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28 September 2016

Shortlist announced for Altran-sponsored IET Innovation Award

Congratulations to the finalists of the Intelligent Systems category of the IET Innovation Awards:


  • British Telecom

Weather rules and their applications to forecasting telecommunications engineering activities

"Globally, telecommunications operators react frantically to communication infrastructure malfunctions and customer urgency calls under extreme weather conditions. We developed a software toolkit to help operators proactively deploy resources to deal with business impact of extreme weather by using novel data analysis, demand forecasting and information visualisation technology."

  • Heathrow Airport Ltd

Heathrow Terminal 3 integrated baggage – Automated baggage loading

"Automated baggage loading in Terminal 3 pioneers the application of robot technology to a complex, physically demanding, repetitive operational process. By adapting robot technology baggage handling is safer, cleaner and increases throughput. Heathrow is adopting innovative processes to deliver the best airport service in the world."

  • Kromek Group Plc

Creating intelligent radiation detection networks to defend against nuclear terrorism

"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."

  • JPY Ltd

The Threads intelligent message hub

"Threads combines a whole company’s digital messages – emails and telephone calls – into one intuitive, easily-searchable web-based resource. Threads uses artificial intelligence to analyse and create “threads of discussion” and automatically maintain contact and project records. By analysing all conversations, Threads can extract information otherwise hidden from individual users."

  • Universitat Politècnica de Valencia

Wearable system for communication and navigation Bip2See

"Bip2See is a wearable innovation system based on artificial vision, sounds and speech able to help blind, with dementia or Alzheimer's disease and autistic and elderly people to navigate and communicate in a natural way. The system creates routes, guide, and recognise people and banknotes currency read signals and textual images."

It is wonderful to see such high calibre entries once again for our IET Innovation Award. To be able to select finalists who are making a real difference to our world in a variety of different contexts is a great privilege for Altran and my fellow judges. John Terrington, Head of Capability at Altran UK

The ultimate winner will be announced on 16th November at the IET Innovation Awards ceremony in London.