Press release

IET Reveals International Innovation Award Winners for 2011

10 November 2011

The Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) has announced the winners of its 2011 Innovation Awards, which include innovations such as a solar-electric unmanned aerial system, an intelligent decision support system for interpretation of foetal monitoring during childbirth and an automotive hybrid drive system.

The awards recognise the most innovative companies operating within a wide variety of engineering and technology disciplines, with winners announced in 15 categories including Asset Management, Emerging Technologies, Transport, Telecommunications and a new category for 2011, Embedded and Critical Systems.

The 2011 IET Innovation Awards attracted a record 420 entries, each demonstrating different innovations encompassing a broad range of industries. The awards provide industry innovators around the globe with a unique opportunity to demonstrate their imagination and recognise the depth and breadth of innovative work being carried out across all areas of engineering and technology.

The awards culminated in a glittering awards ceremony last night at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London, hosted by actor, writer and presenter, Robert Llewellyn. The Awards were sponsored by ABB, Altran Praxis, D Young and Co, Lloyd’s Register, Mathworks, National Grid, NPL and Withers and Rogers.

Professor Mike Short, President of the IET, commented: “These awards are a great way to showcase some fantastic innovations taking place in engineering and technology worldwide.

The winners this year come from a wide variety of backgrounds and many have aimed to solve issues that impact our society; from saving lives to helping deliver a brighter and greener future. The IET Innovation awards offered are an important annual landmark for the IET, illustrating some of the latest and best ideas and designs that align with our core vision of advancing knowledge to enhance and improve people’s lives.”

The 2011 IET Innovation Award winners were:

Asset Management

United Utilities: Process asset optimisation to improve efficiency and serviceability improvements

Built Environment

GE Digital Energy: Sustainable energy generation and management for off-grid remote communities based on smart-grid technologies


E Ink: Next generation Pearl: Offering the whitest reflective displays in the industry, bringing electronic paper performance to the next level

Embedded and Critical Systems

Xilinx, Inc.: Extensible Processing Platform (EPP) Incorporating an ARM® dual-core Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ processing system

Emerging Technologies

QinetiQ Ltd: The Zephyr solar-electric unmanned aerial system: Aircraft which redefined the art of the possible for affordable high altitude long endurance surveillance and communications

Healthcare Technologies

K2 Medical Systems: INFANT: An intelligent decision support system for interpretation of fetal monitoring during childbirth

Information Technology

Cambridge Healthcare Ltd: An e-health portal for patients and healthcare professionals, featuring the world’s first healthcare application store

Measurement in Action

Plessey Semiconductors Ltd and University of Sussex: Electric potential sensors revolutionising the measurement of electric fields

Power / Energy

Ashwoods Automotive: Automotive hybrid drive system

Product Design

QinetiQ Ltd: The Zephyr solar-electric unmanned aerial system: Aircraft which redefined the art of the possible for affordable high altitude long endurance surveillance and communications

Software in Design

Selex Galileo: Product design, analysis and development in a virtual world using presentations and fully immersive simulated environments.


Ashwoods Automotive: Automotive hybrid drive system


BAE Systems Mission Systems: Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers mission system team


Kineto Wireless: Smart Wi-Fi - the first and only smartphone application to boost mobile coverage using Wi-Fi


A shwoods Automotive: Automotive hybrid drive system

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About the IET and the Innovation Awards

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) is Europe’s largest professional engineering society, sharing and advancing knowledge to promote science, engineering and technology across the world.  The IET Innovation Awards celebrate the products, technologies and processes that lead the way in engineering innovation.

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