Business partnership brings prestigious ICT award

ICT Excellence Awards
ICT Excellence Awards
25 November 2008


Aston University and Birmingham business Arden Photonics have won a prestigious award for their joint development project of the Modcon Mode Controller, a device which tests the capabilities of optical fibre communication systems.

The team receive the Best Knowledge Transfer award at the coveted ICT Excellence Awards 2008, held at Birmingham Motorcycle Museum on 20th November.

The Modcon device is unique, as no other company in the world manufactures mode control units that comply with ISO safety standards, making Arden’s unit a world-leading device.

The joint development project between Aston University's Photonics Research Group and 4-man company Arden, based at Aston Science Park was part of the University's successful Knowledge Transfer Initiative which encourages links between the University and regional business.

Dr Kate Sugden, Senior Lecturer of the Photonics Research Group at Aston University, commented, ‘Aston University has a well-deserved reputation for its highly successful knowledge transfer activities with regional companies and we’re pleased that this award will raise our profile still further.’

 David Robinson, Managing Director at Arden Photonics, said: ‘We're delighted to be honoured with this success. As a result, Arden Photonics will gain increased recognition for its vital work within the ICT industry, whilst a higher profile could trigger more product sales.’

 The other finalist in the category involved a joint project between KC3.net and Aston University's Knowledge Engineering group, a partnership created as part of the University’s INDEX voucher scheme, showing the strength of the knowledge transfer activities taking place at Aston.

The ICT Excellence Awards, backed by Advantage West Midlands, were originally designed to recognise and showcase the talents of West Midlands ICT businesses. Now in their fourth year the Awards are open to all UK organisations, with regional winners still receiving special recognition.

If you would like to know more about the awards or the projects, please contact Paul Burkwood on 0121 204 4258 or email p.burkwood@aston.ac.uk.

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