Sydney, Nov 15: DroneShield is being celebrated as a New South Wales and national success story, after being named a finalist in the 2021 Australian Export Awards.
The homegrown technology, which can identify drones by their make and model, determine if they are armed, and knock them out of the sky if necessary, has already been sold to the Australian Army and the US Department of Homeland Security.
The Australian Export Awards showcase Australian businesses which are succeeding on the global stage in key sectors such as agriculture, manufacturing, e-commerce, digital technologies, resources, health and biotechnology.
Minister for Trade, Tourism and Investment Dan Tehan said Australian exporters had achieved extraordinary outcomes in the past year.
“Australia is a trading nation, and the high quality of the nominations for this year’s awards demonstrate why we are a world leading exporter,” Tehan said.
“Successful exporters are innovative, hard-working and versatile and their work supports jobs and other businesses in our community.”
DroneShield CEO Oleg Vornik said that DroneShield has worked hard to develop an essential 21st century technology that could protect lives and sensitive infrastructure around the globe.
This year, the company has sold its devices to the Australian Army and the US Department of Homeland Security, and attracted interest from the US Airforce and Navy.
“For years, a big fear has been how drones have been a force equaliser for rogue states. Now, our technology makes them effectively useless,” Vornik said.
“Our DroneShield technology is capable of cataloguing and mapping any UAV to ensure that it does not harm allied military or civilian populations.
“Before anyone else, we saw the danger involved with the booming, unregulated drone industry and how it posed a real danger to both civilian and military forces alike.
“Our product is the proof that Australian technology can thrive in the future by finding a specialised market, looking at the problems associated with that market, then inventing a creative solution.”
DroneShield is not only an Australian based developer and manufacturer of advanced technologies, substantially focussed on Artificial Intelligence, but also is an ASX-listed business, with about 8000 ordinary Australian mom-and-dad retail shareholders constituting its ownership base.
DroneShield will compete against other state finalists in the Advanced Technology category, before an overall 2021 Australian Exporter of the Year is selected from category winners.
The winner will be announced in Canberra by Tehan on November 25.
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