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A battery that can be recharged using USB connections, a showpiece village which is helping set the standards for homes of the future and a “digital plaster” which monitors the wearer’s vital health signs using wireless technology are among the winners at the prestigious third annual IET Innovation in Technology Awards, announced today (Tuesday November 13).

The winners across 15 categories were unveiled at an award ceremony held at the Marriott Hotel, Grosvenor Square, London, hosted by TV personality and science enthusiast Johnny Ball.

The IET Innovation in Engineering Awards recognises and celebrates excellence in engineering innovation across a range of industry sectors and engineering disciplines. Winners were selected from hundreds of entries from around the world by a distinguished panel of judges.

Presenting the awards Johnny Ball said: “What makes a great innovator? Perhaps a little eccentricity, a desire for improvement, plus vision and the determination to see it through. All that equals the type of projects recognised through these awards. Innovators always ask ‘Why can't it be better?’ If it wasn’t for innovation we would still have black and white television and mono radio.”

He continued: “Innovation is at the heart of business and wealth creation. It is right that we acknowledge those who push the boundaries of science, engineering and technology and it will be exciting to see how the innovations awarded this year will make their mark in the future. “

Robin McGill, CEO of the IET said: “These awards recognise the vital role that innovation in engineering plays in the global economy. On behalf of the IET I would like to congratulate all the winners who have displayed outstanding innovation in their respective categories.”

He added that because of the huge interest in the awards this year details of the 2008 awards would be available immediately on the IET web site at:

The awards have been supported by the Department for Innovation, Universities and Skills and Make Your Mark in Manufacturing & Engineering.

Photographs of the winners with Johnny Ball are available from the IET press office, along with further details of the winning entries and contact details of the winning organisations.

•Asset Management – United Utilities, Preston, Condition Based Risk Management (sponsors: National Grid)

•Built Environment – University of Manchester, Barratt EcoSmart Show Village (Sponsors: Halcrow Yolles)

•Control, Instrumentation & Robotics – Artesis, Redhill, Surrey, Simplifiying predictive maintenance (Sponsors: National Physical Laboratory)

•Electronics – Toumaz Technology, Theale, Berkshire, ultra low power wireless body monitoring “digital plaster” (Sponsors: Cadence)

•Emerging Technologies – Akubio, Cambridge, Acoustic detection technology for drug discovery (Sponsor: RS Components)

•IT – BT, Ipswich, Real Time Business Intelligence

•Power/Energy – Moixa Energy, London, USB rechargeable batteries (Sponsor: PT&D)

•Product Design – Active Power, Hitchin, Herts, Energy efficient UPS systems (Sponsor: BT)

•Project Team – BBC, Tadworth, Surrey, Advanced Terrestrial Televsion Study Group

•Security – Masabi, London, Java cryptography for e-commerce on mobile phones (Sponsor: ARM)

•Software in Design – I&E systems, Perth, use of software model to produce design documentation (Sponsor: The MathWorks)

•Start-up – Tvonics, Bridgend, design and manufacture of digital TV’s, receivers and recorders. (Sponsor: Cre8Ventures)

•Sustainability – Halcrow, Swindon, Wave Hub (Sponsor: ABB)

•Telecommunications – Ubiquisys, Swindon, the invention and development of femtocell (Sponsor: Orange)

•Transport – Vehicle Occupancy Ltd, Loughborough, dtect

The aims of the IET Innovation in Engineering Awards are to recognise and reward innovative organisations; to raise the profile and the importance of innovation; to recognise and reward successful innovation; and to provide an indirect method of improving business, by providing a framework to encourage organisations to invest in innovation.

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Tony Henderson
Tel: 020 7344 8403
M: 07974 457565

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