GIS People Triumphs In State Innovation Project

GIS People has been chosen to develop a solution for the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads’ “graffiti problem”.

Large corporations and government organisations want to be more innovative but don’t often get the opportunity to engage with innovators in a meaningful way. Organised by PwC, supported by Queensland State Government and hosted at QUT, the inaugural Queensland Government Open Innovation Hub Pilot Project aimed to overcome this issue.

Held last weekend, the first stage of the project brought together companies both big and small, along with leaders from the start-up community, to present their ideas on four ‘problems worth solving’ – the topics were predefined beforehand.

GIS People nominated under the ‘Graffiti’ category to help TMR systematically identify, categorise and remediate graffiti across their assets. We took the chance to get in front of TMR’s panel of judges, learn about their problems, and pitch our solution to the graffiti problem.

The location of graffiti plays the most important role when it comes to identifying, classifying and removing graffiti, so our solution placed location intelligence at the centre of the proposal, along with mobile technology and open source software. Collected over time, the geographic location of graffiti helps build a picture (or heat map) about where most of the incidents are occurring, and helps identify the areas on which TMR should focus. We outlined the main features of the prototype that we will build to TMR, and showcased GIS People’s potential.

And we have now been advised that we were successful!

“The Judging Panel has carefully considered all of the proposed solutions against the judging criteria and are delighted to inform you that you have been selected to progress through to the incubation stage.”

This will be a great opportunity to develop a comprehensive tailored solution for TMR, and we look forward to working with PwC and Queensland Government in the incubation stage.

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