Augmented reality comes to the National Arboretum Canberra

Released 29/04/2016

Minister for Small Business and the Arts Dr Chris Bourke was today joined by the ACT’s Local Industry Advocate Kate Lundy and representatives from a number of innovative local businesses to officially launch the Small Business Innovation Partnerships (SBIP) program at the National Arboretum.

“Canberra is home to many technology SMEs that are delivering products and services to a broad range of national and international clients. The ACT Government has taken a proactive approach to engaging these businesses to deliver solutions for government agencies as well,” Dr Bourke said.

“The SBIP is focused on connecting our city’s innovative small and medium businesses with government, and today I was excited to meet with representatives from industry to hear more about their projects and how they will be used to improve government services.

“One of the SBIP’s pilot projects is an augmented reality mobile app that will enhance the experience of visitors to the Arboretum.

“The team at the Arboretum has been working with local company APositive and they have come up with a project that is incredibly innovative and very exciting.

“By charting where visitors are in the Arboretum, the app merges what you see with wild sounds native to the forest’s country of origin, all generated at random to give a unique visitor experience.

“The app also allows visitors to scan their surroundings to explore stories and find out more information on the 100+ forests at the Arboretum.

“Soon when you visit the Arboretum to take a stroll through the Himalayan cedar forest, you could enjoy the sounds of chanting monks from the Himalayas. This is just one of the many new experiences visitors to the Arboretum will be able to enjoy.

“This project was the joint winner of Round 3 of the Digital Canberra Challenge, and is a fantastic example of how partnerships between SMEs and the ACT Government can be really successful, particularly when the collaboration starts at the ideas stage, moves on to a ‘proof of concept’ prototype and ends with an implementable solution,” Dr Bourke said.

ACT Local Industry Advocate Kate Lundy said she hopes the SBIP will encourage more businesses to take up the opportunity to work with the ACT Government.

“The SBIP is a very exciting program that is all about making it easier for our world-class small and medium businesses to engage with the ACT Government,” Ms Lundy said.

“As local industry advocate I am passionate about opening the door to government procurement opportunities, and supporting our local businesses so that work that can be done locally, is done locally.

“There are a range of fascinating and innovative projects that are taking place as part of the SBIP, and I am pleased to be able to help facilitate better engagement between Canberra’s outstanding local businesses and ACT government agencies.”

Some of the other projects taking place as part of the SBIP include SmartWard, a system that automates nursing records and manages nursing workflow, currently being trialled by ACT Health; SignonSite, a work site management app which is currently being used by the Asbestos Response Taskforce; and MobileX Ministerial Diary Management, a diary application currently being implemented in ACT Government’s Minister’s offices. For more information on the SBIP program visit the ACT Government’s Innovation, Trade and Investment website.

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