NSW has 10 finalists for PACIFIC 2017 Innovation Awards

28 September 2017

Ocius Technology's Bluebottle on Sydney Harbour

NSW defence innovators are hopeful after securing 10 out of 17 finalists positions for innovation awards to be announced next week at the PACIFIC 2017 International Maritime exposition in Sydney.

The Maritime Australia Industry Innovation Awards recognise defence and civil sector companies and individuals at the forefront of naval and maritime innovation, and offer $40,000 in cash prizes.

Awards will be provided across five categories including Defence Industry and Civil Industry National Innovation Awards, Defence Industry and Civil Industry SME Innovation Grants, and a Young Innovator Scholarship for Defence Industry.

Winners will be announced on Wednesday 4 October at PACIFIC 2017 at the International Convention Centre (ICC) at Darling Harbour.

NSW Minister for Trade and Industry Niall Blair said: “It’s great to see a strong contingent of 10 NSW finalists in the running, including two finalists in the Young Innovator Scholarship Shortlist.

“The NSW Government's Defence and Industry Strategy aims to build the State's defence industry through opportunities for innovation, commercialisation and research.

“We’ve made a strong commitment as Principal Sponsor for PACIFIC 2017, which will provide a great platform for our defence sector to target global business opportunities.”

Winners of the National Awards for Defence and Civil Innovation will be presented with trophies, while the winners of the Defence and Civil SME Innovation Grants will receive cheques for $10,000, as will the winner of the Young Innovator Scholarship.

PACIFIC 2017 CEO Ian Honnery said the shortlisted finalists were 15 innovators from four states who have set out to be game-changers in the global markets they're tackling.

Shortlisted entries will also be promoted at the Maritime Innovation Awards Showcase in the PACIFIC 2017 exhibition halls which will present the best of Australian innovation to a global audience of maritime professionals.

The NSW Government will be promoting 14 exhibitors on the Defence NSW stand at the expo.

NSW innovation finalists

  • Abyss Solutions of Pyrmont - specialist in the inspection and management of underwater assets in a variety of sectors using machine learning, robotics and optical technologies www.abysssolutions.co
  • Advanced Navigation of Sydney – manufactures the Subsonus, a highly accurate underwater navigation system that measures position, velocity and heading at depths of up to 1000 metres. www.advancednavigation.com.au
  • Artis Group of St Leonards – produces the Artis Engineering IT Platform to power mobile workforces while integrating business processes such as sales, marketing www.artisgroup.com.au
  • Ocius Technology of Kensington – manufactures the Bluebottle unmanned surface vessel that can be fitted with sensors and comb the ocean for months to provide military or environmental data ocius.com.au
  • Rojone Pty Limited Of Ingleburn - produces the RADHAZ Isolation unit which protects Navy staff by isolating power transmission to specific communication antennas during maintenance and other work. www.rojone.com.au
  • Ron Allum Deepsea Services of St Peters – Has secured two finalists positions for its Energy Storage and Distribution System (ESDS) and Pressure Tolerant Brushless DC Motors which are pressure designed to work on submersible vessels at depths of up to 11,000 metres www.ronallum.com
  • Thales Australia of Sydney - Stingrae communications networking system that uses mobile phone, data capture and network communication technologies to allow transfer of voice, video, imagery and text-based data  www.thalesgroup.com

Young innovator scholarship finalists

  • Dr Peter Kabakov of the Australian Nuclear Science & Technology Organisation (ANSTO) and Defence Materials Technology Centre (DMTC) - Peter Kabakov of ANSTO has led research in partnership with Thales Australia and the University of Wollongong on ‘single crystal piezo-electric ceramics’ for acoustic transducers which are a critical part for sonar systems on submarines.
  • Andrew Short, University of Wollongong , Research Training Centre for Naval Design and Manufacturing – Andrew Short has developed new control algorithms and software programming tools for industrial robots, and particularly those used to inspect the interiors of submarine ballast tanks, currently a very difficult and dangerous job for humans.