World first school communication service SchoolStar launched, allowing secure 2-way messaging between parents, students and schools via an app, with backup SMS messages. SchoolStar also provides a range of school information, including news, newsletters, events, calendars, student timetables and sick notes.
Schools signed up hits 1,279
Revenue for year reported at $2,575,684
Research and development expenditure once again breaks the record with an investment of $1,843,413
Queensland government mandates that all schools in the region must provide same-day notification of unexplained absences to parents.
Contract won in Queensland to provide services, providing access to 1,736 public, independent and Catholic schools in the state, with more than 87 new schools signed up in the first year.
Statesman Institute released, a disruptive service which matches organisations seeking government assistance with experts in political, corporate and public sector fields to improve the way industry and government interact
All My Tribe launched, an app for wearable devices and the first major upgrade for the existing Pinpoint service which provide alerts to parents and guardians if children or elderly relatives does not arrive or leave a pre-set location.
MGM Events and Bookings announced, allowing schools to create, schedule and manage events and keep parents and guardians up to date using the existing Outreach+ service.
1165 schools signed up
Revenue reported at $3,867,822, with company profits for 2015 exceeding $1M for the first time at $1,041,780
Spending on R&D exceeds $1M for the first time at $1,069,361
Specialised smartwatches for use by young children announced, allowing effective utilisation of all the All My Tribe
MGM PinPoint app released for smartphones, allowing parents to locate the phones of a student reported as absent and providing anti-bullying and safety services for children, enabling them to send an alert to a parent notifying them of their location
E-Commerce platform Payschool acquired, a service which allows parents to order and pay for a range of school expenses including excursions, uniforms and lunches, as well as enabling the digital signing of permission slips and medical and dietary requirements.
Following the launch of MGM Pinpoint, a Northern Territory school announces a reduction in unexplained absences from 60 per week to just 5.
Revenue surpasses $3M, reported at $3,267,253
Schools and childcare centres signed up hits 1,150 across Australia and New Zealand
$567,719 spent on research and development for the year
Western Australia Department of Education selects MGM Wireless for new contract to provide services to more schools in the state as well as childcare and early learning centres.
Outreach+ launched, a major upgrade to its existing service which allows the sending of attachments, as well as improved contact details and messaging systems for school administrators
MGM Wireless appointed a preferred supplier for the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta, which oversees 78 Catholic schools
MGM PinPoint announced, a world first service which uses Google Maps to automatically locate the phones of students who are reported as absent
Contract signed with Mission Australia to provide services to its nationwide network of 51 early learning centres
Over 1,000 education centres across Australia and New Zealand signed up
Revenue reported at $3,023,144, with another record profit of $657,835
MGM Wireless pays a maiden dividend
Spending on research and development for the year increased to $642,000
The number of schools contracted hits 963 schools as smartphone app launched for cloud-based Outreach service, enabling administrative staff to use Apple or Android devices to send and receive messages directly from a school’s database of contacts.
MGM services used to send over 55,000 messages by flood-stricken schools in NSW, Victoria and Queensland, keeping parents, staff and students informed during an ongoing emergency
Web-based School News Channel launched, allowing parents, grandparents, guardians and old scholars to subscribe and receive information about school events, class attendance, meetings and speech nights via SMS
Western Australia education department extends the contract for a further 12 months and names MGM Wireless services as a key tool in reducing truancy
As storms hit Western Australia, Victoria and South Australia, schools use MGM Wireless services to send more than 200,000 messages over a 48 hour period to keep parents and the wider school community up to date
Revenue reported at $2,605,719, with a record profit of $602,756
$200,000 spent on research and development for the year
SMS systems moved to high-security cloud-based data centre to improve uptime and better protect sensitive information
New SmartSync announced to maintain up-to-date records of contact details for general use and emergencies, providing a specialised solution for schools to contact a student’s caregiver
738 schools across the globe report they are operating using MGM Wireless services, including 30 schools in New Zealand.
Cloud-based RollMarker service released to schools, giving education administrators access to a more efficient digital roll marking service which integrates with other products.
MGM Wireless enters the childcare market, providing a service which integrates with existing childcare systems and allows childcare centres to easily communicate with parents and caregivers using SMS messages.
Revenue for year reported at $2,390,87
$195,145 spent on research and development for year
580 schools report they operating using MGM Wireless services
MGM Wireless wins preferred supplier for a $1.1M contract to supply school messaging services in New Zealand, a potential market of 400 schools. In the first year, 45 schools sign up
RollStar announced, a cloud-based roll marking service for universal integration with messageyou and Watchlists
Major innovation announced for School News Channel product, allowing parents to invite other family members and friends to receive important school event info and safety alerts.
Revenue for year reported at $2,270,678
$220,470 spent on research and development for year
Number of operating schools hits 400
Outreach announced, a web-based solution designed specifically to support primary school environments and allow administrators to easily locate parent contact details
Completion of msgPool announced, allowing parents to pay to receive messages from MGM communication systems, reducing costs for schools
Over 4 million SMS messages delivered during in 2009, a 31% increase from the previous year
Revenue for the reported at $1,887,067
$252,365 spent on research and development for year
Victorian and Tasmanian sales licenses purchased to further consolidate operations in Australia
191 ASK School News Channel used to deliver daily pollen counts to more than 300,000 students, parents and asthma sufferers via SMS through a partnership with Asthma Foundation of South Australia
NSW Education Department selects MGM Wireless for systems-wide school contract to use 191ASK School News Channel, opening the market to more than 2300 schools across the state – the world’s single largest education system
Schools contracted hits 257 as upgrades begin on Message Centre infrastructure to enable simultaneous SMS, email and voice mail delivery across multiple regions and countries.
Partnership announced with Miami-based company Plasco to bolster rollout of services to US schools
Revenue reported at $1,902,566
$271,238 spent on research and development for year
International rollout continues as alliance announced with North American company VIP Tone for full release of MGM Wireless services in USA. Agreement signed with Roltin Global to distribute messageyou in India, the world’s largest private education market, with trials quickly secured trials with two prestigious private schools in Ahmedabad, the capital of Gujurat
US expansion hits 25 schools across Arizona and California signed up to use messageyou
The whole of state contract signed with Western Australia to make messageyou available to more than 800 government schools
New product 191ASK School News Channel announced, which will allow parents to request information ranging from due dates to sport results ‘on demand’ from school databases via SMS
Revenue surpasses $2M for the first time, reported at $2,198,029, with this year also marking the first time substantial income has come from overseas schools in India and the US
$288,883 spent on research and development for year
Expansion to USA begins with trials of messageyou begin in three schools in Arizona in the Mid-Western city of Tuscon. Trials quickly report a reduction in the truancy of 30-60%
Number of schools contracted hits 240 across Australia and New Zealand
MGM Wireless named Top South Australian Mover by In-Business Magazine’s SA Great 2006 Fast Movers Index and makes top 20 in 2006 Deloitte Tech Fast 50 Awards in recognition of improvements to education outcomes across Australia
MGM Wireless introduces new electronic roll marking system to reduce mistakes made by staff and better support schools across Australia
$590,804 spent on research and development for year
Revenue reported at $1,991,803
Watchlists launched across Australia allowing school administrators to more efficiently identify and support vulnerable students through message data collation, reports and data filters
Upgrades begin on the MGM SMS Messaging Centre to accommodate increasing demand
Agreement with first schools in Tasmania and Northern Territory, completing a nationwide map of messageyou sales
First inroads made in the international market with rollout of messageyou to New Zealand schools
Deloitte Technology Fast 50 Rising Star awarded in recognition of rollout of messageyou to more than 200 schools across Australia and New Zealand
Revenue surpasses $1M for first time, reported at $1,079,960
$371,253 spent on research and development for year
50% of all government secondary schools in South Australia purchase messageyou
Every mainland state in Australia except NT adopts messageyou, with more than 100 schools contracted to use the service nationwide
Within days of implementation of messageyou by two Western Australian schools, reports appear that unexplained absences have dropped by 75%
messageyou independently shown by South Australian education department and state schools to reduce truancy by 30-80%
Watchlist announced, a service aimed at further improving communication between parents, schools and third parties
Western Australian offices opened
Revenue reported at $406,428
Trials begin for messageyou Schools, the first SMS messaging service in the world used to automatically report student absences to parents. Reception from parents, staff and principals and five trial schools is overwhelmingly positive
Local media begin to report on new messaging service, with the story quickly syndicated across Australia and internationally in the US and UK
The South Australian Education Department issues a directive to all school banning its use, claiming lack of product information.
After meetings and product presentations with South Australian Education Department officials, ban lifted
Following the spate of media coverage, South Australian Premier Mike Rann announces $1M package to improve school attendance, with the first item on the project list the implementation of messageyou
messageyou service discussed with South Australian Education Department, and after rigorous security testing, roll out of service commences across state
South Australian schools which have implemented messageyou report 30% improvement in student attendance
MGM Wireless becomes a public company listed as MWR on the Australian Stock Exchange
First annual revenue reported at $47,374
messageyou further developed to allows businesses to send SMS messages using a computer system
Service sold to a range of businesses, but sees little use after initial purchases by, among other buyers, trucking companies and real estate agents
Looking for potential customers, through a chance encounter with a teacher at a pub one Friday evening, MGM Wireless hits upon the idea of providing services to schools, which at the time needed to commit large amounts of man hours and resources calling up the parents of absent students individually
Initial contact with schools finds a number of principals interested in a system which allows schools to send SMS messages using a computer system
Despite initial enthusiasm from schools, once installed, MGM Wireless finds school staff never get around to typing out messages manually
Development begins for a new, fully automated messaging system for schools as MGM Wireless begins to focus solely on the education sector
MGM Wireless founded by Mark Fortunatow, Greg Sincock and Mark Hurd, who lent their initials to the name of the company. MGM was founded on the “vision that mobile phones could one day be used for much more than just making phone calls and SMS, and would one day become important tools for business.”
After two months, Greg Sincock leaves MGM Wireless, due to family commitments
SMS begins to be explored as a platform for services which could benefit business
First product, messageyou, released. Aimed at nightclubs, it allows users to send messages to a number which are then displayed on large screens inside partnered clubs
After seeing success and media attention with trials of messageyou at several nightclubs in Adelaide, the product is abandoned due to lack of viable revenue stream.