AUSTRALIAN designed and manufactured 4WD and outdoors product are some of the best in the world, and it’s always nice to see some of the leading Aussie brands get recognition for their outstanding work. Just like local brands REDARC Electronics and Oztent, who recently claimed awards at the Good Design Awards.
Hosted annually by Good Design Australia, the Good Design Awards program is one of the oldest and most prestigious international design awards in the world, promoting excellence in design and innovation since 1958. It is recognised by the World Design Organization (WDO) as Australia’s peak international design endorsement program. In this, the 60th year of the awards, products were recognised over 28 categories.
REDARC Electronics scored in the Product Design Sport and Lifestyle category in recognition of outstanding design and innovation for its RedVision Total Vehicle Management System. The RedVision system sets a new level of automation in the recreational vehicle industry, as it allows users to control multiple on-board devices such as switching lights, inverter, water pumps and other loads such as televisions, electric steps and fridges.
The system can be switched on or off through the in-vehicle display or through the RedVision app via a smartphone. It also provides the user with the ability to monitor water levels, temperature, energy (battery power) consumption and storage, with the battery information available when used with a REDARC Manager Range Battery Management System.
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“This is a true testament to the R&D and innovation we put behind each and every one of our products,” said REDARC Managing Director, Anthony Kittel. “Our Vision for REDARC is to produce highly innovative products and RedVision is one great example of that.
“We are proud to provide the highest quality, designed, developed and engineered products. They are built and tested in Australia to withstand the harshest conditions,” he stated.
Oztent was awarded two Good Design Awards; one for its RS-1 King Single Swag and another for its HotSpot heated camping chairs and accessories.
The RS-1 swag uses Oztent’s well-proven and widely loved 30 second frame from its range of 30 Second Tents, to create a large accommodating swag that is both fast and easy to erect. It is made using Oztent’s new CPAI-84 flame-retardant ModCan material and incorporates an awning with a reflective underside designed to flip over and act as a fly, to cater for all weather conditions.
The Oztent HotSpot camping chair uses the latest technology in transportable thermal pouches and fits them within the chair to keep the occupant warm on those cold nights camping in the mountains. It needs no power for up to an hour and has been tested for up to 500 uses, and it can heat or cool by reheating in hot water or chilling out in an Esky.
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“Our team is passionate about creating the best experience for our customers at every level,” said Amanda Viglione, Managing Director of the Oztent Group. “So it’s wonderful to see their sweat and dedication achieving such accolades from an organisation known for setting international best practice standards in design evaluation.”
Other winning products familiar to 4WDers at the 2018 Design Awards include the Narva 215 LED driving lights, the Power Hub from Projecta, and Rhino Rack’s Batwing awning.