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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.

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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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SRA wins Sustainability iAward

SRA Information Technology (SRA) is the proud winner of the Sustainability iAward for their newly released Insight Dashboard (iD) at the South Australian State and Northern Territory iAwards.

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Industry research and stakeholder engagement indicated our clients were looking for a visual tool to help make business decisions.  We responded by leveraging more than 10 years of knowledge and experience to develop a solution – iD.

iD is a visualisation tool that compliments EnviroSysTM, SRA’s world renowned environmental data management system (EDMS), by bringing vital information to the user through one intuitive dashboard.

Insight Dashboard is a mix of innovation and practicality, delivering:

  • Critical compliance monitoring
  • Instant notifications
  • Data completeness assessment
  • Spatial analysis and spatial awareness
  • Multi-platform and multi-device compatibility
  • Simple, user-focussed, fast functionality

As a result of winning the South Australia State and Northern Territory iAward for Sustainability, iD is now in the running for the National Sustainability iAward, which will be announced at the National iAwards in Melbourne this August.

The iAward for Sustainability recognises organisations using ICT innovation that helps offset, or at least minimise, ‘the consequences of development and economic growth while meeting the needs that demand such development and growth’.

iD achieves this by summarising mission critical information required for business decisions into a single dashboard, giving organisations transparency about their compliance level and confidence that the data they are collecting is complete and current. This translates to informed decisions in appropriate timeframes, mitigating potential negative impacts to production, the community and, ultimately, the environment.

SRA’s New Product Manager, Stuart van de Water was excited to accept the award as it validates the time and effort put into developing a tool that specifically targets stakeholder needs.

“The intention of iD was for the information to find the user, not the other way around. iD achieves this by combining the important, relevant and impactful information pertinent to the user, into one visually attractive and functional dashboard. Simply by accessing the software’s home page the user has all the information they need to make decisions and take action as soon as possible,” Stuart said.

You can view a webinar about iD here.

You can view the complete list of iAwards winners here.

SRA to give NT tourism marketing an intimate touch

SRA is excited to be one of only eight local agencies in the Northern Territory to be awarded a place on the new 3 year, $24 million panel contract for domestic creative and media services for the Territory’s tourism marketing.

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Our Darwin office is filled with passionate locals who are involved in their community. Being part of this panel will give them the opportunity to work on projects that are not only in the interest of their state, but will potentially showcase the Northern Territory to the rest of the world.

“This new approach is exciting to be involved in. It will give tourism marketing for the Territory a very personal and realistic touch as the local agencies will be able to represent our state on a more intimate level,” SRA Regional Manager, Camille Fong Lim said.

In a recent press release from the Northern Territory Newsroom, Chief Minister of the Northern Territory and Minister for Tourism, Adam Giles highlighted the aim of this new approach as being to grow local capability and capacity while providing Territory businesses with a slice of our tourism marketing budget.

“Territory creative agencies have a big role to play in telling the Territory’s tourism story on the local, national and regional stage,” Mr Giles said.

The new panel of agencies will provide services in the areas of media, creative, photography, filming, editing, audio and digital services across all levels of tourism marketing.

Link to the official NT Government Press Release

CRICKET STRENGTHENS SRA

SRA Information Technology’s Canberra office has a cricket team scoring runs in more ways than one.

As a workplace team building activity, SRA Canberra staff formed a team – the SRA Spams – to participate the Six a Side Cricket Tournament in Canberra on Sunday, February 8th.  The aim was for SRA staff and their families to spend an enjoyable day together, as well as some team building amongst staff.

Sixteen teams participated in the Tournament, with the SRA Spams making it into the Grand Final.  The Grand Final was a close match with the last ball of the match deciding the result.

The SRA Spams had a successful day, coming runners up in the Grand Final and taking home two player awards.

Shane Rattenbury, ACT Government Minister for Sports & Recreation, was the Chief Guest at the tournament.

Team

The SRA Spams (from left to right ) are:

  • Prasanna Illukkumbura
  • Sudesh Ranasinghe
  • Umesh Kodippili
  • Irantha Rajapaksha
  • Darshana Hettiarachchi
  • Chanura Hemal
  • Jim Rowe (not present)

Awards received by SRA:

  • Runners-up Awards in Canberra Cricket Sixes 2015 Tournament
  • Best Batsman of the Tournament – Irantha Rajapaksha
  • Best Bowler of the Tournament – Darshana Hettiarachchi