Kiwi tech firm GeoOP has topped off a massive year with a win at the 2011 Consensus Software Awards, which reward the most innovative software in Australia and New Zealand.
GeoOP was the only New Zealand winner, with the others being GuestPoint, Riskware and The Manufacturing Simulation.
The awards are supported by Austrade, NZ Trade & Enterprise, Australian Computer Society and the New Zealand Computer Society.
GeoOP is a job dispatch and workforce management
system that runs on smartphones, allowing users to communicate, allocate tasks and see the status
and location of jobs and staff in real time.
The Christchurch Student Volunteer Army used GeoOP to orchestrate the completion of 4,000 jobs by 15,000 volunteers following the Canterbury quakes and GeoOP is currently used by customers in Australia, UK, South Africa, Canada and the US in businesses as diverse as freight, IT, landscaping, trades, healthcare and security.
GeoOP chief executive Nick Bartlett said big things were ahead in 2012, including plans to release GeoOP in multiple languages.
"This award tops off a simply amazing year for GeoOP. The Christchurch earthquake and the incredibly effective response by the GeoOP-powered student volunteer army really put the power of our technology in the spotlight and it’s been a roller coaster ride ever since."
"GeoOP is a contemporary solution to the mobile workforce management problem that leverages simple job dispatch functionality with the GPS tracking capabilities of smart phones. Built for the cloud, GeoOP is a slickly packaged SaaS offering with great potential," judges said.
Its software is targeted at the SME market and integrates with other SaaS products like Xero and Freshbooks.
That, along with the rapidly diminishing cost of Android phones, placed GeoOP in a position for growth, judges said.
“It is well positioned to capitalise on the adoption of smart phones and mobile devices by this largely untapped sector. An innovative 'pay-per-job' pricing model and quick web-based setup process enables customers to adopt GeoOP quickly and efficiently."