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OnSide and Jade Software launch innovative health and safety app

Media release - April 7, 2016

TEAM PHOTO.JPGJade’s client OnSide announced the launch of its new app that provides a practical way to manage farm safety.

This is New Zealand’s first completely online health and safety system for farmers, making compliance with the new Health and Safety at Work Act easier. The app combines mapping technology with virtual ‘geo-fencing’, and allows health and safety risks to be updated and stored in the cloud in real time.

Jade’s Chief Innovation Officer John Ascroft says, “Our design experts worked with OnSide to flesh out their idea and rapidly prototype models of how the app could work. From there our delivery team built the production version of the software, and our business and marketing teams kicked in to create a compelling brand identity and market presence for OnSide.”  As OnSide’s technology partner, Jade worked alongside their team to generate innovative thinking and produce an intuitive and functional app.  

Jade’s unique value of providing a true end-to-end service made it easy for OnSide to bring its idea to life, according to Ryan Higgs, Onside’s Chief Executive, who says the team’s knowledge and expertise has been invaluable through the entire process.

Higgs says, “We’ve been listening to farmers, collaborating with health & safety experts and leaders in the rural sector, as well as our technology partner, Jade Software to ensure OnSide meets farmers’ needs. We’ve spent months conducting on-farm research and have run a trial with fifty farmers, as we’ve brought our vision to life,”

Pictured: Co-founders Michael Falconer (right) and Juliet Maclean (middle), and Chief Executive Ryan Higgs.

Download OnSide's press release (PDF)

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