Defence grants for bridge and space capabilities

Two Australian companies have been awarded funding from the Defence Innovation Hub to develop new technologies for defence applications.

One of those awarded funding is Anywise Consulting, which will manage and deliver a Health & Usage Monitoring System (HUMS) for bridges. Once completed, Defence’s gap-crossing abilities will be more available, reliable, and safe, said Minister for Defence Industry, Melissa Price.

“This technology would not only provide Defence with peace-of-mind in terms of the safety of personnel using these bridges, but it also holds significant export potential for the company,” said Price.

Anywise is designing the project to ensure the safety of users of bridge systems by managing the useable life of the system. Anywise will look for other Australian companies who have capabilities in this area to collaborate with, said Adam Evans, managing director of Anywise.

“We are proud to be developing this technology for Defence. The Anywise team brings with it deep experience in Defence and Industry and integrates technology, design and a highly collaborative process to solve our clients most challenging problems,” said Evans.

“We are very excited to continue to build on our close relationship with Defence to deliver this important capability.”

Anywise will be funded $336,00 to deliver this capability.

The other successful applicant is Saber Astronautics, which will enter into a $2.1 million contract with Defence to develop a data fusion technology for space traffic management.

Speaking on the Defence Innovation Hub program as a whole, Price noted that the program targets small businesses.

“This flagship innovation program, part of our unprecedented $200 billion build-up of Australia’s defence industry, is working closely with small businesses like these across the country to help turn their good ideas into advanced capabilities.”