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Brussels, 25 October 2001

Europe's IT Awards: 20 Winners Announced

The European Commission and the European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering (Euro-CASE) have announced the 20 winners of this year's European Information Society Technologies Prize (EISTP). All 20 Winners will be displayed in the Project Exhibition at Information Society Technologies 2001 event (IST 2001), during which three of them will be presented with a Grand Prize each worth € 200 000 - by Erkki Liikanen, the European Commissioner for Enterprise and Information Society. IST 2001, to be held in Düsseldorf from December 3-5, is this year's 'flagship event' organised by the Information Society Directorate General of the European Commission. The three day conference and exhibition is the only event covering the strategic issues of Information Society policy, regulation and technology in Europe. With this year's event coming on the eve of the Commission's Sixth Research Framework Programme (2002-2006), it provides a unique opportunity for the Commission to discuss the future of the Information Society with European academia, industry and users.

Winners of the top 3 prizes will be announced at the IST 2001 event. The remaining winners will receive € 5 000 each. This year's 20 EISTP Winners come from Denmark, France, Germany, Israel, Norway, Spain, Switzerland and the UK (see Annex). They were selected from almost 300 submissions by a jury of European experts formed by Euro-CASE, the European Council of Applied Sciences and Engineering.

While they range in application from robotics to agriculture (see Annex), this year's 20 Winners all meet the jury's criteria of technical excellence, innovative content, potential market value and the capacity to generate new jobs.

The European IST Prize is awarded to groundbreaking products representing the best of European innovation in information technology. Apart from the financial reward, the Prize provides considerable public recognition and an highly visible profile to entrepreneurial teams that excel in both generating novel ideas and R&D and converting them into marketable products.

"Experience from the past seven years shows that the Prize generates international recognition and huge interest from venture capitalists, facilitating the start-up phase and access to finance," said Erkki Liikanen, European Commissioner for the Information Society. "The high standards of applicants and the competitive screening procedure make this Prize the most distinguished for new IT-driven products."

The Prize is organised by Euro-CASE with the support of the European Commission's Information Society Technologies (IST) research programme. Short summaries of the Winners follows in Annex, with more details appearing in October on the recently launched IST 2001 web site (see below). Further general information can be found at:

More on IST 2001

The European IST Prize is one of three strands to IST 2001 the latest in a series of annual conferences designed to discuss and showcase European policy and research in the fields of IT and communications technologies. Together, the three strands emphasise this year's theme 'Technologies Serving People.'

The other two strands are:

  • a Conference, composed of several plenary sessions featuring political and industrial leaders from around Europe, and 27 sessions on subjects as diverse as copyright in the Information Society, e-health, e-environment, entertainment;

  • an Exhibition: 4000m2 of space, featuring 60 pilot projects funded by the IST research programme, the 20 EISTP winners and more.

A dedicated web site has just been launched:

The 20 Winners in Brief:

  • 2C3D medical (CH) for EndoNavigatorTM: A software based medical device for 3D navigation and guidance for Minimally Invasive Surgery.

  • BATM Advanced Communications (IL) for Titan T6: A large, scalable IP switch router with Quality of Service. Supports numerous Gigabit and 10 Gigabit Ethernet interfaces.

  • Definiens AG (D) for eCognition: The first commercially available object-oriented image analysis software system that classifies distinct image objects.

  • Dresden 3D GmbH (D) for Dresden 3D Display: An autostereoscopic (true 3D) computer monitor for the high-end visualisation of 3D data.

  • ECO-DAN A/S (DK) for ECO-DAN Guidance System / Advanced Tool Control: A guidance system based on computer vision and laser technology for automatic precision guidance of implements, machines and tractors in row crops.

  • Geutebrück GmbH & CO KG (D) for MULTISCOPE II: A network based, digital video recording, transmission and event management system for CCTV applications with scalable client/server architecture.

  • ICONAG Aktiengesellschaft - Internet Control and Automation (D) for Web.Node: Platform for network-based services (E-Services) in the field of simple home automation, property control and technical facility management.

  • International Center for Numerical Methods in Engineering - CIMNE (E) for GiD - The personal pre/postprocessor: A universal, adaptive and user friendly graphical user interface for geometrical modelling, data input and visualisation of results for all types of numerical simulation programs in computer science and engineering.

  • interzart AG 3D COMMERCE® (D) for 3D Snapper®: Easy creation of 3D content for Web applications from 10 to 16 digital images of single objects.

  • IWI (F) for FASTBUILDER: A software tool set to produce realistic 3D virtual city models of any size in an automatic and highly advanced way from various types of geographical information.

  • LTU Technologies (F) for Image-FilterTM: Image-based filtering solution to detect child pornography on the Internet

  • LuraTech Gesellschaft für Luft- und Raumfahrttechnologie & Multimedia mbH (D) for LuraDocument document compression software: A software for compression of scanned coloured, multipage documents.

  • MISON AS (N) for SonoWand: An ultrasound-based navigation system for image-guided key-hole surgery.

  • OMNIKEY AG (D) for CardMan Dongle: A portable, 6cm mini-smartcard reader with a USB-plug on the one side and an insertion for a SIM-plug-in smart card on the other side.

  • Syngene division of Synoptics Ltd (UK) for GeneGnome: The world's only automatic DNA imaging system dedicated to chemiluminescent samples.

  • Steinbeis-Transferzentrum Medizinische Informatik (D) for Mobile CHILI: A compact, mobile, interactive medical teleconferences system, running on personal digital assistants over wireless ethernet or UMTS, with image transmission capability.

  • VIRTOOLS (F) for VIRTOOLS DEV 2.0: A development platform that allows users to graphically create 3D interactive content.

  • VISUCOM® GmbH (D) for Motion Pro® - 3D Display Systems: A display system where real 3D objects can fly out of the screen up to one meter.

  • VITRONIC Bildverarbeitungssysteme GmbH (D) for Vitus smart: Fast whole body scanner for precise 3-Dimensional measurement of human beings.

  • Wany S.A. (F) for Pekee and Ti'Bot: A family of mobile robots targeting a wide range of businesses: entertainment, home-use, surveillance, research.

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