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Allan Aitchison on the i-Commute busAustralia’s first Internet-enabled bus hits the roads for a six-month pilot program in Adelaide today, providing an advanced transSpot™ Real-time Passenger Information System and real-time security. It also offers free Web access and free gaming programs to passengers.

Dubbed i-Commute, the system has been developed and funded by a coalition of technology companies including MIMP Connecting Solutions, transSpot™, Cisco, Adam Internet, Podmo Mobile and Webshield Content Filtering. Also, the University of South Australia's Institute for Telecommunications Research assisted in testing the system.

Wireless network specialist MIMP has won another National Electrical & Communications Association (NECA) award in SA for a wide area network it developed for use in the forests of South Australia.

MIMP’s network for the SA Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry collected the NECA award for a voice and data project that cost less than $500,000.

The licensed and unlicensed microwave wide area network, which has a 60-megabit full-duplex capacity, provides a platform to distribute forestry applications through the Greater Mount Lofty and the South East areas of the state.

This is the seventh NECA award won by MIMP. www.mimp.com

RagerAdelaide PR veteran and passionate sailor Mike O'Reilly has launched a one-hour, video chronicling the 2008 Sydney to Hobart ocean race by yacht Rager, on its final race at the hand of skipper Dr. Gary Shanks.

Mr. O'Reilly, who sailed in his inaugural Sydney-Hobart last year, took two video cameras on the epic three-day race which saw 56-foot Rager as the 25th boat to cross the finish line.

Since his return to dry land, Mr. O'Reilly has compiled a one-hour video about Rager's last race owned by Dr. Shanks. Dubbed Rager: Going South...One Final Time, the video was launched at an invitation-only party on Saturday attended by many crew members from various Rager voyages.

When Mr. O'Reilly is not crewing for mates or sailing his own yacht O Really, he runs Adelaide-based communications agency, O'Reilly Consulting. Since he first started in PR 30 years ago, riding shotgun for the Chief Minister of the NT, Mr. O'Reilly has held roles as PR Manager for SA Brewing and Communications Director for Dean Brown's 1993 election win.

Learn more about Mike O'Reilly at www.oreillyconsulting.com/ or check out the rough cuts from his Rager video at www.youtube.com/watch?v=nnrMYTOuyW4

Dave HellabyMulti-award-winning investigative reporter and fishing fanatic David Hellaby died in the early hours of last Friday (July 31, 2009) after an 18-month battle with pancreatic cancer.

Dave, 58, passed away peacefully, surrounded by his three children and their mother, in Brisbane, where he spent his last few months in quiet dignity.Dave was diagnosed with inoperable pancreatic cancer in February last year when one doctor told him he didn’t need to worry about buying Christmas presents.

He returned to Australia after a three-year stint working in Dubai after that diagnosis, entering Brisbane’s Princess Alexandra Hospital where he went under the surgeon’s scalpel the week after Easter. After a marathon five-hour operation, he was told that the cancer had progressed too far to be removed.

Typical of a life characterised by a fierce tenacity and a powerful will that characterised his life, Dave refused to feel sorry for himself: Instead, he grabbed life by both ears to indulge his passions for travel, fine wine and fishing.

In doing so, he defied the medical prediction that cancer would cap him by Christmas.