An innovative system that enables defence personnel to communicate securely over connections such as Wi-Fi, 4G and satellites has won its makers a prestigious Australian science prize.
Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security was recently awarded the Defence Science and Technology Group Eureka Prize for Outstanding Science for Safeguarding Australia.
The awards, presented annually by the Australian Museum, reward excellence in fields including research and innovation, leadership and science communication.
The Australian security company – a subsidiary of global security company Northrop Grumman Corporation – was rewarded for its efforts in devising the Secure Communications System.
The system was designed in conjunction with the Australian government to bring classified networks used by the Australian Defence Force and other Australian government departments into the mobile arena.
It makes it easier for users to provide voice communication and send secure emails, using publicly available connections such as Wi-Fi, 3G, 4G, satellites and ethernet.
“The Secure Communications System is significantly more compact and easier to use than existing technology,” said Kim McKay, executive director and CEO of the Australian Museum.
“Already proving its worth here and internationally, the system highlights Australia’s strength in secure, mobile communications.”
M5 Network Security’s Tony Marceddo it was gratifying to receive recognition for the company’s advanced design and engineering skills developed in Australia.
“The Secure Communications System developed by Northrop Grumman M5 Network Security was specifically designed by our Australian team to meet the needs of the Australian Defence Force and we’re now looking at opportunities to export this world-leading technology.”
Watch a video explaining the technology here.