The state iAwards were announced over the last couple of months, with a wide range of new apps and tools coming out, from operations optimisation tools and avatars to energy harvesting technology.
CIO Australia takes its top picks from some of the technologies that won the state iAwards this year. The national iAwards will take place in Melbourne on 25-27 August 2015.
Australian Capital Territory
BloodNet Laboratory Interface
The National Blood Authority’s Web-based blood ordering and inventory management system, BloodNet, eliminates multiple data entries and speeds up information transfer through the Laboratory Information Systems (LIS) interface.
Hospitals can exchange information on inventory levels, critical blood stocks and the status of each unit from a single interface. It updates inventory levels at each unit into BloodNet every 15 minutes, and enables the National Blood Authority to quickly intervene in supply when needed.
This won awards in New Product in the Development Domain; the Applications, Tools and Platforms in the Industry Domain, and Health in the Service Domain for ACT.
Mobile payment service, mHITs, built a feature that allows users to top up their mobile credit using bitcoins.
Users enter their country and mobile number on bitmoby.com. They are then directed to a payment page where credit options from their mobile network/provider will appear for them to select. A QR code is then displayed, which the user can either scan or copy the address to send bitcoins to the Bitcoin wallet.
A unique Bitcoin wallet address is created for each transaction, and no user registration is required.
This won awards in Financial in the Industry Domain and Consumer in the Service Domain for ACT.
New South Wales
A team of students from the University of NSW, with the support of National ICT Australia, developed an app that finds the most optimal route for food charities to pick up and deliver food.
The app factors in a number of variables to suggest the most time and cost efficient route, and gives users turn by turn directions from start to finish in their journey of picking up and delivering food from supermarkets in their local area.
The team has partnered with Foodbank Australia, which services more than 2,500 charities and provides 58 per cent of all food relief for Australia.
This won the Hills Young Innovator award for NSW.
This cloud-based service provides integrated third-party business applications and a business analytics dashboard for SMBs.
The out-of-the-box service includes real time data sharing between different applications without the need for coding skills, a real time rundown of stats from the apps through a single dashboard, and tutorials inside each app on how to get the best use out of them.
This won awards in Startup Company in the Development Domain and Applications, Tools and Platforms in the Industry Domain for NSW.
Smart Picker warehouse optimisation
The app uses advanced data mining and dynamic optimisation to increase warehouse productivity by around 15 to 20 per cent and reduce human error, which can be as high 5 per cent.
It offers SMEs a cost-effective way to streamline their operations and gain further business insights through combining data mining and smartphones.
This won the Industrial and Resources award in the Industry Domain for Victoria.
Data and digital tech behind Australian Open
At the Australian Open 2015, former Tennis Australia CIO, Samir Mahir, introduced many new features to the mobile app and website to increase fan engagement.
- SlamTracker, which visualises data and statistics from the event, using eight years of historical data on players and the game in combination with real-time statistics during the tournament. It features player and ball movement information, as well as suggesting three key things a player needs to do to win the match.
- CrowdTracker, which provides live match scores, real-time venue and court information and social network activity on a map of the Melbourne ground in real-time.
- IBM Watson to accurately predict what compute power is needed at different stages of the tournament. The supercomputer looks at game schedule, player data and historical information to determine if there’s a need to boost compute capacity to support the game’s digital services to fans.
This won the Consumer award in the Services Domain for Victoria.
This tool allows users to log into websites using cryptographically secure photos, instead of just using two-factor authentication or password.
It uses tokens, which are password protected, with each token having random row and column codes – 2 billion permutations – and random grids of photos, drawn from a massive stock library of hand-selected visually distinct non-controversial royalty free images.
Stolen token or lost codes cannot be used by others and there are no algorithms or seeds, meaning it is not vulnerable to attackers inferring or computing token security data.
This won the Applications, Tools and Platforms award in the Industry Domain for Queensland.
Biodiversity and Climate Change Virtual Lab
This “one stop modelling shop” connects researchers to national computation infrastructure supported by the National eResearch Tools and Resources Project (NeCTAR).
It allows researchers to do data analysis/modelling in biodiversity and climate change with easy to use online tools, as well as provides biodiversity datasets. It solves the problem in the past of researchers not being able to access a standardised set of tools for analysis, requisite data sources, and were faced with limited computing power.
This won the Research and Development award in the Development Domain for Queensland.
Anna Cares avatar
This avatar or virtual assistant is designed to help the elderly maintain their independence by monitoring their well-being.
Anna can be accessed via an iPad in home and is designed to help older people avoid having to make time-consuming phone calls and visits to GPs. She asks questions to assess a patient's well-being and responses are automatically collated where coordinators manage a case load of clients through a dashboard.
Anna also reminds patients of their appointments and daily activities.
This won awards in Health in the Services Domain and New Product in Development Domain for South Australia.
Professional learning e-journal
This cloud-based application allows working professionals to store and manage evidence of their competency.
It provides customisable templates and beck-end universal data management to integrate with third party tools. Users can manage their learning goals, invite and document online feedback and assess themselves against national industry standards.
This won awards in Education in the Services Domain and Applications, Tools and Platforms in the Industry Domain.
Remote Area Health Corps e-learning modules help health professionals better prepare and equip themselves to work in remote Indigenous communities.
The modules educate health professionals on a variety of health conditions, including chronic diseases, and trains them on how to properly deal with those health issues. The clinical training material also covers mental health, maternity, communication and education, incident management and managing emergencies.
This won the Health award in the Services Domain for Northern Territory.
This cloud-based application helps businesses plan, manage and deliver change programs.
Users can collect, track and report on all change initiatives across their business. Users import their data into modules that help them manage programs/project schedules, portfolios, stakeholder data from a contact database, report on ROI, and have clear visibility into how projects are tracking along with time and budget.
This won the New Product award in the Development Domain for Northern Territory.
Harvesting energy from bees
CSIRO found a way to harvest energy from bees’ movements.
Based on the Micro-Electro-Mechanical Systems (MEMS) technology, energy is taken from the vibrations of bees’ movement at a frequency less than 400 Hz. Small devices (3.4 mm x 2.5 mm) are attached to the bees and convert movements into electricity.
This won the Research and Development award in the Development Domain for Tasmania.
Billy Possum's Interactive Comprehension
The University of Tasmania developed an app that helps primary school children with their reading comprehension in a more interactive way.
The learning techniques are based on PhD research on pedagogical strategies proven to be effective to assist with integrating information from text. Also, the app is designed as a ‘bridging text’, which is using visuals to support text and chapter stories.
It allows students to learn at their own pace, while consistently practising strategies at organising and integrating information.
This won the Postgraduate Tertiary award in the Student Domain for Tasmania.
BVR5000 - SCADA Controller
Radlink Communications’s BVR5000 enables worker to remotely control and operate equipment with a handheld radio or in an operations centre far away from a site.
The technology uses existing voice radio networks and be applied across many industry sectors such as transport and emergency services. It is designed to reduce overhead in wage and vehicle costs of driving out and checking on or deploying equipment, as well as reducing potential safety hazards of people working in close proximity to heavy duty equipment.
This won the Regions and Industry WAITTA Incite award for Western Australia.
A mechatronics student from Curtin University, Anthony Phan, developed a robotic exoskeleton hand that can help rehabilitating patients suffering from hand disability.
Taking a cross disciplinary approach to the design and development, the student created a novel technology that can be used medically. The exoskeleton hand is 3D printed so that it can fit anyone’s hand size and shape.
This won the Student WAITTA Incite award for Western Australia.
For a full list of winners, click here.