Milipol Innovation Awards 2017

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For its 20th session, Milipol Paris 2017 organized for the first time the MILIPOL INNOVATION AWARDS. This competition was designed to reward the most innovative companies in terms of products, materials, services, solutions or business models related to the homeland security industry.

The Milipol Innovation Awards were reserved for all the companies which exhibited at Milipol Paris 2017. The awards ceremony took place on Tuesday 21st November during Milipol Paris 2017 for the following categories:

  • Cybersecurity (fight against cyberthreats and cybercriminality solutions)
  • Safe and smart cities (Transportations & connected car security & safety, smart lightening, videosurveillance, monitoring…)
  • Individual Equipment / first responder protection (materials, textiles, fabrics & accessories)
  • Drone & anti-drone systems, robotics
  • Crisis Management (emergency population warning systems, crisis management, command & control)

Alongside the Milipol Innovation Awards ceremony, a prize has be given by the French Ministry of the Interior to the startup Aquilae, winner of the “smart video surveillance” experimentation.
This experimentation, managed by the ministerial data manager, assisted by cap digital cluster, was led during 2017 first semester in partnership with “DMAT” & “Préfecture de Police”. The aim of the experimentation was to evaluate the real time images analysis solutions thanks to artificial intelligence.


2017 winners

Please click here to review all the finalist projects

Crisis management

Fire Suppression Systems, Milipol Innovation Awards 2017 finalists

FSS50 - First portable fire extinguishing charge
Booth 6 B 014

Description: FSS50 is the world's first portable fire extinguishing charge, with exceptional features: Neutralizes all class fire starts: A, B, C, E and F Autonomy: 50 seconds (one extinguisher of 9Kg has a duration = 26 seconds !!!) 27 cm, 220 gr and 3.5 cm Ø Unlimited lifetime Maintenance free and overhaul Eco-compatible, without residue CE conformity.


Brainchip SAS, Milipol Innovation Awards 2017 finalists
Brainchip Accelerator Hardware for Neuromorphic Computing
Booth 6 A 062


Description: Branchip introduces world's first commercial hardware acceleration of neuromorphic computing. The PCI-Express card implements spiking neural networks that actually work like the Brain. This represents a significant milestone in the development of neurocomputing and for the future of Artificial Intelligence. Along with BrainChip Studio software, the award winning New Product of the Year by Security Today Magazine in Video Analytics category,it learns from a single pattern  as small as 20x20 pixels and performs recognition in low-light, low-resolution, noisy environment, processing up to 16 videos channels simultaneously, helping intelligence organizations in massive image & video processing.

Drone & Anti-drone Systems, Robotics

HGH Infrared Systems, Milipol Innovation Awards 2017 finalists
V-LRF option for SPYNEL
Booth 6 G 218

Description: The V-LRF powerful innovation for HGH's Spynel-S and Spynel-X aims to facilitate the identification phase of any threat detected by Spynel's panoramic detection system. Indeed, the user will be able to use a x30 continuous optical zoom thanks to their full HD Visible Channel, in order to keep an eye on the threat and to recognize the smallest objects. The other option is an eyesafe Laser Range Finder, whose mission is to provide the user with accurate data regarding the distance and location of the threat, be it on land, at sea or in the air.

Individual Equipment / First Responder Protection

Bertin Instruments, Milipol Innovation Awards 2017 finalists
FusionSight - Compact monocular
Booth 6 R 089

Description: FusionSight® is the world- first compact monocular that combines a colour visible low light sensor with a thermal image sensor, to be used separately or in smart digital fusion.

Safe & Smart Cities

Air-Lynx, Milipol Innovation Awards 2017 finalists
Air-Lynx Manpack ALM 17000 - 4G LTE backpack radio network
Booth H 218

Description: In order to solve the communication problems of tactical and mission critical operations, the french company AIR-LYNX propose its ALM 17000 ManPack. This is the first 4G LTE backpack radio network of the market to be as compact, lightweight and fast to deploy. All that is required to operate the network is concentrated in a single box. In less than 2 mn, users are able to create a full private 4G LTE Network solution that provides high speed data connexions access to the voice, video and PTT, anywhere and anytime. Ideal for military, security, public safety and first responders networks.


Jury and Criteria

The jury was composed of international experts in their field.


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Frédérick DOUZET
French Institute of Geopolitics
Professor, Chairwoman of the Castex Chair of Cyber Strategy


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PA Consulting Group
Management Consultant, Defence & Security Expert


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National Gendarmerie (DGGN)
Chief Digital Strategy Officer (MNGN)



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Frost & Sullivan
Principal Consultant - Aerospace, Defence and Security


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Accenture Security
Managing Director Asia Pacific



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Patrick-Charles DARRAS
SAELSI - Ministry of Interior
Assistant Manager in charge of Equipments


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RAID - Ministry of Interior
R&D Expert




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UVS International


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SDMIS 69 SIS Département Rhône and Lyon Metropole
French Firefighter Officer


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Prof. Dr.-Ing. Uwe MEINBERG
Brandenburg University of Technology
Head of Chair and Head of Board (CURPAS e.V)



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Crisis Response Journal
Editor in chief


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Christian SOMMADE
French High Committee for Civil Defence (HDFDC)
Executive Director


The evaluation of entries and the selection of the finalists have been done thanks to the following criteria:

  • Innovative nature of the technology, product, etc. proposed by the competitor (10 points)
  • Opportunity for the market (8 points)
  • The relevance of the arguments (2 points)

Finalists are displayed on the Milipol Paris Website as well as in the exhibitor catalogue.


Entry terms and conditions

  • Free competition only open to exhibiting companies (which are not part of the jury members) of Milipol Paris 2017.
  • To agree with the competition rules.
  • To complete the entries in English on the Exhibitor Area by 19 September 2017 at 7pm (GMT+1).
  • Competitors may submit one or more entries, and a same entry can be submitted in two different categories max.
  • Any technology, product, etc. submitted must:
    • Have been released or officially announced between 21 November 2015 and 21 November 2017.
    • At least, be prototypes which can be presented to the judges if requested.


Competition schedule

End of June
Launch of the competition.

19 September 2017
Deadline for entry deposit (7pm, GMT+1).

25 October 2017
Deadline reviewing and evaluation by jury. 

2 November 2017
Announcement of Finalists.

21 or 22 November 2017
Announcement of Winners and Awards Ceremony during the event.


Milipol Paris is organized under the patronage of the French Ministry of Interior.

French Ministry of Interior