Information Technology award winner 2013
This innovative computer-based epidural simulator improves anaesthetic training, reduces patient injury risks and NHS litigation costs. High realism and immersion improves epidural learning procedure. Tissue thicknesses and body shape adjust to match actual patients. 3D stereo graphics are combined with a haptic device configured with BMI-specific clinically measured in-vivo data.
Epidural Simulator for Training with Patient-specific Insertions using MRI and Soft Tissue Modelling
Bournemouth University and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
The judging panel commented:
“The standard for the IT Category is always high and this year was no exception. The 2013 winning entry provides an innovative training solution to teach epidural procedure to medical practitioners.
"Consider this to be a medical equivalent to a flight simulator. Its benefits are best summarised in the words of its creators 'This innovative computer-based epidural simulator improves anaesthetic training, reduces patient injury risks and NHS litigation costs'."
Advanced Facial Recognition in any Light
Atkins and Aurora
The innovation is the introduction of a new approach to biometric facial recognition which overcomes ambient lighting impact. The new system uses infrared images to enable consistent results in any light. It has government approval, saves time for passengers, improves security, and is used to manage departures at Heathrow Airport.
Automating the Network Design of the UK’s Fibre-to-the-Premises, Supporting Rapid Rollout of UK Superfast Broadband
“BT NetDesign” is a software tool which creates automated, near-optimal network plans to the fine level of detail required for field engineers to implement. It reduces network design production time from months or weeks down to days or hours. The dramatic reduction in planning time enables BT’s ambitious Fibre-to-the-Premises rollout.
The ARIADNE Tactile Map
Centro (West Midlands Integrated Transport Authority), Aecom and Nexus Alpha
The ARIADNE Tactile Map takes traditional information forms including Braille and raised ‘tactile’ mapping, integrating these with new sensor technology and audio capability to improve the quality of information provided to visually impaired people. This offers a clear societal benefit by improving accessibility for people who might otherwise feel marginalised.
The Next Wave in Virtualisation
By replacing redundant hardware with intelligent software, Delphix cuts the time and cost of managing databases and applications by over 90%. Delphix has compressed 12-week processes into 20 minutes for some customers.