Awards double for BT

Two BT Group teams based at Adastral Park, near Ipswich, have each one a global award for innovation at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's annual Innovation in Engineering Awards.

Two BT Group teams based at Adastral Park, near Ipswich, have each one a global award for innovation at the Institution of Engineering and Technology's annual Innovation in Engineering Awards.

One team scoped the Emerging Technologies award for their mPower system, the next generation in “personal assistants” for mobile workers.

The other took the Telecommunications award for a fibre optic vibration sensor, which allows BT engineers to accurately and efficiently detect vibrations on the fibre optic cable that can pre-emptively identify unplanned interference - for example, from a manhole cover being lifted or from machinery such as a hammer drill - and so avoid costly disruption.

A total of 17 awards were presented at a ceremony held at the IET's London HQ in Savoy Placeand hosted by TV personality Adam Hart-Davis.

Dr Alf Roberts, chief executive 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 winners who have displayed outstanding innovation in their respective categories.”