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Businesses share in $6 million to tackle national challenges

10 February 2020

The Morrison Government is backing innovative businesses with ideas to tackle national challenges; including protecting Australia from biosecurity threats and driving growth in our tourism industry.

Minister for Industry, Science and Technology Karen Andrews said six businesses have been granted $1 million each under the Business Research and Innovation Initiative (BRII) to develop their solutions.

“Some businesses are working to use intelligent data to keep our tourism industry at the leading edge, while others are ensuring we manage risks of hitchhiking pests on shipping containers,” Minister Andrews said.

“This funding will help businesses which have completed feasibility studies further develop their innovative solutions.

“The BRII is another example of the Morrison Government supporting businesses which are using technology to solve national problems and deliver essential services to Australians.”

Industry Spec Drones Pty Ltd (NSW) and Trellis Data Pty Ltd (ACT) will each receive $1 million to help protect Australia’s unique native flora and fauna from pests, diseases and contaminants that can arrive on sea containers.

Industry Spec Drones uses unmanned flight technology to manage biosecurity risks, while Trellis Data uses a variety of detection technologies, including microwave and infrared, to manage potential threats.

Other projects to receive funding include:

Challenge: Intelligent data to transform tourism service delivery

  • NEM Australasia Pty Ltd (VIC) with a grant of $1 million to develop a dependable and repeatable modelling tool to forecast tourism growth and potential investment returns.
  • WEJUGO Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $1 million to develop a visitation and tourism analytics platform that combines data from transactional, telecommunications, social media and other digitally sourced data into a 360 degree view of tourism impacts across economic, environmental and cultural performance metrics.

Challenge: Automating complex determinations for Australian Government information

  • Lenticular (ACT) with a grant of $1 million to develop a system that aims to help government make informed decisions about record keeping by developing and crafting contextual knowledge, and accessing this knowledge through user-configurable rules.
  • Surround Australia (NSW) with a grant of $1 million to leverage its existing technology platforms to build a solution that identifies the cultural and heritage dimensions of records.

For more information on BRII go to https://www.business.gov.au/Grants-and-Programs/Business-Research-and-Innovation-Initiative

Media contact: Minister Andrews' office 02 6277 7070