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  1. Southern Innovation and BHP sign multi-year collaboration agreement

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    6 June 2019

    Locally owned and operated Melbourne-based technology company Southern Innovation announced today that it has entered into a multi-year collaboration agreement with global mining giant BHP.

    Under the agreement Southern Innovation will provide BHP with technical expertise to uncover solutions to specific challenges BHP faces in mineral exploration and extraction.

    A strong advocate for Australian technology, BHP has long been committed to supporting the broader mining ecosystem and building capability in the Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) sector.

    BHP Vice President of Technology Global Transformation Rag Udd said technology will inevitably continue to change how Australians live and work, and it’s no different in the resources sector.

    “Our continuing engagement with the METS sector ensures that our industry successfully adapts to technological change while creating and sustaining global technological and skills leadership in key areas of mining and our supply chain,” Mr Udd said.

    “An internationally competitive, appropriately skilled and innovative METS sector is critical to help maintain Australia’s leading position in the global resources sector.”

    Southern Innovation and BHP have worked closely together since late 2015 to develop and commercialise technology that dramatically improves the performance of radiation-based analysis in mining applications, using a complex signal-processing algorithm developed by Southern Innovation Founder Paul Scoullar at The University of Melbourne.

    Southern Innovation’s CEO and Managing Director David Scoullar said, “We are delighted to formalise our ongoing relationship with BHP to further research applications of our radiation-based minerals analysis technology to meet challenges across BHP’s domestic and international commodity portfolio.

    “Our engagement with BHP over the last three years has successfully developed new-to-world METS technology and products in Australia and enabled us to double our workforce. With this new research and ongoing product development work, we will be adding even more employees dedicated to this task with a view to redoubling our workforce over two years.”

    Industry body for the METS sector, Austmine, has been supporting Southern Innovation since 2015 through the Australian Technologies Competition and the Accelerating Commercialisation Program with the Department of Industry, Innovation and Science, and more recently with grant funding via the Entrepreneurs’ Programme.

    Austmine CEO Christine Gibbs Stewart said, “It’s critically important that emerging METS companies can access customers, funding, expertise and networks to enable the development and commercialisation of disruptive technologies in the METS sector.

    “Southern Innovation is a great example of how small, agile innovators can help big businesses like BHP solve previously intractable challenges.”

  2. Southern Innovation featured by Minerals Council of Australia

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    We were lucky enough to feature at the MCA Innovation Showcase in Canberra as part of Minerals Week recently. Here is our MD David Scoullar being interviewed at the event.

    As David commented afterwards; “Thanks to Minerals Council of Australia and particularly Simon Troeth for their interest in the DrillScan real-time ore analyser developed here at Southern Innovation by Paul Scoullar, Dr Francis Linnane (MBA) and our brilliant team in close collaboration with sponsors at BHP. Both organisations are walking the walk with their support for technology and innovation to make mining more efficient and sustainable”

  3. Melbourne’s Mining Credentials on Display

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    by  |  29 Oct 2018 https://connection.vic.gov.au/melbournes-mining-credentials-on-display#

    Our city shines as a mining conference hub. 
    Here’s something that may surprise you: Melbourne is currently hosting Australia’s largest mining event, the fifth International Mining and Resources Conference (IMARC) which, over four days, is expected to draw 6000 attendees from over 85 countries.

    The conference brings together decision makers, mining leaders, policy makers, investors, commodity buyers, technical experts, innovators and educators for four days of learning and deal-making.

    While Victoria isn’t the largest mining state, it IS home to the headquarters of many large mining companies including BHP, Newcrest Mining, MMG, Alumina, St Barbara and OceanGold, as well as Rio Tinto’s Asia Pacific regional headquarters.

    David Scoullar (left) & Paul Scoullar (right) from Southern Innovation

    David Scoullar (left) & Paul Scoullar (right) from Southern Innovation

    “With mining’s historical and traditional roots in Melbourne, the city is often regarded as Australia’s ‘spiritual’ home of mining and has become a centre of excellence in mining technology, design and engineering today, further enhancing its status as a global mining hub,” says Melbourne-based Southern Innovation CEO, David Scoullar.

    In particular, the state is recognised internationally as a Mining Equipment, Technology and Services (METS) centre. “Victoria is home to an innovative and dynamic cluster of METS companies, which export their products and services all over the world,” David observes.

    Our strengths, he adds, are built on 150 years of mining heritage, a highly skilled workforce and proven capabilities in mineral exploration, mining products, engineering consulting, information and communication technology, and financial and professional services.

    “These capabilities are helping to build Melbourne’s credentials as a global hub alongside the larger mining states, which are more traditionally seen as Australia’s key mining centres,” notes David, who adds that in Victoria, we have capability in metropolitan Melbourne and in regional hubs including Geelong, Ballarat and Bendigo.

    “Victoria’s innovation ecosystem boasts a world class research and development infrastructure including the CSIRO, the Australian Synchrotron, and a strong academic community including the University of Melbourne and Monash University.”

    David is well qualified to assess the sector as his company has been working with BHP since 2016.

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    DrillScan in operation in the Pilbara

    Most recently, it collaborated with BHP and local product design consultancy, Tricycle Developments, to develop DrillScan™, an X-ray transmission scanner attached to a drill-rig to provide instant, continuous analysis of content from exploration drilling. (You can use radiation X-ray analysis to quickly separate waste from valuable ore, in other words.)

    “BHP likes the way we work with them. According to the BHP Strategy & Innovation team, Southern Innovation represents best practice for how they’d like to engage with all METS companies,” David explains. “We believe it’s important to do the right thing by our collaborating partners and are firmly focused on creating value for all.”

    So what are the current strengths of the Victorian mining sector? “There’s momentum being created by large-scale international events like the IMARC conference,” says David. “For Southern Innovation, we’re excited about the opportunities ahead. We recently completed our first field trial for our DrillScan™ technology in the Pilbara. From idea technology concept to implementation delivering a working device was just two and a half years – to our knowledge, a record for this type of equipment. BHP was impressed with its speed and quality of delivery as well as our focus on safety and design quality for use in a harsh environment.”

    Southern Innovation is certainly a Victorian success story. A locally owned and operated company, it’s building new generation mining scanning equipment, based on proprietary techniques proven and commercialised in other industries.

    “Our technology offers faster, more accurate scanning,” says David. “It’s highly complex signal processing algorithm was designed and developed by Southern Innovation founder Paul Scoullar and Professor Rob Evans during PhD research at the University of Melbourne. The purpose of this research was to develop more effective sensor technologies for humanitarian landmine clearance, as both Paul and I had exposure to the devastating impact of landmines on third world communities, having lived in Zimbabwe and Pakistan.

    “We’ve received valuable R&D support from Melbourne academia and the Australian Synchrotron, which enabled us to build the business here and stay in Victoria. If you have truly global tech, it shouldn’t matter where in Australia you’re based. We feel incredibly lucky to live in Melbourne and operate a globally relevant business.”

  4. Pilbara Trial Success

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    Last week saw the completion of our first field trial for our DrillScan technology. Our SITORO® enabled real-time XRTS (x-ray transmission spectrometry) system for the analysis of exploration drilling as the sample comes out of the ground. It was a great week. We successfully scanned a number of exploration holes and passed all the customer based installation, safety and certification criteria for this stage of the trial.

     

  5. Southern Innovation to Unveil GradeScan at IMARC

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    Southern Innovation is excited to unveil GradeScan, the next generation of X-ray scanning for mining, at the upcoming IMARC expo in Melbourne. If you would like more information please see the GradeScan brochure or drop by and see us at Booth 29!

    If you haven’t registered but would like to visit the expo, get your free expo pass here.

  6. Southern Innovation Appoints Experienced Executive

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    Southern Innovation Appoints Experienced Executive

    Southern Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Dr Francis Linnane as Chief Operating Officer.

    Dr Linnane brings a wealth of new-product-development (NPD) experience to the role, along with a PhD in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the University of Nottingham and an MBA from Melbourne Business School.

    ‘Francis has high-level skills and extensive experience developing and launching a wide range of products across a number of industries,’ says CEO and Managing Director of Southern Innovation David Scoullar. ‘We targeted Francis for his experience launching novel products which leverage advanced technologies in global markets. In the near term his skills will be invaluable as we commercialise GradeScan™ and other novel products in the resources sector across the next 12-18 months. Over time Francis will help drive the commercialisation of our award-winning SITORO® technology through a wide variety of products and industries.’

    With a career spanning strategy, process management, financial analysis, marketing and people management, Dr Linnane’s most recent role was in product development and the marketing of innovative solutions to the mining and mineral-processing sector with XRF Scientific.

    Highly respected in his field, Dr Linnane is a professional and technical leader, a strategic and analytical thinker and a highly effective communicator. Southern Innovation is thrilled to have Dr Linnane join the executive team to draw on his considerable skills in the company’s next phase of development.

     

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  7. Bulk Ore Analysis to be Available Faster with $1M Acceleration Grant

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    Bulk Ore Analysis to be Available Faster with $1M Acceleration Grant

    The Department of Industry, Innovation and Science has today announced that Southern Innovation’s revolutionary GradeScan™ technology will receive $1 million under the prestigious Accelerating Commercialisation grant program.

    ‘We are thrilled to receive this highly competitive grant and excited to put it to use in accelerating the introduction of a novel and valuable Australian-manufactured technology to the global mining industry,’ said David Scoullar, CEO of Southern Innovation. ‘The award recognises GradeScan’s unique ability to dramatically reduce costs and environmental impacts across a range of mining operations.’

    Enabled by Southern Innovation’s patented SITORO® digital signal processing technology and supported by global industry participants, GradeScan will analyse a range of high volume bulk-ore on conveyor belts in real-time at rates of up to 3,000 tonnes/hour. It will dramatically enhance miners’ ability to optimise existing operations and selectively process resource-rich ore, improving productivity and profitability while reducing consumption of energy, water, chemicals and equipment parts.

    Current in-line ore-scanning technologies have relatively slow analysis times meaning mining operations have had no choice but to crush and process large volumes of ore of uncertain grade. This approach negatively impacts: capital efficiency; processing costs, wear and tear on equipment, energy and water consumption, resource planning and waste disposal.

    SITORO technology overcomes limitations inherent in traditional radiation-based analysis techniques by more quickly and accurately processing signals from detectors, allowing for much larger data flows and faster decision making.

    The Accelerating Commercialisation grant recognises the significant benefits that GradeScan offers the global mining industry, and its readiness for market. Southern Innovation has been awarded the maximum grant amount of
    $1 million towards the project which has a budget in excess of $2 million. SITORO digital signal processing is already in use in a variety of applications, including freight and logistics screening, materials analysis and non-destructive testing.

    For more information contact inquiries@southerninnovation.com.

     

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  8. Southern Innovation Wins Australian Technologies Award

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    Southern Innovation Wins Australian Technologies Award

    Southern Innovation has won the prestigious Mining Technologies Award and the coveted People’s Choice Award in the 2015 Australian Technologies Competition.

    The awards recognise ‘ground-breakers, risk-takers, challenge-seekers and game changers’. Judges look for innovators able to bring significant benefits to industry, combined with the business skills to realise their global commercial potential.

    ‘We are delighted to be recognised for our latest technology,’ said Southern Innovation Managing Director David Scoullar. ‘This is further proof of the global mining industry’s thirst for new technologies that enhance efficiency.’

    The Australian Technologies Competition, now in its fifth year, receives hundreds of applicants each year for its eight month development program which culminates in recognising Australia’s best game-changing technology companies. Four Semi-finalists made it through to the final round in the Mining Technologies category: Southern Innovation, Corky’s Sustainable Energy, FluidIntel and Pacific Environment. At the finals in Sydney on 20 October, competitors battled it out in a live pitch before judges and an audience.

    Operations Manager Laura Grundy presented the business plan for Southern Innovation’s GradeScan™ bulk ore scanning and sorting technology. The technology will put real-time, actionable data in the hands of miners, dramatically improving efficiency, productivity and environmental sustainability.

    GradeScan™ implements Southern Innovation’s ground-breaking SITORO digital signal processing technology to accurately and quickly scan large volumes of ore on a conveyor. GradeScan™ will allow waste or contaminated fractions to be identified and removed before transporting, processing and selling the ore. GradeScan™ will be the world’s first ore scanning and sorting system capable of operating at the speed, volume and accuracy required by the world’s largest mining operations, including coal, iron ore and potash.

    The Mining Technologies Award was presented by Christine Gibbs Stewart, CEO of sponsor Austmine, the peak industry body in Australia for the mining equipment, technology and services (METS) sector.

    Southern Innovation also won the People’s Choice award, competing against entries from all five industry categories with interests as varied as smart grids, building automation and unmanned drone ocean monitoring.

    Visit the Australian Technologies Competition for more information.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  9. Southern Innovation: Australian Technologies Award finalist

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    Southern Innovation: Australian Technologies Award finalist

    Southern Innovation has been named as a finalist in the Australian Technologies Award.

    The prestigious award recognises the nation’s most innovative and game-changing technological breakthroughs. To win, companies must also have strong business capabilities with excellent management and business plans.

    Drawn from a field of 128 competition entries, Southern Innovation is now one of 16 companies vying for the award, to be announced on 20 October 2015.

    In the final round, companies must battle it out before a live audience. In the Mining Technology category, Southern Innovation is up against Corky’s Sustainable Energy, FluidIntel and Pacific Environment.

    Visit www.austechcomp.com for more information.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  10. Multichannel, plug & play design makes SITORO® Accelerated Analysis easier than ever

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    Multichannel, plug & play design makes SITORO® Accelerated Analysis easier than ever

    Compact, portable and compatible – digital X-ray spectrometer technology takes a huge leap forward in usability with the new FalconX plug & play design.

    Southern Innovation’s licensing partner, XIA, has released the new series of FalconX digital pulse processors Powered By SITORO Accelerated Analysis. Combining cutting-edge hardware with patented SITORO signal processing technology, the FalconX series unites unprecedented technical performance with the convenience of simple setup.

    “The new series by XIA is compact, portable and compatible with a broad range of detectors,” said David Scoullar, CEO of Southern Innovation. “The FalconX processors require minimal setup, their interface is intuitive, and the data readout options are flexible. Analysis is both simple and customisable, so scientists can efficiently extract the highest quality data from their experiments.”

    The FalconX comes in three models. FalconX1 caters to single-channel applications, while the FalconX4 and FalconX8 provide powerful four- and eight-channel processing for larger systems. For more than eight detector channels, FalconX8 units can be networked easily and optionally rack-mounted.

    “We are delighted to continue our collaboration with Southern Innovation to deliver the world’s most advanced digital pulse processors. XIA has incorporated SITORO Accelerated Analysis into our latest FalconX line of pulse processors, which will provide cutting-edge throughput and superior resolution for demanding applications involving both single and multiple channel detectors.”

    SITORO Accelerated Analysis is the gold standard for analytical radiation detection and measurement. The FalconX is an invaluable tool in high-resolution, high-speed X-ray fluorescence experiments. It is already used globally by leading synchrotrons, national research institutions and the petroleum industry, with repeat orders in-hand for the new series.

    FalconX Powered By SITORO Accelerated Analysis dramatically cuts analysis time, with minimal resolution degradation from low to high count rates. It enables exceptional throughput with output count rates greater than 3.5 million counts per second with dead-time of less than 20%, and excellent pulse pair resolution of less than 30ns. The FalconX series eliminates the need to adjust shaping times across count rates, and offers flexibility to optimise resolution, throughput or a combination of both.

    FalconX processors are compact, highly portable, and compatible out of the box with virtually all detectors, requiring minimal setup. The intuitive GUI and flexible data readout formats make analysis simple and customisable.

    For further information, visit the XIA FalconX page or Southern Innovation’s Products page.

     

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contactinfo@southerninnovation.com.

  11. Southern Innovation a semi-finalist for Australian Technologies Award

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    Southern Innovation a semi-finalist for Australian Technologies Award

    Southern Innovation has been announced as a semi-finalist in the prestigious Australian Technologies Award.

    Each year, Australia’s most exciting technology companies vie for the award, recognising ‘ground-breakers, risk-takers, challenge-seekers and game changers’. The judges look for innovators with strong commercial potential, who can bring significant benefits to industry efficiency and competitiveness. The winner will be announced on 20 October 2015.

    Now in its fifth year, the Australian Technologies Competition is run in partnership with over 30 industry and government partners. It seeks to find, mentor and develop Australia’s best technology companies involved in mining, energy, advanced manufacturing, food and agritech, smart buildings and global development. The judging panel features the country’s leading experts in commercialisation, finance, intellectual property and technology development.

    With a focus on future global success stories, the competition judges look for the best technologies which are backed by the best management teams and business plans.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  12. Showcasing SITORO® in Crete

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    Showcasing SITORO® in Crete

    On 14-20 June, Southern Innovation will attend the 2015 International Conference on Applications of Nuclear Techniques, in Crete, Greece.

    Managing Director David Scoullar and Technical Director Paul Scoullar will discuss the latest performance results achieved by SITORO Accelerated Analysis and some exciting new high-channel-count applications, including advanced air-cargo scanning.

    The international conference, the 13th in the series, provides an informal forum for scientists to present and discuss their research and new developments in applications of nuclear techniques.

    For further information, visit Southern Innovation’s Technology page.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  13. Breaking new ground in mining and mineral processing

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    Breaking new ground in mining and mineral processing

    Increasingly, mining and mineral processing rely on fast and accurate materials analysis to optimise operations and increase returns. Current data processing is the limiting factor in many applications of materials analysis technologies. Southern Innovation’s SITORO® Accelerated Analysis is the gold standard in digital signal processing, overcoming many limitations to enable real-time, accurate radiation-based materials analysis for mining and mineral processing.

    Southern Innovation works closely with large mining houses in Australia and overseas to research, test and develop applications of SITORO Accelerated Analysis in practical scenarios.

    In a recent collaboration, Southern Innovation conducted a test and evaluation program for on-rig X-ray fluorescence analysis during production drilling. In this application SITORO delivered more accurate analysis 20x faster than the installed system.

    Southern Innovation is also exploring ways to integrate SITORO into on-belt XRF and XRT analysers, PGNAA downhole logging, cross-belt PGNAA tools, and in-plant slurry analysers, all of which require fast and accurate detector data processing.

    Southern Innovation’s novel multi-energy X-ray transmission scanning system is able to characterise both density and effective atomic number. Its high-volume, bulk minerals scanning capability exceeds 3,000 tonnes an hour. This technology represents a true breakthrough, providing previously unavailable elemental and mineralogical information at speeds and volumes unmatched by conventional X-ray transmission systems.

    This cutting-edge technology is made possible by photon-counting, energy-resolved spectroscopy using custom X-ray detectors coupled with SITORO Accelerated Analysis. It can also be integrated into existing analytical systems.

    SITORO has applications throughout the mining sector, with the potential to:

    • lower cut-off grade
    • increase mining rates
    • increase product quality
    • reduce waste and pollution
    • lower water consumption
    • lower energy consumption
    • fine-tune operational mine planning

    For more information, see Southern Innovation’s Technology page.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  14. 2014 International Conference on X-Ray Microscopy, Melbourne, Australia

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    2014 International Conference on X-Ray Microscopy, Melbourne, Australia

    Southern Innovation is pleased to announce our sponsorship of the 2014 International Conference on X-Ray Microscopy, to be held this year in our hometown of Melbourne, Australia. XRM 2014 is the twelfth international conference in a dynamic series that started in Göttingen, Germany in 1983, and has travelled the globe bringing together experts in the development and use of X-ray microscopes.

    On Sunday 26 October, Southern Innovation, in conjunction with our licensing partner, XIA, will host the Welcome Reception to open the conference. David Scoullar (CEO & Managing Director) invites all conference delegates to join us to enjoy the best of locally sourced produce, wine and beer in the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre foyer.

    XRM 2014 will feature a number of invited presentations from world-class researchers, a week-long exhibition, Australian Synchrotron site tour and Big Data satellite workshop, as well as a busy social program to ensure delegates enjoy Melbourne’s unique sightseeing and entertainment experiences.

    Southern Innovation and XIA will host an exhibition booth for the duration of the conference, where delegates are invited to come and meet the team to discuss the latest advances in X-ray microscopy and digital signal processing.

    For further information, visit XRM2014.com.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  15. Southern Innovation supports Australian Red Cross

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    Southern Innovation supports Australian Red Cross

    Southern Innovation will be helping the Australian Red Cross celebrate their 100th anniversary in 2014 by sponsoring the Melbourne Business School ‘Big Cake Bake’, on Sunday 5 October.

    The event includes a traditional bake sale, kids’ activities including cupcake decorating, a silent auction and a cake competition judged by Christy Tania, Head Chef at Om Nom Dessert Restaurant, and Emelia Jackson, MasterChef Series 6, with all proceeds going to Red Cross to fund their invaluable work in local communities.

    The Big Cake Bake is open to the general public and attendance is free. All are welcome to donate some baking to the bake sale, enter the competition or simply come and enjoy some cake for a good cause. We look forward to seeing you there.

    For more information visit the Melbourne Business School event page.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  16. Southern Innovation partners with leading universities in $1.3M ARC Linkage Project

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    Southern Innovation partners with leading universities in $1.3M ARC Linkage Project

    Southern Innovation will collaborate with researchers from the University of Melbourne and Monash University, in an Australian Research Council (ARC) Linkage Project titled “Advanced Signal Processing for Radiation Spectroscopy”.

    The ARC will provide $330,000 in funding as part of the $1.3 million, three-year research project. This funding will enable a team of dedicated researchers to advance the current state of the art in signal processing and invent new ways to improve radiation-based analytical techniques.

    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented digital signal processing technologies for the rapid and accurate characterisation of radiation for a range of analytical techniques. Southern Innovation recognises the need to continually innovate to improve its world-leading pulse processing technology to deliver SITORO Accelerated Analysis, with certainty, to its growing, global customer base.

    Radiation-based analytical techniques are well established and their use is growing in a broad range of industrial applications such as minerals exploration, microanalysis, medical imaging and security screening. They are also a critical tool in advanced scientific research and development including at synchrotrons around the world.

    Personnel from The University of Melbourne, Monash University and Southern Innovation will collaborate to realise the project’s objectives. The research team includes Professor Jonathan Manton, Professor Rob Evans, Professor Michael Manton, and Mr Paul Scoullar.

    Southern Innovation has exclusive rights to commercialise technology arising from the project.

    The award of ARC funding to the project was announced today by Federal Minister for Education, the Hon. Christopher Pyne MP, who said collaboration and co-investment in quality research was fundamental to a prosperous future.

    “It is critical we have opportunities for our researchers to work together with industry and business, who hold the knowledge and are often the end-users or commercialisers of the innovations that flow from research.”

    For further information, visit Southern Innovation’s Technology page or the ARC website.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

    About the Australian Research Council
    The Australian Research Council (ARC) is a statutory agency and advises the Government on research matters, manages the National Competitive Grants Program, a significant component of Australia’s investment in research and development, and has responsibility for Excellence in Research for Australia (ERA). The ARC’s mission is to deliver policy and programs that advance Australian research and innovation globally and benefit the community. The Linkage Projects scheme provides funding to Eligible Organisations to support research and development (R&D) projects which are collaborative between higher education researchers and other parts of the national innovation system, which are undertaken to acquire new knowledge, and which involve risk or innovation.

  17. 15th European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry, Bologna, Italy

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    15th European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry, Bologna, Italy

    From 15 – 20 June, Southern Innovation attended the 15th European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry in Bologna, Italy.

    Technical Director Paul Scoullar and XIA President Peter Grudberg presented world-leading performance results achieved by SITORO® Accelerated Analysis, with particular focus on the application of XIA’s FalconX processor to the high flux X-ray Fluorescence Microprobe beamline at the Australian Synchrotron. The FalconX has recently demonstrated output rates of 2.5 million counts per second with a resolution of 180 eV (FWHM), enabling extremely fast and accurate materials analysis.

    Researchers at the Australian Synchrotron led by Dr David Paterson and Dr Martin de Jonge used X-ray fluorescence microprobe results, which relied on SITORO Accelerated Analysis, to create a 3D reconstruction of the distribution of trace elements in an ant mandible. Ants are significant agents of ecosystem processes, and understanding their role in accumulation and movement of elemental metal can aid in development of innovative mineral prospecting methods.

    EXRS is a popular international meeting for scientists working in X-ray spectrometry or using one of its several techniques. It represents an exciting discussion forum for basic research and applications of X-ray spectrometry in a rich variety of fields like materials science, chemistry, radiation physics, medicine, biology, environment, cultural heritage, technology and industry.

    For further information, visit Southern Innovation’s Technology page or XIA’s FalconX page.

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    David Scoullar (CEO & Managing Director, Southern Innovation) & Peter Grudberg (President, XIA)

     

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  18. FalconX takes flight

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    FalconX takes flight

    Internationally-renowned light sources adopt FalconX digital pulse processing

    Following the first installation of XIA’s FalconX digital pulse processor Powered By SITORO® Accelerated Analysis at the Australian Synchrotron, a number of leading international synchrotrons have also adopted FalconX for digital signal processing. These include:

    • Cornell High Energy Synchrotron Source (CHESS) in New York, USA
    • Canadian Light Source (CLS) at Saskatoon, Canada
    • Synchrotron Soleil at Saint-Aubin, France
    • European Synchrotron Radiation Facility (ESRF) at Grenoble, France
    • National Synchrotron Light Source (NSLS) in New York, USA
    • Swiss Light Source (SLS) at the Paul Scherrer Institut in Aargau, Switzerland

    The adoption of XIA’s FalconX for advanced digital signal processing at these world-class facilities reaffirms the status of SITORO Accelerated Analysis as the gold standard for analytical radiation detection and measurement. Southern Innovation’s partnership with XIA has enabled optimisation of SITORO Accelerated Analysis/i> technology for synchrotron applications.

    Synchrotron beamlines are expensive to run and beamtime is in high demand. FalconX Powered By SITORO Accelerated Analysis will dramatically cut analysis time, allowing more experiments to be performed and increasing the cost-effectiveness of the beamlines upon which the XIA FalconX instrument is installed.

    For further information, visit the XIA FalconX page or Southern Innovation’s Products page.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  19. IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Seoul, Korea

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    IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Seoul, Korea

    From October 27 – November 2, Southern Innovation attended the 2013 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference in Seoul, Korea. This marked the first time the conference was held in the Asia-Pacific region.

    Technical Director Paul Scoullar presented the latest performance results achieved by SITORO® Accelerated Analysis and the application of SITORO Accelerated Analysis to X-ray fluorescence microprobes at the Australian Synchrotron.

    The IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference brought together over 2500 engineers and scientists from around the world to share their knowledge and to showcase outstanding developments in the nuclear and medical instrumentation fields.

    For further information, visit Southern Innovation’s Technology page.

     

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  20. SPIE Optics + Photonics Conference

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    SPIE Optics + Photonics Conference

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    From 25-29 August, Southern Innovation attended the SPIE 2013 Optics + Photonics Conference in San Diego, USA. SPIE Optics + Photonics is the largest international, multidisciplinary optical sciences and technology meeting in North America, with over 4500 attendees, 180 exhibitors and 4 conference streams.

    Technical Director Paul Scoullar and XIA President Peter Grudberg presented the latest performance results achieved by SITORO® Accelerated Analysis, and the application of XIA’s FalconX processor to the high flux X-ray Fluorescence Microprobe beamline at the Australian Synchrotron.

    Researchers at the Australian Synchrotron led by Dr David Paterson and Dr Martin de Jonge used X-ray fluorescence microprobe results, which relied on SITORO Accelerated Analysis, to create a 3D reconstruction of the distribution of trace elements in an ant mandible. Ants are significant agents of ecosystem processes, and understanding their role in accumulation and movement of elemental metal can aid in development of innovative mineral prospecting methods.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  21. Southern Innovation announces joint venture

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    Southern Innovation announces joint venture

    Southern Innovation has today entered into a joint venture with the Little Group to explore applications of Southern Innovation’s SITORO® Accelerated Analysis technology to the freight and logistics sector.

    The current generation of cargo-screening technology available globally is limited in its capability. A strong reliance on human interpretation of scanning results and in some cases, poor scan quality, result in slow throughput rates and the potential for unreliable outcomes (both false alarms and failure to alarm).

    The joint venture, LSI Scanning, will investigate the potential to apply advances demonstrated in the global synchrotron market to x-ray scanning technology in the freight and logistics industry using SITORO Accelerated Analysis digital signal processing. LSI Scanning will focus on two opportunities for improvement in freight scanning: scanning and interpretation capability, and scanning volumes.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  22. IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Anaheim, California, USA

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    IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Anaheim, California, USA

    From October 27 – November 3, Southern Innovation attended the 2012 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference at the Disneyland Hotel, California, USA.

    The IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference brought together 2200 engineers and scientists from around the world to share their knowledge and to showcase outstanding developments in the nuclear and medical instrumentation fields.

    Technical Director Paul Scoullar presented the most recent results of Southern Innovation’s SITORO® Accelerated Analysis across a range of radiation sources, detector types and count rates.

    Southern Innovation’s new 4-channel modular Taurus unit was unveiled at the conference. Taurus modules are designed to process signals from between 1 and 4 radiation detectors simultaneously. Taurus will shortly be upgraded to offer up to 8 channels of processing capability in each modular unit, providing a total of 32 channels in one system.

    For more information on the Taurus unit, see our Products page.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  23. 14th European Conference on X-ray Spectrometry

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    14th European Conference on X-ray Spectrometry

    From 18 – 22 June, Southern Innovation attended the 14th European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry in Vienna, Austria.

    Technical Director Paul Scoullar presented the latest performance results achieved by SITORO® Accelerated Analysis.

    The 14th EXRS conference was devoted to the exchange of information and experience on the emerging and innovative techniques in the field of X-ray spectrometry and related areas. The conference provided a framework in which scientists of various research areas will be able to convene and discuss X-ray techniques and their successful applications.

    For further information, visit Southern Innovation’s Technology page or the XIA FalconX page.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  24. Southern Innovation receives $50,000 grant from Victorian Government for technology development

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    Southern Innovation receives $50,000 grant from Victorian Government for technology development

    Southern Innovation has received a grant of $50,000 from the Victorian Government under their Small Technologies Industry Uptake Program (SITUP). Using this grant, we have commenced work with Design + Industry to extend the current single channel FalconX product to a modular 4-channel digital signal processing unit.

    Design + Industry is one of Australia’s most awarded industrial design consultancies, practising design and engineering excellence for over 20 years. Their most recent work includes the Pilot Sphere layout for James Cameron’s Deepsea Challenger. They can be found at www.design-industry.com.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  25. Australian Synchrotron Signs with XIA to be First FalconX Beta Customer

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    Australian Synchrotron Signs with XIA to be First FalconX Beta Customer

    On Monday 26 March, the Australian Synchrotron became the first Beta customer for XIA’s FalconX digital pulse processor Powered By SITORO® Accelerated Analysis. The FalconX instrument will be installed on the X-ray Fluorescence Microprobe beamline, where it will help researchers conduct experiments with unprecedented speed and accuracy.

    Synchrotron beamlines are expensive to run and beamtime is in high demand. SITORO Accelerated Analysis will dramatically cut analysis time, allowing more experiments to be performed and increasing the cost-effectiveness of the beamlines upon which the FalconX instrument is installed.

    Peter Grudberg, President of XIA, said “with Southern Innovation’s technology, [synchrotrons] are able to simultaneously achieve very high counting rates, while maintaining very good resolution – pile-up is processed rather than discarded. This could be a game changer in the industry; the advanced analysis techniques used by Southern Innovation can take over the market…”

    Discussing the addition of FalconX to the Australian Synchrotron’s capabilities, Dr David Paterson, Principal X-ray Fluorescence Beamline Scientist, said “…this expanded capability will be available to beamline users in 2013. Alongside the capabilities of the Maia detector, our beamlines will have a first-of-its kind offering. This will help further the research mission of the Australian Synchrotron and serve as a model for similar facilities worldwide.”

    The Australian Synchrotron is one of Australia’s premier research facilities and is in fact the largest stand-alone piece of scientific infrastructure in the southern hemisphere. Their purchase of the FalconX digital pulse processor is testament to the potential of SITORO technology to revolutionise analytical radiation detection and measurement worldwide.

    For further information, visit the XIA FalconX page or Southern Innovation’s Product page.

    Update – 25-29 August 2013

    Researchers at the Australian Synchrotron led by Dr David Paterson and Dr Martin de Jonge used X-ray fluorescence microprobe results, which relied on SITORO® Accelerated Analysis, to create a 3D reconstruction of the distribution of trace elements in an ant mandible. See the article for images and video of the reconstruction.

    Update – 1 February 2014

    Following the first installation of XIA’s FalconX digital pulse processor Powered By SITORO Accelerated Analysis at the Australian Synchrotron, a number of leading international synchrotrons have also adopted FalconX for digital signal processing. See the news article of Feb 1 for more details.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  26. XIA Workshop at the Australian Synchrotron

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    XIA Workshop at the Australian Synchrotron

    On 7 March, CEO & Managing Director David Scoullar and Technical Director Paul Scoullar held a workshop at the Australian Synchrotron to demonstrate the capabilities of XIA’s new FalconX digital pulse processor Powered By SITORO® Accelerated Analysis. The workshop was co-presented by the President of XIA, Peter Grudberg.

    The broad applicability of SITORO Accelerated Analysis to the x-ray analysis techniques employed by numerous synchrotrons was discussed during the presentation. This was followed by a demonstration of FalconX on the synchrotron’s X-ray Fluorescence Microprobe beamline.

    The presentation and demonstration were particularly well received and Southern Innovation looks forward to presenting further workshops in Canberra as well as at several international research facilities in the coming months.

    For further information, visit Southern Innovation’s Technology page or the XIA FalconX page.

    Update – 26 March 2012

    On Monday 26 March, the Australian Synchrotron became the first Beta customer for XIA’s FalconX digital pulse processor Powered By SITORO Accelerated Analysis. See the news article of 26 March 2012 for more details.

    Update – 1 February 2014

    Following the first installation of XIA’s FalconX digital pulse processor Powered By SITORO Accelerated Analysis at the Australian Synchrotron, a number of leading international synchrotrons have also adopted FalconX for digital signal processing. See the news article of 1 February 2014 for more details.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  27. IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Valencia, Spain

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    IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Valencia, Spain

    From October 22-28, Southern Innovation attended the 2011 IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference, in Valencia, Spain.

    Technical Director Paul Scoullar presented results of XIA’s testing of FalconX Powered By SITORO® Accelerated Analysis across a broad range of detector types.

    The IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium and Medical Imaging Conference brings together engineers and scientists from around the world to share their knowledge and to showcase outstanding developments in the nuclear and medical instrumentation fields. In 2011 there were 2,260 registered attendees, a number that continues to increase each year.

    For further information, visit Southern Innovation’s Technology page or the XIA FalconX page.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  28. XIA First to License SITORO® for World’s Fastest X-ray DPP

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    XIA First to License SITORO® for World’s Fastest X-ray DPP

    The stage is set for the world’s first X-ray digital pulse processor (DPP) incorporating SITORO® Accelerated Analysis. Southern Innovation today signed a licence agreement allowing XIA, of Hayward, CA, to implement SITORO in their revolutionary FalconX product. It will be available from October 2011.

    Southern Innovation made the announcement today at the 60th Annual Denver X-Ray Show. The deal is the first worldwide technology license for SITORO. Combining a cutting-edge hardware platform with SITORO technology, FalconX virtually eliminates the effects of pulse pile-up. It allows unprecedented throughput rates without traditional resolution loss providing a platform for significant advances in a range of scientific and industrial applications. FalconX offers:

    • Up to 10x faster analysis without traditional loss of measurement resolution
    • Stable and accurate results at over 1.5 million counts per second with low dead time
    • XIA’s intuitive, market-leading user interface with versatile “plug & play” hardware setup.

    “We are excited to have XIA incorporate SITORO into FalconX as our first technology licensee,” said David Scoullar, Managing Director of Southern Innovation. “After ten years of research and development, SITORO  will allow FalconX users to benefit from a quantum leap in throughput rate without traditional resolution loss. Licensing our patented SITORO  technology algorithms will enable significantly faster analysis for users across many industry segments”.

    “FalconX is a new generation of processing technology,” said XIA President Peter Grudberg. “XIA’s combination of rock-solid hardware and our intuitive interface have made us the industry leader in DPP technology. Now with FalconX we’ve worked closely with Southern Innovation to develop a product that can deliver analysis in a fraction of the time.”

    For further information contact:
    David Scoullar,
    Managing Director
    Ph: +61 416 094 763
    david.scoullar@southerninnovation.com

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  29. Successful Conclusion of Commercialisation Grant

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    Successful Conclusion of Commercialisation Grant

    Southern Innovation is on the brink of licensing its radiation detection technology for the first time, a milestone which may have taken far longer had it not received support from Commercialisation Australia.

    The boost from the Proof of Concept and Skill and Knowledge grants will help ensure the company’s digital pulse processing technology – which dramatically improves the detection and measurement of radiation – reaches commercialisation next year.  Medical imaging, homeland security, mineral exploration and material science are all industries which stand to gain from the technology, known as SITORO®.

    Southern Innovation founder and inventor Paul Scoullar developed the advanced digital signal processing technology that almost entirely eliminates the distortive effect, known as “pulse pile-up”, which can be associated with traditional radiation detectors.  This means that the detection and measurement of X-ray, gamma-ray and other electromagnetic radiation can occur with far greater efficiency and accuracy.
    Managing Director, David Scoullar said the Commercialisation Australia grants had accelerated the technology’s path to market and raised the company’s profile among potential customers.  “We have strong interest in our technology from major global players in the scientific instruments industry, and we need to move rapidly to validate our products and secure technology licensing deals”, he said.

    “The Skills and Knowledge grant has enabled us to engage an international expert to develop a sound global licensing strategy, and the Proof of Concept grant has helped us fast-track product development and trials with key partners in the US and Europe.  Following our successful technology demonstrations and with a clear licensing plan now in place, we anticipate being in a position to sign our first licensing deal in the second half of 2011”.

    As further recognition of the quality of the company’s technology and its potential applications across a wide range of industries, Southern Innovation last year won the prestigious Enterprise 2010 business planning competition sponsored by University of Queensland Business School (pictured below).

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  30. Southern Innovation Appoints New Chairman

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    Southern Innovation Appoints New Chairman

    Southern Innovation is pleased to announce the appointment of Mr Adam Lewis as our new Chairman.

    Mr Lewis spent 20 years working as a management consultant with McKinsey & Company, where he was the Managing Partner, Australia & New Zealand, from 2002 to 2008. Mr Lewis brings with him global consulting experience at the most senior levels of corporations across a range of industries and markets.

    “We are delighted to welcome Adam Lewis on as Chairman. We anticipate that Adam’s experience in strategic consulting and his global network will contribute greatly to Southern Innovation as we commercialise our award winning SITORO® technology” said Mr David Scoullar, CEO & Managing Director of Southern Innovation.

    “As a passive investor since early 2008, I have observed the exciting development of this world-leading technology and look forward to contributing to its ongoing commercialisation” said Mr Lewis.

    Mr Lewis replaces Mr Martin Hosking as Chairman of Southern Innovation. Mr Hosking has stepped down to devote more time to RedBubble, an exciting company which he founded and where he is now the full time CEO. Mr Hosking’s counsel and support have been vital to the progress of Southern Innovation to date, and we thank him for his valuable contribution.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com.

  31. Southern Innovation Takes Out $100,000 Award

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    Southern Innovation Takes Out $100,000 Award

    Southern Innovation has taken out the prestigious Enterprize 2010 business planning competition, a $100,000 award sponsored by University of Queensland Business School.

    The company beat a field of seven finalists from over 100 entrants with our SITORO® technology, a digital pulse processing technique which dramatically improves the detection and measurement of radiation.

    A high profile judging panel recognised the quality of the technology and its potential applications across a wide range of industries including homeland security, material science, medical imaging and mineral exploration.

    Southern Innovation managing director David Scoullar said he was delighted with the win, particularly as the company prepares to negotiate and draft its first licensing agreements.

    “The timing of the win is really perfect for us because after more than10 years of development SITORO  is market ready and currently being evaluated by numerous large international equipment manufacturers,’’ Mr Scoullar said.

    Southern Innovation received the award on October 20 in Brisbane following the final stage of a rigorous judging process.

    As well as submitting a concept plan and detailed business plan, David and his brother, Technical Director and inventor Paul Scoullar, were required to make a presentation to a panel of experienced judges.

    The pair, along with recently appointed non-executive director Adam Lewis, made a final pitch to the judges and an audience that included angel investors and venture capitalists.

    The Enterprize competition was judged by experts including UQ Vice-Chancellor Professor Paul Greenfield AO, Venture Capital Fund Director Bob Christiansen, NBC Capital Managing Partner Bruce Scott, Manager of Venture Capital Attraction with the Queensland Government Stuart Gow, and OneVentures Executive Director, Anne-Marie Birkill.

    Paul Scoullar said the vote of confidence in Southern Innovation and the SITORO technology from such a high profile judging panel was as welcome as the $100,000 cash prize.

    “The win is attributable to both the quality of the technology and the high calibre and support of the Southern Innovation team including Adam and non-executive chairman Martin Hosking,’’ he said.

    About Southern Innovation:

    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  32. European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry, Portugal

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    European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry, Portugal

    On 25 June Paul Scoullar presented Southern Innovation’s groundbreaking technology at the European Conference on X-Ray Spectrometry in Portugal.

    Paul, Southern Innovation’s Technical Director, said he was delighted with the audience reaction when the SI team demonstrated output count-rates that were previously thought to be impossible whilst maintaining excellent spectral resolution.

    ‘There was a real buzz at the conference about SITORO®’s capabilities,’ he said. ‘Researchers and manufacturers are excited by the potential for our SITORO technology in their own fields of application.’

    The SITORO breakthrough in recovering information from pulse pile-up has opened up significant efficiencies and new fields of application to many radiation-detection and measurement applications – including medicine, homeland security, mineral exploration and industrial analysis.

    Paul’s presentation outlined the broad applications for SITORO in x-ray spectrometry, as well as detailing updated, real-time capabilities since the team presented at the last EXRS conference in Croatia in 2008.

    ‘People now appreciate how much SITORO can accelerate their analysis, creating value for both research and commercial applications,’ said Paul.

     

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  33. Prime Minister announces Commercialisation Australia funding injection.

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    Prime Minister announces Commercialisation Australia funding injection.

    On 16 April 2010 Prime Minister Kevin Rudd announced funding for Southern Innovation’s cutting-edge radiation detection technology.

    The grant is for proof-of-concept activities through the Government’s newly created Commercialisation Australia program.

    Southern Innovation will use the funds to design, simulate, implement and test advanced digital signal processing algorithms which will lead to significant benefits in many industries, including materials analysis; homeland security; and non-destructive testing.

    The funding was announced by the Prime Minister and the Hon Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research at an address to Community Cabinet in Sydney.

    Southern Innovation joins 20 other Australian creative innovators in the first round of ideas to be supported by Commercialisation Australia. Created in January 2010, Commercialisation Australia (www.commercialisationaustralia.gov.au) is the Government’s initiative to encourage entrepreneurship, knowledge-based industries, and new business growth.

    SITORO® technology has led to a 20-fold improvement over current state-of-the-art radiation detectors. The Commercialisation Australia funding will be used to adapt the  SITORO  technology to large area semiconductor detectors, significantly increasing the range of radiation detection and measurement solutions available to industry.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  34. Southern Innovation a Finalist in the Cool Company Awards

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    Southern Innovation a Finalist in the Cool Company Awards

    Southern Innovation has been named a finalist in the AusIndustry ‘Innovation’ Award at Anthill’s 4th Annual Cool Company Awards.

    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. The resulting technology,  SITORO®, provides a 20-fold improvement in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer.

    “Southern Innovation should be very pleased with its success,” said James Tuckerman, Editor-In-Chief, Anthill Magazine. “Though not a winner this year, making the final three in their category is an outstanding achievement; the Cool Company Awards attracted over 350 nominations from some very cool companies from all across Australia.”

    The Anthill Cool Company Awards were launched in 2006, as a way to acknowledge and celebrate Australian companies that are doing things differently to bring about positive change.

    The AusIndustry Innovation award, presented by the Hon. Richard Marles, Parliamentary Secretary for Innovation and Industry, recognises companies with the ability to create, nurture and develop game-changing or pattern-breaking ideas that generate a dramatic improvement over current conventional solutions.

    The national awards were held at a Cocktail Ceremony at the spectacular Melbourne Recital Centre on Thursday 26th November 2009, where category winners and the ‘Coolest Company Award’ were announced.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  35. Southern Innovation’s IP strategist named a world leader

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    Southern Innovation’s IP strategist named a world leader

    Southern Innovation’s IP strategist Duncan Bucknell has been named among the world’s leading IP strategists by Intellectual Asset Management magazine.

    Announced in London on 1 June, the list identifies the world’s top intellectual property strategists. It was compiled after an exhaustive nomination and interview process by IAM magazine (www.iam-magazine.com/ipstrategists). Duncan, CEO of the Duncan Bucknell Company, was recognised for his work in legal, licensing and intellectual asset management. His popular blog IPStrategy.com (www.ipstrategy.com) is an agenda-setter in the IP industry.

    Southern Innovation Managing Director David Scoullar says he’s glad to have a world leader protecting and promoting the intellectual property of SITORO®.

    ‘With SITORO we have an innovation that has a lot of different applications. It’s taken our company into a wide range of industries, each with its own culture around adopting new technologies. So it’s fantastic to have Duncan in our corner, managing and expanding our IP interests,’ he said.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  36. New Australian nuclear detector invention sets pulses racing

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    New Australian nuclear detector invention sets pulses racing

    Victorian inventor Paul Scoullar has been announced as a finalist in INNOVIC’s International
    Next Big Thing Award™ 2009 for the SITORO®, a next generation radiation detection and
    measurement system that counteracts ‘pulse pile-up’.

    “Pulse pile-up is a phenomenon that occurs when detectors receive too much information for
    them to be able to process at once,” Mr Scoullar said.

    “The usual way of dealing with pulse pile-up is just to discard the information.  In some
    applications, up to 95 per cent of information is just lost.  It goes into the ‘too hard’ basket.

    “SITORO can read, decipher and process up to 2 million events per second with 90 per cent
    measurable data.  Traditional methods can only read 100 thousand events per second with
    less than 60 per cent measurable data.

    “The enormity of the improvement in technology is like being on a plane that can fly from
    Melbourne to London in 48 minutes.”

    Ms Joss Evans, CEO of INNOVIC, the not-for-profit organisation that runs the International
    Next Big Thing Award said the SITORO has a number of diverse applications.

    “Applications of radiation detection include medical imaging to recognise disease; security
    screening to identify explosives and other contraband and the exploration for minerals and oil,”
    she said.

    SITORO has received a number of state and federal grants.  It is a result of ten years of
    research and development that had its genesis at the University of Melbourne and relies on
    complex mathematical algorithms.

    SITORO is one of 25 finalists in INNOVIC’s International Next Big Thing Award™ 2009 – a
    competition to find and showcase the best new Australian and international innovations.
    Winners will receive over $60,000 in cash and prizes when they are announced on Thursday 2
    July.

    An exhibition of the finalists will be held at the Melbourne Museum in Carlton from Sunday 30
    May to Sunday 12 July.  The free exhibition is open daily from 10am to 5pm.

    The People’s Choice Award winner will be chosen by popular vote.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  37. SITORO® recognised by Australia’s top innovation awards

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    SITORO® recognised by Australia’s top innovation awards

    In just 48 hours in early April, SITORO was recognised by two of Australia’s most prestigious innovation awards.

    On 6 April SITOROwas announced as a finalist in the 2009 Next Big Thing Award. The next day, SITORO won the Victorian IBM iAward for Research and Development.

    INNOVIC’s Next Big Thing Award is an international prize promoting innovation and assisting inventors with business development. The 25 finalists will be showcased in a high-profile six-week exhibition at the Melbourne Museum from 30 May to 12 July 2009. In 2008, over 76,000 people visited the free exhibition, and many also voted in the popular People’s Choice award. The Next Big Thing Award winner will be announced on 2 July.

    The iAwards celebrate innovation in information and communication technology. Run by the Australian Information Industry Association, the awards recognise excellence in 16 categories. SITORO is the Victorian winner in the IBM Research & Development category, and is in the running for the national award, to be announced at a gala dinner on 27 May. National winners go on to represent Australia in Asia-Pacific innovation awards.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  38. IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Dresden Germany

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    IEEE Nuclear Science Symposium, Dresden Germany

    On 21 October Southern Innovation’s founder and Technical Director Paul Scoullar presented the SITORO® technology to an international gathering of the world’s leading electrical and electronics engineers. The venue was the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers’ (IEEE) annual Nuclear Science Symposium in Dresden, Germany which, this year, hosted over 2,000 delegates.

    “This highly regarded conference was a fantastic opportunity for international exposure for Southern Innovation. Much like our previous conference presentations, the IEEE conference has generated strong licensing opportunities for our SITORO technology,” said Southern Innovation’s Managing Director David Scoullar.

    According to David Scoullar, the niche technology sector has been somewhat immune to the effects of the international financial crisis – in fact it may even have received a boost. “We are finding that, in this difficult financial environment, we have significant interest in our technology from industry participants seeking a technical edge over their competitors,” he said.

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    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  39. SITORO® unveiled to international applause

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    SITORO® unveiled to international applause

    Southern Innovation’s groundbreaking SITORO technology was exposed to a global audience in June with an impressive reception at four international conferences. Technical Director Paul Scoullar and Managing Director David Scoullar presented the pulse processing technology – which significantly improves detector efficiency by decoding pulse pile-up – in the US, Greece, Croatia and the Czech Republic.

    The Symposium on Radiation Measurements and Application (SORMA West), held at the University of California Berkeley from 2-5 June, is among the pre-eminent US conferences on radiation measurement. Paul’s presentation “Optimal Digital Pulse Processing for Radiation Detection Systems” received enormous interest from the 400 academic, commercial and government delegates, including the ‘father’ of radiation measurement – the University of Michigan’s Prof Glenn Knoll.

    At the Applications of Nuclear Techniques conference, held on Crete from 9-13 June, Paul discussed the application of the SITOROdigital pulse processing technology to the detection of contraband material, including weapons proliferation, ‘dirty’ radioactive material and explosives. At the European Conference on X-ray Spectrometry in Cavtat, Croatia, Paul and David discussed SITORO’s industrial applications in X-ray spectrometry. The Industrial Radiation and Radioisotope Measurement Application (IRRMA), held in Prague, Czech Republic from 23-27 June provided an opportunity to network with academics and industry advisors.

    Our packed program of presentations in June really increased our international profile,’ said Paul Scoullar. Everywhere we went we were met with excitement and interest. Pulse pile-up is a significant problem across numerous industries and there’s interest from everywhere in a genuine breakthrough like ours – academics, company reps and government agencies around the world.’

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  40. SITORO® receives fast-tracked US patent

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    SITORO® receives fast-tracked US patent

    The US has recognised the potential of a cutting-edge Australian security screening technology by granting Melbourne’s Southern Innovation an expedited US patent for SITORO on 3 June.

    The ground-breaking radiation detection technology can interpret radiation faster and more accurately than existing technologies by decoding pulse pile-up. This has enormous potential for identifying contraband material in both containerised and airborne cargo, as well as applications in the medical imagining and mining sectors.

    Recognising the importance of the technology, the US Patent and Trademark Office fast-tracked the examination process. The US patenting authority was clearly very interested in the implications for Homeland Security and detecting terrorist threats,’ said David Scoullar, Managing Director of Southern Innovation. ‘They wanted to remove patenting hurdles so the SITORO technology can be licensed by manufacturers as quickly as possible.’

    The importance of the SITORO technology’s security screening potential was also recognised by London Business School’s Global Security Challenge when it was a finalist in the Asia awards in September 2007.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  41. Southern Innovation appoints Managing Director

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    Southern Innovation appoints Managing Director

    Southern Innovation is delighted to announce the appointment of Mr David Scoullar as the company’s Managing Director.

    Mr Scoullar has been involved with the business since 2005 when he joined the Board of Directors as a Non-executive Director.

    Mr Scoullar brings significant commercial experience to the Southern Innovation executive team. He previously worked as a Partner in Australian accounting group KordaMentha, where he managed the corporate advisory group 333 Capital as well as at Arthur Andersen in their Melbourne and London offices.

    Commenting on his move from an established advisory career to running an early stage company, Mr Scoullar noted “SITORO® is an enormously exciting new Australian technology and I’m delighted to be able to guide its international commercialisation. We’re a young, dynamic company and we’ve got a truly innovative, world-leading technology – I know there’s an opportunity here to create fantastic efficiencies in a huge range of industries.”

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  42. Southern Innovation named Rising Star

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    Southern Innovation named Rising Star

    Melbourne based company, Southern Innovation, has been named a Rising Star in the 2007 Deloitte Technology Fast 50 awards.

    The Deloitte Technology Fast 50 ranks the 50 fastest growing technology companies, public or private, based on percentage revenue growth over three years (2005 to 2007) and includes all related industry sectors: Communications; Software; Semiconductors, Components and Electronics; Life Sciences; Internet; and Computer Peripherals.

    The program has a special Rising Star category to recognise emerging private companies that may not meet all the eligibility criteria, but have made a significant contribution to the technology sector. Rising Star entrants are judged on the company’s core focus, market, business model, management team, access to funds and technical sustainability.

    Deloitte Technology, Media and Telecommunications partner Julia Bickerstaff said Rising Star award winners such as Southern Innovation are recognised for being on the path to becoming the Deloitte Technology Fast 50 winners of tomorrow.

    “With careful management of their growth cycle Southern Innovation could soon be ranked one of Australia’s fastest growing technology companies, I expect the market to closely watch Southern Innovation closely over the next couple of years.” Ms Bickerstaff says.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  43. Australian patent granted for SITORO® technology

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    Australian patent granted for SITORO® technology

    Radiation detection made an enormous leap forward this week with an Australian innovation set to revolutionise industries such as medical imaging, security screening and minerals exploration.

    Melbourne’s Southern Innovation was granted an Australian patent on 13 September 2007 for its innovative signal detection technology SITORO that decodes previously indecipherable data. SITORO is a computer-based algorithm that detects radiation faster and more accurately.

    ‘We are very excited to announce our new patent, recognising an Australian innovation that is really going to revolutionise the way radiation is detected and measured,’ said Southern Innovation’s Technical Director Paul Scoullar. ‘This technology is the product of years of research and development. Whether it be detecting antipersonnel landmines, tracking cancerous cells or screening cargo for potential terrorist threats, SITORO will have a big impact on many different industries’.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  44. The Secret’s out!

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    The Secret’s out!

    Southern Innovation was awarded 2nd place in The Secrets of Australian Information Communication and Technology Innovation Competition, in the area of Industrial Solutions.

    Hosted by Senator Helen Coonan, the Minister for Communications, Information Technology and the Arts, the Awards aim to select and then promote Australia’s most innovative Information, Communication and Technology (ICT) companies to a global audience.

    The competition provides an opportunity for all Australian organisations involved in the ICT sector to present their innovation and technology to a panel of judges drawn from venture capital organisations, media, business development and legal organisation, major ICT companies and industry experts.

    Southern Innovation was pleased to put in such a strong showing with SITORO® despite the strong competition. Southern Innovation will leverage the prize and profile to promote our innovation on the international stage.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  45. Ready for Commercial Success

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    Ready for Commercial Success

    Southern Innovation has been awarded a grant under AusIndustry’s Commercial Ready Grants program to support the commercialisation of its’ novel digital pulse processing technology.

    AusIndustry’s Commercial Ready grant program is a competitive, merit-based grants program, funded by the Australian Federal Government supporting innovation and its commercialisation. It aims to stimulate greater innovation and productivity growth in the private sector by providing competitive grants to small and medium-sized businesses for the funding of initial research and development (R&D), proof of concept or early stage commercialisation activities.

    Southern Innovation will use the AusIndustry grant to support the commercialisation of our SITORO® radiation detection technology. Southern Innovation’s digital pulse processing technology technology creates value across a broad range of multi-billion dollar markets by dramatically improving the speed and accuracy of the detection and measurement of radiation.

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  46. Algorithm soups up scanners

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    Algorithm soups up scanners

    Defeating terrorists, locating landmines, and uncovering contraband cargo – it’s all in a day’s work for a new Australian invention.

    These days, Superman isn’t the only crime-fighter with the ability to see through solid objects. Thanks to X-ray and gamma ray detectors, even mere mortals can use the penetrating powers of radiation to scan for bombs, contraband and other hidden threats to life and limb.

    However, unlike the Man of Steel’s X-ray eyes, real-life radiation detectors aren’t perfect. They suffer from a problem called ‘pulse pile-up’, which reduces the speed and accuracy of the information a detector can provide.

    Pulse pile-up occurs when bursts of radiation strike the detector in very quick succession. They pile on top of each other, giving the appearance of one big pulse rather than multiple smaller ones. This is a problem because the height of the pulses contains information about the elemental composition of the object being scanned, and this data is distorted as a result of pulse pile-up.

    The standard technique for dealing with pulse pile-up is to identify pulses that have piled up on top of each other, then throw away that information and analyse only ‘clean’ pulses. This approach improves the accuracy of the reading but also increases the length of time a scan takes to complete.

    A new Aussie innovation, however, promises to solve the pulse pile-up problem in a new way, improving accuracy and drastically speeding up the scanning process.

    Developed by Mr Paul Scoullar and Professor Rob Evans at Melbourne Uni’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the new pile-up deciphering algorithm can recover information from pulse pile-ups that would normally be discarded.

    By recovering data that’s usually thrown out, Paul’s algorithm is able to retain vital information about elemental composition. In some cases this information can be a matter of life and death; for example, when using gamma spectroscopy to scan for the nitrogen-rich spectral signature of a buried landmine.

    “The reason pulse pile-up spoils this technique is because you can no longer extract that information from the pulses that have piled on top of each other,” said Paul. “What we are able to do is recover that information from all of the pulses that have piled up.”

    By recovering the pile-up affected information instead of discarding it and waiting for clean pulses to analyse, scans can be also be carried out much faster. In some applications over half of the pulses would normally be discarded due to pile-up: virtually 100% of this information can be recovered by the new algorithm.

    While it was originally developed to improve landmine detection, the technology can be applied wherever X-ray and gamma ray detectors are used, including security scans and medical imaging. The benefits of faster scans are obvious, particularly in areas where high-volume scanning is required – such as airport baggage and shipping container screening. In the United States, for example, only about 5% of shipping containers are presently screened using gamma rays, largely due to the time constraints imposed by traditional technology.

    Paul has recently formed the company Southern Innovation to commercialise the technology. Recently returned from the US, he has been demonstrating Southern Innovation’s product to some exciting potential customers.

    “It’s been really encouraging to go over there and talk to the traditional giants of the radiation detection industry, and get some very strong interest from them,” Paul said.

    Thanks to Southern Innovation’s pile-up beating technology, it won’t be too long before radiation detectors everywhere are faster than a speeding bullet.

    Australasian Science Magazine, March 2006

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  47. Imaging technology reveals clearer picture

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    Imaging technology reveals clearer picture

    GETTING a clearer picture of the inside story is a step closer with the development of improved X-ray and gamma ray technology in Melbourne. The technology has potential for wide application in areas such as the screening of airport baggage, oil exploration, mineral analysis and in medicine.

    Put simply, X-rays provide a skeletal picture and gamma rays can indicate the make-up of a substance. Gamma rays, for example, can detect explosives and are therefore useful for finding landmines.

    The technology allows for stronger radiation in the imaging process.

    “More radiation means better penetration and therefore a clearer image can be seen,” says Paul Scoullar, who developed the technology with his supervisor, Professor Rob Evans, as part of his PhD at the University of Melbourne’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering.

    Security is one area that will benefit from the new technology. Mr Scoullar says less than 5-per cent of the world’s millions of shipping containers are screened.

    The problem with current radiation detection systems is that they cannot cope with strong radiation, says Mr Scoullar. “The stronger the radiation source, the more rays, or pulses, are emitted in quick succession. The detection systems can’t distinguish between the pulses and instead sums them together and sees them as a single pulse – this is referred to as ‘pulse pile-up’.

    “Pulse pile-up leads to distortions in the results and is typically dealt with by just throwing away the distorted section. This obviously slows down the time it takes to get the image of the target and also places limits on the intensity of rays for current detection systems.”

    The University of Melbourne team, through the Co-operative Research Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing, developed another way of depicting incoming pulses thereby overcoming pulse pile-up.

    The technology can extract information from 100 per cent of the data stream.

    “Because less data is thrown away, we can get a better picture faster, and we can do it in the presence of much more radiation,” says Mr Scoullar.

    The new technology is making an impact here and overseas, with a working prototype presented to research experts and companies across Australia, the US and Canada.

    Mr Scoullar says a recent trip to visit potential clients in the United States, with the support of AusTrade, was encouraging.

    “In the States they are very aware of the problems and limitations with the current detection technology, and they hadn’t seen technology like ours before,” says Mr Scoullar.

    “They are interested in the potential to integrate it with their product suites. Because our technology is modular, the integration is easy. We are in the process of doing advanced trials with these companies to demonstrate how our technology can improve their systems.”

    Mr Scoullar has set up a company, Southern Innovation, to commercialise the technology.

    The team was recently awarded a City of Melbourne Small Business Development Grant. Late last year the venture was also awarded an AusIndustry COMET grant for commercialising emerging technologies.

    “It’s exciting,” says Mr Scoullar. “Five years ago it was just scribbles on a whiteboard.”

    The Age, October 2005, by Cynthia Karena

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  48. New X-ray technology solves a major problem of screening systems

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    New X-ray technology solves a major problem of screening systems

    Landmine detection, medical imaging and airport baggage screening could all benefit from a new technology developed by Melbourne researchers, which is believed to make x-ray and gamma-ray detection up to 50 times faster.

    Developed by Mr Paul Scoullar and Professor Rob Evans in the University of Melbourne’s Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, the technology is based on the development of a new way of analysing x-rays and gamma-rays and overcomes a problem that has been restricting nuclear physicists for years – ‘pulse pile-up’.

    X-ray and gamma-ray detectors are used across a wide range of applications, including landmine detection, baggage and cargo screening, mineral analysis, oil exploration and medical imaging and work by monitoring how easily the rays pass through the ground or cargo, for example, to get a picture of what is inside.

    “The problem with current detection systems is that they can’t cope with many rays, or pulses, coming in quick succession because they can’t distinguish between them and instead sums them together and sees them as a single pulse – this is referred to as pulse pile-up,” Mr Scoullar says.

    “This leads to distortions in the results and is typically dealt with by just removing the distorted section and then continuing with detection. This obviously slows down the time it takes to get the blue-print of the target and also places limits on current detection systems.”

    The University of Melbourne team through the Cooperative Research Centre for Sensor Signal and Information Processing have developed a new way of depicting incoming pulses as they enter x-ray and gamma-ray detection systems, overcoming this problem of pulse pile-up.

    Their system passes incoming data through an algorithm they have developed, which effectively reduces the recorded pulse width to a few nanometres so the problem of two pulses being recorded on top of one another is greatly reduced.

    Melbourne-based company Southern Innovation has been created by Mr Scoullar to commercialise this technology.

    Already the venture has been awarded an AusIndustry grant for Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) in late 2004 and a podium finish in the Melbourne University Entrepreneurs Challenge and a City of Melbourne Manufacturers Award in 2003.

    The team was also recently awarded a City of Melbourne Small Business Development Grant.

    Southern Innovation Chief Operating Officer, Mr Peter Styles says, “There are a vast range of industries using radiation technologies that will benefit from this new technology. Southern Innovation has already developed a working prototype which has been presented to research experts and companies across Australia, the United States and Canada.”

    The University of Melbourne, Media Release, August 2005.

    Article courtesy of the The University of Melbourne August 16, 2005:
    http://uninews.unimelb.edu.au/articleid_2649.html

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com

  49. Looking for smart options, Herald Sun

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    Looking for smart options, Herald Sun

    LOOKSMART co-founder Martin Hosking is backing home grown technology that vastly improves security screening, land mine clearance and medical imaging.

    Mr Hosking — on the look-out for compelling investment opportunities — arrived back in the country from the US three years ago and discovered Melbourne start-up company Southern Innovation. Southern’s signal processing technology had been developed by University of Melbourne Professor Rob Evans and the company’s chief scientist, Paul Scoullar. The computer chip is “plugged in” to existing x-ray and gamma-ray detection systems and improves detection capability by up to 50 times. The technology can reduce the time a patient spends under a PET scanner (used for cancer detection) and cuts the waiting time for the results.

    Mr Scoullar developed an interest in gamma ray spectroscopy while travelling in northern Pakistan where he encountered Australian Defence Force personnel who were removing land mines in Afghanistan. “Across a few conversations, I started to learn about some of the primitive technologies that they use for detecting land mines. “This consists of probing the ground with basically a knitting needle to locate the mines,” Mr Scoullar said. He thought there had to be a better solution, so he completed a PhD on a range of sensor technologies for land mine detection. “We looked at gamma ray spectroscopy where you put in a source of energy and get back a spectrum of gamma rays. “That spectrum of gamma rays contains the signature of the land mine, due to the nitrogen explosive.”

    by Fleur Leyden

    Article courtesy of the Herald Sun – July 22, 2005

    About Southern Innovation:
    Southern Innovation develops, markets and licenses patented pulse processing technologies for the rapid, accurate detection and measurement of radiation. The company was born out of research to review suitable technologies for the accurate and rapid detection of legacy landmines. Southern Innovation’s multi-award winning SITORO® technology provides a quantum leap in the efficiency of radiation detectors, with wide application in areas such as airport baggage screening, oil exploration, mineral analysis and the early detection of cancer. For more information contact info@southerninnovation.com