To increase the strength and resilience of communications networks in regional and remote areas.
Zetifi will undertake a feasibility study to assess the feasibility of the ZetiNet Connectivity Platform – a distributed network of off-grid small cells that can be rapidly deployed on existing power poles or as standalone pods to provide resilient long-range Wi-Fi and radio communications.
Innovations for Humanity
Innovations for Humanity will undertake a feasibility study to develop a high-performance satellite terminal antenna system prototype which has the potential to be powered without the grid using sustainable power sources.
Dandelions will undertake a feasibility study to develop an unpowered air-to-ground vehicle integrated with a communications payload to provide on-demand communication networks in emergency situations.
Hyperlocal Navigation Challenge
To assist passengers with vision impairments to access public transport services.
Acerca, in partnership with UNSW and Redwood, will undertake a feasibility study to develop an Ultra-Wide Band (UWB) system which can achieve highly accurate positioning of people and give guidance on routes and navigation.
Advanced Navigation will undertake a feasibility study on the deployment of its indoor positioning technology to provide accurate location information within NSW transport hubs for users with vision impairments.
AK Research will undertake a feasibility study to develop a location and navigation system using existing technologies such as A-GPS, GNSS and Wi-Fi access points combined with image recognition and augmented reality capabilities.
BindiMaps will undertake a feasibility study to develop a highly accurate location and navigation system using an advanced fusion algorithm that will combine data from Simultaneous Localisation and Mapping techniques (using the camera of a smartphone), Bluetooth beacons, and inertial sensors.
Chur Networks will undertake a feasibility study to develop a location and navigation system using AI-voice assistant, hybrid positioning algorithm, and edge computing with flexible and open data sharing to help users with visual impairments access navigation services.
Koala Count Challenge
To detect and quantify koala populations in NSW for the benefit of Koala preservation.
Biodiversity Monitoring Services
Biodiversity Monitoring Services will undertake a feasibility study to develop a bio-inspired acoustic sensor and processing approach using an event-based spectrum analyser to deliver a low-power, high-efficiency solution for sensing acoustic signals associated with koalas.
Ninox Robotics will undertake a feasibility study to develop and integrate improved, specialised thermal cameras into long-range drones to detect koalas over large areas.
Ripper Corp will undertake a feasibility study to develop comprehensive operation support approaches, methods and resources for state-wide surveys of koala populations.
Wize Dynamics will undertake a feasibility study into the development and suitability of artificial intelligence to identify individual koalas from audio recordings.
Personal Protective Equipment Challenge
To reduce waste associated with discarded personal protective equipment (PPE) and sterile wrap.
3rd Axis will undertake a feasibility study to develop a new plastic extrusion technology for the re-processing of decontaminated health waste and manufacturing a polypropylene filament which can be used as a feedstock in 3D printing applications.
AusAir will undertake a feasibility study to develop surgical respirators and surgical masks using bioplastics, wool and other sustainable performance materials.
Water Purification Challenge
To reduce microplastic and other contamination due to laundry services in health facilities.