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Media Release

The Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP

16 August 2005

GRANT PUTS HI-TECH INVENTION ON

ROAD TO SUCCESS An innovative South Australian company developing advanced communications technology for emergency services vehicles has been awarded $630,341 under the Australian Government ’s Commercial Ready program. 

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced Cohda Wireless as one of nine Australian companies awarded more than $8.2 million under the flagship innovation program.

“Cohda ’s project represents an exciting new step in the rapidly advancing world of wireless communications,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The company ’s digital wireless communications technology enables users to reliably send and receive broadband data, video and voice messages - even while driving in high-speed emergency situations.

“Existing products typically restrict communication to periods when vehicles are stationary or travelling at low speeds.

“Cohda ’s product, when commercialised, will allow users to communicate at a high bandwidth rate of up to 64 megabytes per second while travelling at speeds up to 200km/h.”   

Mr Macfarlane said the project had obvious applications for police, ambulance and fire services, but also had the potential to be used in passenger information systems and wireless internet connections on public transport.

“Of course, the technology will come into its own in emergency situations,” he said.  “The ability for an ambulance to send back live video feeds to hospital staff is just one possible application.”

Mr Macfarlane said Commercial Ready was the Australian Government ’s one-stop-shop for business innovation, providing up to $200 million a year to help small businesses turn bright ideas into marketable products.

Nationally, 17 innovation grants worth more than $11.4 million were announced today under the Commercial Ready, R&D Start and Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) programs.

Company contact: Mr Peter Harriss 08 8364 4719 A full list of the latest innovation grants is at www.ausindustry.gov.au

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