Axis Communications wins Social Impact Awards due to life-saving collaboration in South Australia

Public-private partnership resulted in a Coastal Safety Camera Network that is helping save lives.

Last week, Axis Communications, a leader in network video, won the ‘Excellence in Social Impact’ category in the Swedish Business Awards. Organised by the Swedish Australian Chamber of Commerce, the event celebrates the outstanding achievements of companies that are spearheading innovation, sustainability, entrepreneurship, partnership, collaboration, and social impact in Australia.

This achievement showcases the success of collaborative efforts between Axis and BST to support Surf Life Saving South Australia (SLSSA) in implementing a Coastal Safety Camera Network.

The implementation of this camera network helped improve the safety and well-being of the local community, which is now more relevant than ever during the busy period over Christmas and summer in Australia.

Aiming to revolutionise situational awareness, the network aids in the early detection of persons in difficulty and can provide real-time updates from the State Operations Centre (SOC) to those on patrol on the beach. The technology has already proven invaluable, as earlier this year it enabled the timely dispatch of additional resources to aid in a rescue that saved five lives – four from the same family and one bystander. Without the cameras in place, lifesavers on the beach would not have had sight of those in danger.

“This recognition marks our dedication to effecting positive and sustainable transformation for Surf Life Saving in South Australia. Our commitment to safeguarding our community has already produced life-saving outcomes, and we’ll continue deploying this technology this summer season to further protect our beachgoers,” said Damien Marangon, SLSSA CEO.

“This collaboration not only highlights the power of technology but also demonstrates the effectiveness of public and private partnerships in addressing important societal challenges, We’re pleased with the commendable outcomes we’ve been able to achieve so far with the collaborative efforts of BST, and look forward to witnessing the continued expansion and impact of this program not only in South Australia, but other regions as well,” said Wai King Wong, Regional Director, Oceania, Axis Communications.