This year's IET Innovation Award winners

IET Innovation Award Winners revealed

A solar-electric unmanned aerial system and an automotive hybrid drive system were two of the winning innovations in last night’s IET Innovation Awards.

The awards recognise the most innovative companies operating within a wide variety of engineering and technology disciplines, with winners announced in 15 categories including Asset Management, Emerging Technologies, Transport, Telecommunications and a new category for 2011, Embedded and Critical Systems. This year’s awards attracted a record 420 entries.

Professor Mike Short, President of the IET, said: “These awards are a great way to showcase some fantastic innovations taking place in engineering and technology worldwide.

“The winners this year come from a wide variety of backgrounds and many have aimed to solve issues that impact our society; from saving lives to helping deliver a brighter and greener future. The IET Innovation awards offered are an important annual landmark for the IET, illustrating some of the latest and best ideas and designs that align with our core vision of advancing knowledge to enhance and improve people’s lives.”

The 2011 IET Innovation Award winners are:
Asset Management

United Utilities: Process asset optimisation to improve efficiency and serviceabilty improvements

Built Environment

GE Digital Energy: Sustainable energy generation and management for off-grid remote communities based on smart-grid technologies

Electronics

E Ink: Next generation Pearl: Offering the whitest reflective displays in the industry, bringing electronic paper performance to the next level

Embedded and Critical Systems

Xilinx, Inc.: Extensible Processing Platform (EPP) Incorporating an ARM® dual-core Cortex™-A9 MPCore™ processing system

Emerging Technologies

QinetiQ Ltd: The Zephyr solar-electric unmanned aerial system: Aircraft which redefined the art of the possible for affordable high altitude long endurance surveillance and communications

Healthcare Technologies

K2 Medical Systems: INFANT: An intelligent decision support system for interpretation of foetal monitoring during childbirth

Information Technology

Cambridge Healthcare Ltd: An e-health portal for patients and healthcare professionals, featuring the world’s first healthcare application store

Measurement in Action

Plessey Semiconductors Ltd and University of Sussex: Electric potential sensors revolutionising the measurement of electric fields

Power / Energy

Ashwoods Automotive: Automotive hybrid drive system

Product Design

QinetiQ Ltd: The Zephyr solar-electric unmanned aerial system: Aircraft which redefined the art of the possible for affordable high altitude long endurance surveillance and communications

Software in Design

Selex Galileo: Product design, analysis and development in a virtual world using presentations and fully immersive simulated environments.

Sustainability

Ashwoods Automotive: Automotive hybrid drive system

Team

BAE Systems Mission Systems: Queen Elizabeth class aircraft carriers mission system team

Telecommunications

Kineto Wireless: Smart Wi-Fi - the first and only smartphone application to boost mobile coverage using Wi-Fi

Transport

Ashwoods Automotive: Automotive hybrid drive system

Further information:

Read more about the IET Innovation Awards and check out some of the photos from last night’s ceremony at the Intercontinental Hotel in London.

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