Press release

Pioneers of engineering innovation win coveted industry accolades at London ceremony

20 November 2014

The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET) has announced the winners of its Innovation Awards, at a prestigious London ceremony. The 16 accolades were awarded to the innovative companies, individuals and universities by BBC Technology journalist, Kate Russell.

Those picking up awards include Medtronic for their revolutionary cardiac monitor which has been shrunk and can be inserted under the skin; Arrow Electronics’ race car designed for a quadriplegic driver and Jaguar Land Rover and the University of Birmingham for their new brake pad which reduces brake noise and increases braking power.

The winners of the awards were chosen from almost 400 entries from 30 countries. The full list is as follows:

  • Asset Management - Network Rail Asset Information ORBIS Programme, Cap Gemini and EY - Offering rail better information services - linear asset decision support solution
  • Built Environment - ProHeat Systems Ltd - Fit for purpose, engineered preheat solutions for the gas industry
  • Communications  - CCS Ltd - The world's first self-organising small cell microwave backhaul
  • Consumer Electronics Technology - Audio Analytic Ltd - The future of sound
  • Emerging Technology Design - Dr Anand Sengodan and the University of Glasgow - SIMCA algorithm
  • Healthcare Technologies - Medtronic - Reveal LINQ Insertable Cardiac Monitor (ICM)
  • Information Technology - Kevin Jenkins - Creation of 3D anatomical physical model for surgical purposes
  • Intelligent Systems - Arrow Electronics, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., the Air Force Research Laboratory, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Falci Adaptive Motorsports - SAM project
  • Manufacturing Technology - University of Huddersfield - Wavelength Scanning Interferometer (WSI) for embedded metrology
  • Measurement in Action - University of Tasmania, Imperial College London, Natural History Museum, Lakehead University and AMIRA International - laser ablation analysis for enhanced discovery of buried mineral resources
  • Model-Based Engineering - 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 – Proton CT - seeing cancer during proton therapy
  • Navigation & Surveillance Communications - Aveillant Ltd – Holographic Radar™ - a real time, 3D, spectrum-efficient surveillance radar
  • Power/Energy - EA Technology Ltd - CableSniffer™
  • Start-up - PolyPhotonix - Noctura 400® Sleep Mask
  • Sustainability - The Sure Chill Company – sustainable refrigeration
  • Transport - Jaguar Land Rover and University of Birmingham - partitioned brake pad

William Webb, IET President, said: "The IET Innovation Awards celebrate the best in global innovation, highlighting the rapid and exciting pace of development in today’s engineering and technology industry. We received over 400 entries and I would like to congratulate everyone who was shortlisted. The winners were selected from a highly impressive set of global innovations as some of the most forward thinking, pioneering innovations in the field.

"These awards are part of the IET’s mission to inspire engineering excellence, which last year provided over £500,000 to celebrate excellence and research in the sector and inspire the next generation of engineers and technicians.  Our awards recognise and reward the industry’s elite, from apprentices and technicians at the start of their careers through to senior established professionals."

Hannah Kellett
External Communications Manager

Tel: +44 (0)1438 767336
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Email: HKellett@theiet.org

Notes to editors:

  • The IET is one of the world’s largest organisations for engineers and technicians.  We have nearly 160,000 members in 127 countries around the world.
  • The IET is working to engineer a better world. We inspire, inform and influence the global engineering community, supporting technology innovation to meet the needs of society.
  • The IET is the Professional Home for Life® for engineers and technicians, and a trusted source of Essential Engineering Intelligence® and thought leadership.