- High-tech software system wins 2015 WA Innovator of the Year award
An all-in-one cloud-based tracking solution using the unique combination of GPS, radio frequency identification and 3D modelling has won the State's most prestigious innovation award.
Commerce Minister Michael Mischin said Osborne Park company Track'em was a worthy winner of this year's $75,000 WA Innovator of the Year award for its invention that tracks and manages the location of assets, equipment and construction materials.
Mr Mischin said the calibre of finalists was exceptionally high and he expected the winners would help steer the State towards a strong economic future.
"This year's winners reflect the level of creativity and growing sophistication of local innovators, helping to inspire others and keep Western Australia at the forefront of innovation," he said.
"The WA Innovator of the Year program continues to play a valuable role in the transition from innovative idea to commercial reality, evident through the success of past winners and finalists progressing to win numerous other local and national awards and global recognition."
Other winners included:
- Newton Labs, Perth - Emerging Innovation category ($25,000) for their rock detection system: a vibration-sensor device mounted on mining trucks that measures and processes signals from various vibrations, alerting operators to oversize rocks that can then be diverted to prevent crusher downtime and lost production
- Scancam Industries, Perth - Growth category ($25,000) for Scancam - smart fuel security: a real-time integrated system incorporating high resolution video and still cameras, facial and number plate recognition and police database reporting to prevent fuel theft
- The University of Western Australia, Crawley - Encouragement award ($10,000) and Travel award ($5,000) for their novel method of separating natural gases (eg methane) from nitrogen. This process is necessary for all forms of natural gas production prior to use and distribution.
The Minister said the State Government actively supported entrepreneurialism and innovation through a range of successful programs, services and purpose-built facilities, such as the Innovation Centre of WA, Industry Facilitation and Support Program, and Medical Research Commercialisation Fund.
"These programs, services and facilities underpin the broader State approach to helping translate innovation into successfully commercialised goods and services with specialised competitive advantages for world markets," he said.
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