Latvia's defense industry to hand out annual awards

March 6 sees the Federation of Security and Defence Industries of Latvia (DAIF Latvia) handing out its annual awards to companies and research institutions that have made a significant contribution to safety and security on a national and international scale in 2023.

In advance of a ceremony to be held today, details of the award recipients have already been released. 

  • The "Research" award of the year goes to the University of Latvia for "Development of a prototype antidote based on iron hexacyanoferrate and biopolymer sorbents for preventive protection of military and civilians against radioactive cesium".
  • The "Innovation" award goes to SIA "ABC software" for "creating a similar behavior analysis and automatic grouping method of users of information systems using an AI/ML approach".
  • The "Education" award goes to the College of Fire Safety and Civil Defense for "Tactical House for Practical Training".
  • The "Partnership" award goes to Materize of the Institute of Solid State Physics of the University of Latvia for "Research partnership with the defense sector and industry".
  • The "Export" award goes to SIA "Riot Engineering" for a significant increase in exports.
  • The "Growth" award goes to SIA "VR Cars" for the military vehicle VR FOX.

The achievements of companies, educational and research institutions according to the submitted applications in each of the nominations are evaluated according to the criteria mentioned below: Impact on the development of the defense and internal affairs sector and the improvement of management; Compliance with defense capability development and public safety priorities; Relevance and applicability; Originality and creativity in solving challenges; An important additional criterion for a jury member , for example, inclusion in an international business or research consortium, public education about civil defense, practical application of space technology, etc.

DAIF was established in the spring of 2013 and involves a wide range of economic sectors, leading universities, and research institutes that have been established at educational and research institutions.  It is a partner of the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Interior and Ministry of Foreign Affairs and actively partners with government institutions, international organisations, as well as business organisations from various sectors in Latvia and abroad.

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