Eleven Australian civil security and community protection companies have been shortlisted for the inaugural CIVSEC 2018 Innovation Awards.
Finalists include a hand-held jammer designed to immobilise potentially hostile drones, a computer tool designed to predict the outbreak and spread of potentially devastating disease pandemics, and a novel surveillance system that integrates Wi-Fi and cloud storage to provide rapid protection of both remote sites and major public events.
These are the only awards that recognise and reward Australian companies in the civil security and community protection fields. Five awards will be presented at the CIVSEC 2018 Civil Security Congress and Exposition in Melbourne on Wednesday 1 May, including a cash prize worth $15,000:
• CIVSEC 2018 Innovation Award for Cyber Security
• CIVSEC 2018 Innovation Award for Physical Security & Policing
• CIVSEC 2018 Innovation Award for Disaster Relief, Emergency Management and Humanitarian Services
• CIVSEC 2018 National Innovation Award for Civil Security
• CIVSEC 2018 SME Innovation Grant for Civil Security (cash prize)
The awards have been developed by the national not-for-profit foundation Industry Defence and Security Australia Limited (IDSAL), which presents the biennial CIVSEC 2018 Congress on civil security, as well as the Pacific International Maritime exposition in Sydney and the Land Forces exposition in Adelaide.
The awards will be presented by the Chairman of IDSAL, VADM (Rtd) Chris Ritchie, during CIVSEC 2018, which will be held at the Melbourne Exhibition and Convention Centre from 1-3 May 2018.
“The awards are aligned with the foundation’s mission to promote the development of Australia’s industry capacity and capability in the humanitarian and security fields,” said IDSAL CEO Ian Honnery.
“Civil security is a very diffuse field that embraces everything from cyber and transport security to policing, border protection, counter-terrorism, disaster relief and emergency management. We want to recognise the skills and expertise that exist within Australia and reward the highly innovative work which is being undertaken by Australian companies and individuals.”