- Intel and Government pledge to work together to accelerate benefits of digital economy
- Intel to share people, information and resources
- Initial three year period
MELBOURNE, October 1, 2010 – Intel and the Australian Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy (DBCDE) today announced an agreement to help accelerate the benefits of a digital economy.
Under the terms of the Memorandum of Understanding (MOU), the two parties will work to identify areas in which digital technologies can help to deliver economic growth as well as benefits in education, health and the environment in metropolitan, regional and rural areas.
The agreement follows a meeting today between Senator the Hon. Stephen Conroy, Minister for Department of Broadband, Communications and the Digital Economy, and Navin Shenoy, general manager, Intel Asia Pacific and vice president, Intel Corporation.
According to Mr. Shenoy, the MOU formalises work that has been on-going between the two organisations for almost two years, as well as opening up new opportunities for further collaboration.
“Over the last 40 years the personal computing revolution has made a profound difference to our lives. But it is just beginning. Technologies like high-speed broadband are becoming part of the critical infrastructure of developed economies like Australia,” he said.
“Intel and the Australian Government have shared goals around harnessing technology for the benefit of the country’s citizens and its economy. So it makes sense that the company which began the global computing revolution, Intel, helps to play a role,” Shenoy concluded.
Philip Cronin, Intel’s managing director for Australia and New Zealand, said: “The National Broadband Network is the right thing to do. Through our Health Guide, Intel has demonstrated one of its potential benefits. This MOU agreement is about looking beyond the politics of the NBN and instead focusing on the opportunities it creates for Australia’s sustained competitiveness in the 21st century digital economy.”
Under the agreement, Intel will:
- Provide access to the worldwide resources of Intel Research Labs, in particular to the social scientists within the company’s new Interaction & Experience Research division, headed by Australia-born Intel Fellow, Genevieve Bell.
- Share experience from its World Ahead Program, including technology adoption programs in other countries, and provide access to its subject matter experts in e-government, education, health, energy management and high-speed broadband.
- Share best known methods around the development and implementation of open industry standards in computing hardware and software.
- Evaluate investment in Australian technology businesses through Intel Capital.
The MOU is for an initial three year period.