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Aussie projects help with Olympic Games and counterfeiting.

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Innovation, Industry, Science and Research: Ministers and Parliamentary Secretary


Senator Kim Carr, Minister for Innovation, Industry, Science and Research, today announced 67 Australian projects which will receive $30.4 million from the latest round of Commercial Ready and Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) grants funding.

Senator Carr said the projects included SmartTrans which received $707,436 for its major events transport management system for the Beijing Olympics and AMR Hewitts PrintPackaging, $1,386,838 for its anti-counterfeit security packaging.

SmartTrans project involves the development of its SmartTrans EventTrack system to manage the transport requirements for the Olympic Family (officials, VIPs, etc.) at the Beijing Olympic Games in August," Senator Carr said.

“The system will be able to plan, organise, facilitate, track, prioritise and optimise transport requirements for about 5000 personnel/participants in real time, in multiple languages in a high-security environment.

“AMR Hewitts PrintPackaging will use the funding to develop a process where specialised security light-refracting pigments could be applied cost effectively to a sheet-fed lithographic printing press.

"The anti-counterfeit packaging will be used for folding paperboard cartons, and will initially target the Australian pharmaceutical market,” he said.

Contacts: SmartTrans, Bryan Carr 03 9866 7333. AMR, Matt Mimmo 03 9330 3133

Other companies awarded innovation grants include:

• Iron Cement Pty Ltd, of Warana (Qld) - a $64,000 COMET grant to market an environmentally-friendly method of manufacturing cement. The process uses a new kind of mineral binder, so 70 per cent of the material does not need to be heated, resulting in less energy use. [Contact: Malcolm Dawson 07 5437 9410].

• Nalsco Holdings of Sydney - a $64,000 COMET grant for a needle stick prevention and safety device for health-care workers. The Syriguard is a simple accessory for intravenous procedures involving syringes, blood collection and immunisation. [Contact Milton Ockrim 0411 059 801]. * A list of the latest innovation grants can be found at

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Senator the Hon Kim Carr

30 Jan 2008