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Measurement in Action award winners

Plessey Semiconductors Ltd and the University of Sussex won the Measurement in Action category of the 2011 Institution of Engineering & Technology (IET) Innovation Awards, proudly sponsored by NPL.

Measurement in Action award winners
Measurement in Action award winners Plessey
Semiconductors Ltd and University of Sussex with
NPL's Robin Hart (far right), who presented the award

Congratulations to Plessey Semiconductors Ltd and University of Sussex who won the NPL-sponsored Measurement in Action category at the IET Innovation Awards, for developing a Generic Electric Potential Sensor Technology that is revolutionising the measurement of electric fields.

The glittering awards ceremony took place on 9 November at the Intercontinental Hotel, Park Lane, London, and was hosted by television personality, Robert Llewellyn.

The judging panel, which was chaired by NPL's Jonathan Williams, commented:

"This entry has been chosen as the winner for its development of an electrical measurement technique for exploitation in a wide range of markets. Thanks to its high sensitivity, this sensor can be used to detect electric charge through an insulating layer. It has application in healthcare, materials testing, security and forensics and has already received several awards for innovation in sensor technologies. The technology has been commercialised with several industrial partners and products are now on the market."

The IET Innovation Awards provide industry innovators around the globe with a unique opportunity to demonstrate their imagination, and the NPL sponsored Measurement in Action prize enables businesses to showcase the positive impact that accurate measurement can have.

All the winners from the evening demonstrated innovations encompassing a broad range of industries, and also included: a solar-electric unmanned aerial system; an intelligent decision support system for interpretation of foetal monitoring during childbirth; and an automotive hybrid drive system.

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."

For more information, please contact Jonathan Williams

Last Updated: 1 May 2012
Created: 11 Nov 2011