The IET Innovation Awards 2017 (image)

15 November 2017 | The Brewery, London, UK


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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


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