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 Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner will announce the second round of the NSW Government’s Collaborative Solutions program Mobile Government today at CeBIT Australia 2012, the Asia Pacific’s largest ICT industry exhibition and conference.
He said 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.”