Bardon Tech Company Receives ‘Ignite Ideas’ Funding for Innovative Firearms Training Solution

Bardon technology companyu Simulation Training Group, a provider of mobile training solutions to the defence, policing and sports sectors, is one of the Round 8 recipients of the Ignite Ideas Fund.

A total of 21 innovations will share in the $2.4 million funding as announced by Innovation Minister Stirling Hinchliffe. The latest round of funding is expected to generate up to 100 jobs from various sectors including manufacturing, finance, energy, infrastructure, agriculture, construction, and health.

Among the Round 8 – Ignite Ideas recipients is Simulation Training Group which is one of Australia’s leading providers of innovative virtual reality training solutions. The State Government will invest $100,000 in the company’s Virtual-Shot system –  virtual firearms training platform and smartphone mount for military and law enforcement applications – under the funding program.

The Virtual-Shot system comprises a lightweight smartphone mount and a comprehensive Mobile Application. Utilising the screen, sensors and microphone on the rifle-mounted smartphone, the application creates a ballistically accurate shooting range, sensitive to the movements of the user. 

“Ignite Ideas supports Queenslanders to take their innovations to the next level by tapping into new markets and helping to attract investment,” Innovation Minister Stirling Hinchliffe said.

“This round also includes funding for a sea rescue marine drone, AI technology for mine and major infrastructure inspections and a robot system that picks and packs fruit and vegetables.”  

About Ignite Ideas

The Ignite Ideas Fund is a Queensland Government initiative that aims to support small to medium businesses that have the potential to undertake commercialisation projects. Funding is divided into two tiers: Tier 1 (up to $100,000 for projects of up to 12 months duration) and Tier 2 (greater than $100,000 and up to $200,000 for projects of up to 24 months duration).

Eligibility requirements include:

  • be a business headquartered in Queensland
  • have no more than 50 full-time-equivalent employees
  • not be a subsidiary of a group of companies that has more than 50 full-time-equivalent employees
  • not have received funding for the proposed project activity from either the State, Federal or Local Government
  • be registered for GST (at the time of Full Application submission).

The complete list of Ignite Ideas Funding Round 8 recipients can be found here.