LAS VEGAS – WaterStart recently took part in a roundtable last month in Reno, Nev. on June 20 with the Premier of Queensland, Annastacia Palaszczuk, to talk about its partnership with Australia-based technology company RedEye. The collaboration between WaterStart and RedEye is a result of a 2016 trade mission to Australia led by Nevada Governor Brian Sandoval and the Governor’s Office of Economic Development. Now, as a result of the Queensland Premier’s visit, she will be hosting a Water Roundtable in Brisbane later this month to investigate the possibility of establishing the WaterStart program in Queensland.
“We’ve been working hard to build relationships with the U.S. and that hard work is starting to pay off,” Palaszczuk said. “Having Queensland-based businesses establish themselves in the U.S. means we are exporting our skills and innovation.”
The first projects that have taken place as a result of the RedEye/WaterStart partnership are with the Southern Nevada Water Authority (SNWA), as well as the Las Vegas Valley Water District (LVVWD), to integrate the RedEyeDMS solution into the organizations’ engineering and operation systems. RedEye opened its North American headquarters in Nevada earlier this year and relocated two members of the Queensland team to run the SNWA and LVVWD projects, and scale the business.
“WaterStart was thrilled to join Ms. Palaszczuk and RedEye in Reno to talk about the positive synergies taking place between Nevada and Queensland to further strategic efforts in water innovation,” said WaterStart Executive Director Nathan Allen. “RedEye’s platform is bringing new technologies to the U.S., helping to deliver essential solutions that will greatly benefit our water utilities.”
RedEye is already receiving interest from other water and power utilities and plans to grow the Nevada team quickly with a view to create up to eight new jobs in its U.S. operations this year. RedEye’s engineering data management solution – RedEyeDMS – brings a revolutionary Cloud and mobile solution to the U.S. water industry. SNWA and LVVWD staff, engineering firms, and professional engineers will now be able to easily collaborate to find, use, markup, back draft, review, approve and manage “as-built” engineering drawings and related data from anywhere, on any device.
“Working with Nate Allen and his team at WaterStart is creating numerous opportunities for RedEye in the U.S. water industry. I also really appreciate the support from the whole LVVWD / SNWA team who are embracing our technology and team,” said RedEye CEO Wayne Gerard. “The Queensland Premier’s recent trade mission to Nevada and Water Roundtable in Reno further reinforced the opportunities for Queensland and Nevada to work together to share water technologies that solve common challenges faced by both states.”
During her visit to Reno, Palaszczuk also signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to facilitate collaboration between the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) and Queensland University of Technology (QUT). The MOU facilitates research collaboration and the development of opportunities for new technologies, autonomous vehicles, air quality, exhaust emissions and hydrolic sciences.
WaterStart operates in a region of proven first adopters, sitting at the nexus of technology, research and economic development. WaterStart provides channels for innovation for various stakeholders and water resource managers; including: technology companies, management agencies and policy makers and provides services ranging from commercialization funding to business development. As it continues to bring together strategic resources and expertise, its core mission will create quality job growth and help diversify the economy of the region.
For more information, visit www.waterstart.com.
RedEye is a disruptive tech business, and the first software business to make engineering data truly mobile. Established in Brisbane in 2012 by Wayne Gerard and Randall Makin, RedEye is one of Australia’s fastest growing tech companies with an expanding global footprint.
RedEye’s Cloud-based solutions help asset owners and their service providers improve their productivity and safety, while reducing business risks and costs. With a mission to reinvent the way people work, the company has pioneered a new product category, globally, in Cloud and mobile Engineering Data Management for Asset Owners. RedEye’s solutions are built by the industry, for the industry.
In 2016, RedEye launched its work management solution, RedEyeWFM, which is transforming the way large industrial companies work with their technical contractors and maintenance providers.
The RedEye team are passionate contributors to the development of the startup community, helping to drive world leading innovation and a diverse workforce culture that disrupts and transforms traditional industries.
Visit redeye.co for more information.