$6 M is available to accelerate the use of the next generation of information and communication technology (ICT) by Victorian industry, government and community organisations.
The Broadband-Enabled Innovation Program (BEIP) is a Victorian government competitive grants program aimed at accelerating the innovative use of the next generation of information and communication technology (ICT) by Victorian industry, government and community organisations.
The objectives of the program are to:
- Demonstrate productivity gains through the use of high-capacity broadband applications;
- Assist collaborations between Victoria’s sectors including ICT, industry, government and community;
- Encourage Victorians to develop and pilot applications and services ready for use on high-capacity broadband; and
- Harness high-capacity broadband networks to achieve economic, social and environmental benefits.
Funds will typically be made available to projects with 1 to 2 year funding profiles. Requests for funding may range between $50,000 to $1,000,000 per project. The benefits to the particular project should be commensurate with the funding request.
There are currently no rounds open.
Round 2 Recipients
Donwood Community Aged Care Services
Donwood Community Aged Care Services, in collaboration with iCareHealth and other project partners, has developed an innovative online tool, eMed, that enables doctors to update medication charts from any location using a tablet device. Real-time access to the updated chart is available to nurses and pharmacy staff, enabling more effective medication management and a reduced risk of medication errors.
This project has harnessed new technologies to enable in-home management of complex health conditions and pre/post-surgical monitoring in the Loddon Mallee region. Using high definition video conferencing and monitoring devices, the project enables clinicians and care teams to work with individuals in their home or aged care residence to monitor vital signs, manage conditions and engage appropriately in guided self-care.
Department of Environment and Primary Industries
This environment project is using high-capacity broadband and low cost smart sensors to provide government, business and residents of Victoria with real time air quality information. Led by the Department of Environment and Primary Industries (DEPI), the pilot project has designed and developed a smart network that supports lower cost sensors strategically located across Victoria to enhance air quality particle pollution monitoring and smoke detection capability.
John Monash Science School
During the past 10 years, Victoria has experienced a significant decline in the number of students graduating into tertiary science courses. The SciVCS project is using high-capacity broadband to bring the cutting edge of modern science research into the classroom for regional and rural students. Led by John Monash Science School, the project is delivering an exciting digital program of astrophysics, nanoscience and nanotechnology, biomedical science, earth sciences, bioinformatics and pharmaceutical science.
Bendigo Senior Secondary College
This new online education project has delivered VCE subjects to senior high school students in rural and regional Victoria who would not previously have been able to study the subjects in their own school. The VVLN project removes the barriers faced by regional students in accessing broad curriculum choices by using high-capacity broadband and interactive web technologies to deliver VCE courses that are available to students anywhere, anytime.
Life Saving Victoria
This project led by Life Saving Victoria uses high-capacity broadband to deliver First Aid and CPR training online, making training more accessible and delivering improved outcomes by having more people in the community trained in CPR and First Aid. The project provides online content, including interactive assessments and video, accessible through a range of devices including laptops, home computers, tablets and smart phones. This enables candidates to complete the theoretical component of the training at any time and at any location.
Victoria State Emergency Service Authority
The Operational Information Management System (OIMS) Mobility project is using high-capacity broadband to provide emergency information to State Emergency Service volunteers anywhere, anytime. The project will improve community and volunteer safety and reduce the administrative burden for volunteers by using tablet devices to record and provide access to operational report information.
National Safety Agency
In an Australian first, Victorian emergency services organisations are now able to communicate with each other on a common channel, from any device to any device. Led by the National Safety Agency, this project is trialling an integrated voice, text, email, video and location services application for smartphones that allows emergency service workers and volunteers to communicate across mobile and radio networks.
Led by Monash University, this project leverages high capacity broadband to remotely monitor patients at home and deliver more services online for those living with cystic fibrosis. The project has developed new technology to allow information, including care plans, radiology images and video consultation which can be viewed by patients at home, enabling them to participate in their own treatment programs which reduces specialist and hospital visits.
The Florey Institute of Neuroscience and Mental Health
Access to specialist stroke expertise is extremely limited in rural and regional hospitals. This project will provide a new telemedicine service, allowing a stroke specialist off site to treat patients with acute stroke symptoms. The service will utilise high capacity broadband to allow viewing of complex brain imaging and high quality audio visual communication to connect remote patients in the Loddon Mallee region and Melbourne-based specialists.
The disability sector is currently undergoing major changes with a reorientation of services to individualised planning and support. The Nimbus project involves development of an innovative, tablet-based software solution to improve accessibility to the digital economy. Led by Field, this will enable users to engage more independently with service providers and other community services such as online banking and shopping, as well as to create virtual communities to combat social isolation.
Round 1 Recipients
Twelve information and communication technology projects from across the environment, health, education and training, heritage and aged care sectors, have received funding under Round one of the program.
University of Ballarat
Developing high-definition, three-dimensional healthcare imaging to allow patients in remote areas to get easy access to specialist care.
University of Ballarat
Using new technologies to visualise Victoria’s groundwater systems, contributing to the sustainable management of groundwater resources.
Royal District Nursing Service Limited
Developing a high-speed broadband application which allows for remote monitoring of medication intake of elderly patients living independently.
Moreland City Council
Developing interactive game technology to assist elderly people to remain active in their home.
Implementing remote video conferencing for alcohol and other drug treatment assessments and related activities.
Victorian Centre for Aquatic Pollution Identification and Management
Developing a system that provides rapid, real-time diagnosis of water contamination.
The Song Room
Developing an application that delivers music lessons to fixed and mobile devices anytime, anywhere.
Central Highlands Agribusiness Forum Inc
Developing a high-speed sensor network-based environmental mapping systems for properties an