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2014 Award in the United Kingdom

Theme

Intelligent systems

The theme of "intelligent systems" has been chosen because this is now a core focus for Altran globally. Altran defines intelligent systems as “the new wave of embedded and real-time systems that are highly connected, with massive processing power and performing complex applications”. As such, intelligent systems are helping to reshape the real world and have the potential to deliver great improvements for the general interest.

This award promotes innovation in systems and technologies that benefit the common good. The types of intelligent systems for which innovation will be recognised include those that: 

  • Automate and enhance the execution of complex and demanding tasks, potentially utilising advanced human-machine interfaces
  • Derive new value from connectivity, either connecting human-machine or machine-machine
  • Enable and assure the safe, secure and dependable operation of systems and enterprises

Laureate

SAM (Semi-Autonomous Motorcar)

SAM (Semi-Autonomous Motorcar) Project, delivered by a group of organisations: Arrow Electronics, Ball Aerospace & Technologies Corp., the Air Force Research Laboratory, Schmidt Peterson Motorsports and Falci Adaptive Motorsports, is a highly innovative project through which a 2014 Corvette C7 Stingray car has been modified with integrated advanced electronics and a human-to-machine interface, allowing it to be driven by a qualified quadriplegic driver under racetrack conditions.

The award was presented to the winning team by John Terrington, UK Divisional Director of Intelligent Systems / Altran, who also chaired the judging panel for the award that included senior figures from Ford Motor Company, Jaguar Land Rover, Network Rail, Schneider Electric and the University of Kent.

This award recognises innovation in systems and technologies that are designed to meet a commercial need in automating and enhancing the execution of complex and demanding tasks, deriving new value from connectivity, and enabling and assuring the safe, secure and dependable operation of systems and enterprises.

SAM won the 2014 Award in the United Kingdom.
John Terrington, Divisional Director of Intelligent Systems from Altran UK and Roger Harris, Julie Gibbs, Julie Stephens and Don Phillips (Arrow Electronics) from SAM project and Kate Russell, Technology Reporter and Presenter

Jury

Altran sponsors the 'Intelligent Systems' category of the IET (Institution of Engineering and Technology) Innovation Awards, which promote the very best innovations in science, technology and engineering every year.

Entries for the ‘Intelligent Systems’ category of the IET Innovation Awards that promote the common good also qualify for entry into the 2014 Altran Foundation Award UK programme. A distinguished judging panel selected the 2014 Foundation UK laureate from these entries.