Brussels, 16 March 2007
A communications solution that offers businesses access to fixed-line phone services anytime, anywhere, an automatic scanner that digitises books in minutes and a software translation system that avoids the need for reprogramming are the Grand Prize winners of the European Information and Communication Technology (ICT) awards for 2007. These three Grand Prizes worth €200,000 each, were won by British, Swedish and Austrian firms. Seventeen more prizes, of €5,000 each, were awarded to ground-breaking technologies from five other countries. The 20 prize winners were selected by the European Commission from a record number of 450 applicants, from 30 countries.
"Information and communications technology opens up a world of new possibilities – new ways of working and new ways of living," said Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding as she awarded the prizes in Hannover. "Innovations such as these are essential if Europe is to stay ahead in the global game. These prizes recognise European industries continuing capacity to develop and deploy state of the art ICT products."
For the first time the European ICT Prize awards ceremony took place at CeBIT, the world's largest ICT trade fair in Hannover, Germany. The three Grand Prize Winners (of equal merit) each receiving an award of €200,000 are:
• Telepo's Business Communication Solution: for extending advanced voice and messaging for the mobile workforce by integrating mobile and fixed-line communications. Telepo, based in Stockholm Sweden, has offices in Finland and Australia.
• Transitive Corporation's QuickTransit: for software translation without source code or binary code changes. Transitive, founded in 2000, has its headquarters in Los Gatos, California and a research and development team in Manchester, UK.
• Treventus Mechatronics' ScanRobot™: for lowering costs and increasing speed for digital library creation through automatic distortion-free book scanning. Treventus, founded in 2006, is a spin-off of the Vienna University of Technology and is based in Austria.
The European ICT Prize, the EU's own "Nobel Prize" for innovation in information and communication technologies, is funded by the European Commission’s Framework Programme for Research (see IP/06/1590). Since 1995 this has been organised every year by the Commission together with the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE). The judges are independent experts who recommend the winners and grand prize winners to the Commission. The Executive Jury was chaired this year by Professor Wolfgang Wahlster of Germany.
Twenty European ICT Prize Winners 2007 by country (for full details: see Annex):
United Kingdom: 1
For further details of the winners and background on the prize itself see: http://www.ict-prize.org/.
The 20 Winners of the 2007 European ICT Prize
Telepo: Telepo Business Communication Solution (Sweden)
Grand Prize Winner
This integrates fixed and mobile business communications, saving companies money and increasing their security. Users can access traditionally fixed-line services like corporate directories, conference calling, and voice mails anytime and anywhere. They can also save up to 50% on the cost of fixed calls and 80% on roaming charges. Telepo, based in Stockholm, Sweden, has offices in Finland and Australia.
Transitive Corporation: QuickTransit® (United Kingdom)
Grand Prize Winner
This a software 'translator'' which allows applications created for one processor and operating system to run on another platform without the need for reprogramming. The translated code can even run faster than the original. For companies choosing new server platforms, QuickTransit permits immediate software migration and dramatically reduces the software development costs of a hardware upgrade. Transitive, founded in 2000, has its headquarters in Los Gatos, California and a research and development team in Manchester, UK.
Treventus Mechatronics : ScanRobot™ (Austria)
Grand Prize Winner
This is a ground-breaking scanning concept, with distortion-free scanning and automatic page turning in both directions. Books can be scanned at the rate of 40 pages a minute, without manual intervention. The average book can be digitised in about six minutes. It represents a significant advance in getting Europe's cultural heritage online and accessible to all. Treventus, founded in 2006, is a spin-off of the Vienna University of Technology and is based in Austria.
A3M Tsunami Alarm System (Germany)
Automated tsunami alert over mobile phones.
Byometric iris recognition (Germany)
Large-scale biometric identification solution based on iris-recognition.
Digimind Finder (France)
Meta search engine which tackles the invisible web of currently non-indexed online information.
g-tec: Brain-computer interface (Austria)
Brain-computer interface which translates thoughts into electronic control signals.
Intrasense: Myrian (France)
3D studies, processed and reconstructed from diverse medical imaging systems such as CT and MRI scanning.
KineoCam: KineoWorks™ (France)
Computer-aided engineering design toolkit for virtual environments.
Leiki Focus (Finland)
Automated content retrieval and personalisation software for discovering the most the relevant content from digital information sources.
Netviewer: One2meet (Germany)
A virtual conferencing online platform for spontaneous or pre-planned meetings.
Operax Bandwidth Manager 5500 (Sweden)
Providing flexible standards-based Quality of Service for telecommunications network service providers.
Sail Labs: Rapid Open Source Intelligence Deployment System – ROSIDS (Austria)
Multilingual multimedia monitoring through automatic translation.
San Disk: M-token (Israel)
USB-based platform for authentication, smart card-based services, secure storage and on-device applications in a single device.
Temis: Luxid (France)
Automated business intelligence and information discovery tool.
T-VIPS: TVG Video Gateways (Norway)
An efficient, cost-effective and scalable solution for all video sources over IP networks.
Ubitexx: ubiControl and ubiManager (Germany)
Allows secure management of company data over mobile devices.
VMscope: The Virtual Microscope (Germany)
Image streaming and software solutions optimised for virtual microscopy of high-resolution images from scanned glass slides.
VRmagic: EYESI Cataract (Germany)
Virtual training for for student eye surgeons to practice cataract operations.
X-aitment: X-Ait Engine (Germany)
A modular Artificial Intelligence-Engine for games and simulations.