Local business wins community award
QIT PLUS was awarded the 2014 Community iAward for their suit of products for disaster management.
The 2014 Community iAward, hosted by partners Australian Computer Society, Australian Information Industry Association and Pearcey Foundation, is presented to the ICT solution that best supports, promotes or encourages social inclusion or community cohesion.
QIT Plus, a software development company in Cannonvale, won the award for their Guardian incident management suite.
The flagship program, Guardian Control Centre, is used widely throughout Australia for managing a multi-agency response to a disaster of any scale with minimal dependencies.
The system was developed in the Whitsundays in late 2007 and incorporates the value of local property data and maps as well as allowing interaction for all agencies involved in response and recovery.
Guardian Control Centre has enabled QIT Plus to expand the product suite to support a broader range of necessities with the target to provide a package to aid all le- vels from the initial request to state logistics and back to a successful resolution.
Co-owners and directors Phil Glindenann and Chris Madsen were over the moon to win the award.
“We’re one of the very few small businesses that are innovating to that level so I feel very proud that the work we’re doing from a development point of view, from a small business in Queensland is actually standing up against those other big companies,” said Ms Madsen.
Mr Glindenann and Ms Madsen wanted their business module to target all areas of disaster management.
“Disaster management is as much a passion as it is a job, you do this because you want people to be well prepared …We want to take the whole message to a bigger scale,” said Ms Madsen.
The co-owners hope to take Guardian to the rest of Australia and eventually worldwide and have already met at the Microsoft Headquarters in Seattle, Washington twice.
WINNERS: QIT Plus staff Andrew Sander, Leon Storey, Pete Richards with (front row) co-owners/directors Chris Madsen and Phil Glindenann.