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Toowoomba company turning heads across the nation

Downs MicroSystems management Ian Hurley (left) and John Henderson with some of the technology used in the project.
Downs MicroSystems management Ian Hurley (left) and John Henderson with some of the technology used in the project. Dave Noonan

TOOWOOMBA company Downs MicroSystems is not only turning heads in the Darling Downs but across the entire nation.

The family-owned business has just completed a multi-million dollar contract with the Tasmanian Government.

The business was engaged to provide all the technology and communication networks for the new state-of-the-art St Giles Paediatric Regional Centre of Excellence in Lenah Valley.

The centre will provide the full suite of allied health, early intervention and respite services for children and will connect to Tasmania's e-health network.

Downs MicroSystems business development manager Ian Hurley said the project was one of the largest ever undertaken by the Toowoomba business.

"For us it was fantastic. Getting access to a project of that scale was simply enormous for us," Mr Hurley said.

"The project was the type of opportunity that allows us to grow and bring what we learnt along the way back to the Darling Downs.

"We do not do a lot of government work but, we have definitely found a niche in the non-governmental organisation market where governments are providing the funding," he said.

Mr Hurley said Tasmania was the first state to have access to the National Broadband Network.

"With the introduction of the NBN, Allied and tele health will be massive in the coming years," he said.

"The project we completed in Tasmania has given us a massive head start for when the NBN is rolled out in Toowoomba next year.

"The project was really cutting edge and state-of-the-art.

"It was that big we will be entering our work in the project for a world award next year."

The centre was officially opened earlier this week by Federal Minister for Regional Development Simon Crean.

Mr Crean said the St Giles Centre was an example of how the National Broadband Network was transforming health care across Australia.

"The NBN is the great enabler of the regions, however it is only the highway," Mr Crean said.

"The challenge for the regions is to build the applications that provide the vehicles.

"The St Giles Centre is a great example of the community responding to the challenge.

"Doctors will be able to connect with patients in remote regions using high-speed video and audio technology," he said.

Topics:  nbn, tech, technology, toowoomba




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