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Global Security Challenge’s APAC finalists prepare for showdown at Security 2011 Exhibition

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The Security 2011 Exhibition organised by Diversified Exhibitions Australia has announced the APAC finalists for the 6th Global Security Challenge, an international competition with prize funds for security start-ups and businesses totalling US$500,000.  

The APAC finals will be held on Thursday, August 25, 2011 at the Security 2011 Exhibition in Sydney at the Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre where seven regional finalists will be presenting their security-focused business pitches. The two regional winners will compete with international security start-ups and SMEs for prize funds totalling US$500,000.  

Two companies from New Zealand and one from Australia are among the APAC finalists.  

Embedded Technologies Corp Pty Ltd
Headquartered in Western Australia with offices in the US and Europe, Embedded Technologies Corp markets systems combining both video and sensor data for fixed and mobile applications in industries such as security, defence and government. ET Corp will be competing in the SME category at the Global Security Challenge.  

TracMap
TracMap provides GPS guidance and recording systems for emergency services, utilities, agriculture and aerial agriculture industries. Based in New Zealand’s South Island, the company is one of the largest providers of GPS technology to the country’s agricultural sector, and recently won the NZ Hi-Tech Emerging Company Award. TracMap is APAC’s second contender in the SME category.  

Areograph Ltd
Areograph Ltd is a privately held company based in Dunedin, New Zealand, specialising in photorealistic computer graphics. The company has successfully produced multiple award-winning computer games, and is now focused on bringing its latest generation of world leading computer graphics techniques to the security market. Areograph will be competing in the start-up category.  

Areograph will be competing with a strong delegation from India, featuring Array Shield Technologies Private Ltd, Bullet Deflector Body Armour and Easy Secured Software & Services Ltd as well as Cluck.in from Japan, for the regional title in the start-up category.  

The judging panel at the APAC finals includes: 

  • Todd Brethauer, science advisor at the US Government’s Combating Terrorism Technical Support Office (CTTSO) 
  • Steven Scanlan from The Australian Department of the Prime Minister and Cabinet National Security Science and Technology (NSST) Branch 
  • Graham Ingram, managing director of the University of Queensland cyber security unit, AusCERT 
  • Brad Howarth, start-up expert, freelance journalist and author 
  • Chris Cubbage, executive editor of Australian Security Magazine and director of MySecurity Media   
The APAC finalists will present their business ideas to the judges in the presence of a live audience on Thursday, August 25, 2011. Kim Mettam, director of business at iWebgate, 2010 winners of the Global Security Challenge’s SME Award worth US$300,000, will provide an update on his company’s success since winning the accolade. 
 

The two APAC winners (start-up and SME) will be competing with regional titleholders from the UK, Europe, US East and West Coast and the Middle East at the Global Security Challenge finals to be held in London, UK in October, 2011.  

The Security 2011 Exhibition will be held from August 24 to August 26 at the Sydney Convention & Exhibition Centre. Entry to the security exhibition is free for business professionals.

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