A BUSINESS alliance between Tasmanian information technology firms Microwise Australia Pty Ltd and Point Duty Pty Ltd has been established to market and develop Tasmanian software solutions and ITC services throughout Australia and overseas.
Microwise Australia Pty Ltd is wholly-owned by the Brighton Council and offers a range of resource-sharing and technology services to local government throughout Australia and overseas. It offers leading-edge expertise and employs innovative technical solutions to enhance local government efficiency, accountability and services.
Point Duty is an ICT company based in Ulverstone on Tasmania’s north-west coast. Its primary business is centred on a cybercrime system specialising in data capture, analysis and dissemination with a focus on three market segments of intelligence, law enforcement and intellectual property rights.
The two companies have previously worked successfully on joint projects and have now developed a more formal alliance to service client needs throughout Australia and particularly in the pacific region.
Microwise chairman Tony Foster said the business alliance would enhance the marketing of Tasmanian-developed software solutions and information technology services. It would also increase programming, support and ICT capabilities that will improve the services provided to clients and customers.
“Already, Microwise is selling software to more than 30 local government authorities in Tasmania, in three Australian states and Fiji. We are also talking to councils in other South Pacific countries and they are interested in retaining our services.
“Microwise software solutions include the PropertyWise land management system and Vacciwise, a public immunisation management program, and the company also provides a range of local government management support solutions.
“PropertyWise is used by more councils in Tasmania than any other local government software solution and it can be easily applied nationally and internationally and manage remotely from Tasmania,” Cr Foster said.
Point Duty Chief Executive Stan Kaine said the company was looking to significant growth due to the increases in high tech crime in most western countries, and through the identification of new business opportunities.
“From our base in Ulverstone, we have an office in Canberra and representatives in Washington DC and London.. We have a small but vibrant team of specialists with network engineering, computer science, hardware design and project management skills.”
Through this common service model and sharing capabilities with Microwise our aim is to develop and commercialise a range of software and hardware products, as well as professional services.”
Mr Kaine said the joint resources would enable Point Duty and Microwise to better meet the demand from an expanding base of clients.
Tony Foster said both companies had enjoyed considerable local and export success as well as attracting grants for technology and market research.
“This alliance will provide us with economies of scale to better market and support our Tasmanian-developed IT solutions and services and identify new opportunities for our people.
“Both Microwise and Point Duty have demonstrated that they are at the leading edge of technology, particularly in the local government, public authority and cybercrime protection sectors, and we see great capacity for expansion.
“This alliance will support this expansion,” Mr Foster said.