Real ‘grunt’ behind new Fisheries apps

Published: Comments:
Lifestyle Political Queensland Government Technology & Communications Water Sports and Marine Activities


The Brisbane-based company behind the digital platform ‘Gruntify’ has been chosen to develop two new software applications for Queensland fishers that will be ready for use by the end of the year.

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner today announced GIS People Pty Ltd as the successful applicant for the Fisheries Queensland project.

“The local information technology company specialises in developing innovative software solutions involving real-time and spatial components,” Mr Furner said.

“GIS People Pty Ltd will develop a new app for Queensland’s commercial fishing sector and upgrade the existing, popular recreational fishing app which has been downloaded more than 40,000 times.

“Improving our engagement with the hundreds of thousands of fishers in Queensland, both commercial and recreational, is a key action of the Sustainable Fisheries Strategy, which is being implemented over the course of the next decade.

“The Sustainable Fisheries Strategy is the largest reform of the sector in our state’s history, and it will safeguard our vitally important fisheries for generations to come.”

Minister Furner said based on public feedback, the new fisheries apps will look better, be more user-friendly, be available offline out of telephone range and be tailored to individual needs.

“There have been many advances in technology since the original ‘Qld Fishing’ app was released in 2014, and it’s time to bring commercial fishing into the digital realm,” Mr Furner said.

“A dedicated software app for industry will simplify business transactions for commercial fishers who mostly still use paper logbooks and telephone reporting.

“The new app for commercial fishers will allow them to submit logbook and quota details electronically, providing more accurate and timely data on fishing catch and effort.

“The upgraded recreational fishing app will allow fishers to identify fish using photo recognition, use an interactive mapping function to identify different zones, report illegal fishing activity and view permits.”

The first stage of the commercial fishing app is scheduled for release in October, with stage one of the recreational fishing app due in December.

Minister Furner said there was strong interest from small to medium enterprises to create the new software apps.

“Fisheries Queensland received 18 applications which were shortlisted to five companies who took part in a week-long ‘hackathon’ facilitated by Glass Consulting to design and present prototypes,” Mr Furner said.

“The standard of prototypes produced was very high and I congratulate the other final contenders for the hard work they put in.”

GIS People Pty Ltd Chief Operating Officer Jeff Portwain said the ‘Gruntify’ team enjoyed being part of the innovative Fisheries Queensland tender process which included their first ‘hackathon’.

“Our developers really got to showcase their skills using some cool new machine learning and augmented reality technology from Microsoft Azure which helped us land the fish species ID challenge,” Mr Portwain said.

“We’re looking forward to continuing our partnership with the Department of Agriculture and Fisheries, producing some great technology for fishers to use and enjoy and are enthusiastic about finalising the apps and getting them out there.”

Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries
The Honourable Mark Furner

Fisheries Queensland : Queensland Government, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry :
GPO Box 46, Brisbane, Qld 4001, Queensland Wide
07 3404 6999
13 25 23
Fisheries Queensland : Queensland Government, Department of Agriculture, Fisheries and Forestry
Showing 10+ recent articles for this business
From the Deep Fryer to the Deep North: Who has Queensland's Best Fish and Chips? 13 August 2018 | It doesn’t matter whether it’s a Monday, Wednesday, a Sunday or Friday – it’s always a good time for fish and chips and if you are passionate about your local fish, it pays to try the best. More information...
Real ‘grunt’ behind new Fisheries apps 07 August 2018 | There have been many advances in technology since the original ‘Qld Fishing’ app was released in 2014, and it’s time to bring commercial fishing into the digital realm. More information...
$10k fine for moving uncooked prawns out of White Spot restricted area 31 July 2018 | The restrictions are in place from Caloundra to the New South Wales border, and west to Ipswich for prawns, yabbies and marine worms. More information...
The process of progress outlined in fisheries reform update 25 July 2018 | Compliance activity has been significantly boosted over the first 12 months of implementing Queensland’s Sustainable Fisheries Strategy, with the recruitment of 20 new patrol officers. More information...
Countdown to annual fishing closure on Fraser Island 24 July 2018 | Fishers planning a trip to Fraser Island are reminded about the upcoming closure of regulated waters during the annual tailor run. More information...
Surveillance results show no further spread of white spot disease 13 July 2018 | The latest round of surveillance results for white spot disease have now been finalised with the results showing no further spread, which is welcome news for the Queensland seafood industry. More information...
New funding to protect beachgoers 21 June 2018 | The Palaszczuk Government has moved to further protect the lives of swimmers at the state’s most popular beaches, by allocating new funds in last week’s budget to deter shark attacks. More information...
State budget backs Queensland’s fishing industry 12 June 2018 | Minister for Agricultural Industry Development and Fisheries Mark Furner said the Palaszczuk Government’s plan for the industry was charging ahead at full steam. More information...
Innovative companies to develop automated fisheries monitoring 06 June 2018 | The Palaszczuk Government will fund two innovative companies to develop high-tech systems to monitor commercial fishing location, effort and catch. More information...
Fishers hooked on proposed legislation changes 05 June 2018 | Fishers want heavier penalties and stronger compliance powers to tackle black marketing. More information...

comments powered by Disqus

All articles submitted by third parties or written by My Sunshine Coast come under our Disclaimer / Terms of Service