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Intel, RBA And Federal Government Join Forces To Unwire Redland Shire

  • 07 September, 2004 11:34

<p>–One of the World’s largest WiFi networks will enable Wireless Business Incubation Services to more than 8,000 Small Businesses–</p>
<p>Redland Shire, Australia - September 7, 2004 – More than 8,000 small and medium businesses (SMBs) in Queensland’s Redland Shire received a boost today in gaining access to what is believed to be the world’s first mobile-wireless business incubation model, the Redland Business Accelerator (RBA).</p>
<p>RBA is a wireless technology enabled hub that will deliver business incubation services including: live mentoring; business advisory services such as export, marketing, taxation and legal advice; operations assistance such as reception services; and core modular business functions like Human Resources, finance, payroll, sales force automation, web presence and more.</p>
<p>Once completed, it’s believed the Shire-wide wireless network, including isolated areas such as Stradbroke Island in Moreton Bay, will be the largest single WiFi network anywhere in the world.</p>
<p>A recent survey by the Redland Shire Council Economic Development Group showed that 90 per cent of SMBs had identified the need for a business incubator and 80 per cent expressed willingness to use the services.</p>
<p>With funding from Intel Australia and support from the Federal Government, this model will act as a blueprint for mobile-wireless business solutions within private and public sector organizations throughout Australia and the region.</p>
<p>Small businesses within the Shire will have access to a range of business development services including built and virtual infrastructure, personnel and technology. For example, operators of new or existing SMBs will now be able to communicate with mentors via PC-based video conferencing and interactive integrated applications.</p>
<p>The incubation service will be made available on a subscription basis and will include wireless broadband Internet access and specially priced notebook computers based on Intel® Centrino™ mobile technology from a number of vendors.</p>
<p>“We researched traditional and primitive online incubators in Asia, the US and a portfolio of mobile-wireless business incubation services,” said Mayor Redland Shire, Don Seccombe.</p>
<p>“We recognised the potential of this solution early and have worked with Government and industry to form a commercial entity to market and export the RBA solution throughout Australia and to governments and Chambers of Commerce throughout Asia Pacific. Through this model we will achieve dual goals of developing Australian SMEs and generating export revenue,” he added.</p>
<p>Federal Minister for Small Business and Tourism, Joe Hockey said: “I have been following the project with keen interest since the team first visited me in Parliament House. This project is a real demonstration of the power of technology and how it can help small business broaden their marketplace and grow. That is why The Federal Government supported this project and is committed to fostering the growth of Australia’s 1.1 million small businesses. I hope that those businesses in the Redland Shire can take full advantage of this new opportunity. I also commend my colleague, the Member for Fadden, David Jull for his strong and effective representation of small business in the area.”</p>
<p>Intel General Manager, Asia-Pacific, Gerald Greeve said, “Together with appropriate hardware, such as those based on Intel Centrino mobile technology, this model makes it easy for SMEs to experience the benefits of wireless computing in their offices and throughout the Shire. We hope to take this wireless incubator concept and propagate it elsewhere around the world,” he added.</p>
<p>As part of this model, hotspots – public locations where users can connect using 802.11 wireless technology – will be made available to SMBs and residents in public areas of the Shire.</p>
<p>Current business partners of the RBA are Redland Shire Council, Civic Solutions and Creatop. RBA partners are working with Intel to further optimise and develop the RBA wireless model, possibly considering WiMax technologies in early 2005.</p>
<p>Brisbane-based company Civic Technology Solutions (a division of Civic Solutions) acted as systems integrator, provisioning the wireless network which is at the heart of the model. Innovative software company, Creatop has developed a suite of SME incubation functions and software applications designed to be delivered in a mobile-wireless optimised form.</p>
<p>About The Redland Business Accelerator
The Redland Business Accelerator (RBA) is a new model in small business development and support, aimed at achieving sustainable economic growth in the Redland Shire. It offers a flexible business approach to business incubation using a Shire-Wide wireless network and leading edge software. It provides the choice of access by physical meetings or remotely via telephone, email or PC based video conferencing. It is a model that could be replicated anywhere.</p>
<p>For more information about the Redland Business Accelerator, please visit the website at myrba.com</p>
<p>About Intel</p>
<p>Intel, the world’s largest chip maker, is also a leading manufacturer of computer, networking and communications products. Additional information about Intel is available at www.intel.com/pressroom.</p>
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<p>For more information please contact:</p>
<p>Daniel Anderson
Intel Australia Pty Ltd
Tel: (02) 9937 5886
Mob: 0418 686 775
Email: daniel.anderson@intel.com</p>
<p>Debbie Sassine
Spectrum Communications
Tel: (02) 9954 3299
Mob: 0405 735 323
Email: debbies@spectrumcomms.com.au</p>
<p>Laila Eglitis
Redland Shire Council
Tel: (07) 3829 8874
Email: lailae@redland.qld.gov.au</p>

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