The IET Innovation Awards 2015 (image)

18 November 2015 | The Brewery, London, UK


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Transport Award Winner 2015

Transport 2015 winners (photo)

Time based separation – delivering innovative algorithms into safety related environments
NATS & Lockheed Martin

Time Based Separation is a world first Air Traffic Management tool used at Heathrow Airport to optimise landing rate. It performs time critical functions that enable significant delay reductions to the airport, airlines and passengers.

Transport shortlist (image)
It represents a significant enhancement to service delivery within our industry, driven by our customers.


The judging panel commented:

"This is a truly innovative solution to a long standing capacity problem at London Heathrow. It’s truly exceptional in the way that it challenges long standing safety fundamentals on radar separations.

"It’s a pragmatic solution that avoids crippling delays at the world's busiest 2-runway airport during strong headwinds. What an outstanding achievement!"



Also shortlisted:

The Aeristech electric supercharger "eSupercharger" for extreme automotive engine downsizing

Any engine fitted with an Aeristech eSupercharger, powered by an electric motor of Aeristech’s invention, has the performance of an engine of twice its size with half the fuel consumption and emissions.

Aeristech Ltd

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Enhanced railway electrification: self-sensing current collecting pantograph

This innovation lies in the successful design and integration of an optical fibre sensor system into a railway current-collecting pantograph, capable of operation at train speeds up to 125 mph and at 25,000 volts between the pantograph and the overhead line electrification (OLE) system, for continuous monitoring and control.

City University London and Brecknell Willis

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‘Stop Here’ rail navigation app for vision and hearing impaired

'Stop Here’ is a rail navigation app that has been designed to assist customers with a sensory disability – who can now see, hear or feel arrival announcements – as well as tourists who face language barriers and may be unfamiliar with the rail network in Melbourne, Australia.

Metro Trains Melbourne (MTM)

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Image based solution for light rail vehicles close-up monitoring

The image based solution is an effective one for mitigating tapping risk of light rail vehicles in an open, manually-driven system with no automatic train protection.

It applies a sophisticated, tailor-made algorithm to recognise the close-up to preceding light rail vehicles, thereby effectively saving life and avoiding disruption to traffic.

MTR Corporation Ltd / Hong Kong Productivity Council / Hong Kong Polytechnic University

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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:



  • Avionics / aircraft flight control systems, engine management and control 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
  • Traction control, energy management, power collection (e.g. inductive pickup)
  • 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 and 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, traffic management)
  • Managed motorway and similar systems
  • 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)
  • Command and control systems (signalling traction, workforce)
  • 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, location, navigation and collision avoidance systems
  • Propulsion systems / hybrid systems
  • Shipboard power systems / hybrid / renewable energy sources
  • Ship/shore power supplies
  • Communication systems