Ecocentric raises funds and prepares for ioT takeoff

Energy systems monitoring company Ecocentric is preparing to manufacture its Numen device that connects a building’s sensors and electrical equipment with the cloud after a novel fundraising effort. The Perth company has just completed an equity crowdfunding campaign which has netted $400,000 from 150 small investors, according to reports. This matches $3.2 million raised through…

Third inland rail regional activation precinct

NSW deputy premier John Barilaro has announced a third special activation precinct (SAP), this time in Moree, to generate business opportunities from the construction of the Inland Rail from Melbourne to Brisbane. The precincts are designed to “unlock the opportunity for investment in regional NSW” by attracting businesses according to a statement. The Queensland government…

Nufarm gets go ahead to sell South American operation

Agricultural chemical manufacturer Nufarm (ASX: NUF) has been given the go ahead by shareholders to sell its South American division to Nufarm shareholder, Sumitomo for $1.2 billion. The Melbourne company, which has faced headwinds in Australia with the prolonged drought and in the United States with extensive flooding, received the go ahead in an overwhelmingly…