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Aussie learning platform trains Indonesian miners

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Mining companies in Indonesia are using Immersive learning software developed in South Australia to train workers.

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Timothy Angel

Managing Director Cortex Interactive

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The Indonesian rollout of Cortex Interactive’s software is the first deployment outside Australia with several other countries set to follow in what promises to be a busy year for the Adelaide-based company.

The Learning and Assessment Management Platform (LAAMP) – combines mobile, virtual reality, augmented reality and mixed reality technologies to provide immersive inductions and employment training.

In the past year, the company was awarded a contract with the world’s largest mining services provider Theiss. As part of the deal, LAAMP will be used to educate roughly 80,000 employees across the globe.

Cortex is also set to expand into Mongolia, Africa and Chile before the end of the year.

Managing director Timothy Angel said LAAMP had so far been deployed to about 20 sites across Australian and Indonesia in regional locations including Malek and East Kalimantan.

He said while the Mongolian rollout was originally due for the beginning of this year, the coronavirus travel ban had hindered export speed.

“So, our focus is to continue to rollout to additional sites in Australia and Indonesia and then go to Mongolia, Chile and Africa,” he said.

Angel founded the company in 2016 after identifying a gap in induction and company learning delivery.

“We were doing a lot of content development and induction programs at the time and we saw a need to build a product.

“We came up with the concept for LAAMP but it got to the stage where we had to build something for people to understand how we could deliver learning and training differently, so we built LAAMP and engaged in a pilot.”

Angel said the move into international markets had allowed the South Australian operation to grow from six staff to 16, with an ambition to get to 25 full-time employees within the next financial year.

Cortex has initially targeted the mining sector but plans to also deliver the software across a number of industries including education.

“Last year we brought on a service delivery manager who enabled us to rollout to three sites a month,” Angel said.

“At each site we do training with the tool to ensure people are aware how the software works and what it’s doing. The clients provide the hardware but then we essentially turn on our LAAMP product, which is a cloud-based solution.

“That can then all be administered, managed and supported from Adelaide.”

Angel said a move into Adelaide’s innovation neighbourhood Lot Fourteen in 2018 had aided the company’s significant growth.

A hub for innovative startups, Lot Fourteen has been developed in the heart of the city’s business district at the former Royal Adelaide Hospital site.

Lot Fourteen aims to become the largest innovation precinct in the Southern Hemisphere and also houses a number of other local and international tech, space, defence and cyber companies, as well as the Australian Space Agency and the office of South Australia’s Chief Entrepreneur, Jim Whalley.

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