SuniTAFE IT students help link business to the future

SuniTAFE and GTS Freight Management have collaborated on a project to solve an IT problem.
The local business has established working relationships with SuniTAFE. Information Technology students Sarah Stone (Diploma) and Shiva Bhattarai (Advanced Diploma) commenced at GTS late December. 

They will work three days a week over summer as part of the first SummerTech LIVE industry-education program partnership for SuniTAFE. Much like an internship, the students will work for GTS on the project 'Measuring rest to reduce fatigue' under the guidance of teacher mentors Chris Zhong and Mike Hall to develop a cloud-based Internet of things (IoT) application.

The application will enable truck drivers to book accommodation using a mobile phone web app, and sign in/sign out and access rooms using Radio Frequency IDentification (RFID) devices. GTS is committed to serving the interests of their clients and are constantly developing methods to improve their great service.

The students will utilise a range of skills including networking, programming, software testing and app development during the project. To comply with mandatory rest provisions and ensure worker quality and safety, GTS is committed to going above and beyond minimum expectations by offering quality on-site accommodation and facilities for interstate drivers to rest and recuperate between trips.

The program sees the Victorian Government fund the student placement and the business contributing both financially and in-kind.

For further information, photo and interviews contact:
Brendan Moritz, Assistant Driver Manager, GTS
T: 5051 0120, E: brendan@gtsfreight.com.au
Mike Hall, Teacher Business Studies, SuniTAFE
T: 5022 3965 E: mhall@sunitafe.edu.au