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Dive into history at IKUWA6

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SRA Information Technology (SRA) are excited to be sponsoring the sixth International Congress on Underwater Archaeology (IKUWA6) which is being held outside Europe, in the Southern Hemisphere for the first time.

IKUWA6 is being held at the Western Australian Maritime Museum, in Fremantle from Monday 28th November until Friday 2nd December.

2016 marks the 400th Anniversary of Dutch seafarer Dirk Hartog landing in Shark Bay, WA. His landing was the first recorded landfall by a European in WA, and the inscribed pewter plate he left behind to commemorate his voyage in 1616 is the earliest archaeological evidence of a European visit in Australia. Hartog’s landing heralded the beginning of a series of explorations by English, Dutch and French navigators, many of whom called at Shark Bay and charted its waters.

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IKUWA6 is an excellent opportunity for southern and northern hemisphere practitioners to interact directly and exchange research, knowledge, ideas and cross-cultural perspectives with international colleagues from around the world.

The conference theme Celebrating Our Shared Heritage supports a broad, internationally focused agenda and offers a great opportunity for IKUWA to reach new audiences; stamp its mark on the Asia-Pacific region; and exchange research, knowledge and ideas with international colleagues from around the world.

The program includes educational and informative conference sessions, poster presentations and some exciting field trips.

SRA became involved with IKUWA through the Australian National Shipwreck Database (ANSDB).  The Department of Environment and Energy worked with SRA Information Technology (SRA) to develop the ANSDB.

Launched in December 2009, ANSDB provides information on all known shipwrecks and sites in Australian waters, including related images and recovered relics.  It provides divers and site managers with location environment information, including historical passenger and crew documents.

ANSDB incorporates an integrated management system to facilitate online permit applications and notifications.

For more information visit:

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Australian National Shipwreck Database

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SRA’s AMMA APP recognised at the AIIA iAwards

Catholic Education NT and SRA Information Technology’s (SRA) Attendance Management Map Application (AMMA) received a Merit for the Innovation in Mobility iAward at the Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) National iAwards last night in Melbourne.

Competition was fierce, with Automed (a livestock medication device) taking out the National iAward for Innovation in Mobility.  With merits only handed to entrants who come within 5% of the winning score, Catholic Education NT and SRA are ecstatic to achieve a Merit – the equivalent of “National Runner Up”.

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AMMA Team members David Crawford, David Jones, Stephen Pearson and Jeremy Howley receiving their award at the iAwards Presentation Dinner.

The iAwards recognise companies at the cutting edge of technology innovation and celebrate the achievements of home-grown Australian innovators.  The Innovation in Mobility award recognises projects using mobility technologies and/or location to develop solutions or help improve management of mobile solutions.

After entering the AMMA in the NT State iAwards and winning the Innovation in Mobility category earlier this year the Catholic Education NT and SRA team headed to Melbourne to compete on the national stage.

The AMMA is the first application developed specifically to combat truancy in remote communities. It was designed to focus and foster discussions between local indigenous families, school staff, truancy officers and the Commonwealth Government Remote Schools Attendance Strategy (RSAS) staff.

This was a true team effort, however special mention must go to SRA’s Stephen Pearson who single-handedly built the application with the Catholic Education NT IT team.

The AMMA allows users to confirm student attendance in real-time, map follow-up routes (improving efficiency) and increase attendance levels.  Its intuitive geographical mapping interface breaks language and literacy barriers, assisting when English is the Second Language.

Access is role-based (bus driver, attendance and/or truancy officer), with roles used to define how student attendance is highlighted (i.e. students truant for 10 days are highlighted red for a Truancy Officer). Households are colour-coded to indicate student attendance status: red indicates not at school (or role based perspective); yellow indicates student has been picked up; and green indicates student is in attendance (or role based perspective). Providing the correct focus on households based on perspective allows tailoring of strategies/workflows to improve and increase student attendance rates.

With a current daily attendance rate of 42%, approximately 400 of the 750 students in the Wadeye area are not attending school on any one day! The future of this indigenous population relies on improving student attendance rates.

The AMMA has the capacity to grow and evolve to provide insight into:

  • Student absentee patterns and trends
  • The relationship between attendance rates and grades
  • Managing a cohort of students to focus on attendance compliance or improvement
  • User messaging/alerts from the school

The AMMA is currently used in the Wadeye area at the OLSH Thamarrur School, but  Catholic Education NT could roll the application out across the NT to help increase attendance rates of indigenous students in remote areas.

It has the capacity and potential to be used across the board for all students and schools, with Catholic Education NT and SRA now discussing how to commercialise elements of the AMMA.

AMMA Town View

AMMA Town overview

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Catholic Education NT and SRA WORKING and WINNING TOGETHER

Together, Catholic Education NT and SRA Information Technology (SRA) have won the NT Innovation in Mobility iAward at the Australian Information Industry Association’s (AIIA) SA and NT iAwards Gala for their Attendance Management Map Application (AMMA).

The AMMA is now in the running for the National Innovation in Mobility iAward which will be announced at the National iAwards in Melbourne on 1 September 2016.

The Hon. Kyam Maher, MLC said, “Innovation in the digital economy offers huge possibilities for the future prosperity of communities and economies locally, nationally, and around the world. To make the short list for these awards, all of the nominees have brought game-changing ideas to the table. I congratulate the award winners, and look forward to their continuing contributions to the innovative future of our state.”

The AMMA is the first application developed specifically to combat truancy in remote communities, as well as focus and foster discussions between local indigenous families, school staff, truancy officers and the Commonwealth Government Remote Schools Attendance Strategy (RSAS) staff.

The AMMA allows users to confirm student attendance in real-time, map follow-up routes (improving efficiency) and increase attendance levels.  Its intuitive geographical mapping interface breaks language and literacy barriers, assisting when English is the Second Language.

Access is role-based (bus driver, attendance and/or truancy officer), with roles used to define how student attendance is highlighted (i.e. students truant for 10 days are highlighted red for a Truancy Officer). Households are colour-coded to indicate student attendance status: red indicates not at school (or role based perspective); yellow indicates student has been picked up; and green indicates student is in attendance (or role based perspective). Providing the correct focus on households based on perspective allows tailoring of strategies/workflows to improve and increase student attendance rates.

With a current daily attendance rate of 42%, approximately 400 of the 750 students in the Wadeye area are not attending school on any one day! The future of this indigenous population relies on improving student attendance rates.

The AMMA has the capacity to grow and evolve to provide insight into:

  • Student absentee patterns and trends
  • The relationship between attendance rates and grades
  • Managing a cohort of students to focus on attendance compliance or improvement
  • User messaging/alerts from the school

Currently used in the Wadeye area at the OLSH Thamarrur School, Catholic Education intends to roll the application out across the NT to help increase attendance rates of indigenous students in remote areas.  It has the capacity and potential to be used across the board for all students and schools.

AMMA Town View

AMMA Town overview

Link to iAwards announcement media RELEASE
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SRA Information Technology helping MAP the future of Adelaide’s Northern Suburbs

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SRA Information Technology (SRA) has a key role to play in the South Australian Government’s Northern Economic Plan.

The Plan, launched on the 28th January 2016, is an ambitious plan that aims to create jobs, improve social issues and engage young people in the Northern suburbs of Adelaide.

The State Government worked extensively with the Playford, Salisbury and Port Adelaide Enfield councils, as well as local businesses and residents to develop the Northern Economic Plan.

Part of the project included the launch of a new Government website – LOOKNORTH – that aims to make it easier for companies and individuals to invest in the north.

The website shows maps of the Playford, Salisbury and Port Adelaide Enfield Council districts, highlighting various projects in the districts, such as the $985 million Northern Connector project and $25 million worth of public housing upgrades.

SRA’s role in this exciting government initiative was to develop and implement a geospatial mapping solution that integrates with Department of State Development and Location SA data sources.  The solution was developed using a responsive design to ensure it is mobile friendly and to allow future growth.

It is expected that the mapping solution will be further developed in the future so that it can be used to showcase available land in the three districts, as well as zoning information; so investors wanting to build in the area can easily see what is available.

To find out more about the Northern Economic Plan, visit the South Australian Government site LOOKNORTH.

Download the Northern Economic Plan HERE.
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View the Geospatial Map developed and implemented by SRA, HERE.

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SRA to revolutionise search & rescue efforts!

Minister for Business Peter Styles announced SRA would receive a Northern Territory Government Business Innovation Support Initiatives (BISI) grant from the latest funding round to help them develop a search and rescue drone.
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“SRA will use its grant to develop a prototype for an unmanned, aerial Search and Rescue System, or drone, which has the potential to save lives,” Mr Styles said.

“Innovative businesses are proven to be more sustainable, productive and efficient and, in turn, employ more people.

“The Country Liberals Government recognises innovation is an important economic driver and the BISI program is helping to foster a culture of innovation within the NT business community.”

The project will see the creation of a remotely controlled or automated aircraft that can be deployed during rescue situations.

The prototype will be tested for range, flight time, stability, environmental implications and ability to deploy thermal and HD imaging.

“SRA is extremely excited about the prospect of progressing this project which otherwise might have faced delays,” said SRA CEO Steve Rowe.

“It could potentially increase safety of both emergency personnel and casualties by acting as a forward scout to identify safe approach routes during rescues and even delivering items such as blankets or radios to the casualty.

“This technology could also significantly reduce the cost of rescue operations through the reduction of expensive helicopter hours.”

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The BISI program launched on 1 July 2014 and is designed to encourage and enable innovation within the Northern Territory business community.

Link to NT News article

Link to Government announcement

Future Cities = Opportunity

For a number of years there has been a well-known shift in the population base from rural sectors to urban, more specifically cities. Many analysts also predict this trend to continue, with some statistics suggesting most of the population will live in cities in the future.

This brings with it interesting challenges, as well as exciting opportunities. Many of the fundamental reasons why citizens are moving to the cities are associated with increased services and opportunities.

Whether its access to better healthcare, education, job opportunities or simply visit as a tourist to spend a short time enjoying a well-earned break, cities need to cater accordingly.

Many cities already actively compete for the approval of their constituents, to ensure economic and social prosperity, but many also compete with other cities for status. Mayors work hard to build vibrancy and ensure opportunities exist in their community and are increasingly held accountable; even more so than their National Government elected officials. Mayors are often much closer to their constituents, giving them a unique opportunity to hear their demands and, due to the size of their community, make significant changes and realise benefits more rapidly.

During my travels throughout Asia, I have not met a mayor that wasn’t interested in having a “dashboard” that could provide a whole city view, measure its pulse and understand where things are and/or aren’t working at any given time. Yet, this desire is seldom met.

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The advent and emphasis on the “Internet of Things (IoT)” provides a huge opportunity to measure and evaluate, be pro-active in decision making and finally realise the vision of a dashboard view of the business.

Many cities are already monitoring and collecting data on weather, water levels, transport networks, population movement, environmental impact and energy usage, with some measuring less tangible aspects such as city health, the benefits of innovation programs and economic standing.

Data management and analysis however, is where many cities struggle. SRA Information Technology has coordinated the collection, analysis and reporting of data from an environmental perspective for more than 20 years.

That, and the dream of an “interconnected city” inspired SRA to participate in the Future Cities Asia Summit in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia and to sponsor the “Environment & Energy Track”. SRA saw this as a great opportunity to stimulate debate and bring together industry thought leaders with senior city and provincial government officials.

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There were 150 attendees representing Asian City, Provincial and some National Government Agencies, along with academia from key Universities and “think-tanks” and donor organisations. The Future Cities Asia Summit covered topics ranging from Environment and Energy, and Communications through to Water Usage, Transportation and other associated themes.

The summit vindicated SRA’s strategy on internet connected, IoT based solutions.  Our ability to build and deliver on this strategy will facilitate the realisation of the “Mayor’s Dashboard” very soon.

SRA has extensive experience managing the business benefits of monitoring environmental sensors. Whether it be reducing carbon emissions, managing waste, effective land planning, flora and fauna impact, or compliance and remediation, SRA has developed solutions to support these strategies.

There is now an opportunity to take this further. Typically, we have monitored point solutions, but the real strength and opportunity of the IoT is the bringing together and aggregation of data from multiple disparate sources; and being able to analyse trends, predict outcomes and take action.

For instance, imagine the benefits of replacing cameras monitoring waterways (visual monitoring of flood levels) with sensors that provide water level, water quality and pollutant level, cross referenced with transport, demographic and weather data. It would deliver insight into: the susceptibility of the population of an area to disease as water levels rise; accessibility for emergency services; and relief options. Overlaid in a spatial dashboard, it could provide city officials and planners with a single view. It could also be used to provide citizens themselves with vital information.

These and other aspects were all common debates during the Future Cities Asia Summit, and whilst there are some that are well on their way to driving this, the opportunity exists for many cities to benefit significantly from the work to date, and potentially “leap-frog” several steps in the roadmap.

What is the opportunity for your city?

Learn more about SRA’s environmental data management system – EnviroSys.