General Portfolio Press Releases


Coalition support for technology collaboration

General Portfolio Press Releases
Minister for Technology Gordon Rich-Phillips today announced that Victorian corporate, work and school wear importer and wholesaler Shiny Pty Ltd is one of the successful first round applicants to be awarded funding from the Victorian Coalition Government’s $11 million Digital Futures Fund.

The Fairfield-based company will receive a share of $900,00 from the fund to work collaboratively with Federation Logistics, RMIT University, CSIRO and the Australian Production and Inventory Control Society to develop an application for smartphones and tablet devices that displays real-time maps of stock locations in warehouses.

Mr Rich-Phillips said the Digital Futures Fund supported the collaborative development of innovative information and communication technology (ICT) projects with the aim of changing current business practices and demonstrating productivity benefits to Victorian businesses.

“Shiny Pty Ltd will collaborate with key partners to deliver the Intelligent Warehouse Management with Smartphones project over two years,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“Shiny’s initiative will not only benefit textiles and clothing warehouse and logistics operators in terms of productivity and cost savings, but this system can also be replicated in other industry sectors.”

Other projects to receive funding include the Power Management for Crash Repairers project led by Industry Power Pty Ltd. Industry Power will collaborate with Phil Munday’s Panel Works, Fleetwood Banner Pty Ltd and Suncorp Insurance to deliver a new tool that will provide information to up to 50 vehicle repair businesses to assist them in improving efficiency, sustainability and viability of their businesses.

Geelong-based Air Radiators Pty Ltd also received funding to deliver the Quality Data Collection and Tracking System for Manufacturing SMEs. This project will involve the development of a mobile software platform that will provide manufacturing SMEs with an improved and accurate real time understanding of their production processes and assist them to implement changes to deliver productivity gains to enhance their competitiveness.

Air Radiators will work with Backwell IXL Pty Ltd, Deakin University, Geelong Quality Council, the Geelong Manufacturing Council and ICT Geelong to implement the project and share the benefits with other manufacturers.

“By encouraging collaboration between business and industry to address key business barriers and challenges, the Digital Futures Fund ensures better outcomes that can be applied across all sectors,” Mr Rich-Phillips said.

“The Digital Futures Fund provides a catalyst for Victorian businesses to increase productivity, drive growth and improve their competitiveness through collaborative projects that harness the benefits of ICT.”

The $11 million Digital Futures Fund is a key initiative of the Coalition Government’s Victoria’s Technology Plan for the Future – Information and Communication Technology – an $85 million plan to promote ICT-enabled innovation and support Victoria’s ICT sector.

Minister Rich-Phillips will lead 53 ICT and technology organisations participating in the Victorian Coalition Government's trade mission to South-East Asia, commencing over the weekend.

Media contact:
Kristy McSweeney 0408 451 658

Source: Gordon Rich-Phillips - Minister for Technology

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