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Media Release The Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP

15 February 2006

ACT COMPANY AWARDED FUNDING FOR ROBOTIC INSPECTION VEHICLE

An unmanned robotic vehicle with mobile inspection, detection and surveillance capabilities is one of three ACT projects awarded funding in the latest round Australian Government innovation grants.

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced Canberra-based Australian Robotic Industries had been awarded a $427,051 Commercial Ready grant to finalise their unmanned vehicle project as part of a funding round worth $531,051 to ACT innovators.

Nationally, more than $39 million was today announced for 63 projects under the Commercial Ready and Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) programs.

“Australian Robotic Industries’ project, when commercialised, has applications for military, security and anti-terrorist activities,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“It’s another example of cutting-edge Australian innovation that just needs some extra help to make it to the marketplace - and this Government is committed to providing that support.”

The company has already demonstrated a concept vehicle and is now undertaking further research and development, proof of concept and pre-commercialisation activities to be ready for production in Australia.

Other Canberra companies awarded funding this round include:

● GPSports Systems Pty Ltd of Fyshwick, awarded a $64,000 COMET grant to commercialise the SPI Elite, a device that measures the

biometrics of elite athletes using electronic sensors. This information is downloaded, analysed and used to measure performance, reduce injury and manage recovery. COMET funding will be used for a business plan, potential partnerships and investors, and market research. [Contact: Adrian Faccioni 02 6162 2060] ● UNIFY Solutions Pty Ltd of Braddon, awarded a $40,000 COMET grant to commercialise its UNIFYNow and UNIFYConnect products

which reduce the need for specialist integration and purpose built systems to supply real time identity management provisioning solutions for private and public sector organisations. COMET funding will be used for market research and protecting intellectual property. [Contact Mark Goodall 02 6257 6666]“

A list of the latest innovation grants and information on the Commercial Ready and COMET programs can be found at www.ausindustry.gov.au, or phone the AusIndustry hotline 13 28 46, or email hotline@ausindustry.gov.au

Contact: Australian Robotics Industries, Mr Robert Jackson 02 6122 6897