EU's "Nobel prize" for ICT

For the first time the European ICT Prize awards ceremony took place at CeBIT, the world's largest ICT trade fair in Hannover, Germany. "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. "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."

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. 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.

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.
http://www.telepo.com

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.
http://www.transitive.com

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.
http://www.treventus.com

A3M Tsunami Alarm System (Germany)
Automated tsunami alert over mobile phones.
http://www.tsunami-alarm-system.com

Byometric iris recognition (Germany)
Large-scale biometric identification solution based on iris-recognition.
http://www.byometric.com

Digimind Finder (France)
Meta search engine which tackles the invisible web of currently non-indexed online information.
http://www.digimind.com

g-tec: Brain-computer interface (Austria)
Brain-computer interface which translates thoughts into electronic control signals.
http://www.gtec.at

Intrasense: Myrian (France)
3D studies, processed and reconstructed from diverse medical imaging systems such as CT and MRI scanning.
http://www.intrasense.fr

KineoCam: KineoWorks™ (France)
Computer-aided engineering design toolkit for virtual environments.
http://www.kineocam.com

Leiki Focus (Finland)
Automated content retrieval and personalisation software for discovering the most the relevant content from digital information sources.
http://www.leiki.com

Netviewer: One2meet (Germany)
A virtual conferencing online platform for spontaneous or pre-planned meetings.
http://www.netviewer.de

Operax Bandwidth Manager 5500 (Sweden)
Providing flexible standards-based Quality of Service for telecommunications network service providers.
http://www.operax.com

Sail Labs: Rapid Open Source Intelligence Deployment System – ROSIDS (Austria)
Multilingual multimedia monitoring through automatic translation.
http://www.sail-technology.com

San Disk: M-token (Israel)
USB-based platform for authentication, smart card-based services, secure storage and on-device applications in a single device.
http://www.m-systems.com/mtoken

Temis: Luxid (France)
Automated business intelligence and information discovery tool.
http://www.temis.com

T-VIPS: TVG Video Gateways (Norway)
An efficient, cost-effective and scalable solution for all video sources over IP networks.
http://www.t-vips.com

Ubitexx: ubiControl and ubiManager (Germany)
Allows secure management of company data over mobile devices.
http://www.ubitexx.com

VMscope: The Virtual Microscope (Germany)
Image streaming and software solutions optimised for virtual microscopy of high-resolution images from scanned glass slides.
http://www.vmscope.com

VRmagic: EYESI Cataract (Germany)
Virtual training for for student eye surgeons to practice cataract operations.
http://www.vrmagic.com

X-aitment: X-Ait Engine (Germany)
A modular Artificial Intelligence-Engine for games and simulations.
http://www.x-aitment.net

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