Press release

IET reveals the world’s most exceptional engineers and their groundbreaking innovations at 2016 awards

17 November 2016

The most pioneering engineering and technology innovations across 15 sectors, from energy and sustainability to transport and healthcare, were celebrated at the Institution of Engineering and Technology’s (IET) Innovation Awards last night in central London.

The winning entries featured ideas that are set to have a game-changing impact on society, improving the way we live and work. They include new ways of combating terrorism, improving cyber security, cutting energy consumption and improving healthcare and patient safety.

Sonikure Technology stood out in the Healthcare Technology category for their innovation that cuts both the risk and cost of traditional ocular needle injections, by offering patients a revolutionary drug-delivery experience using non-invasive ultrasound.

A Formula-One inspired aerofoil device which should significantly reduce energy consumption of supermarket refrigerators won the Horizontal Innovation prize for Williams Advanced Engineering and Aerofoil Energy Ltd.

Double award-winner Kromek Group won recognition for their development of a radiation detection network that can identify nuclear threat materials across a whole city. It took home the prize in the Intelligent Systems and Navigation and Surveillance Communications categories.

The winners of the awards were chosen from 300 entries from 25 countries by a distinguished panel of industry experts.

The 2016 IET Innovation Award winners are:

  • Communications: Wayfindr – An audio navigation system that helps visually impaired people navigate the London Underground.
  • Cyber Security: Glasswall – For a new technology which reduces the risk of malware attacks through document sharing.
  • Emerging Technology Design: FlexEnable – A full-colour, low-cost LCD manufacturing process that will improve production methods across multiple industries including wearables, mobile, automotive and digital signage.
  • Energy: Arctic Circle Ltd - A low-cost, maintenance-free device that improves the performance and efficiency of refrigeration systems. It can be incorporated into new systems or retrofitted to existing ones.
  • Healthcare Technologies: Sonikure Technology Ltd - Low energy ultrasonic technology for non-invasive and needleless ocular drug delivery.
  • Horizontal Innovation: Williams Advanced Engineering and Aerofoil Energy Ltd – applying F1 aerodynamics to help supermarket fridges become more energy efficient.
  • Information Technology: Bournemouth University and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust – A virtual reality simulator for hip replacement surgery to improve patient safety.
  • Intelligent Systems: Kromek Group plc - Intelligent radiation detection networks to defend against nuclear terrorism.
  • Manufacturing Technology: Laing O' Rourke - Laser verification of complex precast concrete products.
  • Model-Based Engineering: Romax Technology – A time and cost-saving simulation software that enables users to optimise their design and development process whilst maintaining quality and accuracy.
  • Navigation and Surveillance Communications: Kromek Group plc -Intelligent radiation detection networks to defend against nuclear terrorism.
  • Power: UK Power Networks – Soft Open Points, an innovative use of power electronics that enables capacity sharing, voltage control and power factor support which could unlock savings of over £110 million for electricity bill-payers.
  • Start-up: FlexEnable – A full-colour, low-cost LCD manufacturing process that will improve production methods across multiple industries including wearables, mobile, automotive and digital signage.
  • Sustainability: Samatoa Lotus Textiles - A 100% ecological fabric using lotus stems that would otherwise be considered as waste. The lotus fibre is the only known natural microfibre and is naturally soft, light, breathable and almost wrinkle free.
  • Transport: Loughborough University – Repoint, a breakthrough in fail safe rail track switching that offers the potential for increased capacity and reduced maintenance alongside a reduced whole life cost – without the need to build new railway tracks.

IET President Jeremy Watson CBE, said: “Our Innovation Awards put the achievements of the incredible inventors who work in engineering and technology around the world into the spotlight and play a critical role in helping them further their endeavors.

“Innovation is an essential cornerstone for the growth of the global economy and raising the standard of living in all communities. It is a key differentiator that makes companies and projects successful and, in keeping with the IET’s mission to inspire excellence in engineering and technology, we are immensely proud to recognise, celebrate and show our support for these exceptional achievements.”

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