Telecom NZ sets up big data company

Fiona Chau
13 Mar 2014
Daily News

Telecom New Zealand is moving into the big data market by creating a new standalone business which acts as a platform for organizations to collect and analyze data.

Qrious - launched by Telecom Digital Ventures, the digital services and innovation unit of Telecom New Zealand, is aimed at helping public and private sector organizations wring more out of information from their IT systems and the wider world of big data.

General Manager for Qrious, Cyrus Facciano, said the company believes there is a massive opportunity for New Zealand businesses to generate significant economic and social benefit from smarter use of data.

Qrious has established a cloud-based platform where businesses, the public sector and other organizations can privately and securely host their own data and combine this with other publicly available information.

According to the Qrious website the offerings include software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) elements.

“Qrious wants to help New Zealand address big challenging issues such as how to deliver better public transport, housing, and health outcomes. We want to help businesses and organizations improve the way their products and services meet their customer wants and needs,” said Facciano.

“For example we are curious about ways to help prevent the increase of chronic illness and improve the healthcare services available to the public. By connecting available data sets across the sector and correlating this with population demographics, we can help direct investment to the most in-demand types of care."

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