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…

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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