Townsville tech startup receives funding for work safety app

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The Queensland Government will invest on a Townsville-based tech firm which has developed a way of using mobile phones to make travel between job sites safer.

JESI Management Solution will receive a $500,000 for its journey management software project, as announced by Treasurer Curtis Pitt during the Townsville Chamber of Commerce Budget Lunch on Tuesday.

“This is the first regional investment made by the Business Development Fund and it’s great to see a Townsville-based company leading the way in creating a real-time monitoring of journeys, enabling employers to respond immediately in the event of an emergency,” said Mr. Pitt.

“In the digital age logging journeys no longer needs to be a manual task and this technology is a real game-changer, particularly in regional Queensland and for long-haul drivers.

“Providing a safe work environment goes beyond the traditional bricks and mortar locations where management have direct sight of their staff – it now includes employers ensuring staff arrive safely at locations that involve remote and isolated conditions.

“Living in a vast state like Queensland, businesses understand that travelling between locations often expose their staff to greater risks.”

The app allows workers to map their own journeys, choose a mode of transport, create checkpoints and specify the time of their journey no matter where they are in the world.

With greater workplace health and safety compliance requirements JESI provides a cost effective solution for companies to manage their employees’ journeys and respond to incidents when they occur,” said JESI Management Solutions co-founder and director Joe Hoolahan.

“Companies, both in Australia and internationally, have already benefited from this software, with sales across a variety of sectors including resources, construction, health and education.

“This investment from the Palaszczuk Government will enable us to further develop the software and accelerate expansion domestically and internationally.”

The Queensland government’s $40 million Business Development Fund invests from $125,000 to $2.5 million in matched funding, together with private sector co-investors to help businesses develop innovative products.

Future Now Ventures is a co-investor for this project.

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