Critical Communication Awards

Organised by MA Exhibitions, in association with TCCA, the ICCAs are regarded as the most sought-after accolade in critical communications. Celebrating innovation, excellence and execution in mission critical communications, the International Critical Communications Awards recognise products, organisations and individuals who push the boundaries of technological capabilities.


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The Ceremony

The International Critical Communications Awards 2019 will take place on 18th June at MITEC, Kuala Lumpur

Enjoy a reception followed by dinner, and then the unveiling of the 2019 winners at the ceremony itself. As a premier night for networking, you don’t want to miss your chance to be there.

Book now: Tickets are on sale now - book here now.
Date: Tuesday 18th June 2019
Dress code: Lounge suit
Venue: MITEC, Kuala Lumpur

Individual Seat
£225.00 + VAT

Table for 10
£2150 + VAT

Please contact Shakira Browne on +44 (0) 203 915 9454 or email shakira.browne@markallengroup.com if you have any other questions or need additional information.


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Results 2018

Scroll through to see the winners from 2018

Best Use of Critical Communications for Public Safety

Winner: Motorola Solutions, Norway and Sweden accomplish common cross-border radio communications

After almost three years spent overcoming technical obstacles and differences in operating procedures, Motorola Solutions, Airbus Defence and Space along with MSB and DSB have achieved interoperability between Norway and Sweden’s police and rescue teams. Communications across the countries’ one thousand, six hundred, and nineteen kilometre long border are improving the responsiveness and efficiency of their emergency services and they are now collaborating with Finland to connect Virve to Nødnett and to Rakel, thereby creating a Nordic communication cluster. The judges described it as a milestone for TETRA and a great step forward in critical communications.

Best Innovation Award

Winner: Smith Myers Communications, Artemis

Smith Myers’ ARTEMIS avionics communication and location system allows airborne search and rescue operations to locate missing persons and communicate with them in areas without the need for any public cellular networks. It operates using standard omni-directional antennas, acts as its own cellular network and has been specifically designed for  use in search and rescue helicopters. In the right conditions, ARTEMIS can locate a mobile phone from more than thirty kilometres away and during recent flight tests successfully located a phone buried under three feet of snow from a distance of sixteen kilometres, while at eight and a half thousand feet in a fixed wing aircraft. The judges were impressed by Artemis’ potential and what it will bring to search and rescue efforts, with one judge stating that it will save lives.

Best Use of Critical Communications for Transport

Winner: Radlink Communications, Aurizon Rail

Radlink Communications Australia designed and delivered a TETRA network to Aurizon Rail, Australia's largest rail freight operator. The network consists of seventy-nine sites and covers two thousand six hundred and seventy kilometres of rail network, and links fifty coal mines and four major ports. It replaced four outdated independent analogue systems and consolidated their user bases together with train control, shunting, maintenance and wayside operations, into a single cohesive network. Network design and deployment took only fourteen months and was carried out across difficult and challenging terrain. Our judges were struck by the way in which Radlink was able to address the many challenges it encountered while keeping to an extremely ambitious timetable.

Best Use of Critical Communications in Utilities

Winner: PowerTrunk, Diverse Power TETRA Network

Diverse Power, an Electric Membership Cooperative based in Georgia, USA, acquired a TETRA system in 2013 and worked with PowerTrunk to expand it – which was completed in 2017. Instead of limiting its TETRA coverage to its own area, Diverse Power has joined forces with other neighboring electric cooperatives to provide TETRA coverage into their territories. This aided in the co-operatives’ response to the hurricanes that struck Georgia in 2017. Harris County’s Sheriff’s Office and Emergency Medical Services also use the network, and TETRA’s voice clarity played a key role in their decision to do so. Diverse Power’s network is also used by four local police and ten fire departments in Georgia. The judges complimented Diverse Power on its “great and pioneering use of TETRA in the US”.

Outstanding Single-Site Critical Communications Installation

Winner: Athonet, 5G-ready Critical Communications

The Agnico Eagle LaRonde Underground Mine in Canada deployed a private LTE network for its LaRonde Zone 5 project, which is the deepest mine in the western hemisphere. It used Athonet’s solution, which was installed by system integrator AMBRA. The system is fully based on 3GPP standards and fully compatible with all LTE standards-based mobile operator networks, bands and off-shelf devices. It has also been built with support for mission-critical LTE and 5G features. A fleet of five hundred smartphones is complimented by a complete mobile core that supports Push-to-talk and Push-to-Video over LTE. The system has enabled the mine’s supervisors to receive information from their workers in real-time, when it had been previously only been exchanged during shift changes. The judges described the project as an “impressive, innovative, and unusual deployment”.

Best Evolution to Future Broadband

Winner: Secure Land Communications at Airbus, Tactilon Dabat

The Tactilon Dabat is the first device to combine a smartphone and a full TETRA radio. It provides mission-critical users with the resilience and reliability they’ve come to expect with broadband speeds and the rich array of applications that smartphones provide. It has a large clear display, a professional push-to-talk key, excellent voice quality and an intuitive interface. The Tactilon Dabat is supported by the Airbus SmarTWISP programme for application developers. About a hundred companies have already joined the programme, which is working to build a professional app ecosystem. The judges described the Tactilon Dabat as an “excellent example of an evolutionary approach to handset design”.

Best Use of Control Room Systems

Winner: Motorola Solutions, Project Green Light Detroit

Project Green Light Detroit is the first public-private-community partnership of its kind. It allows local businesses to install and maintain high definition video surveillance cameras that live stream footage back to Detroit’ Police Department’s Real Time Crime Center. There it is received, monitored and analysed by operators using Motorola Solutions’ CommandCentral Aware software to help address crime and boost responsiveness to incidents. The project has resulted in a 23 per cent reduction in crime (on average) at the locations in which it operates, including a 44 per cent drop in the number of car-jackings. It has also allowed criminals to be caught in hours, rather than days or weeks due to its ability to clearly capture visuals of suspects. The judges were impressed by these figures and the project’s innovative use of video and data.

TCCA Young Engineer of the Year

Winner: Thomas Roth, Gryphon Secure

Thomas Roth was hired at the age of 16, by the Swiss company Schindler, to develop embedded software. In 2010, he published his private security research on using a new technology on the Amazon cloud for encryption breaking, gaining him global recognition. At the age of 20 he published an attack on the most common point of sale/card-payment terminal in Germany and was even able to load a game of “Pong” onto it. He has since published his attacks on TrustZone, and researched secure communication platforms such as Protonmail, SpiderOak, and Tutanota.  In 2018, Thomas was named one of the top 30 under 30 years of age in Technology by Forbes Magazine. Thomas’ impressive list of achievements prompted one of our judges to express their gratitude that he is working for the white-hat side.

Outstanding Contribution to Critical Communications

Winner: David Chater-Lea, Motorola Solutions

Dave has spent more than 35 years of his career in mission-critical communications, and has tirelessly supported the development of standards and the needs of the industry in ETSI, TCCA, CEPT, and 3GPP. He has been a key member of the TETRA standards community since 1994 when he joined what was then ETSI RES6 WG6, which designed the TETRA security standards. He continues in his roles as chairman of WG4, vice chairman of WG6, vice chairman of TCCE and vice chairman of 3GPP SA6, and continues to drive interoperable standards solutions forwards. Our judges commend Dave for his outstanding and long-term contribution to mission critical wireless standards, with one saying that “it is hard to think of anyone who has been more influential in creating the European standards we have today.”


Frequently Asked questions

Please see answers to some frequently asked questions below. If your question is not answered here, please get in touch with the awards team on 020 7501 6782, who will be happy to help.

The ceremony will be held on Tuesday 18th June 2019 at MITEC, Kuala Lumpur. You can book your table here now.

The winners are announced at the ceremony on Tuesday 18th June at MITEC, Kuala Lumpur. Please keep this date free in your diary.
The International Critical Communications Awards are judged by an independent panel of judges.

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