Senteq Information Systems has signed an agreement with DataTrack Solutions to seal the development partnership of the new Council Track software.
The IT solutions provider is looking at a return of $8-12 million a year on workflow managment solution based on national council availability. Written specifically for councils who require reports and issue certificates to be generated on site, Geoff Croshaw, solutions manager for Senteq, said the Council Track offering is unique to the market.
Croshaw said there are plans to adapt the solution to State and Federal Government arenas, as well as other business sectors. He is tight-lipped about the specific markets being courted saying only that "discussions are in the early stages and looking positive".
"We believe we've got a fairly unique thing here and we need to make sure we keep that advantage," he added. "But certainly there are both Federal, State and commercial objectives for us to achieve with this product and we are pursuing those."
While Council Track will be available within the first quarter of 2001, Croshaw said the response has already been extremely positive. "We're pretty much live now but it's not really a fantastic time to launch a product.
"Our hand has been forced a little bit by a higher level of take-up than we were expecting from the local councils. I was expecting to sign this agreement in January/February 2001 and get it to market in the second quarter of next year. But we've got a number of councils saying 'we want the system, when can you get it on the table', so we've had to shorten our plans significantly."
The Council Track program has been a year in the making with more than a million dollars invested in development. "We have researched many councils in the Sydney Metropolitan Area and they have given us valuable feedback as to the type of systems they need for their on-road workforce," said Croshaw.
"They are looking for a solution which will minimise the amount of time it takes to issue certificates on inspected properties or generating site reports integrated with their back-end systems. We believe the partnership between Senteq and DataTrack brings the best of breed solutions to market in a format designed specifically to meet customer requirements".
Council Track allows users to write up inspection reports on-site using handheld technology, as well as print out basic certificates on infra-red printers. This effectively reduces the amount of time it takes councils to process applications for projects such as building sites or property inspections. The software runs on most handheld devices including Symbol's "ruggardised" pocket computer.