Feds pledge $2m more for e-business

The federal government's Information Technology Online (ITOL) program has approved 12 additional e-business projects worth $1.965 million, bringing the total funding to $15.4 million since 1996.

ICT Minister Senator Helen Coonan announced the total number of ITOL projects has reached 131 across a range of industry sectors and geographic regions. ITOL grants of up to $200,000 are awarded to encourage SMEs to adopt e-commerce solutions.

"The benefits these sorts of business-to-business projects generate go well beyond the life of the funding," Coonan said. "They will make information exchange and business transactions more efficient and lead to increased productivity across a range of sectors."

Coonan said the 12 successful projects, in round 14 of ITOL, will assist various industries. The new selection, which supports a cross-section of professional and community activities across health, the arts, manufacturing, agriculture and live stock processing, transport, and construction.

The 12 new projects funded in ITOL round 14 are:

  • A decision-making tool for haematologists to make informed and timely decisions on the diagnosis and management of blood cancers.
  • A PDA software application to improve the auditing methods in the meat processing industry.
  • A browser-based breast cancer management and monitoring system to assess a patient's risk of breast cancer and monitor the patient's treatment.
  • A system to provide more flexible transport services to a wider community, which will be trialled in Sydney.
  • Theatre software to assist stage managers maintain and keep records and reference to details of each show produced.
  • An online system for pastoralists to accurately assess the quantity and quality of feed available and use it effectively by adjusting stocking rates.
  • A Web site to promote tooling industry groups to businesses in the domestic and overseas markets.
  • A solution to complete and manage the cycle of prescription generation for patients in aged care residential facilities and in community-based care.
  • A tool to provide evaluation and modelling of the environmental impact of a packaging system.
  • A Web-based decision making tool for designing OHS decision support in the building and construction industry.
  • A portal offering e-commerce services to arts and crafts professionals.
  • An application to provide fast identification and referral of patients as an alternative to hospitalization.

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