Accolade for KableFree Systems

Newcastle company KableFree Systems has won a national innovation award for its work with Northumbria University in developing radio-based emergency lighting systems for buildings.

KableFree and Northumbria triumphed in the Small and Medium-Sized Company & University Collaboration category of The Engineer Technology & Innovation Awards, a new national awards scheme organised by The Engineer magazine.

The Newcastle partners worked together on a project to develop wireless emergency lighting systems for public buildings, removing the need for expensive and cumbersome permanent cables to be installed while still meeting stringent safety requirements.

KableFree took its existing expertise in radio-based fire alarms and worked with Northumbria’s School of Computing, Engineering and Information Sciences on the radio communications technology needed for the new system, the first version of which has already been sold to a major London hospital.

The project was selected for the award by a judging panel comprising representatives from the academic and industrial sectors and expert commentators on engineering and technology.

KableFree Systems managing director Thomas Lovell received his certificate at an Awards Lunch event held at Imperial College London on 21 September.

The Engineer Technology & Innovation Awards were established to recognise the importance of the UK’s universities to the nation’s technology economy and to highlight the importance of collaboration between academia and businesses.