Previous winners

Congratulations to all our Innovation Award winners – you stood out from the crowd and have been recognised as truly innovative in your field!

Read on below to find out more about our previous winners and their fantastic innovations…

2017

XinlinxCommunications

Single-chip 5G Massive-MIMO Antenna Interface

The All Programmable RFSoC overcomes a major barrier to rollout of the 5G networks needed to satisfy exploding demand for high-speed mobile Internet services. It introduces innovative techniques, including direct RF sampling, to dramatically reduce the size, power and complexity of massive-MIMO antenna interfaces, which is critical for commercial deployment.

Xilinx

 

Open UniversityCyber Security

Privacy Band: On-body Privacy Warnings and Controls

Our innovation, improves user awareness of personal information threats in real-time and enables privacy to be managed in a direct, intuitive, and non-obtrusive manner. Compared with current practices, our innovation holds the potential to simplify and make user privacy management highly intuitive.

The Open University, UK

 

Creavo Medical TechnologiesEmerging Technology Design

A Scanner to rule out heart attack in emergency departments

This is a cutting-edge non-invasive scanner which is designed to help physicians rule out serious heart disease much more rapidly than is currently possible. Research into the device within the NHS is showing how industry and healthcare can work together to deal with important questions in medical science. 

Creavo Medical Technologies

 

IntelliDigest LimitedEnergy

An intelligent and automated kitchen fitted anaerobic foodwaste digester

We have combined knowledge spanning fields such as artificial intelligence, metagenomics, metabolomics, big data/analytics, integrated sensors and internet of things in developing IntelliAD to safely, autonomously and completely recycle foodwaste to clean energy thereby curbing current loss of up to 70% resource in food waste before it is recycled.  

IntelliDigest Limited

 

Creavo Medical TechnologiesHealthcare Technologies

Rapid rule out of Myocardial Infarction in the Emergency Department

This is a cutting-edge non-invasive scanner which is designed to help physicians rule out serious heart disease much more rapidly than is currently possible. Research into the device within the NHS is showing how industry and healthcare can work together to deal with important questions in medical science.

Creavo Medical Technologies

 

Luminance Horizontal Innovation

Luminance Artificial Intelligence

Luminance is a legal technology which uses the latest advances in machine learning to transform the process of due diligence by supporting mergers and acquisition lawyers. Luminance’s technology goes beyond the existing legacy software by using artificial intelligence which learns and understands like a human brain.

Luminance

 

Laura NetworksInformation Technology

Cognitive Risk Manager Virtual Robot

It is a Virtual Robot with artificial intelligence and machine learning technology. Our main contribution is to give institutions the possibility to process and analyze data more effectively, providing professionals with more assertive capabilities for decision making, improving productivity in processes, activities, and tasks.

Laura Networks

Laura Networks could not attend the ceremony, so the award was received on their behalf by IET President Nick Winser.

 

Toshiba MedicalIntelligent Systems

Clinical Cockpits: Intelligently integrating diverse healthcare data for Decision Support

Digitised medical data is now available in different locations and formats than can be used by clinicians to make medical decisions.  Aggregating this information together and presenting it to the human user is a challenging UX design problem.  Our new Clinical Cockpits are attempting to do just that.

Toshiba Medical

 

State Key Laboratory of Ultraprecision Machining Technology, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic UniversityManufacturing Technology

An In-situ Multisensor 3D Metrology System for Precision Manufacturing

The innovation is an in-situ multi-sensor metrology system which was developed to cater for the great demand for in-situ 3D surface measurement in Industrial 4.0. The system can be integrated into a wide range of machines to enhance precision manufacturing processes. Examples of applications include CNC machines and robotic arms.

State Key Laboratory of Ultraprecision Machining Technology, Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

 

PETRONASModel-Based Engineering

A Revolutionary Prediction Tool for Pragmatic, Safe and Efficient Drilling

The 3D Dynamic Wellbore Stability Tool is a prediction tool developed to quantitatively predict wellbore failure, starting from the initiation stage, progression until stabilisation. It is an enhancement of current approach of 1D Wellbore Stability Model that only predicts the presence of wellbore failure during drilling activities.

PETRONAS

 

Navtech RadarNavigation and Surveillance Communications

ClearWay Automatic Incident Detection System

ClearWay provides accurate and reliable vehicle tracking and Automatic Incident Detection. Unlike traditional technologies, it accurately detects vehicles, pedestrians, animals, and debris in all temperatures, weather conditions, and darkness/smoke/fog/gas along an entire highway.

ClearWay enables highways agencies to implement “Smart” motorways, helping improve traffic flow and enhance safety on motorways. 

Navtech Radar

 

Hong Kong Productivity CouncilPower

3-step Zero Effluent Discharge Process for Food Waste Total Recycling

This novel process generates high purity biogas (~80% methane) from food wastes. Besides biogas, the new process also produces fish feed and waste oil for biodiesel production, leaving no residual waste for disposal. This can solve food waste disposal problem, generate renewable energy, reduce carbon emission and recover valuable resources.

Hong Kong Productivity Council

 

UbiqutekStart-up

Electricity to kill weeds offering organic alternative to chemical herbicides

Chemical herbicides are under pressure from increasing natural resistance and from regulators banning or restricting them due to health and environmental concerns. Using electrical to kill weeds by boiling them offers a sustainable alternative. Our next generation technology is innovative as it kills weeds but does not shock humans.

Ubiqutek

 

Department of Mechanical Engineering/Faculty of Engineering/National University of SingaporeSustainability

Composite Membranes for Air Dehumidification to Improve Building Energy Efficiency

A membrane-based technology to reduce air humidity has evolved. It is no ordinary air-conditioning technology. It is a first-of-its-kind foil-like membrane which sieves out water molecules at very high flux without needing heat regeneration.

It relieves the moisture condensation part of chillers to realize energy saving of 35% or more.

Department of Mechanical Engineering/Faculty of Engineering/National University of Singapore

The University of Singapore could not attend the ceremony, so the award was received on their behalf by IET Head of Communities & Events, Alex Taylor.

 

Navtech RadarTransport

ClearWay Automatic Incident Detection System

ClearWay provides accurate and reliable vehicle tracking and Automatic Incident Detection. Unlike traditional technologies, it accurately detects vehicles, pedestrians, animals, and debris in all temperatures, weather conditions, and darkness/smoke/fog/gas along an entire highway. ClearWay enables highways agencies to implement “Smart” motorways, helping improve traffic flow and enhance safety on motorways.  

Navtech Radar

2016

2016 shortlistCommunications

Wayfindr – Audio navigation system for visually impaired people
London Underground Ltd

Wayfindr uses battery powered Bluetooth low energy beacons to aid the navigation of visually impaired people around the underground network. It uses a mobile application on users smartphones which relay location information received by the phone from the beacon to the user via bone conducting headsets.

 

2016 shortlistCyber Security

Glasswall: Eliminating zero-day document based malware attacks whilst preserving document integrity
Glasswall Solutions

Glasswall is a disruptive technology that delivers a unique approach to a very complex challenge and after more than eight years R&D is being delivered to enterprise clients across the globe. The product has been designed and built in the UK and has been granted patents across global jurisdictions.

 

2016 shortlistEmerging Technology Design

World’s first conformable, full-colour, video-rate organic LCD on plastic
FlexEnable

FlexEnable has developed a full colour, low-cost, conformable organic LCD (OLCD) display and manufacturing process that will enable new product paradigms across multiple industries including wearables, mobile, automotive and digital signage.

 

2016 shortlistEnergy

The Arctic Optimiser - a thermodynamic enhancement for refrigeration systems
Arctic Circle Ltd

The Arctic Optimiser is a thermodynamic device which improves the performance and the efficiency of refrigeration systems. It is a low cost, maintenance free (fit and forget) system which requires no additional parasitic power input. The Arctic Optimiser can be incorporated into new systems or retrofitted to existing refrigeration systems.

 

2016 shortlistHealthcare Technologies

Low energy ultrasonic technology for non-invasive and needleless ocular drug delivery
Sonikure Technology Ltd

For 300+ millions retinal disease patients worldwide, repetitive eyeball injections are the common treatment that is horrifying for patients, high-risk for doctors and high-cost for medical institutes.

With 8+ years of research, recognised by top societies such as Google Solve-for-X, our innovation offers a revolutionary drug-delivery experience using non-invasive ultrasound.

 

2016 shortlistHorizontal Innovation

Supermarket fridges become more energy efficient thanks to F1 aerodynamics
Williams Advanced Engineering and Aerofoil Energy Ltd

Williams has collaborated with Aerofoil Energy Ltd to create a new Formula One inspired retrofittable aerofoil device that clips on to the front of supermarket refrigerators to significantly reduce energy consumption by better channelling the flow of cold air and stop it spilling out in to the aisle.

 

2016 shortlistInformation Technology

Virtual reality simulator for hip replacement surgery to improve patient safety
Bournemouth University and Poole Hospital NHS Foundation Trust

Our hip replacement simulator enables surgeons to practice on a virtual engineering-based hip model. Our simulator improves surgeon accuracy and skill helping the NHS to reduce training costs and freeing consultancy time. With the aging population, 66,000 hip replacements are performed in the UK annually. Our simulator improves 20% of surgeries which dislocate.

 

2016 shortlistIntelligent Systems

Creating intelligent radiation detection networks to defend against nuclear terrorism
Kromek Group plc

The threat from terrorists of the detonation of a 'dirty bomb', i.e. a device using conventional explosives surrounded by nuclear material, is real. Kromek has developed an intelligent system that can provide real time detection of threat materials which can be networked across a whole city.

 

2016 shortlistManufacturing Technology

Laser verification of complex precast concrete products
Laing O'Rourke

Development of process and integration of systems to enable laser scanning to verify complex precast concrete products are within tolerance. The process is staged to suit a suite of tolerances particular to each constituent material and embedded item that make up each bespoke product.

 

2016 shortlistModel-Based Engineering

Holistic electro-mechanical drivetrain design simulation product
Romax Technology

Romax Technology’s innovation is simulation software for designing integrated e-powertrains with a holistic electro-mechanical approach. The software enables users to optimise their design and development process, saving time and cost within it, whilst ensuring quality and accuracy of design.

 

2016 shortlistNavigation & Surveillance Communications

Creating intelligent radiation detection networks to defend against nuclear terrorism
Kromek Group plc

The threat from terrorists of the detonation of a 'dirty bomb', i.e. a device using conventional explosives surrounded by nuclear material, is real. Kromek has developed a system that can provide early detection of threat materials which can be networked across a whole city, in effect a radiation surveillance system.

 

2016 shortlistPower

Intelligently meshing LV networks using power electronic Soft Open Points
UK Power Networks

Soft Open Points are a smart solution to overcome the challenges inherent in meshing LV networks. The innovative use of power electronics enables capacity sharing, voltage control and power factor support. If rolled out across the UK, intelligent meshing could unlock potential savings of over £110 million to electricity bill-payers.

 

2016 shortlistStart-up

World’s first conformable, full-colour, video-rate organic LCD on plastic
FlexEnable

FlexEnable has developed a full colour, low-cost, conformable organic LCD (OLCD) display and manufacturing process that will enable new product paradigms across multiple industries including wearables, mobile, automotive and digital signage.

 

2016 shortlistSustainability

The first natural microfibre
Samatoa Lotus Textiles

We created a 100% ecological fabric transforming lotus stems considered as a waste into an innovative fabric. The lotus fibre is the only natural microfibre known; the others are all synthetic. Lotus fabric has unique properties. It is naturally soft, light, specially breathable and almost wrinkle free.

 

2016 shortlistTransport

Repoint: A breakthrough in failsafe rail track switching
Loughborough University

Using safety concepts derived from aerospace and the nuclear industries, Repoint offers the potential for increased capacity through faster point setting time coupled with reduced maintenance intervention, alongside a reduced whole life cost – without the need to build new railway tracks.

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