The PRWIRE Press Releases https:// 2019-12-16T04:35:12Z AIIA welcomes new S&P technology index 2019-12-16T04:35:12Z aiia-welcomes-new-s-p-technology-index Sydney, Australia – 16 December 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, welcomes the launch of the new S&P All Technology Index (S&P AllTech) that will officially launch on 21 February 2020. The current S&P/ASX 200 Information Technology Index covers companies that provide software & services, technology hardware & equipment, and semiconductors & semiconductor equipment manufacturers. Rather than list just those companies that are part of the ASX top 200 companies, the AllTech will incorporate all listed tech stocks. "The AllTech will typically attract initial public offerings (IPOs) in the tens of millions to hundreds of millions valuation range. A listing on the ASX has many advantages for technology companies that include access to capital for growth, higher public and investor profile, and improved valuation. Ron Gauci, CEO of AIIA, said: “The introduction of an All Technology Index is recognition of the importance and significance of the technology sector to Australia’s economy. The sector is growing rapidly and it’s time to have a standalone Tech Index as part of the ASX that includes relatively small-cap stocks. “The AllTech will provide a good benchmark that will allow investors to see how each individual company is performing compared to their tech peers, and will also promote our vibrant and growing tech start-ups and lead to more local listings,” said Gauci. “The tech sector contributes 6.6 per cent to Australia’s GDP, creates $122 billion in value, and is vital to every industry sector. Australia now has a digital economy with a tech spine running down its centre. “Tech services exports are worth $3.78 billion with a tech trade surplus growth of over 200 per cent from $170 million in 2017 to $515 million in 2018. Over 700,000 Australians are employed in the tech sector, accounting for 5.7 per cent of the workforce, and there was an average trend growth of 2.5 per cent between 2011 and 2018, outpacing the overall labour market growth rate of 1.7 per cent. By 2024 the tech workforce is expected to grow by another 100,000[1] IT is currently the third largest sector listed on the ASX with 204 companies, behind materials (686) and financials (212) – IT stocks are eighth in value and fourth in volume. “In particular, Artificial Intelligence (AI) represents an enormous opportunity for Australian tech companies which are both using and developing powerful AI technology. According to the Government’s AI technology roadmap, AI will improve productivity, create thousands of new jobs every year, help us live longer and improve our quality of life. Digital technologies, including AI, could be worth $315 billion to the economy by 2028.” The graph above shows how the IT sector has broken away from the rest of the share market in the past few years and is already boosting growth in the Australian economy. “My hope is to see IT become the second largest sector on the ASX by 2024,” concluded Gauci. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. For more information on AIIA Policy and Advocacy key areas please visit https://www.aiia.com.au/influence-And-leadership/policy-priorities Media Contact For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au [1] Deloitte Access Economics, Digital Pulse, ACS, 2019 AIIA seeks consultation following Government's response to ACCC Digital Platform Inquiry 2019-12-12T04:25:26Z aiia-seeks-consultation-following-governments-response-to-accc-digital-platform-inquiry Sydney, Australia – 12 December 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak member body for the ICT industry, has issued the below statement following the Government’s response to the ACCC Digital Platform Inquiry. AIIA welcomes the release of the report titled ‘Regulating in the digital age – Government Response and Implementation Roadmap for the Digital Platforms Inquiry’. During the 12-week consultation period, the Government received more than 100 written submissions and held numerous meetings to better understand stakeholder views. The AIIA acknowledges that the Government has the right to carefully consider the influence of large digital platforms. This must be balanced against the risks that further regulatory measures may impact innovation and the operation of the digital economy. The AIIA is reviewing the Government’s response to the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry, but are seeking assurances that the Government will consult widely with industry during its implementation. The AIIA looks forward to working with the Government, in particular on its commitment to consult around data privacy reforms. The Government’s response to the ACCC Digital Platforms Inquiry can be viewed here. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. For more information on AIIA Policy and Advocacy key areas please visit https://www.aiia.com.au/influence-And-leadership/policy-priorities Media Contact For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au AIIA announces new Board and State Council Chair appointments to represent Australia’s ICT industry 2019-12-10T23:58:21Z aiia-announces-new-board-and-state-council-chair-appointments-to-represent-australias-ict-industry Melbourne, Australia – 10 December 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, today announced four new Board appointments and three new State Council Chairs. Former AIIA Board Deputy Chair, Rob Hillard, has been appointed as new Chairman. Rob is currently Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer at Deloitte, former Managing Partner of Deloitte Consulting, and a recognised industry technology expert. Existing Board members Angela Fox and Mark Nicholls take on the shared responsibility of AIIA Board Deputy Chair, while Murray Hurps has been appointed Treasurer, and John Paitaridis remains on the Board as Immediate Past Chair. The Full Board of Directors now includes: Stuart Althaus (Chief Executive Officer, SME Gateway) Craig Baty (Principal, Data Driven) Ken Boal (Vice President, Cisco) Matt Codrington (Managing Director, Lenovo Australia & NZ) Angela Fox (Managing Director, Dell Australia & NZ) Rob Hillard (Chief Strategy & Innovation Officer, Deloitte) Murray Hurps (Director of Entrepreneurship at the University of Technology Sydney) John Ieraci (Chief Customer Officer, Telstra Enterprise) Megan James (Consultant to the ICT Industry) David La Rose (Managing Director, IBM Australia & NZ) Sharryn Napier (Vice President & Regional Director Australia & NZ, Qlik) Mark Nicholls (Managing Director, Information Professionals Pty Ltd) John Paitaridis (Chief Executive Officer CyberCX & CEO Technology Portfolio, BGH Capital) Vito Rinaldi (Managing Director, Blue Crystal Solutions) Karl Sice (Business Leader ANZ, Alcatel-Lucent Enterprise) Rupert Taylor-Price (Founder and Chief Executive Officer, Vault Cloud) Steven Worrall (Managing Director, Microsoft Australia) Directors are elected for up to three-year terms to set strategic direction for the AIIA and work closely with AIIA management to develop the National Business Plan and oversee operational excellence. The AIIA is also pleased to announce the State Council Chairs for 2020. They are: NSW - Bridget Luke, IBM Australia Ltd (with deputies Jon Asquith, ServiceNow; Matt Day, Deloitte; and Sonya Sherman, Objective) South Australia - Karin Geraghty, iinet (with deputies Rohan Bishop, Adept, and Jason Dreimanis, DWS) Victoria - Warren Hill, Data#3 Ltd (with deputies Sam Parker, ServiceNow and Simon Elliot, Steply.io) ACT - Greg Boorer, CDC Data Centres Pty Ltd (with deputy Hala Batainah, GiG Enterprises) Western Australia - Sharon Brown, Sharon Brown & Associates (with deputies Geoff Harben, KPMG and Daniel Harvey, Amristar) Queensland - Mark Nicholls, Information Professionals Pty Ltd. “I’m delighted to welcome the new appointments to AIIA’s National Board and our State Councils. These members represent the diversity of the Australian digital economy, including large Australian companies, multinationals and small and medium sized businesses,” said the Chairman Rob Hillard. “As the new Chairman, I recognise that it’s more important than ever for the IT industry to have a representative industry association. Through the AIIA, we look for ways to introduce positive change to help Australian businesses be more competitive, meet the needs of their customers and remain successful on the global stage. “The AIIA’s vision is to grow Australia’s social and economic prosperity through technology innovation. Our Board members bring a vast range of skills, industry insights and experiences to the table, as together, we aspire to improve advocacy and shape policy for the Australian ICT sector, generate new business opportunities, increase collaboration with other members, and build professional standing.” Find more information on AIIA Board members here. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Carmelle Pavan GM Marketing & Communications – AIIA M 0402 099 349 carmelle@aiia.com.au Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au AIIA’s US trade delegation lays the groundwork for Australia’s next wave of digital tech 2019-11-14T23:02:38Z aiias-us-trade-delegation-lays-the-groundwork-for-australias-next-wave-of-digital-tech Sydney, Australia – 15 November 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, has completed a six-day trade delegation to the US to help organisations learn about how to best utilise and implement the latest developments in digital technology. The delegation included global businesses, senior executives of government agencies, venture capital organisations, SMEs and startups who travelled to the West Coast of the US from 3-8 November 2019 and visited San Francisco (Silicon Valley) and Seattle. The itinerary included visits to Microsoft, Amazon, Salesforce, DocuSign, IBM, ServiceNow, Adobe, Cisco, Google and Infosys. Ron Gauci, CEO of AIIA, said the trade delegation enabled members to better understand the opportunities and the role they can play in working with the Federal Government to deliver the digital services agenda. “Once again the US delegation has proven to be a valuable opportunity for AIIA members to network with some of the world’s best companies, and to learn about trends and the latest developments in their markets,” said Gauci. “There is currently a strong focus and investment in Artificial Intelligence, and the related issues around the ethics and transparency of its use are of great importance. All the major tech companies we visited also have a focus on the culture and skills required to harness and take advantage of the digital revolution. “As the Australian Government continues its digital transformation agenda across all portfolios, an understanding of cutting-edge technology developed by the private sector is critical. It is also vital that government and business work together and partner successfully for the benefit of taxpayers and citizens.” The AIIA Ministerial Delegation has enabled technology sector business leaders to engage with government and leading digital organisations including Microsoft, Adobe, KPMG, IBM, ServiceNow, Cisco, Infosys, Telstra, Datacom, CDC Data Centres, Veriluma, Itree, Sypaq, iCIMS, BGH Capital, MXA, Informpros, Talihealth, AUCloud and OK RDY. The delegates also attended the Australian Landing Pad showcasing innovative Australian technology startup companies. “By spending six days with a group of like-minded business people, sharing insights on best practices in digital transformation, I’m confident that Australian tech leaders have forged relationships that will lead to greater collaboration and improvement of our government digital services,” said Gauci. “We are delighted that the delegation has created opportunities for our members to grow their business through the relationships forged on the trip, and to learn about the innovations which should assist them in delivering future government outcomes.” For a video on the AIIA’s US trade delegation view here. To find out more about how to join the AIIA, please visit https://www.aiia.com.au/membership/aiia-membership-online-application # # # Additional information Sponsors and Hosts included: Amazon, Microsoft, Salesforce, IBM, Cisco, Infosys, HERE Technologies, Google, DocuSign, ServiceNow and Adobe. About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. For more information on AIIA Policy and Advocacy key areas please visit https://www.aiia.com.au/influence-And-leadership/policy-priorities Media Contact For more information please contact: Carmelle Pavan GM Marketing & Communications – AIIA M: 0402 099 349 Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au AIIA welcomes qualifications review to boost Australian tech sector growth 2019-10-24T00:01:35Z aiia-welcomes-qualifications-review-to-boost-australian-tech-sector-growth Sydney, Australia – 24 October 2019 – The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, welcomes the publication of an expert review recommending a shake-up of Australia’s qualifications systems. The Australian Qualifications Framework (AQF) review is a positive step toward accelerating growth of Australia’s technology sector which contributes $122 billion, 6.6% of GDP, each year to the national economy, according to AlphaBeta. The AQF was announced today by Minister for Education, Dan Tehan, and Minister for Employment, Skills, Small and Family Business Senator, Michaelia Cash. Chaired by Professor Peter Noonan, the AQF report calls for a revised national qualifications architecture across higher education, VET, and senior secondary schools. Among the recommendations is the recognition of shorter form credentials, or microcredentials, used for up-skilling and re-skilling within the education system and the workplace. The AIIA believes microcredentials, among other recommendations in the report, are valuable for the development of in-demand technology and digital skills. The organisation in February called for a cohesive national approach that is needed to raise the standard of digital skills education and training at tertiary education institutions. “We support the Government’s initiative and this type of innovative thinking to address the digital skills gap,” said AIIA CEO Ron Gauci. “Promoting great fluidity and equal value between VET, higher education and schools through microcredentials will encourage students to combine digital skills with business courses and hands-on experience. “The Government is clearly listening to the industry and responding to its needs by considering reforms that will create new opportunities for Australian students.” ENDS About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au 2019 AIIA National iAwards propels Australian digital innovation towards global recognition 2019-08-29T22:07:28Z 2019-aiia-national-iawards-propels-australian-digital-innovation-towards-global-recognition Melbourne, Australia – 30 August 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, last night announced the prestigious National iAwards winners for 2019. The AIIA’s iAwards has been Australia’s leading awards and recognition program for more than a quarter of a century, bringing homegrown innovations to the world stage. From Galaxy Australia’s free, Web-accessible platform that enables genetic scientists across the globe to test, evaluate and peer review their work – making the next cure for chronic disease within reach of anyone with the dedication and skills to look for it – to Emergency Kid, an app designed by four Year 9 students at Murray Bridge High School that educates, and helps children who find themselves in emergencies, the innovations from 2019 have shone. At the core of the program which engages with all sectors of the economy, are the digital leaders that are disrupting and transforming the markets they target, generating tangible end-customer outcomes. Over a six month period, entrants from ACT, New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria and Western Australia have competed for the state titles. Winners from each state and territory then came head to head for the national title in their respective categories. The award categories included Business Service Markets, Community Service Markets, Consumer Markets, Industrial & Primary Industries, Infrastructure & Platforms, Students, Research & Development Project, Public Sector & Government, Artificial Intelligence or Machine Learning, Big Data, Startup, Innovation of the Year and the Victoria State Government Inspiration of the Year which comes with a $10,000 business incentive. At the final gala event held last night at the Melbourne Convention and Exhibition Centre, The Hon. Martin Pakula, Minister for Racing, Minister for Jobs, Innovation and Trade and Minister for Tourism, Sport and Major Events, presented INWENTECH with the Victoria State Government Inspiration of the Year Award for their entry ChestPhan-4D: A Dynamic Phantom to Fight Cancer. “It’s fantastic that the national iAwards have once again been hosted by Melbourne – Australia’s tech city and an increasingly important tech hub in the Asia-Pacific,” said Minister Pakula. “This event is a celebration of the talented entrepreneurs, technologists and innovators excelling in their field from across Australia.” AIIA CEO, Ron Gauci, said the innovation showcased by the 2019 finalists builds not only on the incredible outcomes of the 2018 iAwards, but boasts historical success from the likes of Google Maps, Atlassian, Wotif and WiseTech Global. “For 26 years, the iAwards has recognised and celebrated the achievements of those Australian businesses, individuals and students that are conceptualising and developing leading Australian digital innovations. “Each year, the iAwards program elevates the many Australian innovators who think beyond the norm, can see beyond the horizon and who can bring ideas to life. As a nation, we ‘punch well above our weight’ globally when it comes to innovation, technology, our people and our industries. "AIIA would like to congratulate the winners and merit recipients of the 2019 National iAwards and sincerely thank them for their creative and tireless efforts to improve our lives and workplaces. We continue to be inspired by Australian innovators, whether they're in startups, the public sector, community services, primary school, academia, or private enterprise. “We’d like to further encourage Australians to consider the outstanding marketing, customer and partner engagement platform for 2020 that the iAwards is and the incredible strategic access to C-level executives that the program offers,” he said. NATIONAL IAWARDS WINNERS AND MERIT RECIPIENTS Business Service Markets Neighbourlytics – Social Analytics for Neighbourhoods (winner) Resident Manager – Telstra Health (merit) Felix – Felix Softward (merit) Community Service Markets Noisy Guts – The University of Western Australia (winner) Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers – Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix (merit) 1800RESPECT Sunny – Medibank Health Solutions (merit) Consumer Markets The Wiggles: Fun Time with Faces – Weyo & Two Bulls (winner) Industrial & Primary Industries ChestPhan-4D: A Dynamic Phantom to Fight Cancer – INWENTECH (winner) WearSense – Davies Wear Plate Systems (merit) Autonomous Offshore Aquaculture Feeding System – Huon Aquaculture Group (merit) Senior Students Collective Care – Seton College (winner) Buddi – Dianella Secondary College (merit) Junior Students Talk to the Hand – My Buckets Full – Munday Family Home School (winner) NextVax – Sacred Heart College (merit) Emergency KID – Murray Bridge High School (merit) Undergraduate Tertiary Students A preliminary program to visualise and manipulate OCT and Histology scans – Curtin University/Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research (winner) vloConnect – The University of Sydney (merit) Research & Development Project of the Year DeloitteASSIST – Deloitte (winner) Noisy Guts – The University of Western Australia (merit) Pain ROADMAP – MNHHS, CSIRO & UQ (merit) Public Sector & Government Smart Trade Mark – IP Australia & Agile Digital (winner) Building The Construction Site and The Hive – Level Crossing Removal Authority (merit) Automation Technologies Innovation of the Year Autonomous Offshore Aquaculture Feeding System – Huon Aquaculture Group (winner) Spectrum-Scan LiDAR – Baraja (merit) Data Insights Innovation of the Year H2OME – Water Corporation & Optika Solutions (winner) Basin Futures – CSIRO's Data61 & Land and Water (merit) Pain ROADMAP – MNHHS, CSIRO & UQ (merit) Startup of the Year FLAIM Trainer – FLAIM Systems (winner) udrew Pty Ltd – udrew Pty Ltd (merit) Sports Apparel Sponsorships Platform – Sportility (merit) Victoria State Government Inspiration of the Year ChestPhan-4D: A Dynamic Phantom to Fight Cancer – INWENTECH (winner) The 2019 iAwards is proudly supported by National iAwards Program Partner and Inspiration iAward Sponsor Victoria State Government, National Program Sponsors AuDA, NBN Co and The University of Queensland, Platinum Table Sponsors Cisco and UTS, and Student Travel Supports Huski. 2019 PITCHFEST: Shining a light on innovation AIIA’s 2019 PitchFest and Innovation Showcase, sponsored by CSIRO and Data61, and hosted by KPMG, continues to be an exciting feature event in AIIA’s iAwards program. Prior to the iAwards ceremony it provided a day-long opportunity for the community to hear from a range of this year's finalists, as they pitch their innovations to our esteemed panel and live audience. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION Descriptions of winner and merit recipient projects: 1800RESPECT Sunny – Medibank Health Solutions Sunny is a voice of encouragement that helps users to recognise violence and abuse, understand their rights, and explore options for support. Sunny specifically aims to empower women with intellectual disabilities who are at risk or have experienced violence or abuse. A preliminary program to visualise and manipulate OCT and Histology scans – Curtin University/Harry Perkins Institute of Medical Research This project transformed a laborious system which required extensive hard-coding and a knowledge of MATLAB, to a user friendly program which allows researchers to examine entire volumes of Optical Coherence Tomography scans. This includes many analytic tools such as applying an elasticity overlay which highlights properties such as tumours. Autonomous Offshore Aquaculture Feeding System – Huon Aquaculture Group Huon Aquaculture has developed and deployed an innovative fish feeding system that uses a combination of industrial automation and artificial intelligence to autonomously control feed rates in offshore fish farms by identifying and tracking feed pellets within the water column using machine vision and machine learning. Basin Futures – CSIRO's Data61 & Land and Water Basin Futures makes basin water planning accessible anywhere in the world by significantly reducing barriers to entry. It allows users to assess changes in water resources under future scenarios (for example, climate change, changes in irrigation, hydro and industry) using global data and cloud-based simulation, delivered through a dynamic web application. Building The Construction Site and The Hive – Level Crossing Removal Authority The Level Crossing Removal Authority created a platform in our $18b construction program to bring IoT to construction sites and the construction industry, and to leave a legacy of smarter, connected infrastructure in our wake – from trains to cities. Our world-first Connected Construction Site is forecast to produce millions in savings. ChestPhan-4D: A Dynamic Phantom to Fight Cancer – INWENTECH INWENTECH invented an award-winning medical device, ChestPhan-4D, which improves radiotherapy imaging and treatment of lung/liver/breast cancers for better tumor targeting and location movement induced by the patient's respiration. Patented worldwide and having entered the European Union market, this product will revolutionise the radiotherapy quality assurance practice and benefit many patients by improving treatment outcome. DeloitteASSIST – Deloitte Even in modern hospitals, the primary method through which a patient can request assistance from a nurse is a button and a bell that cannot distinguish between patient needs or provide reassurance. In a world first, Deloitte have deployed an artificial intelligence enabled patient communication solution, DeloitteASSIST. Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers – Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix Targeting affordable, accessible treatment for 20% of the population suffering from tinnitus. A digital platform designed and recommended by an ear, nose and throat specialist doctor. Delivering a customised narrowband sound via an individual’s mobile device, which teaches the brain to ignore tinnitus thereby reducing its impact, resulting in better quality of life. Emergency KID – Murray Bridge High School Emergency KID, the safety application by kids for kids. Emergency KID is an innovative mobile app designed to educate, and help children who find themselves in emergencies such as dealing with injuries or contacting emergency services. The app is colourful yet simple, to be engaging to its target audience, kids. Felix – Felix Softward Felix is a cloud-based, modular procurement platform that makes it easy for organisations of all sizes to automate and centralise vendor relationship management and source-to-contract (S2C) activities. Teams use Felix to drive time and cost savings while building better, compliant relationships between procurement, project delivery and vendors. FLAIM Trainer – FLAIM Systems FLAIM Trainer is a virtual reality training system for firefighters and first responders that provides an immersive training experience across a wide range of scenarios. It allows firefighters to train in safe situations, without harming the environment, inexpensively and locally. Better skills training and wider experiences for safer communities. H2OME – Water Corporation & Optika Solutions Water Corporation is transforming the way it thinks about urban water use in response to climate change and population growth challenges. H2OME incorporates the technology, data and approach to determine how much water Perth should be using to preserve the liveability, amenity and quality of life of the community. Neighbourlytics – Social Analytics for Neighbourhoods Neighbourlytics is a social analytics platform for neighbourhoods, pioneering the use of social data in cities. Our proprietary technology measures the social life of neighbourhoods in near real-time, providing city makers and social impact organisations with groundbreaking insights into how well communities are thriving. Noisy Guts – The University of Western Australia **Noisy Guts** is dedicated to unlocking the secret language to diagnose and monitor common gut disorders. Our acoustic belt has multiple sensors that listen, record and analyse gut noises. We use artificial intelligence, signal processing and machine learning to correlate rumbling and grumbling gut noises to specific gut conditions. Pain ROADMAP – MNHHS, CSIRO & UQ Pain ROADMAP is a novel mobile health platform that allows clinicians to easily identify what activities have contributed to a severe pain aggravation for an individual with chronic pain. The platform incorporates a commercially available activity monitor, a custom-made mobile phone app, and an online data integration and analysis portal. Resident Manager – Telstra Health Telstra Health’s Resident Manager software helps residential aged care providers manage their resident administration, Medicare claiming, and reporting processes. The solution helps to create efficiencies, easily manage resident admission and leave, and minimise Medicare rejections caused by inaccurate data. A finance integration helps streamline resident billing, payment and reporting. Smart Trade Mark – IP Australia & Agile Digital The Smart Trade Mark initiative supports Australian trade mark owners with digital protection against counterfeiting in global marketplaces. A Smart Trade Mark is a blockchain-backed digital fingerprint for trade mark owners to prove their product's Australian origin. It gives global consumers surety in the authenticity and provenance of Australian exports. Spectrum-Scan LiDAR – Baraja LiDAR is a key sensor for self-driving vehicles, but is responsible for the 'science experiment' look of most autonomous cars on the road today. Baraja's innovative Spectrum-Scan™ LiDAR improves on every aspect of incumbent sensors, resulting in a high-performance, high-reliability system that can be realistically integrated in a vehicle. Sports Apparel Sponsorships Platform – Sportility Sportility is a platform that is levelling the playing field in sports sponsorship by connecting brands to amateur teams, granting them access to affordable, professional gear. Teams simply log on to Sportility, design their custom gear and add participating sponsor logos to reduce their costs by up to 40%. Talk to the Hand - My Buckets Full – Munday Family Home School Talk to the Hand – My Bucket’s Full is an app for people with sensory processing disorder. Designed to help people feel calm and regulated, it includes: Sensory Wake-Up, to alert the senses; Sensory Pit-Stop, to refocus; My Bucket, sense specific activities to help empty your bucket; and other sensory activities The Wiggles: Fun Time with Faces – Weyo & Two Bulls The Wiggles: Fun Time with Faces app innovates storytelling by allowing children to dive into the narrative using interactive video and augmented reality. With fun AR face masks, children can become characters, sing songs, play along to The Wiggles videos, and even star in their own interactive story! udrew Pty Ltd – udrew Pty Ltd udrew is a design and engineering platform empowering business & homeowners with the ability to design, engineer and manage their own custom-building project for 70% less cost, with automated Local Government submission and instant approval. This allows project owners to begin construction in minutes – not months. vloConnect – The University of Sydney vloConnect enables early diagnostic and monitoring of lymphoedema for potential patients, streamlines the diagnostic process, and greatly reduces the waiting time for each appointment for existing patients by enabling remote diagnostics at the patients home. WearSense ­– Davies Wear Plate Systems Wear liners are sacrificial plates used to protect ore handling equipment from abrasion due to material flow. WearSense® is an IoT sensor fitted into wear liners that provides real-time condition monitoring, transforming asset maintenance strategies. WearSense facilitates a transition to Condition Based Maintenance, where maintenance is only undertaken when required -ENDS- About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/ Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Innovation. Take advantage of the buzz by joining the conversation on Twitter with #iAwards, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn. About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the ecosystem. Since 1978, AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. AIIA does this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contact Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8188 3616 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au AIIA renews MOU with DTA to further drive innovation and improve government services 2019-08-27T23:07:12Z aiia-renews-mou-with-dta-to-further-drive-innovation-and-improve-government-services Melbourne, Australia – 28 August 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, has signed a new memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the Digital Transformation Agency (DTA) to strengthen collaboration between government and the ICT industry. Under the agreement, the DTA and AIIA will continue to exchange information, experiences and expertise to achieve better outcomes for people and businesses using government services. Ron Gauci, CEO of the AIIA, said: “The new MOU is more than a renewal of an existing agreement. It is a strengthening of the ties we have with the Federal Government and the role our industry can play in shaping and delivering the digital agenda in Australia. “The new MOU identifies some specific activities and programs that the AIIA and the DTA have agreed to collaborate on.” Gauci said the DTA has acknowledged the skills that the AIIA members can contribute and the role the industry can play. “This is a terrific opportunity for our for all our members. Therefore, the MOU shows the commitment between government and industry to collaborate and share expertise.” DTA Chief Executive Officer, Randall Brugeaud, said: “The ICT industry has a wealth of knowledge and experience that can assist government in improving services for people and businesses in Australia. “Government must continue to work with industry to further eliminate barriers and improve transparency so that all businesses, regardless of size, can contribute.” The original MOU which was entered into on 13 March 2018, has assisted to facilitate industry engagement and consultation for initiatives such as digital sourcing reform, the Digital Transformation Strategy and capability development. The renewed MoU will continue to enable the information industry to take an active role in delivering customer-focused improvements in government service delivery. The AIIA updated its Government Digitisation Policy Position Statement on 29 March 2019. ### About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favorable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. About the DTA The Digital Transformation Agency’s vision is to deliver world-leading digital services that benefit all Australians and make dealing with government easier. The delivery plan for this is laid out in the 2025 Digital Transformation Strategy and the Digital Transformation Roadmap. Find out more at dta.gov.au Kurz to showcase dazzling foiling and embellishment at PrintEx19 2019-08-01T00:39:13Z kurz-to-showcase-dazzling-foiling-and-embellishment-at-printex19 Sydney, 1 August 2019: Kurz, a leading supplier of metallised foil-based solutions for security and surface decoration, will be showcasing exciting and functional examples of foiling and embellishment at the PrintEx19 Labelling and Packaging Expo (booth R26) in Sydney, from 13-16 August 2019. Designers and brand owners alike will learn how to elevate and differentiate their brands and products from the crowd with smart surface decoration that not only ‘wows’ customers, but also protects them from the scourge of piracy and counterfeiting. Stephen Pratt, Kurz Australia Managing Director, will be presenting on Wednesday at 10.30am on “Why Shiny Matters” to brands, and how KURZ Trustconcept solutions allow brand owners to protect their products without compromising brand image and well-designed packaging. “We’ll be showcasing how Kurz optical security features merged with our Trustcode Base suite of solutions can protect products from counterfeiters without impacting brand representation,” said Mr Pratt. “Our Trustseal brand protection devices and Trustcode software suite link visual effects to useful software tools and open up new opportunities for branding and market analysis. These same solutions also allow brands to track and trace products, communicate with their customers and enrich customer relationships.” Hinderer Mühlich (H+M), member of the Kurz Group, is the leading manufacturer of embellishment tooling and dies for the label and packaging industry. Hong Kong-based Dicky Lai, a renowned hot stamping die technology expert, will be at PrintEx19 to meet with designers and show them the amazing effects created from H+M’s exclusive micro and nano dies. Also at the conference, and running a hands on workshop at the Kurz exhibition stand is Adrian Barbero, Kurz’s National Technical Specification Manager, who specialises in print embellishment and packaging development. “Foil printing is an elegant, eye-catching way to stand out in a crowded market and add a sophisticated finish to your product packaging. Those considering foils as part of a design, should stop by and pick up a copy of our 5 top tips for branding with foils,” Barbero said. For more information on Kurz’s security and decorative products, and to see why brand-owners across the globe specify KURZ foils, visit www.kurz.com.au Press Contact For further information or to arrange an interview with Kurz, please contact: Jeffrey Coote, Account Manager, Filtered Media d: 02 8188 3616 | m: 0404 275 665 | e: jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au About KURZ: The KURZ Group is a global leader in hot stamping and coating technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foils for a large variety of applications. The range includes metallized, pigmented and holographic stamping foils for packaging or print products, surface finishes for electronic devices or automotive parts, protective and decorative lacquers for furniture or household appliances, authenticity features for brand name items, metallic applications for textiles, and different types of coatings for many other applications. With over 5,000 employees in 14 production plants in Europe, Asia and the USA, 24 international subsidiaries and a global network of agencies and sales offices, the KURZ Group manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of products for surface finishing, decoration, marking and counterfeit protection, complemented by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. KURZ continuously invests in new technologies, and is developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces. Kurz to showcase KINEGRAM physical security solutions at the 13th Annual Technology in Government Expo & Conference 2019 2019-07-29T05:05:52Z kurz-to-showcase-kinegram-physical-security-solutions-at-the-13th-annual-technology-in-government-expo-conference-2019 Sydney, 29 July 2019: Kurz, a leading supplier of metallised foil based solutions for security and surface decoration, will be showcasing KINEGRAM*, the world’s leading security solution for the protection of government documents and banknotes at the Tech in Gov Expo (stand #88), on 6-7 August at the National Convention Centre in Canberra. The Technology in Government Expo, now in its 13th year, is co-located with The Identity Expo and the Cyber Security in Government Expo. The event brings the public and private sectors together to find collaborative and innovative ways to reduce fraud, and showcase new technology and ideas in identity management and authentication. Stephen Pratt, Kurz Australia Managing Director, will be presenting on the importance of protecting our physical identity in the digital world, and discuss how Kurz’s innovative security solutions help combat identity theft in his presentation on 6 August at 12.05pm. “We only have one identity so how do we look after it? There is plenty of talk about digital identity, but digital is just another channel representing your identity credentials,” said Pratt. “We must not lose sight of protecting our physical identity. Linking physical credential to digital credentials such as a digital driver’s license, e-Gate (electronic immigration gate at an airport) and other biometric scanning solutions isn’t a nice to have, it’s a necessity! “In a digital world your physical identity documents such as your birth certificate, driver’s license or passport now matter more than ever - these trusted documents are still used to verify who you are. For example, a birth certificate is printed on special paper with traits in it, but is still an unsecured document because it can be counterfeited if the paper it’s printed on is obtained. As a first step in securing our physical identity the original documentation must be adequately protected. “Authentication of your identity is equally important. In my presentation at this year’s show, I’ll be exploring the problem of identity theft and outlining what can be done to protect and verify physical identity documents using Kurz KINEGRAM technologies, and how these physical identity tokens can be linked to your digital identity.” A platinum sponsor, Kurz will showcase the Kinegram Digital Seal mobile app that supports off-line verification of passports, ID cards and driver's licenses. The innovative technology allows on-the-spot authentication of the document without prior knowledge of its physical security features and confirms that the chip data matches the physical token and the document holder. Kurz will also showcase KINEGRAM OMA (Optical Machine Authentication), which is used to verify the KINEGRAM on a government document in conjunction with the normal document scanning process. Kurz’s OMA technology conforms to the UN’s International Civil Aviation Organisation’s (ICAO) recent New Technologies Working Group (NTWG) guidelines for autonomous/semi-autonomous border controls. For more information on Kurz’s security and decorative products, please visit www.kurz.com.au *KINEGRAM is a proprietary foil based Optical Variable Device (OVD) which is used to secure and protect government documents including drivers licences, passports and banknotes (including Australia’s) in more than 120 countries. The distinguishing characteristic of the KINEGRAM is movement – kine in Greek means to move – movement of light, colour or shine (reflectiveness) across a given design. The optically variable elements are fully transparent and can be lines or images, rainbow coloured or matt, changing to and from a variety of colours, or be seemingly three dimensional, and on a passport or licence can even be transparent replicas of the main portrait photograph. The possibilities for designers are virtually endless; the effects are spectacular and result from the application of optical science, married to advanced foil technology. To learn more about KINEGRAM visit https://www.kinegram.com/en/home/ Press Contact: For further information or to arrange an interview with Kurz, please contact: Jeffrey Coote, Account Manager, Filtered Media d: 02 8188 3616 | m: 0404 275 665 | e: jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au About KURZ: The KURZ Group is a global leader in hot stamping and coating technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foils for a large variety of applications. The range includes metallized, pigmented and holographic stamping foils for packaging or print products, surface finishes for electronic devices or automotive parts, protective and decorative lacquers for furniture or household appliances, authenticity features for brand name items, metallic applications for textiles, and different types of coatings for many other applications. With over 5,000employees in 14 production plants in Europe, Asia and the USA, 24 international subsidiaries and a global network of agencies and sales offices, the KURZ Group manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of products for surface finishing, decoration, marking and counterfeit protection, completement by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. KURZ continuously invests in new technologies, and is developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces. AIIA reiterates ICT industry concerns over the potential negative impact of Assistance and Access 2018 legislation 2019-07-19T00:00:48Z aiia-reiterates-ict-industry-concerns-over-the-potential-negative-impact-of-assistance-and-access-2018-legislation The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the peak member body for the ICT industry, recently made a submission to the Parliamentary Joint Committee on Intelligence and Security (PJCIS) on the review of amendments made by the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Assistance and Access) Act 2018. Encryption and other forms of electronic protection are vital security measures that protect private, commercial and Government data. However, the exploitation of these technologies for illicit ends is a significant obstacle to the lawful access of communications by Australian law enforcement and security agencies. To address these threats, the Government introduced the Assistance and Access Act in late 2018 to secure critical assistance from the ICT industry, and enable law enforcement agencies to effectively investigate serious crimes. The limited consultation on the initial Bill in 2018 and subsequent amendments to the Act that were introduced by the Telecommunications and Other Legislation Amendment (Miscellaneous Amendments) Act 2019 in February this year have done little to ease industry concerns regarding the potential impact of this legislation. Commenting on the PJCIS review, the AIIA CEO, Ron Gauci, said: “The proposed amendments should be subject to comprehensive scrutiny and consultation with industry, privacy and security experts. The concerns that have been repeatedly expressed by the AIIA in this context are not isolated; there is broad consensus across the ICT industry on the potential adverse effects this legislation could have for Australian business and economic interests. “The AIIA maintains that, in its current state, the legislation is likely to have a negative impact on Australian ICT industry activities, both in terms of its ability to innovate, and export its expertise. Australian-based products and services captured by the Act are at risk of being perceived as less secure than those in other jurisdictions,” said Mr Gauci. The AIIA strongly supports ongoing efforts to combat the use of technologies, including encryption, to conceal criminal activities. The Australian ICT industry already provides substantial assistance to law enforcement and intelligence agencies under the Data Retention Regime, the Telecommunications Sector Security Reform, and through the pre-existing interception legislation and assistance obligations enshrined in the Telecommunications Act. “It’s worth noting that according to the 2018 survey conducted by the Alliance for a Safe and Secure Internet, 84.8 per cent of Australians polled say it is important, or very important, that anything the Government does to combat crime should not create weaknesses in Australia’s online security systems and make it easier for criminals and terrorists to cause further harm to everyday Australians,” added Mr Gauci. The AIIA is committed to continuing to work with the Government in achieving an appropriate balance between fostering technological innovation and the ongoing development of the Australian ICT industry with that of broader security and law enforcement considerations. # # # About AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978 AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. We do this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contacts For more information please contact: Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8355 3130 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au Kurz’s new IMD PUR dual-technology process is a quantum leap for plastics decoration 2019-07-17T23:01:40Z kurzs-new-imd-pur-dual-technology-process-is-a-quantum-leap-for-plastics-decoration Sydney, 18 July 2019: Kurz, a leading supplier of metallised foil based solutions for security and surface decoration, has developed an innovative new process that combines the advantages of IMD (In-Mold Decoration) with PUR (polyurethane) technology. In this process called IMD PUR, plastic parts are decorated during injection molding by means of in-mold decorating and then overflooded with PUR within the same clamping unit. This produces sophisticated designs under a crystal clear, high-gloss surface. PUR layer thicknesses of between 0.3mm and 15mm can be created that exhibit a marked depth effect. Besides a glossy glass appearance, the PUR coating also provides a high level of surface protection. The decoration remains intact when subjected to scratches or stone impact, and the PUR topcoat is self-healing when scratched. Stephen Pratt, Kurz Australia Managing Director, said: “The production and PUR flooding of injection molded parts in a single machine pass is a known process. The novelty, however, is in combining this with the IMD process. Kurz has developed IMD coatings that adhere perfectly to the PUR topcoat. This is another example of the quantum leaps Kurz is making in plastic decoration.” The mold manufacturer Schöfer, a member of the Kurz Group, has precisely tailored the mold technology to the process. Schöfer, with its specialist experience in mold-making, complements Kurz's comprehensive know-how in thin-layer and process technology. “Thanks to the intensive development work undertaken by both parties, it is now possible to perform injection molding, IMD coating, and PUR coating in a single clamping unit. Furthermore, the tailored formulations of the IMD and PUR layers, as well as process-optimised molds, ensure significantly reduced cycle times. “Plastic parts decorated by means of IMD PUR exhibit the high surface quality, depth effect, and glassy appearance of PUR coatings. At the same time, IMD PUR offers the great design freedom that is characteristic of IMD technology, with the ability to perform design changeovers both quickly and efficiently,” said Pratt. Press Contact: For further information or to speak with Kurz please contact: Jeffrey Coote, Account Manager, Filtered Media d: 02 8188 3616 | m: 0404 275 665 | e: jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au About KURZ: The KURZ Group is a global leader in hot stamping and coating technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foils for a large variety of applications. The range includes metallized, pigmented and holographic stamping foils for packaging or print products, surface finishes for electronic devices or automotive parts, protective and decorative lacquers for furniture or household appliances, authenticity features for brand name items, metallic applications for textiles, and different types of coatings for many other applications. With over 5,000 employees in 14 production plants in Europe, Asia and the USA, 24 international subsidiaries and a global network of agencies and sales offices, the KURZ Group manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of products for surface finishing, decoration, marking and counterfeit protection, rounded off by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. KURZ also continuously invests in new technologies, and is developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces. Kurz acquires Steinemann finishing to expand digital foiling solutions in Australia 2019-07-08T23:06:54Z kurz-acquires-steinemann-finishing-to-expand-digital-foiling-solutions-in-australia Sydney, 9 July 2019: Kurz, a leading supplier of metallised foil based solutions for security and surface decoration, has acquired the print finishing division of Switzerland-based Steinemann Technology, an international leader in industrial print finishing systems. Kurz intends to run the division as an independent subsidiary and plans to use the Steinemann brand alongside its own digital metal product family. The company will support the full range of Steinemann print finishing machines, supplementing them with complementary services. Stephen Pratt, Kurz Australia Managing Director, said the incorporation of Steinemann is the next step of Kurz’s pioneering work in digital foiling technologies. “Steinemann’s dfoil machines deliver exceptional product quality, and digital foiling results of a high industrial standard that we consider to be market leading. “They offer flat or raised foil with embossing effects at speeds up to 5,000 sheets per hour, and up to 40 metres/130 feet per minute. Their embellishing is of the highest quality with perfect surfaces and the finest structures, and allows digital foiling and varnishing in one run for maximum productivity. “By extending our product offerings we are expanding the range of available print finishing solutions in Australia and New Zealand, and Kurz will work together with Steinemann to add further value for our extensive customer base,” said Pratt. Steinemann’s current offerings include the Colibri full surface varnishing unit with roller coater for UV varnish, as well as the dmax digital inkjet varnishing unit for spot and relief varnishing, which can be extended with the dfoil module for digital metallisation. For more information visit http://www.steinemann.com/en/print-enhancement/ Kurz already offers two solutions for digital metal effects: the DM-Jetliner series for in-line print enhancement, and the DM-Luxliner for independent, sheet-fed off-line metallisation before or after colour printing. This acquisition will allow it to extend its portfolio to include offline systems for finishing B1 and B2 format sheets. For more information on Kurz graphics, please visit https://www.leonhard-kurz.com/graphics/ Press Contact: For further information or to speak with Kurz please contact: Jeffrey Coote, Senior PR Manager, Filtered Media d: 02 8188 3616 | m: 0404 275 665 | e: jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au About KURZ: The KURZ Group is a global leader in hot stamping and coating technology. KURZ develops and manufactures decorative and functional layers applied to carrier foils for a large variety of applications. The range includes metallized, pigmented and holographic stamping foils for packaging or print products, surface finishes for electronic devices or automotive parts, protective and decorative lacquers for furniture or household appliances, authenticity features for brand name items, metallic applications for textiles, and different types of coatings for many other applications. With over 5,000 employees in 14 production plants in Europe, Asia and the USA, 24 international subsidiaries and a global network of agencies and sales offices, the KURZ Group manufactures and sells a comprehensive range of products for surface finishing, decoration, marking and counterfeit protection, rounded off by an extensive range of stamping machines and stamping tools. KURZ also continuously invests in new technologies, and is developing innovative solutions for integrating functionality into surfaces. TasICT Awards for ICT Excellence & AIIA iAwards showcases outstanding Australian innovation 2019-07-01T06:41:12Z tasict-awards-for-ict-excellence-aiia-iawards-showcases-outstanding-australian-innovation The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, announced on Friday 28 June, the Tasmanian iAwards winners for 2019 at the TasICT Annual Awards Night which incorporates the AIIA iAwards and TasICT Awards for ICT Excellence. At the gala event held at the Hobart Function and Conference Centre, awards were presented in categories comprising Research & Development Project of the Year, Public Sector & Government, Industrial & Primary Industries, Students, Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year and Data Insights Innovation of the Year. AIIA’s iAwards, now in its 26th year, is Australia’s leading awards and recognition program that brings homegrown digital innovations to the world stage. AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said the innovation showcased by the 2019 finalists builds on the incredible success of last year’s iAwards, creating further momentum for the Australian technology sector. “AIIA would like to congratulate the winners and merit recipients of the 2019 Tasmanian iAwards. "For 26 years the iAwards has recognised, celebrated and elevated those at the forefront of Australian digital innovation. This year, we’re once again proud to provide a platform for, and encouragement to people in our community who dedicate their time and energy to develop technological ideas that can make a real difference at home, in the office or on a global scale. “We continue to be inspired by Australian innovators, whether they're in startups, the public sector, community services, primary school, academia, or private enterprise. The outstanding work of the 2019 finalists adds to the growing momentum in Australian innovation, which will create positive change for the community, and play an important part in shaping and growing Australia’s modern economy," he said. “Every year the number of iAwards entries grows, highlighting the remarkable innovation that exists in Tasmania, and the contribution it makes to the nation’s digital economy. We continue to be amazed by the creativity, ingenuity and resourcefulness of the Tasmanian community.” Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent Tasmania and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 29 August 2019 at the prestigious AIIA 2019 iAwards Gala Dinner and Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders, and federal and state politicians. The Tasmanian iAwards winners and merit recipients are: Undergraduate Tertiary Students: Winner – Wellbeing, University of Tasmania Public Sector & Government: Winner – Aurora PAYG+, Aurora Energy & RXP Group Research & Development Project of the Year: Winner – Tassal Land Based Feeding Solution, Intuit Technologies Merit – Basin Futures, CSIRO's Data61 & Land & Water Industrial & Primary Industries: Winner – Tassal Land Based Feeding Solution, Intuit Technologies Merit – Basin Futures, CSIRO's Data61 & Land & Water Merit – Autonomous Offshore Aquaculture Feeding System, Huon Aquaculture Group Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year: Winner – Tassal Land Based Feeding Solution, Intuit Technologies Automation Technologies Innovation of the Year: Winner – Autonomous Offshore Aquaculture Feeding System, Huon Aquaculture Group Data Insights Innovation of the Year: Winner – Basin Futures, CSIRO's Data61 & Land & Water AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’ the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. Descriptions of winner and merit recipient projects: Aurora PAYG+, Aurora Energy & RXP Group Aurora PAYG+ gives customers greater transparency and control to manage their energy consumption and budget. Using advanced meter technology, time-of-use pricing and an intuitive digital interface, it provides customers with visibility of their daily account balance and usage behaviour, timely alerts, and in-app payment options to immediately top-up their balance. Autonomous Offshore Aquaculture Feeding System, Huon Aquaculture Group Huon Aquaculture has developed and deployed an innovative fish feeding system that uses a combination of industrial automation and artificial intelligence to autonomously control feed rates in offshore fish farms by identifying and tracking feed pellets within the water column using machine vision and machine learning. Basin Futures, CSIRO's Data61 & Land and Water Basin Futures makes basin water planning accessible anywhere in the world by significantly reducing barriers to entry. It allows users to assess changes in water resources under future scenarios (for example, climate change, changes in irrigation, hydro and industry) using global data and cloud-based simulation, delivered through a dynamic web application. Tassal Land Based Feeding Solution, Intuit Technologies In collaboration with Tassal Operations, Intuit Technologies recently launched a land-based feeding centre. This IoT technology has allowed Tassal to feed more than 15 million fish remotely from their Hobart office. The technology used is world-leading and has placed Tassal at the forefront of innovation in the aquaculture industry. Wellbeing, University of Tasmania The “My Wellbeing Kit” app includes a set of beautiful images to help users think about what helps them stay on track. Users can make notes on image cards and can add pictures to remind them what makes them feel healthy and well. A password-protected journal and helpful contacts are included. -ENDS- About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Digital Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/ Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Digital Innovation. Take advantage of the buzz by joining the conversation on Twitter with #iAwards, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn. About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the digital ecosystem. Since 1978, AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the digital ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. AIIA does this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contact Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8188 3616 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au AIIA South Australia and Northern Territory iAwards showcase outstanding Australian innovation 2019-06-20T23:11:54Z aiia-south-australia-and-northern-territory-iawards-showcase-outstanding-australian-innovation The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, last night announced the South Australia/Northern Territory iAwards winners for 2019. AIIA’s iAwards, now in its 26th year, is Australia’s leading awards and recognition program that brings homegrown innovations to the world stage. Awards were presented in categories comprising Business Service Markets, Public Sector & Government, Research & Development Project of the Year, Infrastructure & Platforms Project of the Year, Startup of the Year and the Data Insights Innovation of the Year. At a gala event held last night at the Panorama Ballroom, Adelaide Convention Centre, The Hon. Steven Marshall, Premier of South Australia, presented the 2019 South Australian Premier’s iAward for Public Sector Innovation. The event also welcomed The Hon. David Pisoni, Minister for Innovation and Skills. "These awards honour the outstanding achievements of the public sector, individuals and companies at the cutting edge of technological innovation, as well as leading professionals across the digital economy,” Premier Marshall said. “I’d like to congratulate all of tonight’s winners, and thank them for their efforts to improve our lives and workplaces.” AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said the innovation showcased by the 2019 finalists builds on the incredible success of last year’s iAwards, creating further momentum for the Australian technology sector. "AIIA would like to congratulate the winners and merit recipients of the 2019 SA/NT iAwards. "For 26 years the iAwards has recognised, celebrated and elevated those at the forefront of Australian innovation. This year, we’re once again proud to provide a platform for, and encouragement to people in our community who dedicate their time and energy to develop technological ideas that can make a real difference at home, in the office or on a global scale. “We continue to be inspired by Australian innovators, whether they're in startups, the public sector, community services, primary school, academia, or private enterprise. The outstanding work of the 2019 finalists adds to the growing momentum in Australian innovation, which will create positive change for the community, and play an important part in shaping and growing Australia’s modern economy," he said. Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent SA/NT and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 29 August 2019 at the prestigious AIIA 2019 iAwards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders, and federal and state politicians. The SA/NT iAwards winners and merit recipients are: SA Premier’s iAward for Public Sector Innovation: Winner – Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence (SA) Junior Students: Winner – Emergency KID, Murray Bridge High School (SA) Consumer Markets: Winner – Tekuma: Revolutionising Tactile Control, Tekuma (SA) Merit – Forever Has Fallen, Forever Has Fallen (SA) Community Service Markets: Winner – Aboriginal Recorded Voice Announcement, Northern Territory Police (NT) Merit – Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix (SA) Merit – Street Connect, South Australian Housing Authority (SA) Business Service Markets: Winner – INSPIRE: Learning with Diversity, SRA Information Technology & Catholic Education NT (NT) Merit – LAAMP, Cortex Interactive (SA) Public Sector & Government: Winner – Street Connect, South Australian Housing Authority (SA) Merit – Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence (SA) Merit – ORION Project, Data to Decisions CRC (SA) Research & Development Project of the Year: Winner – GAIA, Consilium Technology (SA) Merit – ORION Project, Data to Decisions CRC (SA) Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year: Winner – Elders Smart Farmer Digital Transformation, Elders (SA) Merit – LAAMP, Cortex Interactive (SA) Industrial & Primary Industries: Winner – GAIA, Consilium Technology (SA) Startup of the Year: Winner – Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix (SA) Merit – Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence (SA) Data Insights Innovation of the Year: Winner – Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix (SA) AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’ the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2019 iAwards is proudly supported by National iAwards Program Partner and Inspiration iAward Sponsor Victoria State Government, National Program Sponsors AuDA, The University of Queensland and NBN Co, Major PitchFest Sponsor CSIRO’s Data61 and Platinum table sponsor UTS. The 2019 SA/NT iAwards sponsors are: SA Premier’s iAward Sponsor, South Australian Government ; Platinum Sponsor Microsoft, Bronze table Sponsors include NBN Co, DWS & Symplicit, Telstra, MEGT and NEC. Descriptions of winner and merit recipient projects: Aboriginal Recorded Voice Announcement, Northern Territory Police All police stations in the Northern Territory now have a recorded voice announcement at the beginning of each call in the local Aboriginal language. If staff are not able to answer the call, then the caller can leave a voice message that is sent to the police station via email. Digital Treatment for Tinnitus Sufferers, Valetud T/A Tinnitus Treatment & Pernix Targeting affordable, accessible treatment for 20% of the population suffering from tinnitus. A digital platform designed and recommended by an ear, nose and throat specialist doctor. Delivering a customised narrowband sound via an individual’s mobile device, which teaches the brain to ignore tinnitus thereby reducing its impact, resulting in better quality of life. Elders Smart Farmer Digital Transformation, Elders Elders has partnered with HCL Technologies to build a mobile app called 'Smart Farmer' to support digital applications that are smart, easy-to-use and cloud-driven, which can scale based on demand and integrate with a variety of third-party data sources in a reliable and secure way. Emergency KID, Murray Bridge High School Emergency KID, the safety application by kids for kids. Emergency KID is an innovative mobile app designed to educate, and help children who find themselves in emergencies such as dealing with injuries or contacting emergency services. The app is colourful yet simple, to be engaging to its target audience, kids. Forever Has Fallen, Forever Has Fallen Blockbuster storytelling using a fictional world made of film, augmented reality, websites, mobile devices and live events. Fans engage in global gameplay as they hunt for the truth, solve challenges and earn rewards. This new fan-centric model redefines how blockbuster entertainment is produced and consumed. GAIA, Consilium Technology GAIA is a revolutionary web application developed by Consilium Technology, which automatically locates and monitors individual high-value crops at continent-scale. In a global first, GAIA has mapped and measured every vine row within Australia. GAIA also delivers crop health maps and intelligent analytics – enabling organisations to make better decisions. INSPIRE: Learning with Diversity, SRA Information Technology & Catholic Education NT INSPIRE is an integrated software platform, supporting schools to improve learning outcomes for students with additional needs. INSPIRE helps to identify, plan, support, adjust, refer, manage, assess and report on all disability and diversity categories. INSPIRE complies with the Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) policy. LAAMP, Cortex Interactive LAAMP is an innovative, immersive learning solution harnessing virtual reality and augmented reality technologies to maximise learning outcomes. Addressing barriers associated with traditional methods, LAAMP increases retention and engagement, reduces costs, and improves compliance and occupational health and safety. LAAMP's tailored approach supports and empowers learners across all levels, ensuring a smarter, safer workplace. ORION Project, Data to Decisions CRC When a patient leaves hospital after a heart procedure, little is known about the outcome of the treatment, for example, did they experience complications within 30 days? The ORION project uses healthcare records to create an Australian-first nationwide assessment of hospital-based care using advanced statistical techniques and big data analysis. Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness, Silentium Defence Silentium Defence’s Passive Radar for Space Situational Awareness provides critical insight into the growing number of objects in orbit around earth. Range, rate of movement and orbit can be tracked passively (covertly) for the first-time enabling Australia’s Defence Force and allies to achieve mission assurance, global competitiveness and national security. Street Connect, South Australian Housing Authority Street Connect is a web app helping to provide support more quickly to people sleeping rough in Adelaide's inner city. Anyone can drop a pin on the map to show where they have seen someone sleeping rough. Street to Home, a specialist homelessness service, uses this information to visit the person. Tekuma: Revolutionising Tactile Control, Tekuma Revolutionising tactile control. Control six- degrees of movement of a device with one hand and without looking down. Free up other hand to control device’s peripheral, for example: Camera on a drone, robotic arm or delivery mechanism. Intuitive, robust and universal. We reduce the time, cost, personnel and training required. -ENDS- About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. http://www.iawards.com.au/ Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Innovation. Take advantage of the buzz by joining the conversation on Twitter with #iAwards, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn. About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the ecosystem. Since 1978, AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. AIIA does this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contact Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8188 3616 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au AIIA Queensland iAwards showcase outstanding Australian innovation 2019-06-05T05:48:49Z aiia-queensland-iawards-showcase-outstanding-australian-innovation Queensland, Australia – 5 June 2019 -- The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA), the nation’s peak industry body for the technology sector, last night announced the Queensland iAwards winners for 2019. AIIA’s iAwards, now in its 26th year, is Australia’s leading awards and recognition program that brings homegrown innovations to the world stage. Awards were presented in categories comprising Business Service Markets, Public Sector & Government, Research & Development Project of the Year, Infrastructure & Platforms Project of the Year, Startup of the Year and the Data Insights Innovation of the Year. At a gala event held last night at the Rydges South Bank in Brisbane, The Hon. Mick de Brenni, Minister for Digital Technology, presented Galaxy Australia with the Queensland Premier’s iAward for Public Sector Innovation. Minister de Brenni said the event recognises the outstanding achievements of Queenslanders at the cutting edge of technology innovation, as well as leading professionals across the digital economy. "When it comes to being proud of fellow Queenslanders, it’s hard to look past an initiative that allows scientists to identify resolutions to genetic conditions that cause terminal cancer and debilitating disease. “To put it simply this application could find the next cure for cancer.” Galaxy Australia developed a platform to enable genetic scientists across the globe to test, evaluate and peer review their work for free, making the next cure for chronic disease within reach of anyone with the dedication to look for it, instead of just those with the money and resources. Minister de Brenni indicated that the Palaszczuk Government is committed to supporting and recognising digital innovators as they build the reputation of Queensland as a technology hub. “We believe that your ability and drive to make the world a better place should determine your impact on society, not how cashed up you are. “The award recipients are ready to change the world, to find a cure, to build communities that truly care for each other and bring thousands of tech jobs here to Queensland,” said Mr de Brenni. AIIA CEO Ron Gauci said the innovation showcased by the 2019 finalists builds on the incredible success of last year’s iAwards, creating further momentum for the Australian technology sector. "AIIA would like to congratulate the winners and merit recipients of the 2019 Qld iAwards. "For 26 years the iAwards has recognised, celebrated and elevated those at the forefront of Australian innovation. This year, we’re once again proud to provide a platform for, and encouragement to people in our community who dedicate their time and energy to develop technological ideas that can make a real difference at home, in the office or on a global scale. “We continue to be inspired by Australian innovators, whether they're in startups, the public sector, community services, primary school, academia, or private enterprise. The outstanding work of the 2019 finalists adds to the growing momentum in Australian innovation, which will create positive change for the community, and play an important part in shaping and growing Australia’s modern economy," he said. Winners and merit recipients across all categories will go on to represent Qld and compete at the National iAwards. National winners will be announced on 29 August 2019 at the prestigious AIIA 2019 iAwards Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony, held in Melbourne, which will be attended by startups, innovators, investors, business and community leaders, and federal and state politicians. The Queensland iAwards winners and merit recipients are: Queensland Premier’s iAward for Public Sector Innovation: Galaxy Australia, Galaxy Australia Undergraduate Students: Winner – Inkquiry, University of Queensland and Queensland University of Technology Consumer Markets: Winner - Instant Vehicle Service & Repair Quotes, AutoGuru Australia Community Service Markets: Winner – Galaxy Australia, Galaxy Australia Merit – Pain ROADMAP, MNHHS, CSIRO & UQ Merit – ionMy: Governance, Risk, Compliance Platform, ThoughtWare Australia Business Service Markets: Winner – Online Assessment Application, aXcelerate Merit – Felix, Felix Softward Merit - Solar Enablement Initiative (SEI), University of Queensland & Partners Public Sector & Government: Winner - Development.i, Sunshine Coast Council Merit - Seniors Concessions Online Service, Department of Housing & Public Works Research & Development Project of the Year: Winner – Pain ROADMAP, MNHHS, CSIRO & UQ Merit - Virtual Companions for People with Autism, CSIRO Infrastructure & Platforms Innovation of the Year: Winner - Galaxy Australia, Galaxy Australia Merit – eDocs, Master Builders Queensland Industrial & Primary Industries: Winner – eDocs, Master Builders Queensland Merit - IoT Environmental Monitoring Software Platform, Eagle.io Startup of the Year: Winner – SurePact, SurePact Merit - Sortal:Enterprise, ARTlife Solutions Data Insights Innovation of the Year: Winner – Development.i, Sunshine Coast Council Merit - ionMy: Governance, Risk, Compliance Platform, ThoughtWare Australia AIIA’s iAwards program is a critical platform demonstrating the impact that its members and the broader technology sector are driving to improve Australia’s social and economic prosperity. In the age of the ‘ideas boom’ the impact of the technology sector that AIIA represents is more crucial to Australia’s future than ever before. The 2019 iAwards is proudly supported by National iAwards Program Partner and Inspiration iAward Sponsor Victoria State Government, National Program Sponsors AuDA, The University of Queensland and NBN Co, Major PitchFest Sponsor CSIRO’s Data61 and Platinum table sponsor University of Technology. The 2019 Queensland iAwards sponsors are: Queensland Premier’s iAward Sponsor Advanced Queesnland | Queensland Government, event Bronze table sponsors include NBN Co and Dimension Data. The Queensland iAwards Major Education Partner is the University of Technology Sydney. Descriptions of winner and merit recipient projects: Development.i, Sunshine Coast Council Development.i is an innovative web platform designed to empower communities to be informed of the Council's development proposals and engage in the planning process. It sets a new Australian benchmark for accessing development information, providing enhanced searching, instant visualisations, easy to use filters and multiple alert features, and is free to the public. eDocs, Master Builders Queensland The Master Builders' eDocs online compliance documentation system provides its members with an easy, fast and convenient way to ensure legislative compliance is adhered to when contractually engaging clients in the residential, commercial and sub-contracting sectors of the construction industry. Felix, Felix Softward Felix is a cloud-based, modular procurement platform that makes it easy for organisations of all sizes to automate and centralise vendor relationship management and source-to-contract (S2C) activities. Teams use Felix to drive time and cost savings while building better, compliant relationships between procurement, project delivery and vendors. Galaxy Australia, Galaxy Australia Genomics, the study of an organism’s entire genetic makeup, has revolutionised the life sciences and increasingly medical practice. Data analysis is becoming the domain of specialised computer systems. In order to empower Australian researchers, Galaxy Australia provides a free and easy web accessible platform powered to analyse genome level data. Inkquiry, University of Queensland Inkquiry creates software that performs data analytics (through artificial intelligence) on a student's hand written work to identify their common misunderstandings and errors. This saves teachers significant time, enables data to be collected where it was previously impossible, and allows teachers to use this to improve student results. Instant Vehicle Service & Repair Quotes, AutoGuru Australia AutoGuru makes it easy for people to compare and book car servicing and repairs online. Like booking.com for cars, vehicle owners enter their vehicle registration, select the service or repairs they require, and get instant quotes from local mechanics that they can easily book online. ionMy: Governance, Risk, Compliance Platform, ThoughtWare Australia ionMy evidence-based governance, risk management and compliance software helps remove the pain of addressing ever-increasing compliance requirements and enhances governance oversight via automated alerts and escalations and powerful report visualisations. ionMy transforms data into value, leading to actionable insights and improved outcomes for the aged, community and disability care sectors. IoT Environmental Monitoring Software Platform, Eagle.io Environmental monitoring is crucial to understand and manage the impacts of human activities on environmental health. Manual monitoring is slow (does not provide the insights when needed) and expensive. Eagle.io IoT software binds together environmental monitoring hardware stacks so data can be captured, transported, mined and visualised, 24/7. Affordably. Effectively. Online Assessment Application, aXcelerate The VET sector is required to assess students using largely paper-based processes that are burdensome for trainers, administrators and students. aXcelerate has created a highly responsive online assessment platform that allows the assessment process to be completed anywhere, anytime with immediate feedback, making competency-based training and assessment more efficient and effective. Pain ROADMAP, MNHHS, CSIRO & UQ Pain ROADMAP is a novel mobile health platform that allows clinicians to easily identify what activities have contributed to a severe pain aggravation for an individual with chronic pain. The platform incorporates a commercially available activity monitor, a custom-made mobile phone app, and an online data integration and analysis portal. Seniors Concessions Online Service, Department of Housing & Public Works The Seniors Concessions Online Service, developed to support the Queensland: An Age Friendly Community strategy, makes it easier for Queenslanders to apply for a Seniors Card and a range of concessions in one place. By answering a few simple questions, Queenslanders can identify and apply for eligible concessions, saving them money. Solar Enablement Initiative (SEI), University of Queensland & Partners The Solar Enablement Initiative has refined and applied a novel state estimation algorithm within three Australian electricity distribution networks to provide a level of visibility over network performance previously unimaginable without significant capital investment. This improved visibility can be leveraged to manage embedded generation connections and dynamically manage the network. Sortal:Enterprise, ARTlife Solutions Sortal:Enterprise intuitively helps businesses and individuals manage visual content and image related workflows. Sortal becomes smarter over time to help organisations build digital asset intelligence, retain corporate knowledge, reduce business costs and enable team collaboration. SurePact, SurePact SurePact is a risk identification and mitigation solution for the delivery of simple and complex contracts providing improved project and procurement outcomes. SurePact software provides a strong emphasis on visibility, transparency and accountability via SurePact's analytics, allowing for more confident business intelligence decisions and compliance assurances. Virtual Companions for People with Autism, CSIRO Harlie is a conversational agent or chat-bot, akin to Apple’s Siri, tailored for individuals on the autism spectrum. The goal of Harlie is to help the user build social confidence through regular interactions. Harlie incorporates modules for bullying resilience, speech and language therapy and more. -ENDS- About the AIIA’s iAwards AIIA’s iAwards honours both companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation as well as leading professionals across the Economy. Most importantly, the iAwards recognises the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators. https://www.aiia.com.au/iawards Join the conversation AIIA’s iAwards get people talking about Innovation. Take advantage of the buzz by joining the conversation on Twitter with #iAwards, liking iAwards on Facebook and staying in touch with LinkedIn. About the AIIA The Australian Information Industry Association (AIIA) is Australia’s peak representative body and advocacy group for those in the ecosystem. Since 1978, AIIA has pursued activities to stimulate and grow the ecosystem, to create a favourable business environment for members and to contribute to Australia’s economic prosperity. AIIA does this by delivering outstanding member value by providing a strong voice of influence; building a sense of community through events and education; enabling a network for collaboration and inspiration; and developing compelling content and relevant and interesting information. Media Contact Jeffrey Coote Tel: (02) 8188 3616 jeffrey@filteredmedia.com.au