The Indo Pacific 2023 Innovation Awards aim to recognise and reward Australian individuals and organisations at the forefront of innovation in products, services and business processes. Innovation Awards are presented to maritime and defence innovators via three categories:
Innovations are judged on their commercial success or market potential, understanding of user needs and originality.
Since the launch of the Innovation Awards program in 2012, Indo Pacific organiser AMDA Foundation has presented SME Innovation and Young Innovator Awards to a value of $685,000 through its Avalon, Indo Pacific and Land Forces events. This year, the AMDA Foundation Board moved to increase the cash prize awards from $15,000 to $50,000 to encourage local innovation at a critical time in Australia’s industrial and strategic development and to make a significant impact on a company’s operations or the professional development of a young innovator.
Congratulations to the winners and highly commended entries of the Innovation Awards 2023 presented by Professor Emily Hilder, FTSE, Head of the Defence Advanced Strategic Capabilities Accelerator (ASCA) on Day 1 of Indo Pacific 2023.
For further information about the Indo Pacific Innovation Awards please contact:
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Hydrus, a revolution in underwater AI robotics, developed to open new frontiers in ocean intelligence and surveillance.
The fully autonomous submersible drone will transform undersea surveying, detection, localisation, classification and inspection by making data capture simple and accessible.
The design of Hydrus synthesises numerous cutting edge navigational and data capture technologies with highly developed and sophisticated artificial neural network intelligence.
Head of Communications
+61 421 198 566
WharfWise is a flexible monitoring solution that provides independent diagnostics, validation, and oversight on the performance of critical wharf infrastructure. It provides real-time load monitoring through an online interface, with automated notifications and alarms to alert operators when load conditions are approaching or exceeding preset thresholds. With WharfWise you can:
Mitigate the risk of parted mooring lines and damage to the deck
Gain visibility of dynamic mooring loads and load distribution
Optimise berth utilisation by validating and refining operational windows for moored vessels y Improve tracking of asset and health utilisation to extend the operational life of critical infrastructure
AMOG, in partnership with remote monitoring specialists Omniflex, can supply WharfWise for new or existing port infrastructure as a turnkey monitoring solution.
Chief Operating Officer, AMOG
+61 3 9542 3700
What makes the Proven Fuel Management (PFM) device unique and innovative for diesel and biodiesel engine applications is its ability to achieve three key characteristics that no other solution is able to achieve. That is
The above is achieved by treating the diesel fuel with magnetism and exposure to ultraviolet light to produce super clean (polished) diesel fuel, which in turn eliminates diesel bug issues, reduces fuel costs between 10% to 20%, and eliminates black soot from diesel exhaust emissions. See Baker & Provan on the NSW Government stand.
Sales Manager, Baker & Provan Pty Ltd
+61 493 295 725
This ground breaking technology can change the way we view industrial oils from a costly consumable to a fully circular asset. SKF RecondOil does not replace conventional filters. Instead, it is an addition that takes you beyond conventional filtering. The oil becomes cleaner than ever before and by removing even the smallest contaminants, it prevents oil from aging. This means that the same oil can be used again and again. You might never have to buy new oil again or dispose of used oil. RecondOil reduces your carbon footprint, boosts performance, and extends machine lifespan, saving money and benefiting the environment.
Managing Director, Basil V R Greatrex Pty Ltd
+61 418 674 042
For Chris Tucker Marine Design (CTMD), the nomination for an innovation award for our Emergency Response Drydock is of paramount importance, primarily due to the substantial market exposure it offers. This recognition not only underscores our commitment to revolutionizing emergency services but also significantly elevates the visibility of our pioneering product. It positions us as leaders in the maritime industry, fostering valuable partnerships and investments, thus expediting the widespread adoption of our emergency service vessel deployment solution. Enhanced market exposure enables us to expand our reach, drive demand, and ensure that our innovative dock is accessible to emergency services worldwide, ultimately enhancing rapid response capabilities on the water.
Managing Director, Chris Tucker Marine Design
+61 400 628 379
EXTAG is an asset management system that supports sustainment, compliance, and all human activities that are required for infrastructure reliability, safety, and efficiency. With a focus on the user experience, the EXTAG platform is a tool that makes work easier for the front line workforce by using human-focused designed features such as dynamic work instructions, quality guidance, and looped back data. This results in quality data collection, better insights, and a system that people actually want to use.
Chief Sales Officer, EXTAG Pty Ltd
+61 412 026 208
MarineStreamâ„˘ is an integrated biofouling and underwater asset management system, utilising blockchain-based ERP technology. It represents a versatile, transparent and traceable solution for the delivery of biofouling and underwater asset management (UAM) capability. This innovative system combines a blockchain-powered cloud platform for streamlined technical workflows with inspection and patented closed circuit in-water cleaning hardware. MarineStreamâ„˘ enables the execution of technical and highly regulated underwater tasks in alignment with digitalised management plans whilst in accordance with approved specifications, ISO, classification society and in water cleaning standards.
Chief Executive Officer, Franmarine
+61 427 430 001
Operational pipework, hull and structural defects incurred in operational environments require platforms to return to ports for urgent defect (URDEF) rectification, and potentially dry-docking. Steel welding is a high cost, high safety risk (hot work) activity incurring long lead schedule timeframes for material and service application. FUZEâ€™s composite (glass and carbon fibre epoxy composites) technology allows steel fabrication and welding to be replaced with advanced structural adhesives and fibres which can be applied under live conditions in difficult field environments (in air and underwater) with no hot work requirement.
Managing Director, Fuze Group Pty Ltd | email@example.com
+61 405 660 786
Greenroom Robotics is an esteemed veteran-operated company dedicated to advancing the field of maritime robotics and autonomous systems. With a focus on the Defence, Commercial, and Private sectors, the company exemplifies Australian innovation and commitment to technological progress.
Driven by a strategic vision, Greenroom Robotics is committed to revolutionizing industries through the meticulous and ethical application of Remote and Autonomous Systems, fortified by the latest advancements in Artificial Intelligence to transform maritime industries.
Our dedication to excellence manifests in our comprehensive portfolio of sophisticated software products tailored for maritime autonomous systems and submersibles. Entrusted with a formidable team of software specialists, Greenroom Robotics places emphasis on reliability and capability, creating bespoke solutions that cater to the specific needs of each application and vessel. Our approach ensures not only the delivery of superior products but also solidifies our position as a trusted and reliable entity in maritime robotic solutions.
Chief Technology Officer, Greenroom Robotics Pty Ltd
+61 409 576 633
We live in challenging times. Working well together, in and between teams and others, is more critical than ever. Collaboration is the foundation for better performance, improved outcomes, and effective execution across all organisations - large, small, public, and private. Our goal is to provide a product solution for leaders, trainers, and consultants to deliver collaborative working training that aligns with international standards and meets local conditions while being engaging, fun, and cost-effective. Australia is large and diverse and faces competing demands. Our solution, Collaborizza, provides everything needed to prime your teams for collaboration - everyone everywhere.
Executive Director, Hargraves Institute
+61 418 614 243
Hullbotâ€™s innovation offers a hydrodynamically optimal hull condition - increasing speed and range for ships, boats and submarines. Hullbotâ€™s autonomous robot conducts high frequency (daily to weekly) in-water cleaning to keep vessel hulls free from biofouling at all times and increasing hull efficiency, without the risk of divers in the water. An improved hull condition reduces fuel consumption and increases fleet capabilities such as endurance and availability. The Hullbot system is an innovative underwater drone platform housed and deployed from a pod, using computer vision, advanced sensors, artificial intelligence and machine learning to navigate around and interact with submerged structures.
+61 402 810 667
Hypersonix Launch Systems is Australiaâ€™s multi award-winning leading aerospace engineering, design and build company, specialising in hypersonic technology and scramjet engines for the global Aerospace sector for both Defence and Commercial applications.
Our value is the rapid, lower-cost manufacturing as the 3D printed scramjet has only less than a 2-month production cycle. Allowing for high cadence with scalable build capabilities. No other competitor in our field has produced a reusable product.
Our fuel/ignition is hydrogen/self-igniting which is not only environmentally friendly due to no harming CO2 emissions polluting our precious atmosphere, but also more reliable than current scramjet providers offerings.
Co-founder | Chairman, Hypersonix Launch Systems
+61 409 845 154
Traditionally wire ropes are manually lubricated by hand, which can lead to potential WHS hazards, environmental contamination, and is extremely labour intensive. This process is ineffective as lubricant is rubbed on the outer surface with limited or no penetration into the core of the rope, leaving the rope exposed and unprotected and potentially accelerating corrosion.
The Viper Wire Rope Lubricator, designed and manufactured in Australia, is an automated system designed to massage and work lubricant into the internal structure of the wire rope providing a safe, fast, efficient, and environmentally responsible solution leading to best practice of wire rope lubrication.
International Sales Manager
+61 458 231 811
Introducing the Breach and Attack Tool (BAT) and Access Facilitation Box (Deck Box), a groundbreaking, portable and gastight compartment fire penetrator to simplify indirect firefighting tactics in high-stress scenarios. This innovative fire suppression technology is designed for intuitive use, enabling rapid access and containment to suffocate outof-control compartment fires while minimising operator errors and cognitive loading. Addressing critical gaps in naval, maritime, and emergency fire safety procedures, BAT and Deck Box aim to enhance preparedness, operational recoverability, and lethality. Invented by dedicated Australian naval firefighters, the user-friendly solutions promise to revolutionise compartment fire safety procedures and modernise at-sea survivability.
Director, Manderson Engineering Innovations Pty Ltd
+61 421 405 065
No-weld Seafastening system, extends the reach of controlled territory for Air-Land-Sea-Space. Enabling equipment deployment on Vessels of Opportunity (VOOâ€™s) without the need for costly and time consuming welded Seafastenings on critical path. Efficiencies in: Cost â€“ Resources â€“ Time â€“ Safety.
+61 439 733 122
Faster/Safer full-cycle Shore Power Cable management Deploy-Retrieve-Store. Lightweight, flat-packable, ISO-transportable, hot-swap field maintenance, patented, DNV2.22 certified, optimised spooled asset bend radius. Australian Defence Innovation awards: 2020-23, WHS Initiative: 2021, under evaluation with USN-NAVFAC. Reduces a previously 40-personnel-45min task to 2-personnel-15mins. Improving operational time by 85%, cost by >95%, personnel by 80% and significantly reducing safety risk and vessel emissions.
Teleportal is committed to making the wonders of the Great Barrier Reef accessible to all Australians, irrespective of their financial, medical, or geographical limitations. Leveraging cutting-edge, eco-friendly Virtual Tourism Technology, weâ€™re eliminating traditional barriers to underwater exploration. Our advanced fleet of solar-powered underwater robots, equipped with sonar-based obstacle avoidance, can be controlled directly from your web browser, day or night. This seamless and eco-conscious experience allows users to intimately explore this globally significant ecosystem while fostering a symbiotic relationship between technological innovation and environmental preservation.
Founder, OSIBOT PTY LTD
+61 424 672 585
The Nautilus is a complete autonomy solution in a 30x30cm box. Sensors and actuators on a UxV connect to standardised interfaces on the Nautilus and Platypus customises the controls and missions. Multiple, potentially heterogeneous, UxVs can be equipped to form teams, working cooperatively to achieve larger missions. The Nautilus features in a diverse range of UxVs and provides mission-level autonomy that intelligently reacts to new sensor data, changes in the environment, or actions by other actors. Nautilus represents a low-cost, low-risk solution to rapidly bring autonomy to UxVs.
Dr. Paul Scerri
CTO, Platypus Australia Pty Ltd
+61 480 385 089
The worldâ€™s most versatile, compact, dexterous intervention system for expeditionary underwater vehicles. Enabling humans to do more in hostile environments while staying out of harmâ€™s way. Developed in consultation with operators from Australia and allied militaries around the globe.
Director - Business Development, Reach Robotics
+61 2 9519 7651
A 600kW plug-in hybrid power and propulsion system that offers a high speed, whisper quiet, zero emission operating mode has been developed. The innovative design leverages a common DC bus supported by a powerful diesel-electric generator and battery system. The system maintains a compact footprint, and provides the same power as a traditional diesel system of similar size. This enables the conversion of both existing and new build diesel-powered vessels into a hybrid. The result is a vessel with an operational range equivalent to that of a traditional diesel, while providing enhanced performance and a substantial reduction in operating costs.
General Manager, Stebercraft Pty Ltd trading as Steber International
+61 2 6592 0777
We have developed a unique carbon fiber composite material with high thermal conductivity to provide an alternative to the current metallic options available for maritime thermal management applications. The first product we have chosen to apply this technology to has been LED light housings, where we have kept the same maximum housing temperature while reducing package size by 60%, weight by 75% while dramatically improving corrosion resistance. The core innovation is aligning the anisotropic fibers into a Z axis prepreg to best utilise the very high thermal conductivity.
Program Manager, Talon Technology
+61 402 672 400
The Australian Centre For Robotics (ACFR), based in the University of Sydney, has recently developed the Seeker Autonomous Underwater Vehicle (AUV), which is a benthic-imaging, hover-capable AUV designed to capture georeferenced, high-quality imagery of the seafloor. The Seeker AUV is a unique but versatile vehicle designed to service research and commercial opportunities in the defence, environmental monitoring and offshore energy sectors.
Associate Director Defence Strategy & Engagement, The University Of Sydney
+61 431 345 867
The latest vessel in the Whiskey range of Multi-Mission Watercraft; Whiskey Bravo represents the most meaningful innovation in combatant craft in decades. Foundationally supported by an advanced powerboat hull, the Whiskey Bravo vertically integrates with personnel and joint all domain command and control systems, integrating fit-forpurpose features, unprecedented payload capacity, features to optimise human performance and future proof networked technologies that have never collectively been applied to a purpose-built multi role combatant craft.
Chief Operating Officer, The Whiskey Project Group
+61 447 066 920
Up to twelve of these morphing recoverable sonar hybrid unmanned aerial vehicles (HUAVs) are intended for deployment from the external stations of the P-8A Poseidon. Once deployed, each HUAV descends to the waterâ€™s surface, folds its wings and retracts its EDFs to perform a diving entry, and glides underwater to its intended destination where it will radiate sonar and listen. The HUAVs then ascend to the surface, take off vertically, deploy their wings, and climb to an altitude where they are reeled in by their parent aircraft. The electric batteries of each HUAV are recharged upon recovery and sonar data is uploaded for advanced collective processing.
Student-led Design by Georgia Warren
+61 477 782 108
Innovation Supervisor: Dr Keith Joiner, CSC (Group Captain, Retâ€™d)
Senior Lecturer Test, Evaluation & Aircraft Design, University of New South Wales
+61 499 202 284
YOUNG INNOVATOR AWARD
WAVEFLYER POWERED BY WAVEDRIVE
The WaveFlyer, a two-person vessel, incorporates the WaveDrive: an autonomous hydrofoil electric propulsion system. This technology charges fully in under an hour, and is fully retractable, offering versatile functionality. A fighter jet-inspired fly-by-wire control system ensures stability, agility, and silence, even in harsh conditions. An exceptional innovation in marine technology.
Head of Development & Co-Founder, Electro Nautic
+61 406 607 399
PROTEUS EXPEDITIONARY PROTECTED AMPHIBIOUS ELECTRIC VEHICLE (EPAEV)
The Proteus is designed to be a ground-breaking protected, amphibious, long-range autonomous electric vehicle that can be optionally crewed. The Proteus has a completely modular design for crewed and uncrewed missionspecific configurations. Consisting of a common uncrewed platform, the Proteus crewed and uncrewed module combinations can be quickly exchanged in the field with a unique slide-and-secure system. The Modules currently under development are: Crewed personnel carrier, Crewed and uncrewed flatbed, Crewed and uncrewed ISR, Crewed and uncrewed Howitzer system. All these and many more to come. The possibilities for further development of modules for the PROTEUS system are virtually endless.
CEO, Advent Atum Pty Ltd
+61 422 655 926
DEVELOPMENT OF CAPABILITY FOR WARSHIP IN HARBOUR MODELLING & JASSO SHOCK TEST MACHINE
A methodology using CFD analysis was developed to assess the consequence of explosive incidents occurring on a Warship in Harbour, allowing the RAN to undertake proper quantitative explosive risk assessments which were not previously possible and are a key requirement for the RAN to meet their WHS obligations.
Shock testing machine JASSO operates on seismic air gun technology, to represent a naval shock event more accurately, was stood up as a capability within Australia. It is the only current medium weight (1-5 tonne) shock testing capability available to the RAN.
Defence Business Lead, Thornton Tomasetti
+61 402 725 235
HORASâ„˘ (HIGHER ORDER REINFORCED AUTONOMOUS SYSTEM)
HORASTM is a platform-agnostic Al software and hardware package that supports semi and fully autonomous
operations for vehicles and vessels. Designed with plug-and-play capability in mind, it supports off-the-shelf defence
and commercial sensor platforms. It will feature autonomous driving functionality, real-time threat and hand field
signal detection using computer vision, natural language processing (voice commands), digital messages and an
intuitive UI/UX. HORASTM is currently at TRL 5 and will soon be able to detect and react to 35 different hand field signals after just ~20 days of training.
Chief Technology Officer, Advent Atum Pty Ltd
+61 416 801 612