Seeing Machines named 2014 ACT Exporter of the year

B2B Editor25 November 2014

Canberra-based technology company Seeing Machines has been crowned ACT Exporter of the Year at the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards recently at the Hyatt Hotel.

Seeing Machines is renowned for developing state of the art fatigue and distraction monitoring technology, including the Driver Safety System (DSS) which is already being used by mining, commercial road-transport and automotive industries worldwide.

The company, which was founded in 1999, now has 95 employees working across Canberra, San Francisco, Arizona and Tuscany, with export sales accounting for 53% of its revenue.

Seeing Machines recognition as 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year comes a month after the company announced a collaboration deal with Samsung which aims to bring face and eye tracking technology to the consumer electronics market.

“We are delighted to be recognised as the 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year,” Seeing Machines CEO Ken Kroger said.

“Canberra is a great place to do business. The collaboration between organisations such as NICTA and the ANU are part of a small technology community that come together to share resources and ideas and support each other.”

Seeing Machines have also signed a three-year strategic agreement with Electro-Motive Diesel Inc. which will introduce their state-of-the-art Driver Safety System to the rail industry.

Canberra Business Chamber CEO, Chris Faulks, congratulated Seeing Machines on winning the 2014 ACT Exporter of the Year, as well as the Information and Communication Technology category for the second year running.

“Seeing Machines success is a testament to the growing strength of the export industry in the ACT”, Ms Faulks said. “Since winning the Information and Communication Technology category at the Export Awards last year Seeing Machines has grown considerably and this award is due recognition for their achievements.

“Seeing Machines, along with the other 10 category winners, is a prime example of the innovative, global success of ACT exporters who use our country’s capital as a base.”

First time winners in this years Export Awards included iSimulate (Education and Training), OnTheGo (Online Sales), as well as Frameskin and Austranter Medical, who shared the Emerging Exporter award.

The full list of winners for the 2014 ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards:

* ACT Exporter of the Year – Seeing Machines
* Business Services – Intelledox
* Education and Training – iSimulate
* Environmental Solutions – Windlab
* Health and Biotechnology – Aspen Medical
* Information and Communication Technology – Seeing Machines

* Manufacturing – Datapod
* Online Sales- OnTheGo
* Small Business – IE Asia Pacific
* Emerging – Frameskin and Austranter Medical (ACT only)
* ACT Exporting Government Solutions – Royal Australian Mint (ACT only)
* Exporting To Asia – Intelledox (ACT only)

All ACT category winners will qualify for entry into the 52nd Australian Export Awards which will be held in Melbourne in November.

The ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards are an initiative of the ACT Government delivered by Canberra Business Chamber.

Business services award & exporting to asia award, intelledox Intelledox is a global software company that helps government, financial services and healthcare organizations to digitalize business processes. Its software products allow organizations to eliminate paper forms and manual processes and produce smarter customer communications. Intelledox has over one million users worldwide across four continents and growing. In 2014, Intelledox signed its largest ever North American deal with a multi- billion dollar manufacturing company and announced a major reseller partnership with Fuji Xerox Asia Pacific.

Learn more: www.intelledox.com

Education and Training Award, iSimulate

iSimulate was founded in 2011 and is a privately-owned company operating from offices in Canberra and Sydney. The simplicity of the technology has been embraced in Australia and overseas with growing sales in over 20 countries through 11 distributorships.

Learn more: www.isimulate.com

Environmental Solutions Award, Windlab

Windlab is a Canberra based renewable energy development company exporting renewable energy expertise to over 60 sites around the globe. Windlab owns and exclusively utilises a suite of industry best practice wind energy prospecting and assessment tools to identify and efficiently develop high quality wind farm sites in its chosen markets, with considerably greater certainty and less risk. Global wind energy company Windlab was founded in 2003 as a spin out from Australia’s scientific research institute, the CSIRO.

Learn more: www.windlab.com

Health and Biotechnology Award, Aspen Medical

The Canberra based company is operational in seven countries and employs more than 2,000 people. Aspen Medical secured a hat-trick win at the ACT Chief Minister’s Export Awards in 2013 after being crowned ACT Exporter of the Year three years in-a-row. The Aspen Medical story
is one that highlights Canberra’s growing exporting industry.

Learn more: www.aspenmedical.com.au

Information and Communication Technology Award, Seeing Machines

Founded in 1997 by researchers from the Australian National University (ANU); who developed computer-vision algorithms for tracking and interpreting human head, face, and gaze; the company has successfully commercialised this technology globally. The company now exports products to 10 countries including Brazil, the Netherlands, and Indonesia.

Learn more:

Manufacturing Award, Datapod

The 2014 ACT Export Awards were launched with the news that Datapod had secured a $2 million contact with the Washington Suburban Sanitary Commission- the 7th largest utility in the USA. Datapod has also been appointed to the Data Centre Facilities Supplies Panel, which means
they can be considered by Australian Government Departments and Agencies for the provision of data centre facilities and associated infrastructure.

Learn more: www.datapod.com.au

Online Sales Award, OnTheGo

These include: sporting teams, health club chains, sporting events, schools, universities, non-profit organisations, government departments, small businesses and public companies. Earlier this year OnTheGo signed an exclusive deal to supply customised athletic apparel to the international gymnasium chain Anytime Fitness for its Asian operations.

Learn more: www.onthegosport.com

Small Business Award, IE Asia Pacific

This benefits Air Navigational Service Providers (ANSP) or Military Air Defence Agencies in maintaining the integrity of their Systems; which in turn enhances Air Traffic Control safety for the travelling public and surveillance detection for the air defence of the country. In 2014, IE Asia Pacific has spent close to 30 weeks on site in Indonesia, providing valuable training to the Indonesia Air Force on Radar analysis products (RASS). They also hosted a local training course in Canberra for Indonesian Air Force personnel.

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ACT Exporting Government Solutions, Royal Australian Mint

They also deliver coinage reform products and services. In 2014 the Royal Australian Mint has focused on developing new markets and initiating projects aimed at future revenue growth. This year the Royal Australian Mint received recognition through seven international awards, exported to three new countries, produced numismatic coins for New Zealand’s prestigious Maori Art collection and the second Hobbit movie.

Learn more: www.ramint.gov.au

Emerging Exporter Category, Frameskin and Austranter Medical Frameskin

They have adapted a film technology more commonly associated with the automotive and aviation industry and developed design and production methods for this vertical market. An online retailer from day one, Frameskin now has customers in over 30 countries, with international sales in 2013-14 increasing by 50%. The company continues to develop and innovate to meet the demands of a changing market.

Learn more: www.frameskin.com


The Cap comes in 6 different sizes & has accessories for several different types of CPAP catering for babies form 500g to 4000g. All the components can be bought separately, are washable and reusable, making them economically viable even for developing countries. The system has reached success via word of mouth and the company is currently growing their operations and marketing.

Learn more: www.austranter.com.au