FAST growing Adelaide technology company Sine has joined forces with industry giant Hewlett Packard.
The deal, finalised last week, will see HP’s Aruba division use Sine’s software to manage access to its suite of mobile services.
Guests who check-in at meetings, schools, hotels, offices, construction sites and events using Sine will now be automatically authenticated onto the facility’s Wi-Fi network via Aruba ClearPass.
“By partnering with Aruba, we are one step closer to creating the digital workplace of the future — or the digital workplace of the now, as I like to call it,” Sine founder and chief executive Antony Ceravolo said.
“Sine has reinvented visitor management, not just here in Australia but globally we’re growing.”
The company, based out of Norwood co-working hub That Space, received almost $350,000 in Federal Government funding earlier this year via its Accelerating Commercialisation program.
Mr Ceravolo described that money as a “game-changer”, allowing Sine to increase its development team which has fast-tracked the roll out of software.
“The funding translated to us being able to hire more people in Adelaide. We found the talent and hit the timelines we set — it’s really allowed us to move faster,” he said.
“Now we’re really progressing with the new product that we’ve been able to develop through the AC grant … we’re now really motoring, not just in Australia, but the US and UK.”
Sine has more than 1000 clients worldwide, including General Electric, CBRE, and Stockland.
Mr Ceravolo said his company would continue to enhance its software offerings in the visitor and workforce management space.
“We’re looking at helping facilities manage people flows into buildings and there’s a hell of a lot to do in that area,” he said.
“We’re making it a process much like when you check-in with the airlines — the whole idea of Sine has come from mobile check-in with airlines.”
Sine was established by Mr Ceravolo early in 2014. Two-and-a-half years later, the company has 10 fulltime employees and the same number of contractors working on projects.
Accelerating Commercialisation director Larry Lopez said Sine represents a new generation of Australian technology companies.
“This is a real example of Australian innovation at its best,” he said.
Having spent 15 years in London, where he set up several tech and media businesses, Mr Ceravolo returned to his hometown in late 2013 to focus on Sine.
“Setting up a business in Adelaide is, in my view, actually a critical advantage because when you’re bootstrapping and you’re trying to make every single dollar and cent count, there’s no better place to do it than Adelaide,” he said.
“I read stuff all the time like ‘is the government doing enough?’ or ‘is Adelaide’s tech scene doing things?’ I just wish people would get on with it.”