Navtech Radar and Bath University Win Prestigious KTP Award 2010
The Knowledge Transfer Partnership Awards, which celebrate partnerships between businesses and universities, were held at a gala event at the London Marriot on Wednesday, March 10th
March 15, 2010: Tim Waterstone, Chancellor of Edinburgh Napier University and founder of Waterstone’s Booksellers held the keynote speech where he focused on the need for entrepreneurs to drive innovation and stimulate industry, particularly manufacturing. He went on to say, “The successful partnerships that we see today represent a fantastic achievement during what has been a very challenging year for the business community. It is a pleasure to present these awards in recognition of projects that have demonstrated a real commitment to innovation”.
In partnership with Bath University and associate Anthony D’Souza, Navtech Radar was awarded The Best KTP building on EPSRC funded research Award, sponsored by the Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council (EPSRC) and the South East England Development Agency (SEEDA).
“I am absolutely delighted that we have won this prestigious KTP Award, and I am very proud of the results achieved through the Partnership with Bath University and associate Anthony D’Souza. The tangible results speaks for themselves; we have managed to improve our testing capability, reduce the cost of product manufacture and increased the product range, all of which will certainly benefit our customers on a going forward basis”, Navtech Radar’s co-founder and MD, Philip Avery, comments.
The motivation for the award states that;
Navtech provides novel solutions to industrial sensing and security applications using radar-based technology. The KTP has enabled the business to invest in product development at a lower risk. The additional engineering resource has facilitated the completion of a number of projects that have directly impacted on the expanded Navtech product range. The W800, W500 and I800 products have been launched and are now in full-scale production. The KTP project has also established a new production management suite called 'Echo net', developed by the Associate in conjunction with an external consultant. This software has simplified stock control, procurement and production scheduling.
The KTP is Europe's leading programme helping businesses to improve their competitiveness and productivity through the better use of knowledge, technology and skills that reside within the UK knowledge base. KTP achieves this through the forming of a Partnership between your business and an academic institution (such as university, further education college or research and technology organisation), enabling you to access skills and expertise to help your business develop.
The knowledge sought is embedded into the business from the knowledge base through a project, or projects, undertaken by a recently qualified person (known as the Associate), recruited to specifically work on that project. KTPs can vary in length from 1 to 3 years (classic KTP) and from 10-40 weeks (shorter KTP), depending on the needs of the business and the desired outcomes.
A KTP is part-funded by a Government grant. An SME would be expected to contribute about a third of the costs involved in the project.
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About Navtech Radar
Navtech Radar Ltd. is the world’s leading developer of commercial off-the-shelf radar sensors at 76 to 77 GHz frequencies. The Navtech Radar industrial sensor is world renowned as the radar sensor of choice for outdoor driverless vehicle navigation and obstacle detection applications. Customers include a number of National Government research departments and international corporations such as Boeing, Caterpillar and Danaher Motion.
Navtech further develops and manufactures highly effective millimetre wave (MMW) radar sensor solutions for outdoor commercial applications. This has lead to a series of ‘world first’ applications such as; the first driverless straddle carrier operational port in the world in Brisbane, Australia. The first quay crane anti-collision safety system using MMW radar on operational cranes for Bristol Port Authority, UK. The first operational airport ground surface movement system using MMW radar operating at East Midland's Airport, UK. The first commercial off-the-shelf 77GHz MMW radar security system application in a number of countries such as USA, Italy, Poland, Ireland, UK and – notably - the Museum of Islamic Art in Doha, Qatar. The first 77GHz MMW radar installation for motorway incident detection and hard shoulder monitoring deployed on the M42 for the UK Highways Agency. More information can be found at the Navtech Radar website (www.navtechradar.com).
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