The IET Innovation Awards 2017 (image)

15 November 2017 | The Brewery, London, UK


2014 winners


Asset Management

ORBIS LADS – a linear asset decision support solution that offers rail better information services
Network Rail Asset Information ORBIS Programme, Cap Gemini and EY

ORBIS LADS capability transforms Network Rail’s track infrastructure maintenance availability. By joining multiple fragmented, complex datasets into actionable asset intelligence they have enabled track engineers to make the ‘right interventions, at the right time, determined by facts’. ORBIS will save £750m over the next 10 years, enhance safety and increase asset availability.

Network Rail has successfully met the need for asset intensive industries to acquire data and use it collectively to meet strategic objectives. Combining 14 complex data sources and integrating information from different departments into one common digital view. There are now new opportunities for maintenance operations to make better intervention decisions.



Built Environment

Fit for purpose, engineered preheat solutions for the gas industry
ProHeat Systems Ltd

As the first company dedicated exclusively to the development of preheating solutions for the gas industry, ProHeat collaborates with customers and key suppliers to engineer fit-for-purpose, custom-built preheating systems that are low-maintenance and environmentally friendly.

The judges were impressed by the effective use of well understood physics to produce significant carbon and cost savings over the existing solution. The development programme was undertaken with excellent market collaboration and as a result the final outcome was fit-for-purpose and had immediate market applicability



The world’s first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul

CCS Ltd have developed a high-capacity backhaul for 4G/LTE small cells to alleviate capacity issues encountered in wireless systems. The system is capable of transmitting at 90 Mbps and has advantages of easy installation, does not need continuous network planning, site re-visits or antenna re-alignment. This is a significant advance for the communications sector.



Consumer Electronics Technology

The future of sound
Audio Analytic Ltd

Audio analytic is an intelligent software system that recognises sounds by means of computer analysis and can easily be embedded into home automation systems and IP cameras. It can detect a broad range of sounds from crying babies to breaking glass to the elderly in need and has a multitude of applications in the home and business.



Emerging Technology Design

SIMCA algorithm locates landmines by processing ground penetrating radar data
Dr Anand Sengodan and University of Glasgow

A developed algorithm integrated into a vehicular multi array system that transforms the way people live and saves many human lives. This is achieved by producing cleared 3D reconstructions of subsurface targets such as landmines by using novel image processing, computer vision and tomography technology.

The SIMCA algorithm is extremely robust and adaptable, capable of dramatically effecting peoples' lives especially in developing countries and as an assistance to military personnel. The panel was particularly impressed by the algorithm’s versatility, with the detection of breast cancer being another exciting application.



Healthcare Technologies

Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM)

The Reveal LINQ ICM is the smallest insertable cardiac monitor available to patients. While significantly smaller than its predecessors, the device is part of a powerful system that allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years.

The Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor is a powerful device, in a small package that provides a revolutionary safe way to monitor patient cardiac activity. It allows physicians to continuously and wirelessly monitor a patient’s heart for up to three years. We believe this device shows great innovation and highlights the way forward in healthcare technology.



Information Technology

Creation of 3D anatomical physical model for surgical purposes
Kevin Jenkins, Independent

This model can be used by orthopaedic surgeons to understand complex fractures and allow them to be evaluated and reconstructed.
Using software to extract data from medical scanned images to produce a portable 3D printed image and rotatable model of a complex fracture, this innovation enables the surgeon to see detail not previously possible and medical specialists to collaborate in diagnosis.


Intelligent Systems

SAM Project
Arrow Electronics, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., the Air Force Research Laboratory, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Falci Adaptive Motorsports

The SAM (Semi-autonomous motorcar) Project modified a 2014 Corvette Stingray car with integrated advanced electronics and a human-to-machine interface so a qualified quadriplegic driver can safely operate it under racetrack conditions.

The semi-autonomous motorcar gave a quadriplegic individual, and potentially other disabled race drivers the opportunity to drive a race car at speed on a race track. The project demonstrates that anything is possible with the right technology and the judges were impressed by the impact on the quality of life of this innovation.



Manufacturing Technology

Wavelength Scanning Interferometer (WSI) for embedded metrology
University of Huddersfield

The WSI is an instrument for measurement of micro/nano geometry and surface topography in harsh production environments. It provides robust solutions for on/in-line, non-contact, high speed measurement. It supports future factory targets: moving measurement from standard laboratories to production platforms in order to enhance quality and reduce measurement costs significantly.

The WSI clearly demonstrated the effective use of science and technology to enhance the manufacturing process, driving innovation and delivering significant quality and financial benefit to many companies.



Measurement in Action

Laser ablation analysis for enhanced discovery of buried mineral resources
University of Tasmania, Imperial College London, Natural History Museum, Lakehead University and AMIRA International

An analytical and data interpretation methodology that can be used to detect the presence of mineral deposits buried in rocks beneath the surface of the Earth by measuring the trace element fingerprint of minerals formed at the time of mineralisation.

This entry has used clever integration of different technologies to provide a new analytical tool for mineral prospecting. It demonstrates excellent innovation and has the potential to reduce the environmental impact and energy cost of mineral exploration.



Model-Based Engineering

Proton CT – “seeing cancer during proton therapy”
University of Lincoln, University of Birmingham, University of Liverpool, University of Surrey, University Hospital Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust, University Hospital Coventry and Warwickshire NHS Trust and United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust

PRaVDA is a unique imaging and dosimetry instrument for use in the treatment of cancer using proton therapy – beneficial for brain tumours and childhood cancers. It will provide the ‘holy grail’ for radiotherapists – accurate proton computerised tomography (CT) images, so eliminating the potential targeting errors of this new treatment.

PRaVDA has huge potential benefit to society, increasing the success rate and reducing complications of cancer treatment. This Model-Based approach will help to make proton therapy an affordable investment for hospitals all over the world and eliminate the potential targeting errors of this new radiotherapy method.



Navigation and Surveillance Communications

Holographic Radar™ – a real time, 3D, spectrum-efficient surveillance radar
Aveillant Ltd

Holographic RadarTM is a new, real time 3D surveillance radar that minimises the amount of spectrum required by surveillance radar, and also solves the problem of wind turbine clutter on Air Traffic Control (ATC) primary surveillance radars.

Air Traffic Control radar currently poses some significant issues, since the spectrum available is being eroded by communications, and wind farms can present large false targets to radar. This innovation addresses these genuine and pressing problems in a novel way and it has been practically evaluated and demonstrated.



Power / Energy

CableSniffer™ saves UK operators £154 million per year on LV faults
EA Technology Ltd

Latest figures show that this instrument is saving UK network operators at least £154 million every year by transforming the way they locate underground Low Voltage (LV) cable faults.

The CableSniffer detects gases from the faulty part of the cable and has provided significant improvement in cable fault finding with less disruption to the environment and substantial benefit to end-users. Success has been seen in the wide adoption of the product by UK Distribution Network Operators.




PolyPhotonix – Noctura 400® sleep mask
PolyPhotonix and the Centre for Process Innovation (CPI)

PolyPhotonix is a biophotonic research company developing light therapy treatments for macular eye disease. This is an eye mask that will save the NHS in excess of £1 billion a year.

PolyPhotonix addresses a problem faced by many diabetics today.




Sure Chill technology – sustainable refrigeration
The Sure Chill Company

Sure Chill technology provides sustainable refrigeration in areas where intermittent power supplies exist, and will be instrumental to cutting energy usage in the developed and developing world. It has the potential to improve the lives of people globally by safeguarding food, drinks and vaccines to the point of delivery.

This innovation is based on a simple concept that could have a huge impact for the cooling of medicines and vaccinations in low reliable energy areas. Sure Chill Technology have demonstrated that it saves power and costs effectively and fully embraces the ethos of the Sustainability award.




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, this saves the automotive industry and vehicle owners millions of pounds and saves the environment.

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.