Ubisense has earned two awards for product innovation, the Best in Biz Awards 2015 International named Ubisense Smart Factory Assembly the silver award winner in the Enterprise Software Product of the Year category. The location intelligence system also won a bronze Stevie® award for Best New Product of the Year in the Industrial Products category in the 12th Annual International Business Awards.
The Stevie® Awards are the world’s premier business awards created in 2002 to generate recognition of the achievements of organisations. Now in its fifth year, Best in Biz Awards honours companies for their business success. Ubisense technology is now used by half the major car manufacturers including BMW’s 3 Series and the Mini. Says Dr Paul Webster, Director of Hardware “DesignEdge has managed to produce stylish and attractive designs that maintain a distinctive look and feel.”
Two Cambridge companies are celebrating a ten year partnership that has resulted in location tracking technology, going from an undefined purpose to uses that might have been seen as science fiction at the start. Ubisense has released its third generation location intelligence system that has gone from a concept to being used by half of the top ten car manufacturers (including the Mini and every BMW 3 Series), football stadiums and most recently for a performance of Tosca at the Royal Albert Hall to track performers on stage to ensure that acoustic sound hits the audience at the same moment as the amplified sound.
These opportunities wouldn’t have come about without a design that would be at home as a consumer product. Paul Webster “If the sensor had been a horrible grey box we would never have had the opportunities we have. The design is functional but still maintains an aesthetically pleasing unit that fits into a wide variety of deployments.“
A Wastewater Meter innovation that DesignEdge has helped to design has won the Institute of Water National Innovation Award 2015. The meter is a truly innovative and can accurately and reliably measure the range of flows that go through a domestic drain. The meter is capable of quantitative (as low as 0.02 litres per second) and qualitative measurement, the unique design is non-obtrusive, cost-effective and includes the latest remote reading technologies. It is an option that does not exist, no other products in the marketplace can achieve this.
Matt Wheeldon, Wessex Water, “It is absolutely fantastic for the Meter to be recognised as an innovative game changer in the world of wastewater flow measurement. DFTL which has developed the meter and invested time and money to make it happen to prove its worth are delighted. I truly believe this new technology will improve the way that flows in drains and sewers are measured and ultimately valued and managed.”
Rapid Biosensor System a developer of medical devices has been selected as a Royal Society of Chemistry Emerging Technologies finalist. DesignEdge has worked with RBS to developed a rapid, disposable instrument that can detect tuberculosis (TB) within two minutes from collecting a cough sample. The breathalyser has been successfully tested in India and Ethiopia and could deliver screening products for diseases including bovine TB, E.Coli and potentially pneumonia.
Dr McCash said, “We are delighted to have our technology recognised in the competition final. We believe in market-driven technology development right from the outset of having a good scientific concept. We can build company value and grow market share by developing products for infectious diseases based on our IP.” Every day 5000 people die of TB and 9 million new cases are diagnosed yearly this breathalyser could prove a vital weapon in the battle against this growing threat to world health.
Bactest has been announced as the winner of SME of the Year 2014. DesignEdge has helped develop Speedy Breedy a portable respirometer which works as a mini laboratory. Professor Annie Brooking, describes it as a “fast contamination test” which analyses substances from water and medicine, to beer and ice cream. Rachel Bridge, Head Judge said the panel was “very impressed by the fact that Bactest has come up with an innovative yet brilliantly simple product while reducing testing time for contamination.” DesignEdge was responsible for all aspects of the design including the advanced heating and rapid cooling system, taking the concept through into a production friendly product.
Said fellow judge Myleene Klass,”I was hugely impressed at the level of ambition this company has and at what they’re trying to achieve. They are genuinely changing the world one step at a time in a progressive, fearless manner and the level of expertise, enterprise and originality is a joy to behold.”