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About the Challenge

Through the NSW Small Business Innovation & Research (SBIR) program and in partnership with the NSW Department of the Chief Scientist and Engineer, Transport for NSW (TfNSW) is seeking hyperlocal navigational technology solutions to aid customers navigating our transport interchanges. The technology will also provide additional assistance to customers with vision or other impairments who may find difficulty in navigating the public transport network.

Technology solutions may include, but are not limited to:

  • Bluetooth beacons, Wi-Fi access points or other technologies to provide hyperlocal data in real time of station features and allow it to be provided in context to a user’s location

  • Data visualisation for service disruptions, station works and platform changes, LiDAR or similar technologies to create accurate maps of stations to effectively and safely guide customers.

A virtual information session was held on Thursday 15th July from 12:30pm to 1:30pm AEST, providing interested parties an opportunity to learn more about the challenge, what’s on offer, and ask questions. A recording of the session as well as a transcript of Q&A answered during the session are available at the bottom of this page. 

The NSW Small Business Innovation & Research (SBIR) program is an initiative of the NSW Government that provides competitive grants to small and medium sized enterprises (SMEs) to find and commercialise innovative solutions to well defined problems for NSW Government agencies. 

The SBIR program has three phases:

Phase 1 – Feasibility study: A SME submits a proposal for the challenge. The proposals are assessed, with each successful applicant receiving a grant of up to $100,000 to conduct a feasibility study over a period of three months.

Phase 2 – Proof of concept: Successful feasibility study grantees are invited to apply for the proof-of-concept phase. Applications are assessed and each successful proof-of-concept grantee will receive up to $1,000,000 to develop a proof of concept over a period of up to 15 months.

Phase 3 – Procurement: NSW Government agencies will consider purchasing successful solutions.

Not all SME applications will proceed through all phases.

Benefits for NSW SMEs

  • Up to $1,100,000 in grant funding to develop and commercialise a new technology or service

  • Working with the NSW Government to pilot and test solutions

  • Potential NSW Government contracts for successful solutions

  • Retaining intellectual property rights and the right to commercialise and sell solutions in domestic and global markets

For more information, please see the SBIR Program Guidelines.  

Challenge Timelines


Key Dates
The Virtual Information Session was held on Thursday 15 July from 12:30pm to 1:30pm AEST
Applications closed on Sunday 29 August at 11:59pm AEST

Information Session Recording

Transcript of Q&A from the session