The IET Innovation Awards 2015 (image)

18 November 2015 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Measurement in Action


Measurement in Action Award Winner 2015

Measurement 2015 winners (photo)

Quasi-static magnetic measurements for security applications /contraband detection in prisons
Metrasens Ltd

A novel security detector based on magnetic detection has been developed and is proving to be a commercial success internationally.

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It addresses the major problem of finding illegal mobile phones in prisons as well as for fighting gun and knife crime and protecting public buildings.


The judging panel commented:

"The innovative application of basic sensors in a system which outperforms its competitors, along with the clear value the product is able to bring to numerous security applications really impressed the judges.

"They felt that the overall approach of sensing the changes in magnetic field resulting from the presence of weaponry, rather than sensing the devices themselves, would prove inspirational to other groups addressing detection problems."



Also shortlisted:

3D-printed Smartphone probe for tele-monitoring and sensation loss measurement

Our patented 3D-printed healthcare probe attaches onto the patient’s smartphone, adjusting vibration intensity to assess sensation loss. The novel app enables patients to self-measure their sensation level which affects 2% of the UK population.

Data is transmitted wirelessly, alerting clinicians, removing travel costs, reducing NHS consultant’s time, improving measurement consistency and quality.

Bournemouth University, Royal Bournemouth and Christchurch Hospital NHS Foundation Trust and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

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An automated radio-frequency scanner for non-destructive testing of carbon composites

A portable automated scanner for non-destructive testing of Carbon-Fibre-Reinforced Polymer (CFRP) composites has been developed (Comp-Health system).

The functional system is equipped with an array of newly developed Radio-Frequency coupled spiral inductive sensors which allows the measurement of defect size and location for planar as well as curved CFRP structures.

Comp-Health Consortium: ETS Sistemi Industriali srl, Brunel University London, Warsaw University of Technology, National Technical University of Athens, ATARD a.s., UAB Elmika, Kingston Computer Consultancy Ltd and Nemetschek ood.

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Multi-surface optical interferometric vibrometry

The innovation is a novel optical fibre laser-based instrument that permits non-contact measurement of displacement and vibration with nanometre resolution of multiple semi-transparent surfaces along the line of the laser beam.

The instrument is low cost and robust and overcomes limitations of expensive commercial systems.

Engineering Photonics Cranfield University

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Phase-sensitive radar for precision measurement of basal melting of ice-shelves

Our innovation is a low-power radar instrument developed to measure the basal melt rate of Antarctic ice-shelves with millimetre-precision at hourly intervals over a period of one year or longer.

The instrument is powered with one lead-acid battery, and includes custom-designed broadband antennas which can be manufactured at low-cost.

University College London

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Measurement in Action information



Category scope

Entries to the IET Measurement in Action category can range from research concepts and ideas to technical issues and industrial applications, and are encouraged from, but not limited to, the themes and topics in the following areas:

  • Sensing
  • Control
  • Monitoring and diagnosis by the novel application of measurement science and technology
  • Novel measurement systems or instrument design
  • Novel applications of measurement
  • Improvement of industrial processes or products by measurement
  • The use of measurement in areas with large economic or social impact

Entries will be assessed for the level of innovation shown, the thoroughness with which ideas have been pursued, the economic or social benefits involved, and the degree to which the work has pioneered a significant new field or activity.