Commercialisation grants announced worth $2.8 million

Technology that brings WiFi to farms in mobile blackspots and smart ear tags which improve traceability of livestock are among a series of projects to receive support in the latest round of Accelerating Commercialisation grants.

Industry minister Karen Andrews said seven businesses will share in $2.8 million.

She said: “These latest recipients of grants have potential to increase productivity and create new jobs, but the innovative ideas they are developing also have potential to improve our everyday lives through technology.”

The latest Accelerating Commercialisation grants will assist:

# Ceres Tag Pty Ltd (QLD) with a grant of $700,000 to commercialise smart ear tag technology to provide whole-of-life traceability of livestock.

# Agsensio Pty Ltd (NSW) with a grant of $644,370 to complete commercial prototypes, accreditation and develop distribution channels for technology that enables farmers in mobile black spot areas to have farm-wide, high-bandwidth WiFi connectivity.

# Origo Pty Ltd (WA) with a grant of $375,000 to complete development of a scalable platform and commercialise an end-to-end packaging solution for farmers to control and monitor assets and applications across the whole farm.

# Wildlife Drones Pty Ltd (ACT) with a grant of $419,270 to undertake market sector demonstrations of its technology that allows real-time simultaneous tracking of up to 100 tagged animals.

Since 2014 more than 410 grants worth $200 million have been offered to Australian businesses.

Picture: Ceres Tag

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