WA innovation winners

SEVERAL WA companies are among the winners in the Federal Government’s Secrets of Australian Innovation 2003 initiative.

Winners include Leederville-based Combimouse Pty Ltd in the communication applications category for its combination keyboard and mouse.

Lizard Edutainment Pty Ltd was recognised in the e-learning category for its products that use interactive entertainment to drive educational outcomes.

In the software solutions category, NGIS Australia won for its ‘Peregrine’ R&D project, while Mine Automation Systems Technology Pty Ltd won for its eight-stage mine maintenance tool.

WA companies were also included among the finalists, including Secure Systems in the e-security category for its laptop version of the Silicon Data Vault; PIVoD Technologies in the business/industrial software solutions category; CommTech Wireless in the category of communication applications; and Harvest Road Limited in the e-learning category.

Now in its second year, the competition attracted 197 entries from all States and Territories, with 78 companies short-listed in categories of e-commerce, e-security, communications applications, e-learning, e-health, entertainment, business/industrial software solutions and tertiary.

In a statement announcing the 17 winners, Communications Minister Senator Richard Alston said the competition offered significant business opportunities for the successful companies, with almost $8 million in new business generated by winning firms as a result of last year’s competition.

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