▷ DEKRA Award 2021 presented in three categories / Smart concepts are safety champions

28.10.2021 – 11:44


Stuttgart (ots)

  • Online voting for winners in the “Startups” category on October 29, 2021
  • Award for safety on the road, at work and at home
  • Record participation after a year of Corona break

The expert organization DEKRA presented the DEKRA Award again in 2021 after a year of corona-related pause: The coveted prizes this year went to: AIT Austrian Institute of Technology GmbH (Safety in Traffic category), Ottobock SE & Co. KGaA (Safety at work) and the BAG Mehr Sicherheit für Kinder eV (security at home). The price for startups will be determined by online voting on October 29, 2021.

“The winners convinced with ideas that are groundbreaking in their disciplines,” says Stefan Kölbl, Chairman of the Board of Management of DEKRA eV and DEKRA SE. “This year’s DEKRA Award shows: Digitization, artificial intelligence and machine learning open up new possibilities for more security. The high number of participants and the excellent quality of the submitted concepts demonstrate the extraordinary relevance of the DEKRA Award as a platform for security solutions of the digital future.”

The global expert organization DEKRA, together with WirtschaftsWoche, Germany’s leading business magazine, has been organizing the DEKRA Award for many years and honoring pioneering top performance in the service of safety.

Online showdown in the Startups category

One innovation at this year’s DEKRA Award concerns the startups category. Three nominated companies can present their innovations online in the form of a three-minute “pitch” in the final round. The race for the public’s favor via the online voting app starts on October 29, 2021. https://www.linkedin.com/events/livepitch-3startups-3ideas-3min6853984021165203456/

The startups are nominated

  • COMPREDICT for AI-based virtual vehicle sensors
  • Lakera for a validation platform for safe AI
  • Trucksters for AI-based route optimization in logistics

The 2021 Safety Champions were selected by the top-class jury in the three classic categories:

Winner in the “Safety in Traffic” category

The Mobility Observation Box (MOB) of the AIT Austrian Institute of Technology makes road safety measurable. The innovation makes it possible to screen the security of traffic infrastructures, i.e. to measure it according to objective criteria and thus make it comparable. After the data has been collected, machine learning is used to automatically recognize and classify different groups of road users – such as pedestrians, cyclists, cars, trucks, e-scooters – and their traffic behavior is evaluated. This forms a basis for targeted improvement measures for more road safety.

Winner in the “Safety at Work” category

Ottobock exoskeletons optimize safety and ergonomics in industrial workplaces. The aids support people with physically demanding tasks such as overhead work or lifting activities. They can easily be used in daily production operations. They measurably reduce physical stress and thus create healthier working conditions. The innovative concept has prevailed and opens up a new product field for which many other fields of application can be opened up in the future.

Winner in the “Security at Home” category

With the interactive 3D application “Virtual Giant Kitchen”, the BAG is expanding its educational offer on the subject of child safety with the “More Safety for Children” initiative. Because the kitchen is the number one accident black spot in the house. The virtual solution for PC, smartphone and VR glasses puts users the size of a 1.5 year old child. From this changed perspective, various accident risks can be discovered and minimized. The virtual world is instructive and raises awareness in the long term.


This year’s jury:

  • Dr. Annette Niederfranke, Director International Labor Organization (ILO)
  • Beat Balzli, editor-in-chief of Wirtschaftswoche
  • Carlos Bhola, Managing Partner Celsius Capital
  • Boris Böhme, Head of Division in the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy, Product and Plant Safety Department
  • Dr. Raimund Klinkner, managing partner of the INSTITUTE FOR MANAGEMENT EXCELLENCE
  • Stefan Kölbl, Chairman of the Board of Management of DEKRA eV and DEKRA SE.

In the Startups category, the three nominees will start their pitches on Friday, October 29th at 6 p.m. https://www.linkedin.com/events/livepitch-3startups-3ideas-3min6853984021165203456/

The online voting starts at 8 p.m. and is possible until November 4, 2021.



DEKRA has been working for safety for almost 100 years: the German Motor Vehicle Monitoring Association, founded in Berlin in 1925, has become one of the world’s leading expert organizations. DEKRA SE is a wholly-owned subsidiary of DEKRA eV and controls the Group’s operational business. In 2020 DEKRA achieved sales of almost 3.2 billion euros. Around 44,000 employees work in around 60 countries on all five continents. With qualified and independent expert services, they work for safety on the road, at work and at home. The portfolio ranges from vehicle inspections and expert reports to claims settlement, industrial and construction inspections, safety advice, as well as the testing and certification of products and systems, as well as training courses and temporary work. The vision for its 100th birthday in 2025 is: DEKRA will be the global partner for a safe and sustainable world. With the Platinum rating from EcoVadis, DEKRA is already one of the top 1 percent of sustainable companies in the ranking.

Press contact:

Corporate communications
Tilman Vögele-Ebering
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