Transport security technology scoops two awards

A company spun out from the University of Durham has been named as winner of the Transport category in the IET Innovation Awards.

Sedgefield-based Kromek scooped both the Transport and Security awards, which were presented for its "use of energy-selective X-ray detectors for accurate threat material detection in security application".

The Innovation Awards span 15 categories and attracted hundreds of entries from around the world. The winners were announced at an awards ceremony in London on 3 November.

Kromek's winning technology combines two major innovations, making it possible to accurately identify liquids within containers by passing a broad spectrum X-ray beam through the container. The judges for the security award described this ability to detect threat materials as a significant breakthrough application.

The transport judging panel said: "This submission has demonstrated the inquisitiveness of the team on their project that led them to innovate and generate a novel approach in their product development. The social and safety/security benefits for the travel/transport industry are significant. Bravo for such creative thinking."

Also shortlisted in the transport category were Acute Technology for "Trusted Driver technology to solve the pay as you drive privacy problem" and First TransPennine Express for its Eco-Initiative fuel efficiency programme.

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