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Albion HotelAdelaide security specialist Vision Security Services has launched a new Mobotix internet-enabled camera that eliminates blind spots from room surveillance.

The new MOBOTIX Q24M Hemispheric camera provides a high-resolution 180-degree panoramic image that records from wall to wall without blind spots. This delivers a significantly better room overview than a surveillance system with several individual cameras. One MOBOTIX camera with 3.1 megapixels records around 30 times more detail than a stan¬dard analogue camera.

The Q24M also acts as a remote camera with access via the Internet.  With MOBOTIX, a PC is not used to record, but only to view and research images in case of an event.  These images can be viewed from any location on earth with a network connection.

J. Craig Mudge

A virtual world party yesterday celebrated the founding 25 years ago of Austek Microsystems, the Adelaide-based company that showed Intel how to design faster performance computer chips.

Concurrent parties in Adelaide, Sydney, Melbourne, Bristol in England and San Jose in Silicon Valley commemorated the extraordinary legacy of Austek, a CSIRO offshoot company founded by Professor Craig Mudge in 1984 at Technology Park Adelaide.

As well as pioneering cache computing for personal computers, Austek trained more than 70 specialist engineers who have gone on to establish and lead other innovative technology companies.

Steve KirkbyTechnology entrepreneur Dr. Stephen Kirkby believes the purchase of search engine specialist Funnelback by content management company Squiz will create a globally competitive company.

Dr. Kirkby – who last year sold his web optimisation company Maxamine to global technology services firm Accenture – has played a central role in the development of Funnelback Pty Ltd since he was appointed chairman of the CSIRO spinoff company in February 2006. 

Last Friday, CSIRO has announced the sale of Funnelback to Squiz.  Funnelback was developed by CSIRO and the Australian National University, originally under the name of P@nopticTM.

Jungledrums, an innovative website that allows friends to recommend movies, books and restaurants via their mobiles, won the top prize at the Mega Pitch event in Adelaide last week.

South Australian Minister for Science and Information Economy Michael O'Brien presented Jungledrums founder Nick Butchart with a $4000 prize for the best pitch of the day.

Mr.Butchart said taking an idea from concept to early stage development had been “an awesome journey”. “Jungledrums is a simple way of sharing opinions among your friends online as you would in real life,” he said.

“It allows friends to share opinions across a broad range of topics from the best YouTube video or Adelaide’s worst Chinese restaurant to the best city to visit in Bolivia.”