ICCAs 2019: The winners
Written by: Sam Fenwick | Published:

The winners of the 2019 International Critical Communications Awards were unveiled during an award ceremony which took place in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia alongside Critical Communications World.

The awards were fiercely contested, with there being two categories in which two entries were tied for first place.

Motorola Solutions and Sepura both won in three categories (Motorola Solutions: Best Use of Mission-Critical Communications During a Major Event, Best New Infrastructure Solution, and TCCA Young Engineer of the Year; Sepura: Best Use of Critical Communications in Transport, Best use of Critical Communications in Other Vertical Markets, and Outstanding Contribution to Critical Communications), while Athonet won in two categories (Best Use of Critical Communications in Utilities and Best use of Critical Communications in Other Vertical Markets).

Technology journalist David McClelland acted as host and emphasised the life-saving nature of critical communications technology.

The full list of winners is as follows:

Best Use of Mission-Critical Communications During a Major Event
Winner: Motorola Solutions – Gold Coast Commonwealth Games

Finalists:

  • Airbus­ – Guangzhou: First use of hybrid network to secure major international conference
  • Athonet Srl – Zurich Street Parade 2018
  • Critical Communication Caribbean (C3) – Critical Communication during Hurricanes Irma & Maria 2017
  • Huawei – Royal Thai Police Emergency Communications
  • Nsion Technologies – Summer SUMMIT 2018 in Helsinki
  • Superintendência de Comunicações Críticas – SIRCE: Comunicações Integradas para os Jogos Olímpicos Rio 2016

Best Use of Critical Communications in Transport
Winners:

  • Frequentis – First Railway-Specific Bearer-Independent Communication System (URCA)
  • Sepura – Heathrow Airport

Finalists:

  • Air France-KLM – Private LTE in Roissy Airport
  • Athonet Srl – A Living Lab for Automated Driving
  • Motorola Solutions – Motorola Solutions Helps Deliver Safe and Prompt Commute for Klang Valley MRT Line 1 in Malaysia
  • Teltronic – Nacala Corridor
  • Zetron – Sydney Airport Delivers World-Class Airport Experience with Zetron's Integrated Communications & Console Systems

Best Use of Critical Communications in Utilities
Winner: Athonet Srl – Private MVNO for massive M2M and IoT communications

Finalists:
ABB – Security for Utility Power Based on Quantum-Safe Data Encryption
Hytera Communications Co. (UK) Ltd. – Galloper Offshore Wind Farm
WB GROUP – PIK – Communications Integrations Platform

Best use of Critical Communications in Other Vertical Markets

Winners:
  • Sepura – Shell Pulau Bukom
  • Athonet Srl – Luna Rossa Challenge: Private LTE supporting America's Cup preparation
Finalists:
  • Harris County Universal Services – TxWarn Interoperability Talkgroup Assignment Network (TITAN)
  • PowerTrunk, Inc.– Flint Hills Resources Pine Bend Refinery TETRA Network

Greatest Advance in the Migration to Critical Broadband

Winner:
Air France-KLM ­– Private LTE in Roissy Airport

Finalist:
Airbus – Hybrid network helps Guangzhou transform to data-centric public safety operations

Best New Infrastructure Solution
Winner:
Motorola Solutions – DIMETRA X Core

Finalists:
  • Huawei – Huawei 3GPP based LTE Multimedia Critical Communication System (MCCS)
  • Hytera – MCS solution
  • Hytera – Digital Wireless Ad-hoc Network Repeater E-pack100

Best New LTE or Hybrid Device

Winner:
Hytera – Convergent LTE&TETRA Device for More Applications – PTC760

Finalist:
Huawei – Huawei EP821

Outstanding Example of After-Sales Support
Winner:
C3 - Critical Communication Caribbean ­– Critical Communication during Hurricanes Irma & Maria 2017

Finalists:
  • Motorola Solutions – Restoring TETRA System to help Kochi Metro restore Metro train operations in the midst of devastating Floods
  • Teltronic – NOC during Hurricane Michael

TCCA Young Engineer of the Year
Winner:
Sook Lee Koid, Motorola Solutions

Finalists:
  • David Carter, Sepura
  • Michael Hardie, Sepura
  • Chea Yau Kee, Motorola Solutions
  • Declan Whiting, APD Communications

Outstanding Contribution to Critical Communications
Winner:
Mark Rayne, Sepura

Finalists:
  • Mustafa Abdullah Al-Jar, Saudi Aramco
  • Massimiliano Gianesin, Athonet
  • Bernhard Klinger, Hytera


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