The IET Innovation Awards 2014



2015 category sponsor

Navigation and Surveillance Communications


Navigation and Surveillance Communications Award Winner 2014

Aveillant Ltd (photo)

Holographic Radar™ - a real time, 3D, spectrum-efficient surveillance radar

Aveillant Ltd

Holographic Radar™ is a new, real time 3D surveillance radar that minimises the amount of spectrum required by surveillance radar, and also solves the problem of wind turbine clutter on Air Traffic Control (ATC) primary surveillance radars.


The judging panel commented:

"Air Traffic Control radar currently poses some significant issues, since the spectrum available is being eroded by communications, and wind farms can present large false targets to radar.

"This innovation addresses these genuine and pressing problems in a novel way and it has been practically evaluated and demonstrated."


Also shortlisted:

Unique led-based detection and ranging technology that adds sensing intelligence to countless applications

Developed by LeddarTech, Leddar (Light-Emitting Diode Detection and Ranging) is a patented technology that combines LED lighting, the time-of-flight of light principle and innovative signal processing to provide an accurate and robust sensing/distance measurement solution. Available as easy-to-integrate, adaptable modules or finished products, Leddar is well suited for countless applications.


Heathrow cross border arrival management (XMAN)

XMAN exchanges arrival information relating to aircraft landing at Heathrow airport with air traffic controllers in different European countries, enabling collaboration to reduce the time aircraft spend circling in ‘holding stacks’ around London by slowing aircraft at high level some 350 nautical miles away saving fuel and reducing carbon emissions.


Innovative acoustic navigation technology for blind people
Universitat Politècnica de València

This technology is sustained by 1×64 3-D CMOS image sensor developed for fast real-time distance measurement. A Multiple Double Short Time Integration (MDSI) eliminates background illumination and to correct reflectance variation in the environment. Short acoustic stereophonic sounds, are transmitted in real time to the user through stereophonic headphones.


Advanced bistatic radar system for multitarget localisation
Xidian University and University College London

This innovation focuses on an advanced bistatic radar system. This kind of radar system can be used in air defence and maritime surveillance.


Navigation and Surveillance Communications information

All the information about the Navigation and Surveillance Communications category can be found here.


Category scope

We welcome technology innovations which deliver significant improvements in communication navigation systems architectures for marine / aerospace / rail / automotive and road transport and satellite.

This category welcomes innovations in:

Radar systems - automotive, aerospace (aircraft, UAVs, air traffic control)

  • Navigation systems - automotive, aerospace, marine
  • Avoidance warning/control systems - marine, automotive, aerospace (air traffic control, UAV, aircraft)
  • Airport services and management systems, air traffic management (including decision making support), civil systems - emergency mode decision support (Aerospace, Air Traffic Control)


  • UAVs
  • Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UASs)
  • Surveillance and situational awareness
  • Air defence, electronic warfare / information operations, warfare command decision tools
  • Airport services and management systems, air traffic management (including decision making support), civil systems - emergency mode decision support
  • Air traffic management

Automotive and road transport systems

  • Vehicle-highway communication, transport flow modelling / highway management
  • In-car information systems road user identification and tracking (e.g. number plate reading, pedestrian recognition, speed cameras etc)

Autonomous vehicles

  • Avoidance warning
  • Control systems


  • Radar systems
  • Sonar systems
  • Navigation systems
  • Avoidance warning/control systems
  • Ship board power systems


  • Improving railway safety systems
  • Facilitating interoperability
  • Journey planning, ticketing systems


  • Earth Observation technologies
  • Military satellite communications (MilSatComs)