The IET Innovation Awards 2015 (image)

18 November 2015 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Information Technology


Information Technology Award Winner 2015

Information 2015 winners (photo)

Distributed Synthetic Air Land Training (DSALT) facility

Traditional military simulators have been swept aside and replaced by the targeted and innovative application of commercial virtual computing technology.

Information shortlist (image)
Drawing on the banking and commercial sectors, the service is delivering a high resilience synthetic training environment to UK armed forces, preparing them for the complexities of combat operations.


The judging panel commented:

"The winning entry demonstrates a highly innovative use of multiple Commercial off-the-shelf technologies in gaming, virtualisation, distributed computing and simulation; and has demonstrated proven benefits for its intended use."



Also shortlisted:

Internet of Things smart data hub

The Data Hub enables IoT developments such as Smart Cities. It supports an ecosystem of data providers, application developers and users.

It aggregates and exposes IoT data via a uniform interface, reducing barriers to exploitation and delivering applications that optimise resource use, offer business benefits and improve our daily lives.

BT plc

Information shortlist (image) an innovative wireless mesh network design is a wireless internet communications service operating in the remote Nepalese development community of Dhawa.

The service brings a range of educational, economic and civic benefits to the region, and is capable of commercial exploitation.

The network has transformed Dhawa’s communications infrastructure, providing advantages to the society at large.

Engineers Without Borders UK

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NC-PerfectPart: The future is error-free machining

NC-PerfectPart is innovative software revolutionising the way many industries make production parts. It eliminates errors from every stage of the manufacturing process.

It first checks the machine tool is capable of machining the part to tolerance. It then automates part alignment, compensating for misalignment, fixturing and part distortion.

Metrology Software Products Ltd

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Real-time modelling of Shanghai road network for adaptive traffic control

The innovation automates the acquisition, transmission and fusion of heterogeneous data sources, enables real-time modelling of the traffic dynamics of the whole road network and provides adaptive traffic control for Shanghai City in China.

Tongji University

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Information Technology information


 Category scope

Information Technology has become much broader in scope than the traditional view of computing. Today, Information Technology is concerned with the development of applications and how the underlying technology transforms the way organisations and people work and live.

Entries to the Information Technology category are welcomed from research, development, demonstration or early life phases of a new idea. Entries are welcome from both commercial and academic organisations.

We want to hear about innovations that are demonstrably capable of commercial exploitation and or provide advantages for society at large.

Typically innovations will be set in a context under one or more of the following headings:

  • IT efficiency
  • Business efficiency
  • Information security
  • Systems management
  • Software development
  • Big data
  • Infrastructure transformation


The entries for this year may well align with (but are not limited to) one of the top ten technology trends identified by Gartner:

  • Computing everywhere – better serving the needs of the mobile user
  • The Internet of Things – combining data streams and services for internet connected assets
  • 3D printing – across consumer, industrial and biomedical applications
  • Advanced, pervasive and invisible analytics – big data are the sources; analytics deliver the answers
  • Context-rich systems – embedded intelligence for systems that are alert to the context in which they operate
  • Smart machines – autonomous, adaptive machines that are environmentally aware
  • Cloud / client computing – convergence of cloud and mobile computing
  • Software-defined applications and infrastructure – agile programming across applications and infrastructure enabled by published Application Program Interfaces (API)
  • Web-scale IT – delivering large cloud services within enterprise IT
  • Risk-based security and self-protection – going beyond perimeter defence by delivering self protecting applications

Further information on these trends can be found on the Gartner website.