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16 November 2016 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Navigation and Surveillance Communications


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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 a system that can provide early detection of threat materials which can be networked across a whole city, in effect a radiation surveillance system.

Kromek Group plc

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The judging panel commented:

“This is an impressive innovation of a low-cost and widely-deployable radiation detector that could greatly aid security, especially in large and crowded cities. A successful DARPA program has resulted in a significant early order with the potential for this to be rolled out all around the world.”


Also shortlisted:


GoTRAX the computer vision rail navigation and safety system

GoTRAX provides a new way of positioning a train with great precision using images of the rails captured by a small, on-board device and processed in real time to determine exactly how far along the rails a train has travelled and how many left/right point transfers have been made.


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Using predictive analytics to reduce traffic in maritime shipping lanes

This innovation applies machine-learning techniques to predict future locations of ships underway. Over 90% of global trade travels by sea – this innovation will increase on-time arrival of ships at major ports and waterways, optimising logistics supply chains and making sea travel safer and more sustainable.

Hive Maritime, Inc.

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GRIPPA – Galileo PRS-enabled smartphone sleeve for critical applications

GRIPPA is the first example of Galileo PRS end user technology in a real user environment. GRIPPA provides high assurance position and time on an off the shelf smart phone without the need for any change to the phone itself, opening up PRS capability to a new broad user base.

NSL and QinetiQ

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BIP2See: 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 recognise people and currency, reads signals and textual images.

Universitat Politècnica de Valencia

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Navigation and Surveillance Communications information


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)