Manager, Bright Cluster Manager for Data Science, and Bright OpenStack automate the process of installing, provisioning, configuring, managing, and monitoring clusters for HPC, big data, machine learning and OpenStack environments. Bright’s products are deployed in data centers around the world for organizations in healthcare, manufacturing, oil & gas, energy, pharmaceutical, financial, academic and government. Bright has reseller agreements and technology partnerships with leading enterprise IT providers.