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CSIRO Animal Health Lab commissions Mitrais to deploy system to report on killer bird flu

Bali headquartered software developer Mitrais has been commissioned by CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) to deploy a web-based veterinary reporting system which is destined to play a strategic role tracking avian influenza (AI) in Indonesia.
  • 20 January, 2009 14:53

<p>The development of InfoLab Plus and its planned deployment in Indonesia by mid year comes five years after avian, or bird, flu, caused the death of more than 114 Indonesians who came into contact with infected poultry.</p>
<p>In a staged roll-out InfoLab Plus will initially provide Indonesian veterinary authorities in seven regional diagnostic laboratories with a web based application that AAHL project manager Dr. Peter Durr describes as of one of the most advanced systems in the Asian region.</p>
<p>In a further stage it is intended Mitrais will also produce a USB memory stick version of the application, called InfoLab Lite, which can be used with any computer. This will allow any of the Indonesian District agricultural offices - of which there are 440, many without Internet access - to upload standardised data from internet cafes, for an integrated country-wide view of AI which is now endemic.</p>
<p>Funding for the reporting system and the supporting IT infrastructure for Indonesia has been supplied principally by the Australian Government Overseas Aid Program – AusAID – through its Public Sector Linkage Program, with additional funding from the Food and Agricultural Organisation (FAO) of the United Nations.</p>
<p>Dr. Durr explains that AAHL commissioned Mitrais to develop a reporting engine for the InfoLab Plus application, using Crystal Reports, and to adapt it to Indonesian conditions.</p>
<p>InfoLab Plus will replace a Microsoft Access reporting system (“InfoLab”). This operated in a standalone environment, did not use standardised reporting and required manual editing of data to achieve consistency.</p>
<p>“The integration of Crystal Reports with the application will provide flexible reporting in a variety of export formats,” Dr. Durr said.</p>
<p>InfoLab Plus is a web based system that allows the users to log submissions, enter test results and produce reports.</p>
<p>AAHL is a World Organisation for Animal Health (OIE) reference laboratory for AI. As such it has a major role in providing diagnostic support for national veterinary laboratories in the region Dr. Durr explains.</p>
<p>InfoLab Plus is currently in user acceptance testing. It is envisaged that it will become the national system for AI reporting for Indonesian veterinary labs in June this year.</p>
<p>Dr. Durr said the selection of Mitrais to extend the functionality of the application and to enhance it in the future was opportune geographically given that his Indonesian counterpart Dr. Soegiarto, who is responsible for the regional veterinary laboratory in the country’s southeast, is based in Denpasar.</p>
<p>“Mitrais also responded most professionally to our RFP and has focused carefully on our needs,” Dr. Durr said.</p>
<p>AAHL is a national facility, located in Geelong, Victoria, and is managed by CSIRO within the Division of Livestock Industries. The facility is funded by the Australian Government through CSIRO and the Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry (DAFF)</p>
<p>About AAHL</p>
<p>CSIRO Livestock Industries’ Australian Animal Health Laboratory (AAHL) is a national centre for excellence in disease diagnosis, research and policy advice in animal health. The facility plays a vital role in maintaining the biosecurity of Australia’s livestock, aquaculture species and wildlife and ensuring the competitiveness of Australian agriculture and trade.</p>
<p>Under the Federal Government policy of deploying Australia Public Sector expertise to assist neighbouring countries where appropriate, AAHL through a specific agreement with AusAID is supporting Southeast Asian countries in their efforts to control and eradicate infectious animal diseases, such as AI, through an extensive program of collaboration and technical support.</p>
<p>About Mitrais</p>
<p>Mitrais was established in 2000 to develop excellence in software development using Indonesia as a base of operations. Its objective is to be a leading near shore provider to Australian software developers and a major force in the Indonesia domestic market. Mitrais is a Microsoft Gold Certified developer, an Oracle Partner and has also certified products in SAP NetWeaver. In 2004 the company entered the health Industry, developing a proprietary hospital management information system which it sells globally. In 2007 it absorbed Mincom Indoservices to extend its operations into the sale and support of mining software (in particular from Mincom) in Indonesia. With offices in Bali, Jakarta and Singapore, Mitrais has more than 80 clients and employs more than 300 staff. For further information visit .</p>
<p>For further information please contact</p>
<p>Dr.Peter Durr
Research Team Leader
Ph: +61 3 5227 5139</p>
<p>Mr David Magson
Ph: 1100 62 361 75025
Mobile: 1100 62 815 5800 1004</p>
<p>Produced and issued by Infotech Marketing. Contact Mike Vanderkelen Ph (07) 54782177 Mobile 0408116911</p>

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