Monash South Africa and Keytools, a local developer of mobile software technology, have signed a groundbreaking collaborative research agreement.
Monash South Africa is wholly-owned by Monash University, Australia’s largest university which has an international reputation for excellence in research and teaching.
The agreement was negotiated by Prof Dina Burger, Deputy Pro Vice-Chancellor: Research at Monash South Africa, and Ray Delgarno, CEO of Keytools.
According to Dalgarno: “Over the past five years the company has invested in a multimillion-rand product development project. We will soon be launching into the global marketplace the world’s first 'end-to-end' integrated cellular/web rapid application development toolset – KeyPAD.
“Designed for the non-programmer and based on simple and well-proven principles of 'point and click', this device, database and operating system agnostic mobile development toolset, creates solutions for mobile phones with astounding speed, incorporating all aspects of the desired application system requirements.
“We see the signing of this agreement as the start of an ongoing formal cooperative research collaboration between Keytools and Monash.”
As a result of the agreement, postgraduate Information Technology students at Monash South Africa will have the opportunity to do practical research work in the cutting-edge technological environment in which Keytools operates which is also in line with the research focus of the School of IT at Monash South Africa: Development Informatics.
Dr Jacques Steyn, Head of the School of IT, welcomes the agreement and says it gives structure to an informal arrangement that has been in place over the past three years. Lecturers and students in the school will initially contribute towards new initiatives in the field of m-government and m-commerce.