CEO’s October Report

I gave a detailed update on our progress in last month’s newsletter and since then the Melbourne footprint of FrontierSI has moved office. We are now living and breathing collaboration in our new open plan, co-working style offices with Data61 and some high-tech startups in the Goods Shed at Docklands.

We had significant media coverage in the last week of September with the Queensland University of Technology and Queensland Cancer Council with the launch of the Australian Cancer Atlas. The atlas shows national patterns in cancer incidence and survival rates based on where people live. I would like to acknowledge all those involved for the work they have done over the last four years to bring this resource to fruition.

The atlas is a tremendous success story, bringing together Cancer Council registries, universities, health departments and the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare to deliver an exceptional resource. The researchers worked across jurisdictions connecting disparate data sets and applying advanced statistics to create an indispensable tool. We could not deliver projects with such breadth without the continued support of our partners.

Geospatial information continues to be highlighted as a growth element to economies. In Australia, two recent examples are CSIRO’s Space Roadmap and the Digital Innovation Report released by Data61. The latter lists opportunities to derive benefit from digital innovation in Australia and the impact of geospatial on the identified opportunity areas. Across the eight nominated high potential opportunity areas, the report highlighted imaging and geospatial as being of high relevance to four — precision healthcare, digital agriculture, data-driven urban management, and supply chains integrity. Interestingly, mobile sensors/IoT and machine learning were also of high relevance to these areas.

Stay tuned for what is going to be an exciting year to come.

Graeme Kernich

CEO | FrontierSI