Kairos to export anti-OOS software

A Wellington-based HR software firm that aims to protect businesses from employee claims for occupational overuse injuries is to market the software overseas.

A Wellington-based HR software firm that aims to protect businesses from employee claims for occupational overuse injuries is to market the software overseas.

The company, Kairos, says overseas organisations have tended to approach it by accident but now the four-year-old business is looking for partners to sell Coach in Australia, Canada and the Europe.

Coach monitors the use of PCs on a network and reports back to an administrator.

Depending on the status of the user, it can shut down the PC to ensure that user takes a break or micropause to help avoid developing symptoms of occupational overuse syndrome (OOS).

Marketing head Pablo Garcia says the firm has never marketed Coach overseas before, yet it already claims clients such as elements of the New South Wales government, government organisations in Canada and the Commonwealth Bank in Sydney. New Zealand users include the Ministry of Health and insurance company Axa.

Auckland-based Garcia says his task over the coming year is to identify sales channels.

"Because we specifically target large companies and government, we need to appoint partners rather than sell ourselves," he says.

Garcia, the former head of Auckland oil software company Task Technology, joined the firm five months ago as a director and investor, along with David Hay of the Mana Group medical software company.

Kairos was formed in 1998 by HR consultant Peter Ritches and programmer Neil Whittington. During consultations with businesses, Ritches had noted an increase in the number of OOS sufferers.

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