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Recognised under ‘Intelligent Systems’ and ‘Navigation & Surveillance Communications’ for D3S radiation detection solution

Kromek Group is pleased to announce that it has been awarded two accolades at the 2016 IET Innovation Awards in the categories of ‘Intelligent Systems’ and ‘Navigation & Surveillance Communications’ at a ceremony held in London on 16 November.

The Innovation Awards is the annual awards of The Institution of Engineering and Technology (IET), celebrating the best innovations from both industry and academia in the fields of science, engineering and technology. In total, 15 category winners were chosen from 300 entries from 25 countries. The categories were independently judged by a panel of leading engineering experts in their respective fields.

Kromek received both awards for its networked radiation detection solution, the smartphone-sized D3S, to defend against nuclear terrorism. The D3S is a portable combined gamma neutron detector that is networked via mobile phone and linked to a central server to provide continuous wide-area monitoring to act as a warning system against the threat of attacks involving radiological "dirty bombs". Developed under the SIGMA programme of the U.S. Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA), an agency of the U.S. Department of Defense, a demonstration was successfully conducted at one of the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey’s major transportation hubs earlier this year and a large-scale test deployment of detectors is planned for Washington, D.C. ahead of a wider roll-out across the US.

Arnab Basu, CEO of Kromek, said: "We’re delighted to have received not just one, but two awards from such a prestigious institution as the IET for our innovative solution to combat modern security threats. I’d like to thank everyone at Kromek for their contribution towards us receiving this fantastic recognition from our peer group and industry experts, which is a reflection of the ability and commitment of our world-class team."

For further information about the winners and the 2016 IET Innovation Awards, please visit www.theiet.org/innovation.

The IET is one of the world’s largest engineering institutions with over 167,000 members in 150 countries. It is also one of the most interdisciplinary, covering sectors ranging from energy and transport to manufacturing and communications. It seeks to change the outdated perceptions about engineering by recognising the diverse nature of the industry in the 21 century.

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