The IET Innovation Awards 2014



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Transport Award Winner 2014

Jaguar Land Rover and University of Birmingham (photo)

Partitioned brake pad

Jaguar Land Rover and University of Birmingham

The partitioned brake pad is a brake pad with different friction materials in it, arranged in a specific layout. This technology eliminates brake noise and increases the braking power. Consequently, saves the automotive industry and vehicle owners millions of pounds, and saves the environment.


The judging panel commented:

"The partitioned brake pad is a novel but simple approach to improving a product that is in wide use across many of the transport sectors.

"This was the first time that the judges had seen the issue of different rotational speeds across a spinning disc taken into account when designing friction material."


Also shortlisted:

Introducing aerospace materials to rail
London Underground, the National Composite Centre, Wabtec, Atkins and University College London

A collaborative R&D project which developed a commercially viable train door using state-of-the-art composite materials from the aerospace industry, as a first step towards introducing light weight trains. Having defined technical requirements and selected materials, a door design and prototype were completed that optimised weight reduction vs structural requirements.


Innovative application of RFID to improve light rail operation effectiveness
MTR Corporation Ltd

The innovative application of RFID provides a unified solution to address safety and reliability issues related to manual driving on MTR’s light rail network. This application is the world’s first of its kind. It is hoped that the application can provide benefits to other railways facing similar challenges.


iBeacon-based next station alert mobile solution in Hong Kong
MTR Corporation Ltd and Accent Advanced Systems

MTR applies iBeacon technology to innovate this mobile solution for subway passengers, which identifies the stations based on the iBeacons along platforms, provides free personalised journey updates to 5.2 million passengers, enhances passenger and tourist experience and addresses the special needs of passengers through the integration with Journey Planner eventually.


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.


Transport information

All the information about the Transport category can be found here.


Category scope

Entries to the IET Transport Innovation Award category will be considered for innovation in any aspect of technology innovation across the transport sector including aerospace, railways, road/automotive and marine.



  • Avionics / aircraft flight control systems, engine systems
  • Autonomous / unmanned aerial vehicles (civil and military)
  • Air and space vehicle power
  • Data sensor subsystems
  • Aircraft in-flight entertainment
  • Integrated logistic support for aerospace systems
  • Information technology for aerospace
  • Airport systems (approach, taxi, maintenance etc.)


Automotive and road transport systems

  • Drive systems: electric propulsion, hybrid vehicle technologies
  • X-by-wire, longitudinal and lateral control systems
  • Driver information and guidance
  • Driver support systems such as speed alert, alco-locks, driver alertness detection
  • Driver warning & assistance and vehicle automation including platooning, automated manoeuvring, proximity detection
  • Cooperative systems (Vehicle-Vehicle and Vehicle-Infrastructure)
  • Energy management
  • Road management (data collection, route advice, diversion management, speed management)
  • Toll systems



  • Promotion of railway systems – metro, mainline, freight
  • Construction of railway systems – trackside, rolling stock
  • Railway systems other than steel wheel / steel rail (e.g monorail, rubber tyred, automated people movers)
  • On board systems, including electric traction systems, regenerative braking, Improving efficiency/economy (coasting systems)
  • Trackside, including signalling systems, operations and maintenance
  • Passenger information systems (trackside and trainborne), railway information systems (supporting command and control), station information systems (for benefit of staff), operator interfaces
  • Passenger / train interface
  • EMI/EMC, degraded mode technologies



  • Sonar systems
  • Propulsion systems / hybrid systems
  • Shipboard power systems / renewable energy sources
  • Ship/shore power supplies
  • Communication, location and navigation systems