Kuala Lumpur 24 September – During a spectacular awards ceremony the winners of the first edition of the NCT CBRNe Awards were announced. The NCT CBRNe Awards are the new industry prizes for CBRNe products, solutions and developments in the international CBRNe Community and are initiated by IB Consultancy, CBNW Magazine and Military technology to reward companies and organisations that have made an outstanding contribution to the CBRNe Community.
The NCT CBRNe Awards Ceremony highlighted the opening of the second edition of the NCT CBRNe Asia Conference, Exhibition and Demonstration. The show was hosted in the brand new Aloft Hotel grand ballroom in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia. Special guest of the night was Chief of the Malaysian Armed Forces, Honorable General Tan Sri Dato’ Sri Zulkifeli Bin Mohd Zin, who stressed the importance of CBRN research and development in order to counter the CBRN threat in Asia and globally.
This year’s edition counted four Award categories, of which three were handed out by a distinguished jury comprising: Guy Roberts (NATO), Lt. General Yugala (ret) (Royal Thailand Army), Lt. Col. Frank Kaemper, (Bundeswehr), Stephen Elliott (Mönch Publishing Group), Dave Sloggett (CBNW Magazine;), Dr. Zalini Yunus, (STRIDE Malaysia) and Ilja M. Bonsen (IB Consultancy).
The first Award of the evening went to the Reward Project. This project was granted the NCT CBRNe Innovation Award for the most innovative product, service or research paper. The Jury stated that “the developed detection and surveillance system offers a perfect solution for end-users to enhance crucial capabilities in RN analysis, risk communication and surveillance in case of a radiation incident”.
The NCT CBRNe Capability Award for the country or organisation having improved its CBRNe capabilities or having had an impact on the capabilities of another country or organisation went to the Second Line of Defence Initiative of the US Department of Energy. According to the Jury “the aim and results of this initiative are impressive: building up capacities internationally in order to detect, deter and interdict illicit trafficking of particularly RN materiel confronts one of the major issues of CBRN proliferation in the 21st century.”
The NCT CBRNe Product Award was won by DxTerity Diagnostics’ for its REDI-Dx biodosimetry product, as “it has a clear end-user benefit, economic efficiency and an excellent match between requirements and the offered solution.” In addition, “against the background of mass casualty incidents like in Fukushima, it permits fast analysis and treatment of victims on the basis of low-cost testing,” according to an impressed Jury.
Along with the three Awards handed out by the jury, the NCT CBRNe Community Award was granted by the CBRNe Community to Bruker for illustrating itself in bringing benefits to CBRNe end-users. Bruker’s RAID M100 Detector – Chemical Agent Detector is designed to detect chemical warfare agents and toxic industrial chemicals on personnel, equipment, platforms and in the environment. In this special opportunity for members of the CBRNe Community to assess peer recognition, the RAID M100 Detector received an overwhelming number of votes during the awards show and online voting rounds.