Expanded Awards Program Honored Engineering Teams, Sensor Applications, and Product Innovation
ROSEMONT, IL, June 5, 2013 - Sensors Magazine, the leading technical resource for sensing, communication and control, announced the winners of the 2013 "Best of Sensors Expo Awards." For the first time the 2013 awards focused on sensor applications and excellence among engineers, complementing its traditional focus on sensor technology innovations. The awards were presented by Executive Editor Melanie Martella at Sensors Expo and Conference, being held this week at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont, IL.
"We received outstanding nominations for engineering teams, sensor applications, and new product innovations for this year's Best of Sensors Expo Awards. We applaud all of the winners and look forward to the future where these professionals and products help solve world issues," said Martella. "The theme of Sensors Expo focuses on sensing technologies driving tomorrow's solutions. What better way to celebrate this theme than recognizing the achievement of many in the industry who are working toward this goal."
The original Best of Sensors Expo Award recognized novel products and this focus is retained in the Innovation Award. The expanded program now includes the new Engineers of the Year and Application Awards. In total three gold, two silver, two bronze and three honorable mentions were awarded by a panel of judges including Melanie Martella, Executive Editor, Sensors; Karen Lightman, MEMS Industry Group; Dr. Sergey Yurish, International Frequency Sensor Association, Sensors Web Portal and Randy Frank, R. Frank Associates. Following is a list of the winners.
1. ENGINEERS OF THE YEAR AWARD
Kenneth Foust, Sensor Technologist, Intel Corp. and Carlos Puig,Principal Engineer, Qualcomm for the creation of the Standardized Performance Parameter Definitions. This effort provides a standard for specifying sensor performance for the sensors most commonly used in consumer devices, providing the people incorporating these sensors into their end devices with an easier way to compare product specifications and thus ease integration.
2. APPLICATION AWARD
Gold: The Sensor Web Enablement initiative from the Open Geospatial Consortium (OGC). This initiative standardizes Web service interfaces and data encodings that can be used as building blocks for a World Wide Sensor Web, enabling diverse sensors to be accessed in an interoperable, platform-independent, and uniform way.
Silver: S3 from SENSUSS. This is a system of helmet sensors that transmit data wirelessly to the Eurotech Everyware Cloud to provide immediate information to coaches, doctors, and parents about the impact levels sustained by an athlete.
Bronze: The VERASENSE Knee System from OrthoSensor Inc. This intelligent tibial insert trial provides sensor-based information on optimal insert alignment in Total Knee Arthroplasty (AKA total knee replacement) procedures.
Thin Film Heat Flux Sensor For Measuring Film Coefficient of Rubber Components of a Rolling Tire from The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co. and NASA-Glenn Research Center. The heat flux sensor they've developed is thin, fast, and gives real-time heat-flux data for a tire as it is moving; it can also be used by NASA to test the thermal control in its advanced multi-use Extravehicular Activity pressure suits for future lunar missions.
3. INNOVATION AWARD
Gold: Kionix Inc. for its KMX61G integrated accelerometer and magnetometer that provides a lower-power alternative to a gyroscope.
Gold: ams AG for its SL13A NFC Sensor Tag IC, a combination NFC/RFID tag that incorporates sensors.
Silver: LORD MicroStrain Sensing Systems for its MathEngine cloud-based sensor data analysis and alerting technology
Bronze: LeddarTech for its Leddar LED-based 3D detection platform, Model 75B0003-1. This is an LED-based 3D sensing technology.
MultiDimension Technology Co. Ltd. For its MMS2A1H ultra-low-power omnipolar TMR magnetic switch
COTO Technology Inc. for its RedRock RS-A-2505 for its MEMS-based magnetic switch
The Best of Sensors Expo award winners will be featured on the Sensors Expo and Sensors Magazine websites www.sensorsexpo.com and www.sensorsmag.com.
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Sensors Expo & Conference is the only industry event in North America exclusively focused on sensors and sensor-integrated systems, providing over 25 years of technical innovation and thought leadership. The event is widely known as one of the world's largest and most important gatherings of engineers and scientists involved in the development and deployment of sensor systems. Sensors Expo & Conference identifies the latest sensing technologies and strategies, explores them in an information-packed conference program and reflects those trends throughout the Expo Floor with new product releases, key technology-focused areas, such as Big Data & Cloud, Embedded, Energy Harvesting, MEMS and Wireless, and a showcase of hundreds of products and services. For more information, visit www.sensorsexpo.com.
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