Aussie Mozzie Tube
Rodney & Elaine Foster
The Aussie Mozzie Tube is a netted sleeping tube designed for emergency protection following disasters against mosquitos, snakes, rodents, and other pests and vermin.
The Aussie Mozzie Tube is a netted sleeping tube designed for protection against mosquitos, snakes, rodents, and other pests and vermin, and is intended for first line emergency accommodation following disasters. The products are not available to the public but are made available to organizations for implementation in post-emergency situations.
Global, with focus on tropical and subtropical climates.
The Aussie Mozzie Tube® ceased trading as a business in 2011 to become an extension of Royden Alfred Fund, a private, non-contributory Christian charity, self-funded and administered by Rodney and Elaine Foster, based in Queensland, Australia. Interview with designer Partnering organizations include The Salvation Army of Australia Eastern Territory, Gale Pacific, Queensland, Australia; and the Brisbane Youth Service and Drug Arm Australasia, Brisbane office
The Aussie Mozzie Tube is for humanitarian use only and therefore the designer does not wish to associate a retail cost with the product. Interview with designer
Lightweight tents and products that incorporate mosquito netting to protect from insects.
Goal 3: Aims to prevent the contraction of vermin carried diseases.
Target users include humanitarian aid groups, homeless and displaced persons, field workers, medical staff and ground personnel, missionaries, and people travelling and doing outdoor activities of all kinds.
Standard tent-making methods, processes and procedures. Using lightweight fabrics suitable for air-drop compatibility, The Aussie Mozzie Tube is able to be sewn on an old treadle machine or a modern domestic sewing machine, possibly allowing work to be done in the home, or in a hall, prison or factory situation. Work is envisaged to be done by church groups, women’s groups, or unemployed, on a voluntary basis, affording no expenditure for actual manufacture. Interview with designer
Patent protected, copyright, and registered trademark. Interview with designer
The Walkabout (see Design specifications section) is the product model that is distributed to disaster victims due to its lightness, compactness, and lower cost. The product designers provide interdenominational Christian mission work and assistance to the homeless through the provision of The Aussie Mozzie Tube by way of their self-funded parent company, Royden Alfred Fund, either within Australia through their work, or globally through a free Licence To Manufacture to any organization wishing to utilise the offer by purchasing through their Chinese manufacturer at cost price, FOB China, or producing the product for themselves, not for resale.
The designer offers plans, drawings, specifications and technical advice at no cost, to participating organizations accepting that they will have the responsibility for the necessary training. In addition, the organizations would obtain the rods, mesh, poly-tarp, zip, binding and thread direct from their own source, to the specifications required. Interview with designer
Walkabout: For short term outdoor or fixed situation indoor use
Size: Length 188cm (6’2″) Width 75cm Height 64cm. Base: Lightweight Double Laminated Polyethylene Upper: Polyester Midge Mesh Weight: 1.1kg Packed Size: 50x35x4cm Complete
Overlander: For constant outdoor or rough use
General Specifications: Size: Length 188cm (6’2″) Width 75cm Height 64cm. Base: Heavy Duty Double Laminated Polyethylene Upper: PV Coated Mosquito Mesh Weight: 1.8kg Packed Size: 50cmx35cmx5cm Complete
Fly Kit: Available as an optional extra
General Specifications: Size: Length 300cm Width 230cm Material: 115gm/m2 Double Laminated Polyethylene roped edges, reinforced corners and aluminium eyelets Stakes: 6x 175x 4mm plated steel in small bag Cord: 1x 1.5m Clothesline 1x 3m Shock Cord Carry Bag: Rip-stop Nylon Weight: 0.8kg
As outlined in the User provision model section, organizations interested in ordering or making their own Aussie Mozzie Tube for non-profit humanitarian applications can do so by contacting the designer to get a Licence To Manufacture and then will receive the necessary schematics to manufacture the product. Interview with designer
None. Technical advise can be provided to organizations obtaining the License to Manufacture (see User Provision Model section).
None. The user would have to replace the tube or find a way to patch the material.
Unknown. The designer claims they had a unit that was returned by a homeless person after four years of solid use and it was still in good condition. Interview with designer
Performance targets include lightweight and small when packed, durable, airy, and usable on any surface.
All testing for usability and longevity were carried out in the field. Interview with designer
Aussie Mozzie Tube.
The base can be made with fire retardant materials at extra weight and cost. Interview with designer
Aussie Mozzie Tube does not offer any complimentary systems. The product could serve as one of the components inside a post-disaster response kit.
- Base: Lightweight Double Laminated Polyethylene or Heavy Duty Double Laminated Polyethylene
- Upper: Polyesther midge mess or PV Coated Mosquito Mesh
- Rods: Fiberglass
Claims to be in compliance with UN Global Compact and the International Quality Standard ISO9000 to comply with general tent manufacturing standards.
The designer claims that tests were done to monitor air movement, duplicating rising air caused by body heat and this was used as a guide to select mesh with minimum air restriction. They have also received user reviews from field tests in several parts of the world. Interview with designer
It won several awards in 2006 and 2007.
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