Inspiring Western Australian success stories
SPUR, powered by Landgate, is a catalyst for different government and industry projects. We find solutions by using location information and other data that adds value, solves challenges and reduces costs.
Contact us now to find out how we can be a part of your solution.
SPUR is pleased to be helping Western Australian start-up BuildingApprovals.com drive its business forward.
Structural engineer Chris Dorian founded BuildingApprovals.com two years ago after becoming frustrated with the complexities and inefficiencies associated with obtaining building plan approval. His goal is to develop a fully automated online building approval system ensuring consumers enjoy a smooth, effortless experience during the planning process.
The company has launched Builder’s E-Commerce, a customisable online platform for builders.
SPUR is helping BuildingApprovals.com with its idea for development of the complete online building approval process through access to Landgate data and funding. A co-working arrangement means the team enjoys regular one-on-one consultation with our data and commercialisation experts at Landgate.
This is our first co-working collaboration and it’s proving beneficial to everyone involved. But don’t just take our word for it!
The SPURonWA grant assisted us to get our much needed marketing strategy ready for launch. The help Landgate and the SPUR team have provided has been so valuable. - Chris Dorian, Director
WA tech start-up Landguide teamed up with SPUR to create a new comparison website which helps first home buyers and investors save time and money when choosing where to live or invest.
Founded in 2015, Landguide was created to educate and empower land buyers by improving transparency and simplifying the process of finding your dream location to live.
The recipient of a SPURonWA grant, Landguide embarked on a journey to collate the overwhelming amount of real estate data available and build an innovative new style of comparison website. Making use of a SPUR Developer’s Licence, specifically designed for start-ups, Landguide leverages real time location data to give a true perspective of a block of land and the surrounding location, allowing land buyers to compare features like local amenities, schools and transportation services.
The website Landguide.com.au, launched in April 2017, lets buyers directly compare land from different sellers across the state. It also offers the ability to review the environmental rating of new land estates using both the Green Build Council Australia and the EnviroDevelopments rating systems. Through the use of these insights, the Landguide team believes it will drive land sellers to be more competitive on price and features while encouraging the land buyer to consider the long-term value of the property they are buying.
Landguide stimulates the potential for affordable living, lifestyle and sustainability by putting the power back into the consumer’s hands.
Encouraging buyers to think more about value, the ultimate mission of Landguide is to improve housing affordability and promote liveable communities in Western Australia.
As a start-up, often the first few steps are the hardest and for anyone looking at getting involved in spatial/location data space SPUR should be your first stop. For us as a start-up we not only got expert advice but also got excellent networking and meeting opportunities. Landguide would highly recommend the SPUR team to help you leverage data today. - Chris Bashall, CIO
PropertySMS is an app that is changing the way real estate professionals are communicating with their clients.
The app allows agents to maintain a consistent flow of personalised, relevant communication on local property sales with their contact list of potential sellers or buyers. Whenever a home is sold near a property that is owned by one the agents’ contacts, a text message is generated on the agents’ behalf advising of the sale price along with other property details.
This technology enhances the agents’ professional service increasing their chances of business in their local neighbourhood.
PropertySMS took advantage of access to a SPUR developer’s licence from Landgate. This allowed PropertySMS to integrate Landgate’s property and sales data, at a reduced cost during the engineering and market validation stage of their app development.
Find out more about PropertySMS, watch a demonstration video or download the app by visiting PropertySMS.com.au.
yStop is Australia's first, broad-scale, smart furniture provider.
Combining modular design, patented technology, new reporting systems and a community-first business model yStop brings a new way of seeing and sensing cities - through world-first 'Connectors'.
Each Connector works as part of a clever productivity and community engagement platform. Most are solar powered to provide features inc:
- phone-charging seats + shelters
- waste-sensing bin surrounds and
- a micro-donation + way-finding platform called 'Dwell'
The yStop Dashboard, meanwhile, 'learns' the most efficient maintenance schedules and remotely updates community event notifications. Using the LoRa network (low power, wide range communication) and Australia’s best route-mapping software, maintenance teams are instantly connected with real-time needs. yStop have installed one of Perth’s first LoRa gateways which is also open for community use. Together, these systems go towards providing world’s-best waste and maintenance fleet management - currently under trial with a local Perth council.
Other Dashboard applications include air sensors that provide hyper-local monitoring which can alert to high diesel emissions. Currently a program is being developed - together with Perth schools and university's - to help students teach parents about the dangers of idling vehicles at school pick-ups - with other community IoT applications to be announced soon.
All of this through an innovative business model where start-up precincts, charity campaigns and creative networks can be showcased - without cost.
For more information contact yStop on 1300 236 242 or check out the new website.
The SPURonWA grant has raised our profile as well as providing some much needed funds for development costs. The management and leadership course was great. Thanks for the support. – Len Luxford, Director
Instatruck is an online truck-matching platform with the potential to completely reconfigure the current land transport industry in Western Australia. By leveraging new technology, Instatruck significantly improves system efficiency by simply allowing customers to source the closest, most suitable truck for their needs whilst maintaining high standards of safety.
Instatruck used their SPURonWA grant funds to develop an android platform for use in their load-to-truck matching and tracking business. Since launching in 2015 they have helped fill gaps in the schedules of truck drivers by serving customer’s specific and immediate courier needs. Customer and driver apps talk to each other, matching load size to truck type and journeys are tracked using an innovative online system for mobile devices. Over the course of the last year, over 93% of trucks arrived at the pick-up location within half an hour of booking.
The outstanding success of their Perth based operation means that the business is expanding to the east coast of Australia.
Instatruck was named in the top 20 finalists of the Oz App Awards 2016 and was the Growth Category winner of the Western Australia Innovator of the Year 2016.
The SPURonWA grant contributed significantly to the budget for developing what we consider to be a piece of cutting edge technology in the development of our Driver Android App. The funding has been significantly beneficial to our company as it has assisted us in meeting our commercial needs and objectives. The funding has been one piece of the many required to successfully commercialise a project such as Instatruck. – Siobhan Lancaster, CEO
Founded in 2016, Cultured Cities aims to enhance the experiences of young travellers arriving in Perth.
They do so by gathering information curated by local students, and pass this knowledge onto young travellers such as backpackers and international students. Their aim is to provide a genuine experience of the city’s culture, and assist visitors in exploring a city beyond the tourist traps.
Jacinta Houzer, a co-founder of Cultured Cities, was the recipient of the 2016 Curtin Ignition Scholarship awarded by Landgate - a program that assisted the team in transforming their offering from physical paper maps, into the location based platform it is today.
Community Insight Australia enables users to select an area and generate in-depth social profile reports in under 10 minutes. It is the only off-the-shelf software that enables users to define their own areas and access the available data on the people within them. The Community Insight Australia tool is a user-friendly solution for people making location-based decisions in government and not-for-profit organisations, with all data accessed through a map, rather than a spreadsheet.
Community Insight Australia used the SPURonWA grant to achieve their short term objective of developing the report-generating functionality of the tool. While the application can now generate reports based on user defined areas, market launch is some months away.
The benefits of Community Insight Australia’s product are twofold. Community Insights Australia visualises publicly available data so that government and not-for-profit organisations can deliver services tailored to geographic communities. The tool also enables organisations to map their own data, to understand the spatial relationship between their services and community need.
The long term outcomes for Community Insight Australia include improving outcomes for disadvantaged West Australians, as targeted information leads to more efficient and more effective services.
The SPURonWA grant helped fund the development of our automated report functionality. This report is a massive game-changer in terms of the amount of information that can be accessed on any Australian location, by anyone, within 10 minutes. - Emma Tomkinson, Director
InFarm is a drone to tractor data processing solution that allows farmers to spot spray fallow weeds using their existing farm machinery. Drones images, collected from the paddock, are uploaded into the InFarm processing platform where our unique weed identifying algorithm is used. The result is a tractor ready file that can be uploaded into farmers standard tractors. Our data then controls the nozzles turning them on and off depending on the presence of weeds.
The result is a reduction in chemical usage, which is financially beneficial to the farmer and has numerous positive environmental benefits.
SPURonWA funding was used to develop and secure an intellectual property strategy surrounding InFarm’s innovation.
The team at SPUR are extremely understanding and easy to work with. We hope that this grant continues into the future, helping the commercialisation of many more companies, products and ideas like ours. – Jerome Leray, Chief Pilot and CEO
Do you have a project that we could SPUR on? Contact us today to see how we could get involved.