New mobile technology solutions to safeguard against museum theft and help rural veterinarians on their patrols are among innovative projects supported by the NSW Government to improve the effectiveness of government services and support growth in the State’s digital economy.
Deputy NSW Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner has announced the 2nd round of the NSW Government’s Collaborative Solutions program Mobile Government at CeBIT Australia 2012, the Asia Pacific’s largest ICT industry exhibition and conference.
The Hon Andrew Stoner, Deputy NSW Premier speaking at the CeBIT Australia Opening Ceremony
The Deputy Premier said that the NSW Government will provide nearly $1 million to help seven consortiums develop new mobile solutions for the public sector under the Mobile Government initiative.
The solutions will be trialled with NSW Trade & Investment, which spans government activities from economic development and primary industries to tourism and arts.
“This program is bringing together technology consortiums to develop innovative mobile solutions that can drive innovation, productivity and transformation in our public sector,” Mr Stoner said.
“It also aims to develop new-to-market technologies that have significant potential to generate commercial success, jobs and exports for our digital economy.
“NSW Trade & Investment received a total of 20 consortium submissions for its Mobile Government program, which will support up to 30 per cent of project costs to a maximum of $200,000″.
“Collectively, the seven successful consortiums announced today expect to invest a total of $4 million in their projects and, over the next three years, create over 200 jobs and $80 million dollars in revenue, including $50 million in exports.
“These seven projects are all led by small-to-medium sized ICT companies but many are supported by multinationals with one supported by the University of Technology, Sydney”.
“These projects will provide a range of technology improvements – digital services to enhance the 21st century visitor experience at cultural institutions; smart camera mobile technology to tackle exhibit theft; mobile location technology to assist biosecurity officers in the field; mobile technology to help streamline trade missions; and a highly scalable infrastructure platform to support development of mobile applications for government.”
Mr Stoner said CeBIT Australia 2012 offers a strong platform for the NSW Government to demonstrate its commitment to the State’s world-leading digital sector.
“CeBIT provides the perfect opportunity to showcase our best innovative technology SMEs and their solutions to an international audience, helping spark global business collaborations and opportunities,” he said.
“Seven projects supported by the previous Collaborative Solutions Mobile Concierge program are among 16 innovative and early stage technology companies being promoted to a global audience on the NSW Government’s stand at CeBIT Australia 2012.”
7 Grant Projects
Project 1: Locamate
Consortium partners: Smarttrack RFID Pty Ltd supported by Ramp Holdings Pty Ltd of the University of Technology, Sydney and the Powerhouse Museum.
Description: A way-finding system allowing Powerhouse Museum visitors to interactively navigate the museum and access location-specific information on mobile devices. The system, which builds on a previous project at the museum, will also allow staff to intelligently track and analyse visitor numbers and movements to help tailor more successful exhibitions.
Project 2: NSW Government Elastic Infrastructure Platform
Consortium partners: OrionVM Pty Ltd supported by Asterism Digital Pty Ltd and NSW Trade & Investment’s Finance Strategy & Operations branch.
Description: A cloud-based, pay-as-you-go infrastructure platform allowing developers and systems administrators to cost effectively develop and deploy mobile applications for government agencies.
Project 3: Mobile Control Room for Security and Surveillance
Consortium partners: iOmniscient Pty Ltd supported by AnalyticsReady Pty Ltd and the Australian Museum.
Description: A project at the Australian Museum using smart camera technology to automatically send mobile alerts to staff if an exhibit is removed, helping tackle the problem of theft in cultural institutions. Mobile devices will act as security control rooms allowing security videos to be viewed automatically from multiple locations.
Project 4: BigTinCan Dashboard – “Mission Pack” extensions
Consortium partners: BigTinCan supported by NEC and NSW Trade & Investment’s Industry, Innovation & Investment branch.
Description: A customised mobile solution allowing business executives and government personnel on overseas missions to easily and securely share and update large volumes of documents in various formats. The solution also aims to reduce costly data roaming costs by optimising mobile usage during missions.
Project 5: Rural Location Based Services
Consortium partners: Artis Group Pty Ltd supported by BigTinCan Pty Ltd and ICO, a division of Avnet Technology Solutions (Australia), and the Department of Primary Industries’ Biosecurity branch
Description: Development of a system to enable Department of Primary Industries veterinarian officers to easily record location-specific biosecurity data on their mobile devices using GPS when patrolling, to boost productivity and safety. For example, an officer doing a helicopter check of livestock stranded by floodwater will be able to record the type and numbers of livestock and feed it directly back to a central database where it will be immediately available to incident managers.
Project 6: Mobile Multimedia Guide at NSW State Library
Consortium partners: Art Processors Pty Ltd supported by Hewlett-Packard Australia and State Library of NSW
Description: This project will develop a mobile solution that provides an interactive history tour of the Mitchell library allowing visitors, including school groups, to tap into digital archives and location-specific information. The free mobile application will also provide stories about the library’s history as part of personalised virtual tours that can be recorded in an interactive 3D map.
Project 7: Tapit Contentum
Consortium partners: Tapit Media Pty Ltd supported by Microsoft Australia, Samsung Australia and the Australian Museum
Description: This project at the Australian Museum will simplify the creation of mobile content allowing exhibition items to be easily tagged with downloadable digital information including images, video, audio and brochures using near field communications (NFC) and quick response (QR) codes. Users will also be able to purchase items such as catalogues or souvenirs by tapping their mobiles.