The final frontier

Three innovative Australian companies are going head to head with a trio of trans-Tasman rivals in the final of this year’s Ericsson appli­cation developer competition, Frontier.

The vendor received 120 submissions, twice as many as last time around, for a competition that asks pioneering developers to submit applications that make the most of next generation technologies.

Australia is represented in the final by Intermoco Solutions, Power Clinical and Surelabs.

Intermoco provides companies with electricity meter data in real time via wireless technology and the Internet; Power Clinical offers an application called HealthSpring that enables doctors to remotely access patient records, prescribe medication and order tests while still at the bedside; and Surelabs has developed around-the-clock remote security through a broadband-triggered alarm system, which has already been implemented by Sydney theme park, Wonderland.

The system allows the security team to monitor the park in real-time and sends triggered alerts via email and SMS if an area of the site is accessed without authority.

New Zealand’s finalists are Datasquirt, IT Link and Hyperfactory — Datasquirt has developed an application allowing retailers to pay for goods via a mobile phone; IT Link’s entry enables sales staff to check stock, place orders and obtain customer information while out in the field; and Hyperfactory has created an application letting people appear live on television by sending a PXT or TXT via a mobile phone.

Ericsson general manager of mobility solutions, Lisa Tuffs, said the vendor had a vested interest in growing the market because its customers were the mobile operators.

“We sell next generation mobile technology infrastructure and managed services,” she said. “If that market is to grow, we need to support the developments of third party players, particularly in the applications space.”

Tuffs claimed more than 90 per cent of this year’s Frontier entries were market ready.

Last year, Brisbane-based Barcodes was the overall winner for its wireless application enabling the safe disposal of hazardous waste to be tracked through a GPRS handset. The prize was a trip to a 3GSM industry event in Sweden.

This year’s winner will be announced later this month. A trip to a trade show in either Europe, Singapore or the US up for grabs.