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Media Release The Hon Ian Macfarlane MP Minister for Industry, Tourism and Resources

26 November 2002

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NEW VOICE TECHNOLOGY A BLESSING FOR AGED AND INFIRM

After three years of research, South Australian company i2Net Computer Solutions has developed new voice technology which enables a user to turn on lights and appliances with a simple voice command.

The Orion software could particularly benefit the elderly and infirm as it gives the user an electronic partner in the house, programmed to undertake a variety of commands. Voice instructions can be given to appliances such as the CD player, the TV set, the house lighting system, and the computer.

At a function in the EDS Centre, Federal Industry Minister, Ian Macfarlane, today congratulated i2Net on their research and commercialisation success, aided with a $55,000 Commonwealth Government Commercialising Emerging Technology (COMET) grant.

“With a history in innovation, Australia’s IT industry has been responsible for many exciting new products in recent years, and the i2Net Orion software has the potential for use in many applications,” Mr Macfarlane said.

"The technology has been released in the home automation market and the company is now looking at the aged and disability care sector. For the aged and infirm this technology could make simple tasks, like turning on a light, so much easier.”

COMET is all about converting good ideas into marketable products or services and i2Net is just one of 32 South Australian companies to receive COMET funding totalling $1.66 million in the last financial year.

“There’s a growing culture of innovation in South Australia and nationally. Business expenditure on research and development has jumped 18% in the last financial year, to more than $4.8 million - the highest level ever recorded,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“Companies are making the most of the present economic security to branch out and take calculated risks they might not otherwise consider.”

Examples of other South Australian companies receiving COMET funding follows.

AusIndustry contact: Chris Butler 02 6213 7324 or 0411 130 677

Media contact: Kirsty Boazman 02 6277 7580 0411 171 444

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