Twelve Australian innovators have been shortlisted for the prestigious LAND FORCES 2022 Innovation Awards, which include cash prizes totalling $30,000.
Among the shortlisted contenders are a company that has already deployed smart surveillance equipment to counter poachers in African wildlife parks, a company that manufactures solid rocket propellant that can withstand the pressures and speeds demanded of hypersonic flight, and a company that has worked out how to handle, examine and then disarm suspect ammunition without exposing humans to danger.
The Innovation Awards are presented under three categories, National Innovation Award, SME Innovation Award and Young Innovator Award and will be announced on the first day of LAND FORCES 2022 International Land Defence Exposition at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre (BCEC).
The LAND FORCES Innovation Awards shortlisted entries for 2022:
NATIONAL AND SME INNOVATION AWARDS:
• Australian Safety Engineers (WA) – Breathing Air Compressor Unit, BACU, to provide safe, breathable compressed air for divers and damage control teams
• Black Sky Aerospace (QLD) – Lightweight, immensely strong Solid Rocket Propellant for hypersonic missiles and rockets
• Buzzworks (QLD) – Light To Fight (LTF) Multi-Rig load carriage harness for combat soldiers
• Pentarch Pty Limited (VIC) – Robotic handling, safety inspection and disarming of live high explosive and illuminating artillery ammunition
• DMTC Limited (VIC) – rapid diagnostic system enabling diagnosis in minutes of COVID and other endemic viruses and bacteria that can afflict deployed troops
• ECLIPS Logistics (QLD) – ReadyFleet Condition-Based Maintenance Software System for the Australian Defence Force
• ECLIPS Logistics (QLD) – Joint Modular Intermodal Logistics System (JMILS) enabling in-transit condition monitoring and asset visibility of cargo throughout the supply chain
• OneTide Modular Systems Pty Limited (WA) – Rapid Reel and Mobile Power Stand to enable rapid, easy deployment and recovery of Shore Power Cable and up to 8-inch fuel hose on dock sides and in the field
• Tekuma (SA) – Easy Manoeuvre Unit, EMU, incorporating a patented Tekuma control orb as a universal controller for robots
• Townsend Family Trust (VIC) – Ground Unmanned System, GUS, a remote Observation Post for use in challenging operational environments
YOUNG INNOVATOR AWARD:
• Mr Lachlan Clark, Anywise (VIC) – for his work on the software, Graphical U ser Interface (GUI) and data management system of the Fleet Agnostic Bridge Health and Usage Monitoring System, FABHUMS – making military bridges much safer and more reliable
• Mr James Tsarouhas, Anywise (VIC) - for his work on designing and integrating the sensor array for the Fleet Agnostic Bridge Health and Usage Monitoring System, FABHUMS – making military bridges much safer and more reliable
In addition, at the judges’ discretion, strong entries that didn’t win but are considered deserving could receive a High Commendation.
All Award winners and those who are Highly Commended will receive a trophy, while the winners of the SME Innovation Award and the Young Innovator Award will also receive cheques for $15,000 each.
LAND FORCES 2022 organiser AMDA Foundation launched the Innovation Awards ten years ago to recognise and reward local companies and individuals at the forefront of innovation. Since they were first presented in 2013, AMDA has presented Young Innovator and SME Innovation Awards to a total value of more than $455,000.
The Awards go to AMDA Foundation’s mission of promoting the development and growth of Australia’s industry capabilities in the fields of aviation, space, aerospace, defence, maritime and security.
The Innovation Awards anticipated by several years the Government’s emphasis on establishing a strong, robust, innovative high technology defence and advanced manufacturing sector to help grow Australia’s economy and national security.
“These Awards underline the innovativeness of Australian companies and individuals, as well as the growing need for ‘smart’, innovative solutions to emerging operational challenges,” said Justin Giddings, Chief Executive of AMDA Foundation Limited.
“We continually see smart Australian companies and researchers develop new technologies for their customers, both here in Australia and in export markets. This reflects well on both Australian industry and an emerging Australian innovation environment that ensures Australian R&D is being commercialised as products and services which strengthen both our industry and Army’s capability.”
The LAND FORCES 2022 Innovation Awards are sponsored by Australian innovation and professional services consultancy, Synergy Group.
For more information: Read more about the LAND FORCES 2022 Innovation Program