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Wednesday, 18 December 2019 11:04

Dataminr opens ANZ headquarters in Melbourne

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Dataminr's Rod Moynihan and Jonathan Barrett. Dataminr's Rod Moynihan and Jonathan Barrett. Supplied

Real-time event and risk detection AI platform Dataminr has opened its ANZ headquarters and operations centre in Melbourne as it begins the process of expanding into the region.

A statement from the company said it used data from millions of public datasets to detect the first signs of high-impact events and emerging risks to general real-time alerts.

As an example of use in Australia, Dataminr's alerts could be used in the event of bushfires to help first-responders, regional businesses and media outlets to inform and protect residents, homes and businesses.

Dataminr’s senior vice-president of Sales for EMEA & APAC, Jonathan Barrett, said: “Our expansion into Australia is a key pillar of our APAC strategy. We aim to serve a wide range of businesses so that they can mobilise more quickly and effectively amid an increasingly fast-paced and dynamic risk landscape.”

Dataminr's ANZ managing director Rod Moynihan added: “We want to bring to Australian and New Zealand businesses a globally recognised capability to harness real-time public data in the protection of employees, customers, brands, and assets.

"Australia suffers the burden of distance, and Dataminr can inform clients of regional issues quickly, benefitting our mining industry, transport and logistics companies, and emergency services.”

As to why the company had chosen to set up its ANZ headquarters in Melbourne, Moynihan said: “We are proud to work with Invest Victoria on our market entry, due to the growth of the state’s tech sector and a strong pool of talent in Melbourne – a city that ranked 11th among 2ThinkNow Most Innovative Cities.

"In addition to providing Dataminr with access to high the highest calibre regional sales talent, our new APAC HQ opens up access to new pools of Engineering, AI and Domain Expert talent, as well as new pathways for collaboration with local tech & AI communities.”

Victoria's Economic Development Minister Tim Pallas said: “The Victorian Government is actively seeking to attract international investment in tech that builds our capabilities, supports long-term economic prosperity and creates jobs. Victoria’s thriving tech sector makes Melbourne a natural place for Dataminr’s Asia Pacific headquarters.”

Update: A Dataminr spokesperson said the company used data from thousands of public datasets, and its earlier reference to millions was a mistake.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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