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$51,200 for Tassie underwater surveillance and vehicle.

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Media Release The Hon Ian Macfarlane, MP

6 November 2006

$51,200 FOR TASSIE UNDERWATER SURVEILLANCE AND VEHICLE A disposable, remote underwater vehicle for survey security and surveillance will receive a$51,200 Commercialising Emerging Technologies(COMET) grant to help make the new technology a commercial reality.

Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced MICT One Ltd, of Launceston, is one of two Tasmanian companies sharing in $743,200 through the latest round of Australian Government innovation funding.

Mr Macfarlane said the low-cost vehicle had low-light cameras matched to image recognition and analysis software.

“Devices developed for the vehicle can be operated as fixed sensors with direct signal input to land-based control centres, manually from towing vessels, remotely by a tethered distributed computer networking system, or autonomously via computer,” Mr Macfarlane said.

“The system will be aimed at markets in port security, surveillance, oil pipeline inspection, surveys, hull inspection, and sea bottom mapping."

Mr Macfarlane said a prototype of the vehicle, matching identified market requirements, will be developed as part of the project.[ Contact: MICT One Ltd, Rod Butler 1300 736 311].

A group of Tasmanian companies headed by Hathaway Trading Co Pty Ltd, of Molesworth, will receive$692,000 to develop a biological control agent for grey mould disease in grapes.

Mr Macfarlane said a biological fungicide to fight Botrytis cinerea - grey mould - as an environmentally friendly alternative to chemical pesticides would be a huge boost for the industry. [Contact: Hathaway Trading Co Pty Ltd, Dr Dean Metcalf 0409 054 323.]

Across Australia, more than $23 million has been announced for 40 projects through the Commercial Ready and Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) programs.

A full list of grant recipients can be found at