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16 November 2016 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Transport Award Winner 2016


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Repoint, a breakthrough in failsafe rail track switching

Using safety concepts derived from aerospace and the nuclear industries, Repoint offers the potential for increased capacity through faster point setting time coupled with reduced maintenance intervention, alongside a reduced whole life cost – without the need to build new railway tracks.

Loughborough University

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The judging panel commented:

“This was seen as a very innovative product that has potential to make a big impact in the rail industry particularly if it reduces the time required to maintain switches and crossings with the additional benefit of reducing route setting times in congested areas.”


Also shortlisted:


Fibre optic strain gauge instrumentation of rail bridge structures (part of the Stafford area improvement programme)

This innovation represents a step-change in condition monitoring, which has the potential to influence maintenance practices and structural design codes. This technology can help redefine best practice, making structures of the future safer, more reliable, more efficient and more cost effective.

Cambridge Centre for Smart Infrastructure and Construction (CSIC), with industry partners Atkins, Laing O’Rourke, VolkerRail and Network Rail

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Heathrow Terminal 3 integrated baggage – Automated baggage loading

Automated baggage loading in Terminal 3 pioneers the application of robot technology to a complex, physically demanding, repetitive operational process. By adapting robot technology baggage handling is safer, cleaner and increases throughput. Heathrow is adopting innovative processes to deliver the best airport service in the world.

Heathrow Airport Ltd

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Pioneering solution to vehicle theft from electronic compromise

Vehicle theft is on the rise. Insurance companies are losing millions in claims. Cars are being stolen to order. Proven to prevent theft by electronic compromise, this pioneering innovation has far reaching benefits to motorists, insurers, vehicle manufacturers, police forces and society as a whole.

On Board Defence

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User-friendly control and navigation systems for powered-wheelchairs

Research at the University of Portsmouth and Chailey Heritage has created new user-friendly control and navigation systems for powered-wheelchairs that have made a significant and positive impact on the lives of users. These have given many disabled children and adults an opportunity for independent mobility, some for the first time.

University of Portsmouth and Chailey Heritage

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Transport information


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.

Entries 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:

Across all sectors

  • Autonomous / unmanned vehicles
  • Information technology
  • Energy management and control systems; including power supply, power management, drive systems
  • Data management and control (vehicle / vehicle, vehicle / infrastructure, vehicle / user, infrastructure / user etc.)
  • User information systems
  • Human interactions – operations, maintenance, users, passengers



  • Including ground systems, airborne systems, aircraft and satellites
  • Aircraft in-flight entertainment
  • Integrated logistic support for aerospace systems
  • Airport systems (approach, taxi, maintenance etc.)


Automotive and road transport systems

  • Includes road infrastructure, vehicles (passenger and commercial), control systems and traffic management systems
  • Driver support systems such as speed alert, alco-locks, driver alertness detection, driver warning & assistance systems
  • Cooperative systems (vehicle-vehicle and vehicle-infrastructure)
  • Road management (data collection, route advice, diversion management, speed management, traffic management), managed motorway and similar systems; toll systems



  • Covers all railway systems, not just steel wheel / steel rail (e.g monorail, rubber tyred, automated people movers)
  • Trackside and trainborne command and control systems (signalling, traction, workforce)
  • Passenger information systems (trackside and trainborne), railway information systems (supporting command and control), station information systems (for benefit of staff), operator interfaces



  • Covers all ship and shore based systems
  • Location, navigation and collision avoidance systems
  • Communication systems
  • Ship stability systems