Seed funding starts to grow security app


Tung Tran, the UniSA student behind the myEvidence app.

A UniSA student start-up business, which is creating a mobile device app designed to help in the secure storage of evidence related to investigations, has reached product testing stage.

The myEvidence app is being developed by Tung Tran, a Senior Constable with South Australia Police, who is undertaking a Graduate Diploma in Aviation at UniSA.

Backed by $50,000 seed funding from the Venture Catalyst initiative, the myEvidence app will facilitate the collection of digital evidence for investigations, which will be held either through a secure cloud platform or on police-held servers.

Tung says he designed the app with the aim of increasing the efficiency of investigations, from the crime scene to the court room.

“The myEvidence app will have huge benefits for all types of investigations,” he says.

“Our aim with the app is to create an in-depth brief that prosecutors can pick up to quickly understand the case file, and to ensure judges and jurors are fully immersed in the case and appreciate all the relevant facts to the investigation.

"It is essentially streamlining our current justice system process.”

The enterprising student says the funding from the Venture Catalyst initiative – a partnership between State Government and UniSA – has helped take his innovation a step closer to the market place.

“The funding has enabled us to engage a lawyer and start drafting up stakeholder and shareholder agreements, associated with the product,” Tung says.

“It’s at the stage where we are developing the back end of the system; the server and security end, and we have purchased a couple of android phones to test out the product.

“We’ve got some animators on board as well who are helping us to develop a presentation about the app, to help people understand what it is and how it works and that is what we want to take to stakeholders.”

Tung says that the support from Venture Catalyst has achieved more than helping to conquer some financial hurdles; it’s also created a sense of greater validity and belief in the product.

“It’s good to know that others back the idea and are willing to invest in myEvidence. It was worth applying for the grant, not least because of the expertise that comes along with that and the people you get to meet who are willing to help with the project,” he says.

“There’s still a lot to do and a lot to think about, particularly how to market the product, but it’s been a big learning curve and a positive one.”

The myEvidence app is one of two UniSA student-led projects that received funding in the first round of the Venture Catalyst program last year.

The other start-up is Jemsoft, which has created an intelligent security solution leveraging hardware and software components mixed with an array of emerging technologies to mitigate the risk of armed holdup in retail environments.

Applications for the next round of Venture Catalyst seed funding are now open with up to $50,000 on offer to current UniSA students and recent graduates to develop a product, service or process and take it to market.

For more information visit the Venture Catalyst website.


This article was originally published in UniSA News. Read the original article.

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Will Venn

Media Liaison Officer

University of South Australia


This article was originally published in UniSA News. Read the original article.

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