Asia Pacific awards a vote of confidence for Australia’s innovation in ICT

Asia Pacific awards a vote of confidence for Australia’s innovation in ICT

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Do the best of Australia rank with the best of Asia Pacific?

Global honours are always reassuring and on that front, there was a lot that warmed the cockles of Australian hearts.

Three of this year’s iAwards winners went on to win the Asia Pacific ICT Awards, or APICTAs. Two others received Merit Awards as Australia finished third among 14 nations at the 2012 APICTAs in Brunei earlier this month.

The three winners were:

  • Queensland’s Integral Technology Solutions, which won the APICTA for Sustainability and Green IT for its ClimateSmart Home Service. The service enables residents reduce greenhouse gas emissions and save energy costs. The company was founded by Cameron Tuesley.
  • New South Wales’ Smart Services CRC won the Research and Development APICTA for a product it developed in partnership with the University of Wollongong. The iSee is a new video collaboration technology that uses real-time video and spatial audio in an immersive 3D environment to provide group interactions for hundreds of participants, creating a “virtual community.”
  • Victoria’s Sissit Pty. Ltd. won the APICTA honours in the Tourism and Hospitality category for its Sissit QikBoard Kiosk. In use by Jetstar, the QikBoard Kiosk is fully portable and cable-free, enabling fast and effective check-in and boarding. Sissit is also rolling out an SMS text-based ticketing and passenger boarding system.

“We are absolutely delighted with the success of our Australian nominees. They have achieved an amazing result, particularly when you consider that half of our nominees either won their category or were given a merit award,” said Jim Ellis, head of the Australian delegation at APICTA.

The following won Merit Awards:

  • PaperCut Software International Pty. Ltd. of Victoria received a Merit Award in the Sustainability and Green IT category for its PaperCut Print and Copier Management Software; and
  • Queensland’s Opengear received a Merit Award in the Tools and Infrastructure category for its Opengear ACM5500 Remove Infrastructure Management Gateway.

Other iAwards winners who made up the 2012 Australian APICTA delegation were: Urban Informatics Research Lab (QUT), Transmin, Valleyarm Digital Pty. Ltd., Novatti Pty. Ltd. and Tertiary students from Edith Cowan University, Laurence Da Luz, Arickho Garcia, Tyson Wolker and Huda Minhaj.

“The level of success that the Australian contingent has achieved at APICTA is testament to the fact that Australia is a leader in creating innovative technology and driving the digital economy,” said AIIA CEO Suzanne Campbell.

Australian Computer Society, Australia Information Industry Association and The Pearcey Foundation, all iAwards’ host partners, hailed the achievements of the APICTA delegates.

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