22 February 2008 - Victorian software developer Space-Time Research is now providing software solutions for Italy's Venice Port Authority, reinforcing Victoria's status as the nation's leader in ICT exports, Minister for Information and Communication Technology Theo Theophanous announced today.
By using the SuperSTAR business intelligence software, the Port will be able to access better information on import and export products and gain a better understanding of trade movements and client needs which will lead to improved efficiency in port operations and customer service.
SuperSTAR users analyse the large amounts of cargo and transportation data collected in normal port operations with very fast tabulation and analytics functionality. The database allows the Port Authority to instantly create potential scenarios from complex data queries.
"It's great to see local ICT companies such as Space-Time Research succeeding on national and international levels," Mr Theophanous said.
"Local ICT companies need to be globally focused to grow, prosper and remain competitive. The Brumby Government is committed to providing the tools and platform to help local ICT companies achieve this.
"We strongly support local ICT companies in gaining international exposure through trade missions and events."
Space-Time Research joined the recent 22-member Brumby Government ICT delegation to China's CeBIT Asia conference in October, which helped them network for future export opportunities.
The Brumby Government also provided assistance for Space-Time Research to host 40 senior government statisticians at the 56th annual ISI conference in Lisbon, Portugal.
The executive level gathering provided a unique opportunity to network, learn from major Government Statistical Agencies' experiences and showcase Space-Time Research's offering.
The SuperSTAR software is being used by various international organisations including the Cambodian National Institute of Statistics, New Zealand's Ministry of Education and the Australian Institute of Criminology.
To accommodate its significant growth, Space-Time Research relocated to a new Melbourne head office in 2006, doubling its local workforce to 70 employees.
Over the past year, Victorian ICT companies have exported more than $1 billion worth of ICT equipment and services.
The Victorian Government ICT Industry Plan 2005-2010 outlines the state's commitment to encourage innovation and a global focus among local ICT companies.