2019 International Critical Communications Awards (ICCAs) recognise sector’s key contributions to ensuring global safety and security

08 July 2019 - The best and most innovative solutions in the mission-critical communications technology sector were recognised at the 2019 International Critical Communications Awards (ICCAs), which took place at the MiTEC in the Malaysian capital of Kuala Lumpur.

As in previous years, the awards were fiercely contested by a broad range of the key players within the industry. Technologies represented included both narrowband and broadband systems, rolled out across a wide variety of mission and business-critical contexts.

The extraordinary level of competition was symbolised by the existence of two categories in which double winners were tied for first place – Best Use of Critical Communications in Other Vertical Markets, and Best Use of Critical Communications in Transport. (See list of finalists and full results below).

The ceremony was hosted by television personality and technology expert David McClelland.

“The quality of competition to win an ICCA increases each year,  which is clearly a testament to the strength of innovation that typifies our industry,”  said TCCA Chief Executive Tony Gray.

“Everyone recognised by these awards – whether winners or finalists – should derive immense satisfaction from the key contributions they are making in helping to ensure the safety and security of organisations and communities across the world. On behalf of TCCA, I would like to offer our congratulations to them all.” 

The ICCA ceremony took place during this year’s Critical Communications World (CCW), TCCA’s annual event that brings together the industry’s global community for three days of sharing best practice, high-level networking, and an extensive exhibition showcasing the best in critical communications.

CCW 2020 - and the co-located ICCAs - will take place at the IFEMA in Madrid, Spain, on 17-19 June.

ICCAs 2019, full results and finalists

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 and 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 and 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 and 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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