In 2009, the Victorian Government launched Round 1 of its Smart SMEs Market Validation Program (MVP). From the 19 technology requirements put to the market, 20 smart SMEs were awarded up to $100,000 each to undertake feasibility studies into their proposed solutions.
Proof of concept
Nine of the 19 feasibility studies have been awarded up to $1.5 million to carry out a proof of concept (POC) project over the next two years.
The POC projects will lead to working demonstrations of the technology solutions in the host entity’s environment.
The Victorian Government began announcing those projects progressing to POC in July 2010. The following projects have been announced so far — more will follow.
1. Improved protective glove for prison officers
There is a need to develop a new protective glove for prison officers that is puncture, cut and tear resistant as well as comfortable and affordable.
This proof of concept was announced by the Premier in July as part of the launch of the Melbourne Centre for Nanofabrication.
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2. Dairy effluent management system
There is a need to provide a more environmentally effective dairy effluent management system. The purpose of the system is for methane recovery, algae growth for energy recovery and water and nutrient utilisation.
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3. Portable biochar maker
There is a need for the development of a simple, transportable, safe, greenhouse friendly and inexpensive device for the bulk production of charcoal in catchments and on farms.
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4. Remote sensing vehicle tracking
There is a need for a sensing device that can scan vehicle season passes (usually placed on the vehicle windscreen) under extreme weather conditions and generate data for infrastructure and car parking management.
The 3 projects above were announced by Innovation Minister Gavin Jennings, in September at the opening of the Creative Innovation 2010 Conference.
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5. Postural biofeedback for lower back pain
There is a need to provide patients with lower back problems accurate measurements of spine inclination which incorporate a surface electromyography machine.
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MVP Feasibility Study Grants
In Round 1 of the Smart SMEs Market Validation Program, 19 technology requirements were identified by Victorian government agencies. These were put to the market in an open Call for Proposals, and 20 SMEs were awarded up to $100,000 each to undertake a feasibility study into their proposed solution.
- 1. Improved protective glove for prison officers (Proof of concept)
- 2. Dairy effluent management system (Proof of concept)
- 3. Portable biochar maker (Proof of concept)
- 4. Remote sensing vehicle tracking (Proof of concept)
- 5. Postural biofeedback for lower back pain (Proof of concept)
- 6. Automated biophony sensors (Proof of concept)
- 7. Smart sensors platform (Proof of concept)
- 8. Forensic drug detection device (Proof of concept)
- 9. Radio break-in railway crossing safety (Proof of concept)
- 10. Mobile in-field soil analysis technology
- 11. Brine disposal system
- 12. Water system optimisation
- 13. Clinical health informatics
- 14. Electronic monitoring of high risk offenders
- 15. Hand held language translator
- 16. Real-time court proceeding transcription
- 17. Integrated emergency detection and warning system
- 18. Patient Journey Tracker
- 19. Single photon encryption