The IET Innovation Awards 2017 (image)

15 November 2017 | The Brewery, London, UK


2017 category sponsor

Other IET awards

Navigation and Surveillance Communications

Sponsored by Boeing



Category scope

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)
  • Information/Intelligence extraction from data - including algorithm development for extracting tracks from video, intelligence from large data sets or using large data sets in a predictive way



  • UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles)
  • UASs (unmanned aircraft systems)
  • 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)


There are three simple steps to entering the awards


Prepare your entry form and any supporting evidence (if appropriate) along with a high res photo (min. 300dpi) of your innovation. You’ll need a succinct title and a brief description (50 words max), we also ask for a PR contact (if relevant).


Register as a new user on the online submission system and submit your entry form, evidence and photo following the on-screen instructions.


Put 15 November 2017 in your diary. You’ll need to attend the ceremony if you’re shortlisted!




Handy hints for completing your entry form

  • The title of your entry should describe the content and not include the name of your company or organisation with no more than 15 words
  • You may enter up to three categories with each innovation but will require a separate entry form for each
  • Ensure you actually describe how your innovation works (simple, but not always the case!)
  • No sales jargon please
  • Be specific to the questions posed
  • Remember to refer back to the judging criteria
  • Please remember that it is quality over quantity. Pay attention to the guideline words lengths
  • The description in question five may be used to describe your innovation in any general marketing and publicity that the institution does on your behalf should your entry reach finalist stage of the awards. This marketing will reach a very broad audience and needs to be constructed in non-technical terms. It should not simply repeat the entry title as the two will usually be listed together