Archive - November 2016

Panasonic releases latest battery technology for unique Australian conditions

Panasonic has launched a new 5.3 kilowatt (kWh) residential storage battery system into the Australian market which will be marketed by energy companies including Snowy Hydro’s Red Energy and ActewAGL.

Releasing the new storage battery system is the next step following the energy distributors’ battery storage technology pilot project, which included months of testing across local households. Panasonic’s lithium-ion (Li-ion) batteries have proven reliable in all Australian conditions, performing well across the country.

Panasonic Australia’s Managing Director Paul Reid said that while the company was always assured that Panasonic’s battery system would prove effective, it was great to see the system performing so well in Australia’s variable and dynamic climate conditions.

“We’re now evolving with this new 5.3kWh battery system, to support the needs of Australians who have adopted clean solar energy, balancing affordability, capacity and performance and delivering for retailers and consumers alike.”

The new LJ-SK56A Li-ion system, which will be available from December, has a ten-year warranty, with 5.3kWh usable capacity and 2kW output.

Modelling by Panasonic has shown that battery storage has the potential to reduce household dependence on the electricity grid by between 30 and 60 per cent. The system’s battery storage demand response platform software and DRED interface compliance allows retailers to dispatch charge/discharge programs to address the pressures and network inefficiencies that plague Australia’s energy sector.

Ramy Soussou, General Manager – Sales, Storage Solutions & Regulatory Affairs, Red Energy, said the company has closely monitored the original trial of systems installed in Australian homes and been impressed with the performance.

“The Panasonic brand is a well-known and trusted brand in Australia and synonymous with quality and reliability and the latest release of the new battery system follows in that tradition,” he said.

“This offering caters for the energy usage patterns of an average Australian household, and is another step in Red Energy’s search for new solutions and choice for customers in a deregulated and increasingly competitive energy market.”

ActewAGL General Manager Retail, Ayesha Razzaq, says ActewAGL is pleased to partner with Panasonic as it works towards innovative solutions to help customers manage their energy use.

“ActewAGL customers are seeing positive results from their solar and battery system; for example, our first installation created expected savings of up to 50% on one family’s annual electricity bill. On the back of these results, we’ve now included the Panasonic system within our solar product suite.

“The battery storage industry will continue to grow as an important companion for renewable energy systems and these technologies will increasingly have a positive impact on the ACT’s renewable energy target of 100% by 2020.”

Key Features

Panasonic’s Residential Storage Battery System reduces the reliance of Australian households on the grid during peak periods. For consumers, it means access to clean solar energy during the evening peak and the opportunity to reduce the energy bill.

For energy distributors and retailers it reduces the grid infrastructure expense, better managing the time of use during peak periods and offering longer term contracts and savings to the consumer.

Panasonic’s Residential Storage Battery System has 5.3kWh usable capacity and 2kW output, using lithium-ion battery technology to maximise the benefit of residential photovoltaic (PV) energy. It has a slim, stand-alone design and is capable of retro-fit installation to existing residential solar PV systems. For outdoor installation, it is robust, dust and waterproof and IP54 rated.

Demand Response Software allows programmed charge/discharge, remote control charge/discharge and controls and monitors usage through the LJ-NA02 Network Adapter. It aids utilities’ fleet management to meet peak shaving opportunity and improve stability across the distributed energy network. One utility server can control up to 20,000 storage systems and monitor their time of use tariffs and control of demand load.

For distribution enquiries, contact Panasonic on 132 600.

About Panasonic’s Residential Storage Battery System Business


Panasonic’s Residential Storage Battery System delivers a double revolution to Australia’s energy sector, bringing new flexibility to distributed energy and lower energy costs to consumers. It is manufactured by Panasonic in Kansai, Japan. With more than 40 years of expertise in the field and sales of more than 10 billion lithium-ion cells to date, Panasonic Corporation has a global track record of producing world leading battery technology and innovation over many decades.

LJ-SK56A Residential Storage Battery System


Panasonic expands Refrigerator range and rewards consumers with summer promotion

Panasonic has expanded its range of Refrigerators with two stylish 551 litre models designed to keep food fresh while saving energy; and is launching a premium wine bonus that’s ideal for entertainers during the busy holiday season.

Panasonic’s new 551L Refrigerators have an attractive sleek flat design. They feature a ‘Fresh Safe’ vegetable case to keep fruit and vegetables fresher for longer; and use Panasonic’s energy-saving ECONAVI and Inverter technologies to save energy and money while delivering advanced cooling performance.

Chasnyn Ousmand, Product Marketing Manager, Whitegoods, Panasonic, said:

“Reliable food storage and minimising waste are important to consumers, particularly at this time of year when school finishes and family and friends are at home. Our new large-capacity Refrigerators expand the lineup released this year to seven models, all with technology designed to keep food in optimum condition.”

Customers can also entertain in style with a bonus dozen or half dozen premium wine package available when purchasing an eligible Refrigerator from the Panasonic range*. The bonus is available from November 1 2016 to December 31 2016 via redemption from the Panasonic website at


Key BY Series Bottom Mount Refrigerator Features:

Panasonic flat bottom mount refrigerator

• Available in 551L capacities
• Available in a stainless colour finish (NR-BY55BPSAU) or white metal finish (NR-BY55BVWAU)
• Flat door design
• Fresh Safe moisture retaining vegetable case stores fruit and vegetables in optimum conditions by maintaining high humidity and a constant temperature
• Surround Cooling evenly distributes chilled air from the rear panel throughout the refrigerator for gentle cooling without dehydrating food.
• Exclusive to Panasonic, ECONAVI and Inverter technology monitors usage patterns and then energy output is adapted accordingly. This technology allows the Refrigerator to monitor the level of lighting and temperature in the room, when and how often the fridge doors are opened, and the fridge’s internal temperature. It then analyses and responds to this information to maintain cooling and the most efficient operation of the fridge
• The powerful Ag antibacterial and deodorising filter cleans circulated air, minimising mould and bacteria and unpleasant odours.
• Bottom freezer drawer offers smooth and easy access



Stainless colour finish
RRP $1,899
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White metal finish
RRP $1,799
Available Now

Panasonic’s new refrigerators are available now from selected retailers. For more information, please contact Panasonic on 132 600 or visit the website:

*Eligible Refrigerator models. Bonus Mixed Dozen Premium Wine: NR-CY54AGSAU, NR-BY55BPSAU, NR-BY55BVWAU, NR-BY552XSAU, NR-BY552XWAU. Bonus Half Dozen Premium Wine: NR-BX46BXSAU, NR-BX46BVWAU, NR-BX41BXSAU, NR-BX41BVWAU.


Panasonic Toughbook unveils world-first 20-inch 4K Tablet

Panasonic Toughbook has unveiled its unique 20-inch 4K tablet, designed for CAD applications, technical services, healthcare, photography, pro video productions and high-end retail. The FZ-Y1 Toughpad has the ability to transform the way industry professionals work, making it even easier to create, edit and transport drawings, images and videos on a tablet PC in stunning Ultra HD 4K resolution.

Stuart Buxton, Senior Product Manager, Toughbook, Panasonic, said: “We’re seeing businesses across various industries demanding higher standards in picture quality at work and at home. From the living room to the boardroom, 4K is a defining standard for digital content and the new FZ-Y1 Toughpad device delivers high-impact 4K presentations wherever you need them – from the showroom floor to the broadcast suite.”


FZ-Y1 20″ 4K Tablet | Designed for CAD applications, technical services, healthcare, photography, pro video productions and high-end retail

In the media, broadcast or photography industry, the new 4K tablet allows instant and detailed review of images or video footage. The retail industry can benefit from an attractive, stylish device for showroom demonstrations. Creative agencies, engineering and architectural firms will value the tablet for its detailed design collaboration capabilities. In addition, healthcare professionals can view DICOM scans and x-ray images with greater clarity and precision than ever before in a sanitisable device.

To protect the slim 12.5mm-thin unit, the eye-catching silver bezel and 4K display panel are mounted on a magnesium alloy frame, and enclosed in a reinforced glass fibre case. For collaborative working, the tablet incorporates a 10-point multi-touch screen and a highly detailed 230 pixel-per-inch IPS Alpha LCD display with a 15:10 aspect ratio, perfect for displaying blueprints and other A3 sized documents.

The Panasonic FZ-Y1 tablet provides the performance of a desktop with an Intel® Core™ i5-5300U vPro™ Processor, HDMI 2.0 input, Windows® 10 Pro and a 256 GB SSD.

Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Y1: Key features


For viewing animations, film rushes, 3D models, plans or images in the ultimate high resolution detail, the Toughpad’s HDMI 2.0 input enables the device to be turned into a field monitor for applications such as broadcast and movie shooting.

With business ports and wireless connectivity – USB 3.0, Intel® Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 (class 1), Ethernet and Mini DisplayPort™ output – users are always connected and able to collaborate, whether at their desk or out of the office.

The lightweight, business-rugged 4K tablet is built to handle a 76 cm drop to its back while operating, and 30 cm drops to 26 angles when nonoperational, helping to avoid downtime and deliver a better total cost of ownership for businesses.

Combined with accessories such as the optional Panasonic desktop cradle and carrying case solution, the device can be used as both a desktop PC and tablet. The cradle converts into a tilted stand to allow the tablet to be used in drafting table mode, and offers additional connectivity port options. A VESA-compatible mounting adaptor plate is also available.

Stuart Buxton added: “Globally, Panasonic Toughbook is celebrating its 20th anniversary and continues to be the market leader in rugged technology internationally and locally. This latest achievement underlines our ongoing commitment to delivering innovation in rugged mobile computing technology.”

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-Y1 is priced at $5999rrp and is available now from Panasonic Toughbook distributors.

Key Specifications

  • 4K Ultra HD tablet (3840 x 2560) with 15:10 aspect ratio
  • Windows 10 Professional
  • Intel® Core™ i5-5300U vPro™ Processor
  • Intel® HD Graphics 5500
  • 20-inch tablet that weighs 2.41kg and is 12.5mm thin
  • IPS capacitive display with 10-point multi-touch
  • Accurate and lifelike imagery with 16.8 million colours
  • 256GB SSD and 8GB RAM
  • Built-in LAN port, HDMI 2.0 input (supports 4K) and MiniDisplayPort
  • Optional cradle with 1x LAN, 1x HDMI output and 3x USB 3.0
  • Bluetooth 4.1 and WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac wireless connectivity
  • HD (720p) Front Web Camera
  • Sanitisable and supports DICOM standard for medical imaging

About Panasonic Toughbook

Panasonic Toughbooks are used extensively worldwide by mobile professionals, field workers, the military, utilities, heavy industry, emergency services and organisations where durable mobile computing is critical to maximising productivity and uptime.

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Panasonic narrows the gap with its thinnest ever bezel video wall

Boasting a bezel-to-bezel width of just 1.8mm, Panasonic’s new 55-inch ultra-thin video wall delivers impressive visual impact from digital signage environments to the control room.

Chris Maw, Product Marketing Manager, Panels and Projectors, Panasonic, said:

“With our thinnest-ever bezel, customers can create massive video walls that can be tiled in any vertical and horizontal layout configuration.

“This premium bright, Full HD display suits demanding 24/7 applications from showrooms to exhibitions, control rooms, flagship shopping malls, and hotel and convention lobbies and concourses.”

With 1.8mm the combined bezel distance between two adjacent screens, the efficient 700 cd/m2 direct-lit LED panel will meet the demands of brightly lit retail or staging environments, while pixel-free Full HD resolution positions the TH-55VF1H for multi-screen use in monitoring rooms.


Key features

Panasonic’s premier professional signage display, the TH-55VF1H combines new generation image enhancement technology with a robust IPS panel. This works to preserve natural colour accuracy and high visibility when viewed off-axis. In addition, anti-glare screen surface treatment reduces reflections from artificial lighting.

Image optimisation technology includes: pre-calibrated display modes to suit different venues and content; a Refine Enhancer engine that clarifies details following image enlargement; and for multiple screens, sophisticated colour-matching and frame-synchronisation/reverse scanning capability for fluid, flicker-free motion reproduction.

Engineered for 24/7 commercial operation, the VF1H features high quality electrical components to extend reliability in long-term installations and consumes less energy thanks to efficient backlighting and contrast control. It features a single-cable DIGITAL LINK daisy-chain solution as well as a modular video-wall frame that dramatically reduces the effort and expense associated with installation, while ensuring a high-precision fit.

A failover/failback video-signal backup function maintains transmission where video display cannot be interrupted, such as for control/monitoring and large signage networks, while a synchronised USB media player allows 4K and Full HD media content to be simultaneously copied and updated to USB memory via PC over LAN.

The TH-55VF1H will be available in December 2016 from specialist Panasonic display panel distributors and resellers. For more information visit or call 132 600.

VF1H Specifications


New 84-inch and 75-inch displays allow users to roll-out digital signage at the entry level

Panasonic has introduced new 84-inch and 75-inch digital signage displays designed to offer a cost effective solution for customers – from locations such as corporate and hotel boardrooms and meeting rooms, to schools and retail spaces.

Chris Maw, Product Marketing Manager, Panels and Projectors, Panasonic, explained:

“The focus when developing these panels was a combination of high-image quality, reliability, and self-contained functionality. This allows customers to select a large panel where an eye-catching display is needed, offering connectivity without complex integration and management.”

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The slim-bezel EF1 Series models are stylish IPS panel displays. Each features a built-in USB Media Player, eliminating the need for a set top box or other external devices and reducing cable connections in offline environments. Alternatively, media stored on USB memory devices inserted into networked displays can be updated simultaneously via PC, ideal for hard-to-reach signage installations.

Panasonic’s Multi Monitoring & Control Software distributes signage media to multiple displays over LAN, switches inputs, and commences/shuts down playback according to a set schedule. This software also offers basic and advanced control capabilities for networked displays – ideal for education, retail, and the office.

Connectivity is a highlight with 2 x HDMI, DVI-D, USB, PC/Component, and Video inputs joining LAN, RS-232C, and IR In/Out terminals. Together, a total of 59 PC-correspondent signal types are supported.

With efficient LED technology producing 350 cd/m2 of brightness at Full HD resolution, and Panasonic’s IPS panel affording wide visibility while maintaining off-axis color performance, the EF1 is an arresting and cost-effective solution for digital signage or for general use.



Panasonic launches world’s lightest fully-rugged Android 10.1” Toughpad tablet

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Toughpad FZ-A2 delivers military grade rugged performance and increased productivity to a wide range of Australian employees

Panasonic has today launched the world’s lightest fully-rugged Android 10.1” Toughpad tablet, providing Australian workers with a more effective mobile solution across multiple work applications and environments. The FZ-A2 Android tablet opens up military-standard rugged capabilities to a broader range of Australian enterprises, delivering fully-rugged protection against drops and shocks, heat and cold, vibration, contamination, dust, rain and more.

Today, the majority of Australian organisations have staff who regularly perform their jobs outside of the traditional office environment. These flexible workers are turning to technology such as smartphones and tablets, with BYOD (Bring Your Own Device) now an option for many employees.

However, these consumer grade devices are not suitably rugged enough for the working environment and bring the risk of failing in the field, with the annual failure rate of consumer tablets as much as 400% higher than rugged enterprise tablets.

“More and more workers are working outside traditional office environments to get closer to their customers,” said Stuart Buxton, Senior Product Manager, Toughbook, Panasonic. “This trend is empowering staff, but they need the right technology to suit their work environment.

“Consumer tablets used in the workplace are prone to operational failure, which can cause businesses thousands of dollars in downtime, disruption and repair. The FZ-A2 draws on Panasonic’s 20-year expertise in manufacturing fit-for-purpose rugged devices. By launching the new Toughpad, we’re helping a wide range of organisations who haven’t traditionally used fully rugged devices to boost productivity, minimise downtime, slash field failure rates and reduce Total Cost of Ownership.”

Powerful, rugged and user-friendly

The Toughpad FZ-A2 combines Intel and Android productivity with full ruggedisation and is suited to a range of mobile users, including servicing, repair and technical support teams; local, state and federal governments; utility and infrastructure providers; logistics and transport operators; healthcare providers and retailers.

It is ideal for highly mobile outdoor workers in challenging conditions. With its sunlight-viewable 10-finger multi-touch IPS display, flexible configurable ports and business expansion capability, plus enterprise class security, the FZ-A2 is perfect for use in the field. In addition, it has the ability to work below zero or above 50o C and to use the touchscreen in the rain or while wearing gloves.

Buxton continued: “Research shows around 8 in 10 of mobile IT devices are exposed to stressors, including heat, dust and moisture as well as drops and shocks. The FZ-A2 supports a wide range of employees by delivering military certified protection while offering a new entry point to a tough tablet solution. This latest addition to our line-up of Android Toughpad tablets from 4.7 inch to 10.1 inch underpins Panasonic’s commitment to offering businesses easy to manage and easy to use mobile devices.”

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 is lightweight (880g) and slim (16.4mm deep) with a fanless design and runs the latest Android 6.0 Marshmallow operating system with Enterprise Security from Android for Work. It is equipped with the latest, more powerful Intel® AtomTM x5-Z8550 Quad Core processor (2 MB cache, 1.44GHz up to 2.4GHz) with 4GB RAM and a 32GB eMMC.

The Toughpad FZ-A2 starts from RRP $2199 with a model that includes these core capabilities plus daylight-readable display, rear camera, dedicated GPS, MIL-STD-810G certification and IP65 rating. It is available now from authorised Panasonic Toughbook distributors and resellers.

Working tough

The Toughpad FZ-A2 has a robust military-grade fully-rugged magnesium alloy design – it can withstand 1.2-metre drops, is sealed against dust and water spills with an IP65 ingress protection rating, and will operate in harsh temperature extremes ranging from -10 to +50°C.

At launch, the device will come with a rich ecosystem of peripherals from desktop cradle to four bay battery charger. The device will also have the option of two vehicle docks – a slimline and expanded version depending on the device configuration.

Viewing clarity inside or out

The 10.1-inch daylight-readable display (1920×1200), with high visibility (800cd/m2), has been designed for easy use and clarity of vision in all conditions both outside and indoors. The 10-point capacitive touchscreen display can be used by hand, with gloves or with the capacitive stylus pen for accurate annotation or signature collection even in the rain.

Rich business functionality

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 tablet also comes with a rich set of customisable business interfaces and wireless connectivity options to tailor the device to exact business requirements. Alongside a full range of business features (1xUSB 3.0 Type A, 1xUSB 3.1 Type C OTG, 1xHDMI and 1xMicro SD, GPS), optional smartcard reader, 2D barcode reader and 4G can be specified. The USB 3.1 Type C OTG port for reversible connection comes with transmission speeds of up to 5Gbps, power charging (up to 5V 900mA – USB PD is not supported) and USB On The Go functionality for easily copying and transferring files from one Android device to another.

The Toughpad FZ-A2 is optimised for connectivity whatever the location and includes the latest WLAN 802.11ac Intel® Dual Band® Wireless-AC 8260 technology for the fastest data transfer and Bluetooth® v4.2 class 1.

Easy to manage

For increased manageability, the device includes Google Android for Work allowing separate work and personal profiles to be included on the device. It provides IT administrators with flexibility and enterprise security while ensuring users have private access to their own personal applications and data. Google Android for Work also includes a range of built-in productivity tools for everyday tasks such as email, contacts and calendar.

Battery to last

The Panasonic Toughpad FZ-A2 tablet has a user-removable battery with a nine hour working life to match the needs of the work shift, with an optional hot swappable battery capability for when around the clock usage is required.

Cameras and fast communications

For users needing live video conference capabilities or to capture photographic images of documentation in the field, the FZ-A2 is equipped with Full HD front web and 8MP rear camera with flash. It also comes equipped with built-in directional array microphones ideal for communication, video conferencing and voice recognition software.

Key Features

• Intel Atom x5-Z8550 processor
• Android 6.0 Marshmallow (Including Android for Work)
• Fanless design for enhanced protection from temperature, water and dirt
• Intel HD graphics
• 10.1 WUXGA (1,920 x1,200) outdoor display (up to 800 cd/m2
• Capacitive 10-finger multi-touchscreen
• 120cm shock-resistant*
• Water and dust resistant (IP65)*
• Up to 9 hours battery life
• User field exchangeable battery
• Hot swap battery optional (in combination with business expansion module)
• USB 3.1 type C OTG
• Flexible configuration port (20 Barcode Reader, LAN)**
• Integrated business expansion module (Smartcard Reader)**
• Lightweight at approx. 880g

*Tested at Panasonic Factory.

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