Agtech manufacturers receive commercialisation funding

Manufacturers creating products for the farming and agricultural sectors have been awarded funding under the latest round of Accelerating Commercialisation grants.

A low energy tag, produced through a collaboration between James Cook University, CSIRO, the Queensland Government, and industry partner Ceres Tag, has received $700,000 to commercialise their technology. The tag can trace livestock for the cattle or sheep’s entire lifetime due to innovation in communication and battery technology.

In addition, agricultural sensor manufacturer, Agsensio, which produces solar powered WiFi repeaters, will utilise $644,370 for technology to bring high-bandwidth WiFi to the entire farm. The funding will be used to develop prototypes, accreditation, and formalise distribution channels.

Thirdly, Origo won $375,000 in funding to finalise a scalable platform for monitoring of assets on farms.

Another agtech provider, Wildlife Drones, will put $419,270 in funding towards the real-time simultaneous tracking of up 100 tagged animals. This technology will use drones to track animals using radio tracking equipment.

Other funding recipients included Athlete’s AI, Become. Life Design, and Curtin University. According to Minister for Industry, Science and Technology, Karen Andrews, the funding can have an impact on the day-to-day lives of Australians.

“These latest recipients of Accelerating Commercialisation 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.”

Over 410 grants have been awarded as part of the program since 2014, worth $200 million.