Original URL: http://www.theregister.co.uk/2012/05/22/stoner_supports_govt_apps/

NSW gov backs mobile apps

Seven projects for govt get cash

By Natalie Apostolou

Posted in Government, 22nd May 2012 23:59 GMT

The NSW government has awarded grants to seven mobile consortiums under the Collaborative Solutions program for Mobile Government. The government will provide around AUD$1 million to help the consortiums develop new mobile solutions for the public sector after a competitive pitch.

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," Deputy Premier and Minister for Trade and Investment Andrew Stoner said.

The number of projects and funding has been downgraded from the previous year when 11 grants were handed out under the programme which was originally named mobile concierge and established by the former Labor government. Under the former government the program had $2 million in funds earmarked for the projects.

RFID trailblazer Tapit was one of the fledgling projects selected in the first round.

This year, the seven successful consortiums 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.

The winning projects include Locamate a navigation system for the Powerhouse Museum; NSW Government Elastic Infrastructure Platform, a cloud-based, pay-as-you-go infrastructure platform allowing developers to develop apps for government agencies; Mobile Control Room for Security and Surveillance, an Australian Museum projects using smart camera technology to automatically send mobile alerts to staff if an exhibit is removed; BigTinCan Dashboard a way to share and store large data formats while on the move; Rural Location Based Services, biosecurity data tracking for vets; Mobile Multimedia Guide for the NSW State Library; and Tapit Contentum a project for the Australian Museum allowing the digital tagging of content on various formats. ®