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Hybrid workforce
How organisations can prepare for a post-pandemic workforce
The so-called 'new normal' office looks different to how it did pre-pandemic, and organisations need to take steps to better manage their post-pandemic workforce. 
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HealthSafe urges NZ businesses to digitize safety systems
Auckland based company HealthSafe says global trends include going contactless and using Bluetooth technology for signing in and real-time visibility
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Optic Security Group
Optic Security Group achieves new ISO certifications for A/NZ
Optic Security Group has achieved three International Organisation for Standardisation (ISO) certifications across each of its business units in Australia and New Zealand.
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HSE Connect offers faster response after Lancom acquisition
Software and technology provider Lancom has acquired a significant stake in HSE Connect, providing substantial benefits for customers.
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Remote Working
Guardian Angel releases comms solution for isolated workers
The company has made an APAC distribution agreement with Everywhere Communications for communications, location, and monitoring solutions.
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Procore looks to improve safety of A/NZ construction sites with latest offering
“2020 has underscored the importance of ensuring the health of construction workers and having the necessary digital tools to manage changing onsite quality and safety regulations."
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Health and safety
AVR Lab to resell AR/VR hygiene solutions in A/NZ
As use of AR and VR in industry grows, AVR Lab is providing products to ensure that devices are kept sanitary between each use.
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Network Infrastructure
Reducing OH&S risks with push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) services
Push-to-talk over cellular (PoC) services enhance two-way radio with data, voice, and video capabilities.
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Hitachi Vantara expands digital manufacturing portfolio
Includes new manufacturing practice and expanded portfolio of digital manufacturing solutions, services and consulting services.
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Small Business / SMB
Safety app made free for business to support remote working during COVID-19
Many businesses have turned to remote working as the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic continue to affect the business community.
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Artificial Intelligence
AI tech to bolster suicide prevention efforts in Australia
New project will utilise artificial intelligence to streamline clinical records to better inform responses to suicide prevention.
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Sustainability issues prevalent in the IT industry
Sustainability issues in IT are proving difficult to solve, despite growing demand for more sustainable IT products.
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Mental Health
Congestion in NZ's cities adds to employee strain
That congestion in Auckland and in other congested places can have significant impacts on business and employee health – to the point where one business CEO says employers need to make allowances for it.
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The kids are alright: Social media helps Kiwi parents monitor their grownup kids
No matter how old you are, some parents just want to make sure you’re okay when you’re having a night out on the town.
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Kiwi robot climbs the world venture capital stage
Top tech investors support global expansion of the world’s first non-magnetic, climbing inspection robot for hazardous environments from Invert Robotics.
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Tencent Games rolls out time limits & ID checks for Chinese minors
Is it a case of ‘big brother’, or a way of responsibly curbing the amount of time kids spend in front of their computer screens?
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Consumer NZ
Ionisation smoke alarms not good enough, says Consumer NZ
When fitting a home or business with smoke detectors, you might want to steer clear of ionisation alarms and stick with photoelectric.
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Bored of health and safety? Vodafone now educates staff by gaming
H&S education is often put on the same ‘boring level’ as watching paint dry and the deliberations of the NZ election - but now it's in a game.
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Callaghan Innovation funds OHS app Forsite
The research and development grant is for an initial three-year term and is capped at $15 million.