Australian Information Industry Association


2020 ACT iAwards Winners


Vault Cloud
AFP Missing Persons
Community Services Markets - ACT
The problem being addressed is to find missing persons in Australia. The primary users of the system are Australian voulenteers that are gathering Open Source Intelligence Data (OSINT). The "Customer" is the National Missing Persons Coordination Centre, the Australian Federal Police and State Police. Who it impacts is the missing persons of Australian and their family.
Jasper McNiven, Siying Qian, Kriti Tripathi & Nicole Wang
Senior Students - ACT
Recently, we have seen the devastating effects of infectious diseases not only on our economy but also on people and their health. The current solutions implemented by governments for tracing the coronavirus are reliant on the community’s cooperation and are still not effective in actively tracing locations and have issues regarding privacy. Our solution provides the opportunity to track the spread of infectious diseases through contact tracing using a new protocol and system. We do this by using the data already available on people’s locations from telecom providers. This data would be completely anonymised and only contain the location time data linked to a hashed phone number. The anonymised data would be sent to our database. When someone is tested positive, they provide their phone number to a nurse who puts it in a system that notifies the telecom company who then sends the number hashed to our database. We perform contact tracing on all the location data and anonymous positive numbers which are sent back to the telecoms who notify the affected people directly by text. The public can then choose to view a heatmap of the rough locations of positive case areas on an app or website. The stakeholders for this project would be the telecommunications companies, the government and of course, the general public.
Public Sector and Government - ACT
CSIRO works closely with stakeholders in the agricultural supply chain. Farmers have told us that they can't access information about their crops, or the condition of their land. Supply chain partners don't know what and how much is being grown at any time, creating a challenge for planning logistics. At CSIRO, we have the unique expertise, data and analytics needed to solve these problems. So in 2018, we launched Graincast. Graincast is a web application that brings together soils and climate data to give users an estimated yield for Australia's grain crops in near real-time. Last year, grain crops generated $17 Billion at the farm gate. Graincast gives stakeholders in the supply chain the information they need at the scale required to make decisions based on our data and analytics. Graincast also gives farmers the information they need to make better decisions about what to grow, before the growing season. Using Graincast's soil moisture and yield estimates, the app can guide their decision making for the best outcomes based on the climate and soils analytics that power Graincast. During the growing season, Graincast can also give farmers the information they need to help guide fertiliser application and harvest planning.
Ethitrade International Pty Ltd
Ethical Trade Platform
Startup of the Year - ACT
Micro, small & medium enterprises (MSMEs) are a critical component of the economic fabric in developing economies. Collectively these businesses represent the single largest factor determining the future growth and prosperity of the world’s emerging economies. This sector currently suffers from restricted access to business resources, market information, sales opportunities and financial services. And, notably, from a stark under-participation by women owners. At the same time, consumers are increasingly demanding more information and seeking assurances that the goods they purchase are safe and ethically produced. However MSMEs struggle to provide this level of information in a provably authentic way. The Ethitrade Platform was developed to digitally empower emerging economy MSMEs.
Castlepoint Systems
Business Service Markets - ACT
We have developed a new technology that can read every word in every document, email, or database for example in a whole network, and automatically apply rules from laws and policies. For the first time, we can show you where all of your information is, and who is doing what to it. We can flag high-risk and high-value information, and show you when you are in breach of security, privacy, or recordkeeping rules. Our customers have had no way to really understand their information holdings before now. Regulated organisations, of which there are over 200M in the world, have dozens or hundreds of different systems, used by hundreds or thousands of staff to capture millions of pieces of information, and it changes minute to minute. But they all have to comply with laws and policies, related to how long they keep information, who can see it, and how it is stored. The struggle to get compliant control over all the data is costing organisations around $438B a year globally, and they are still being fined $487B a year, so we know that traditional approaches are not effective. We knew we had to design our solution to cover all data in all systems (not just Word documents and emails), because there is risk and value in all sorts of data. We also knew it had to be completely invisible to users - they have jobs to do, and cannot be disrupted for the sake of compliance. And it had to have no IT systems impact from customisations or connectors. We have achieved this, and our government clients are seeing up to 98.5% savings in effort costs for their compliance processes, with better accuracy, more coverage, and no disruption to their staff or systems. They have also seen better business outcomes, beyond compliance.