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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”.

AMMA iAward photo

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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SRA helps young Softballer reach her goals

SRA Information Technology (SRA) has proudly sponsored Karah Schultz to help her get to Softball Championships around Australia and reach her goals.

Karah is a dedicated junior softballer with skill and determination beyond her years. She aims to play for Australia and attend college in America to play College softball.
Big goals like Karah’s require a big commitment of time, effort and money.  SRA has helped Karah cover some of the associated costs and help her get closer to achieving her dreams.
Below: Karah batting in a trial game before heading to QLD for the U12 Championships.

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“I have been so lucky to have SRA sponsor me so I could attend three softball championships.  Championships are great because I get to play softball, which I love and I also get to learn from some of the best softballers around,” Karah said.

Since 2014 SRA have sponsored Karah to participate in the:

  • U12 State School Girls SAPSASA School Sports Softball Championship in Toowoomba QLD (November 2014) as Vice-captain
  • U15 State Regional Softball Championships in Brisbane QLD (January 2016) as Captain
  • U17 State Secondary School Girls Softball Championship in Melbourne VIC (May 2016) where she was the youngest member of the team
Below: Karah stretching to reach the base and run out an opponent at the U15’s Championship in Brisbane.

Karah Stretching.jpg

Steve Rowe, SRA CEO, has been a hockey player all his life and supports a number of sporting teams and individuals ranging from staff and local sporting enthusiasts right through to those representing Australia in the Olympics.

“I like to support sports people and teams, it gives people the opportunity to develop friendships and work as part of a team towards a common goal, which fits with how we see SRA – a TEAM working together to achieve success,” Steve said.

Karah has also just participated in the South Australian Softball Inaugural Junior High Performance Program, The Dragon’s Academy Camp in July and was identified as one of the top 25 athletes in her age group.

Link to Softball SA

Link to SAPSASSA Softball information

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

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RSPCA Analytics: Case Study Event

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RSPCA SA now uses customised dashboards to deliver insight across the organisation, in real-time.

Together, RSPCA SA, SRA and Yellowfin have modernised charity and NFP data analysis and management with a world leading Business Intelligence program.

The RSPCA is hosting an event to showcase their achievement, facilitate networking  and provide the opportunity for you to learn how you too can implement and use customised dashboards to:
– Target Marketing Investment       – Reduce Attrition Rates
– Increase Income per Donor          – Target Your Demographic
– Predict and Forecast Revenue       – And More

If there is someone else you think should be attending this event, please feel free to share this with them.

4-6pm on Thursday 16th June 2016

RSPCA South Australia
16 Nelson Street
Stepney  SA 5069

RSVP using the link below or by emailing: natasha.wojcik@sra.com.au

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SRA cheering on the SRA Territory Stingers in their 2015 championship campaign

The Australian Hockey League (AHL) National Championship starts tomorrow in Darwin (Men’s) and Sydney (Women’s).

SRA is proud to sponsor and cheer on the SRA Territory Stingers in their 2015 championship campaign.

The National Championships (25th September-2nd October) are contested by 8 teams, representing the eight states and territories of Australia. The championships give non-national team players the opportunity to play alongside athletes from the Kookaburras, Hockeyroos and national development squads.

The SRA Territory Stingers includes a number of current Kookaburras squad members.

SRA have been the sponsors of the SRA Territory Stingers for the past three years and continue that sponsorship into 2015. SRA also individually sponsor Jeremy Hayward, Leon Hayward & Robert Duguid in the SRA Territory Stingers and Lizzy Duguid in the NT Women’s Hockey team, the NT Pearls

Steve Rowe, SRA’s CEO, is a keen hockey player and will be at the championships supporting the SRA Territory Stingers and cheering the NT Pearls on from afar.

‘Having the championships in Darwin this year is great for locals as they get the chance to watch some elite hockey, but even more, it is great for the team and their supporters. I hope locals get behind their team and head to the championships to cheer the Stingers on,’ Mr Rowe said.

SRA wishes all players well and looks forward to watching some elite hockey in the NT.

Men’s Australian Hockey League 2015

Marrara Hockey Centre

Darwin Northern Territory

25th September – 2nd October

For more information or to buy tickets, head over to the AHL website.