NCI Defence Innovation Challenge – winners announced

Winners of the second annual Defence Innovation Challenge have been announced by NATO Communications and Information (NCI) Agency.

The annual challenge is designed to pinpoint then accelerate transformational, state-of-the-art technologies developed by small business and academia, helping to support the work of NATO C4ISR.

Competition winners will showcase their technologies at the 2017 NCI Agency Conference and AFCEA TechNet International (NITEC17) on 24th-26th April in Ottawa, Canada.

“This challenge affirms that the cutting edge technology we need to stay ahead of emerging threats is out there, and we are committed to finding innovative ways to connect with the small businesses and academic institutions that lack visibility within NATO but have much to offer the Alliance,” said NCI Agency General Manager Koen Gijsbers.

The latest competition focussed on ten critical areas for NATO: Cyber security: sensors, analytics, visualisation; IoT: Public Protection and Disaster Relief in a Smart City, Federation of IoT communities, analytics for trust and scepticism in IoT data; Long range wireless communications: Low-cost satellite communication services for remote IoT devices, satellite communication services for polar regions, resilient terrestrial long-range communication services; Service management automation and analytics: big data, business intelligence and cognitive analytics, proactive event management; Rapidly deployable, scalable IT infrastructure; Software defined networks; Cloud security; Secure voice interoperability, secure voice bridges; Security-accredited containerisation; and eProcurement services.

Winners and their innovations include:

  • Radionor Communications (Norway):  Long range wireless communications: resilient terrestrial long-range or rapidly deployable, scalable IT infrastructure
  • Larus Technologies Corporation  (Canada):  Service management automation and analytics
  • Aditerna GmbH  (Germany):  Rapidly deployable, scalable IT infrastructure
  • SpyCloud (USA):  Cloud Security and Service Management Automation and Analytics
  • Alessandro Busachi, Cranfield University (United Kingdom): Rapidly deployable, scalable IT infrastructure
  • Dencrypt A/S (Denmark):  Rapidly deployable, scalable IT infrastructure
  • OMX Inc. (Canada):  eProcurement services
  • SAAB Denmark (Denmark):  Secure voice interoperability between multiple security classification levels
  • Oxford BioChronometrics (United Kingdom):  Cyber security: sensors, analytics, visualisation
  • iDelft BV (Netherlands):  eProcurement services


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