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16 November 2016 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Intelligent Systems


Intelligent Systems Award Winner 2016


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Creating intelligent radiation detection networks to defend against nuclear terrorism

The threat from terrorists of the detonation of a 'dirty bomb', i.e. a device using conventional explosives surrounded by nuclear material, is real. Kromek has developed an intelligent system that can provide real time detection of threat materials which can be networked across a whole city.

Kromek Group plc

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The judging panel commented:

“Creating cost effective Intelligent Radiation Detection Networks using new radiation detectors to form a real time radiation map will help safeguard the public from nuclear terrorism. This practical and effective solution makes Kromek a thoroughly worthy winner of the Intelligent Systems category.”


Also shortlisted:


Weather rules and their applications to forecasting telecommunications engineering activities

Globally, telecommunications operators react frantically to communication infrastructure malfunctions and customer urgency calls under extreme weather conditions. We developed a software toolkit to help operators proactively deploy resources to deal with business impact of extreme weather by using novel data analysis, demand forecasting and information visualisation technology.

British Telecom

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Heathrow Terminal 3 integrated baggage – Automated baggage loading

Automated baggage loading in Terminal 3 pioneers the application of robot technology to a complex, physically demanding, repetitive operational process. By adapting robot technology baggage handling is safer, cleaner and increases throughput. Heathrow is adopting innovative processes to deliver the best airport service in the world.

Heathrow Airport Ltd

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The Threads intelligent message hub

Threads combines a whole company’s digital messages – emails and telephone calls – into one intuitive, easily-searchable web-based resource. Threads uses artificial intelligence to analyse and create “threads of discussion” and automatically maintain contact and project records. By analysing all conversations, Threads can extract information otherwise hidden from individual users.


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Wearable system for communication and navigation Bip2See

Bip2See is a wearable innovation system based on artificial vision, sounds and speech able to help blind, with dementia or Alzheimer and autistic and elderly people to navigate and communicate in a natural way. The system creates routes, guide, and recognize people and banknotes currency read signals and textual images.

Universitat Politècnica de Valencia

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Intelligent Systems information


 Category scope

This category recognises excellence in the development of ‘intelligent systems’, the new wave of embedded and real-time systems that are typically highly connected, have massive processing power, and perform complex functions that are often safety-critical or mission-critical.

These systems are found across industry sectors, from automotive, rail, aerospace and defence to energy,healthcare, telecoms and consumer electronics.The Intelligent Systems category covers technologies that are designed to fulfil a commercial need. Entries are invited for technologies at any stage of development and should demonstrate innovation in: 

  • Automating and enhancing the execution of complex and demanding tasks
  • Derive new value from connectivity, either connecting Human-Machine or Machine-Machine
  • Enabling and assuring the safe, secure and dependable operation of systems and enterprises

Technologies submitted for adjudication in this category may meet more than one of these criteria. The judges will be particular interested in innovations in the disciplines and competences that apply to intelligent systems, namely:

  • Systems engineering, including system architecture, real-time systems and model-based technology
  • Software engineering, from hard real-time systems to enterprise-wide critical applications (excluding Information Technology)
  • Hardware and electronics engineering, including silicon and board design
  • Safety engineering, introducing innovative safety-critical systems, or advances in the techniques and methods of demonstrating and managing safety
  • Security engineering, introducing secure embedded systems, or advances in the techniques and methods of demonstrating and managing security