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

30 July 2004 04/265


Stage systems in theatres around the world may one day be computer controlled and automated thanks to an Adelaide-based company that is receiving funding under the Howard Government’s Commercialising Emerging Technologies (COMET) program.

Federal Industry Minister Ian Macfarlane today announced Automation And Process Control Integration Pty Ltd as one of eleven South Australian companies to share in almost $390 000 in the latest round of COMET funding.

“In Automation and Process Control Integration, we have an example of an Australian innovation that developed out of a partnership formed to deliver the production control system for the Sydney Olympics,” said Mr Macfarlane.

Mr Macfarlane said the $56,000 COMET grant will be used to design and develop a modular system to allow purchasers to build more specific-purpose, customised systems that suit the particular aspect of the theatre or stage production facility.

Other South Australian recipients of funding in the latest round of COMET include:

• Mr Terence Cody who received $5000 to design and develop a wearable blood pressure monitor and logging device. It is a safe, simple, reliable and unobtrusive method of measuring a patient’s blood pressure. The device itself is located at the wrist of the patient and is fixed to the wrist in a similar fashion to a wrist watch.

• Global Care Beds, which received $5000 to develop a prototype vertical bed aimed at the hospital, home care and rehabilitation markets. This bed has the two unique features of being able to stand upright to allow persons with spinal conditions and patients that are markedly overweight or who have other disabilities to be able to get in to and out of bed easily.

“The Howard Government is committed to innovation and we are particularly committed to helping companies and individuals like these take the important steps to turn great ideas into products, jobs and exports,” Mr Macfarlane said.

More than $2.3 million was awarded to 52 companies nationally under the latest round of COMET grants. A full list of recipients is available on the web at

Media contact: Kirsty Boazman, 02 62777 580 or 0412 171 444