2007 Project Excellence Awards winners and medallists

BCS is proud to announce the winners and medallists for the Project Excellence Awards categories of its IT Industry Awards: 

Winners

Sponsored by
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Business-to-Business Project Award

MOT Computerisation
Vehicle & Operator Services Agency


The Vehicle & Operator Services Agency (VOSA) has completed the introduction of a new computer system into all 18,700 private MOT garages throughout GB. This was achieved in conjunction with Siemens IT Solutions & Services. This initiative has delivered significant benefits for other government bodies, MOT garages, the owners of 23m vehicles in GB covered by the MOT Scheme and VOSA itself. At July 2007, only 16 months after installation completed, 61m MOT records had been entered onto the database.

Entertainment & Media Project Award

Voice-to-Screen Messaging
SpinVox


SpinVox is the founder and global leader of a new category of messaging which it calls Voice-to-Screen™ - delivering any voice message as text to any screen, anyplace, anytime anywhere. Voice-to-Screen encompasses a range of solutions that have been designed to appeal to the consumer, business and network operators. Since the launch of SpinVox flagship product, Spin-my-Vmail™, in 2005 the Voice-to-Screen portfolio has grown considerably to encompass a range of other consumer products including; Spin-my-Blog™; Spin-my-Memo™ and Spin-my-Broadcast™. It is estimated that 6 million people across the globe will have experienced SpinVox by the end of 2007.
www.spinvox.com

Sponsored by
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Best Use of Green Technology Award

21CN Data Centre
BT

With rising energy costs and the responsibility to reduce carbon emissions, IT companies are especially poised to take advantage of green energy to power data centres. BT is one such company that is currently reaping the benefits of increased energy efficiency and cost savings through innovative use of green design. BT implemented the 21st Century Data Centre Project to change the way it builds and maintains data centres with the goal of reducing the carbon footprint by 80 per cent by 2016.
www.bt.com

Information Security and Data Management Project Award

Webscreen Guarantee of Service Technology
Webscreen Systems Ltd

Webscreen is a network integrity technology which ensures high availability for users of Web sites and network based resources, preventing denial of service attacks from disrupting access, whilst maintaining connectivity for priority user groups. Installed at the network gateway, the Webscreen appliance acts as the first layer of defence in corporate security infrastructure.
www.webscreen-technology.com

Mobile Technology Project Award

Voice-to-Screen Messaging
SpinVox

SpinVox is the founder and global leader of a new category of messaging which it calls Voice-to-Screen™ - delivering any voice message as text to any screen, anyplace, anytime anywhere. Voice-to-Screen encompasses a range of solutions that have been designed to appeal to the consumer, business and network operators. Since the launch of SpinVox flagship product, Spin-my-Vmail™, in 2005 the Voice-to-Screen portfolio has grown considerably to encompass a range of other consumer products including; Spin-my-Blog™; Spin-my-Memo™ and Spin-my-Broadcast™. It is estimated that 6 million people across the globe will have experienced SpinVox by the end of 2007.
www.spinvox.com

Social Contribution Project Award

RoboBraille
Danish National Centre for Visual Impairment for Children and Youth
RoboBraille is an email-based service capable of translating electronic documents to and from contracted Braille and into synthetic speech. The service supports the following languages: British English, American English, Danish, Italian, Portuguese, French and Lithuanian. It promotes equality in that visually impaired, dyslexic and otherwise print-impaired users can access electronic documents when required. The types of material which are typically translated include educational material, manuals, articles and letters. The service is available free of charge to all non-commercial users.
www.robobraille.org

Sponsored by
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Web-based Technology Project Award

British Library Turning the Pages 2.0
Microsoft & Armadillo Systems

The British Library Turning the Pages 2.0 project has shown how the UK leads the world in the delivery of rich internet applications. Used to showcase Windows Vista at the UK launch in January, TTP 2.0 has raised the bar in how some of the most important and valuable books in the world can be accessed by users across the world. Imagine picking up one of Leonardo Da Vinci's notebooks and flicking through it in full 3D... now you can!
http://www.turningthepages.com

Sponsored by
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BT Flagship Award for Innovation

VERT – Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training
University of Hull & Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

A Government report has identified a national training crisis for the radiotherapy treatment of cancer. Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training system (VERT) aims to increase clinical training capacity whilst reducing training demands on clinics. VERT achieves this by providing a virtual reality training environment, faithful to its real world counterpart, which provides learning and training for students in a "safe" environment. VERT operates both in "demonstrator mode" for classroom style teaching and "hands-on / flight simulator mode" for practical skill acquisition.
www.hull.ac.uk | www.hey.nhs.uk



Medallists

Sponsored by
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Business-to-Business Project Award

HoundDog Technology; making IT Support, easy
HoundDog Technology

HoundDog provides an affordable, revenue-generating system for IT support and Managed Service companies. Users can: Monitor clients' systems 24/7 and provide proactive best-of-breed service, deliver a Daily Health Check preventing problems occurring and boosting revenues, track hardware & software assets, generate inventory reports and bill with accuracy, deliver confidence-inspiring own-brand reports with no effort required. Set up is easy, costs are low and revenue generating abilities are high, helping IT support companies stay focused on clients, not their internal systems.
www.hounddogiseasy.com

Implementation of Ni Mobile Content Manager
Netintelligence & Carphone Warehouse

Ni Mobile Content Manager is a network based mobile phone content quality assurance and back up system that was developed by Netintelligence at the request of one of the UK's largest handset retailers, Carphone Warehouse, for its customer handset refurbishment teams. The automated system is specifically designed to ensure that all customer data is either backed up, and available for restoration, or completely removed from a handset during the refurbishment process and an audit trail produced. 
www.netintelligence.com

Entertainment & Media Project Award

Digital Escalator Panels
Esprit Digital Limited

Digital Escalator Panels transform paper billboards into remarkable multi-media displays. These innovative high definition LCD panels are designed to be placed at intervals alongside escalators and travelators in subways and airport terminals. Designed with built-in media players that can synchronise with each other, they can be networked to create dazzling visual effects. Images appear to pass from screen to screen, seamlessly cascading from one to the next, demanding the attention of viewers in a way that static images never could. DEP’s are contained in stylish but rugged (IP65) vandal-proof enclosures designed to withstand highly demanding operating environments. 
www.espritdigital.com

MusicStation
Omnifone

MusicStation, launched in February 2007 by Omnifone is an all-you-can-eat, full-track, mobile music service providing unlimited legal access to the world's music at any time, anywhere, on virtually all music compatible mobiles for a small weekly fee (£1.99 or €2.99/week for unlimited downloads including data charges). MusicStation represents the first mobile music service with true mass market appeal, encouraging legal music consumption and dramatically increasing revenues for both mobile network operators and the music industry.
www.omnifone.com

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Best Use of Green Technology Award

Environmentally aware governance of the distributed IT infrastructure
IBM United Kingdom Ltd


Governments, businesses and individuals are all concerned about climate change, and while individual lifestyle choices can reduce carbon footprints, the business community has more of an impact on tomorrow's world. The IBM team therefore developed innovative techniques to measure and manage the environmental impact of a sizeable organisation and tested it on a large IBM client. The proven methodology can be replicated by all large organisations, helping them to cut power consumption, reduce operating costs and create a greener future.
www.ibm.com

Alternative Power for GSM Base Station
Motorola, MTC, GSMA

The Motorola wind and solar solution has been deployed at an operational MTC Namibia cell site as the electrical power source for the site. The cell site remains as part of MTC Namibia's network carrying the same levels of traffic.  The project has been supported by the GSM Association. This 'green' solution provides a feasible and efficient alternative to using fuel generators. Once installed, the cost of power is almost zero, requiring minimal maintenance.  
http://direct.motorola.com/hellomoto/windandsolartrial

Information Security and Data Management Project Award

DriveSentry
DriveSentry Ltd

DriveSentry is the world's first personal data firewall. Its patent-pending technology can block the latest viruses, Trojans and malicious code from writing to storage devices such as hard drives, removable media and USB keys. It prevents damage to important files and data by only allowing applications that are authorised to write to storage devices and blocking those which aren't. DriveSentry also enables the first online community that automatically gathers advice from users to provide a unique database of trusted and un-trusted software.

NHS Electronic Staff Record (ESR)
McKesson UK

The Electronic Staff Record (ESR) empowered by McKesson is a new, powerful and integrated Human Resources and Payroll system for the NHS in England and Wales, replacing its 67 outdated, disparate systems with a single, national solution. ESR will modernise HR processes, improve administrative efficiency, provide accurate strategic information, and empower each of its 1.2 million staff.
www.mckesson.co.uk

Mobile Technology Project Award

Remote Transmission of Fingerprints
Lincolnshire Police

Lincolnshire Police, the University of Sheffield and the Police Standards Unit, have developed technology that allows fingerprints to be transmitted directly from crime scenes, to fingerprint bureau, for identification in a matter of minutes. The project has been used to identify a robber who viciously beat up a 92 year old lady in Gainsboro within 20 minutes and to identify a body washed up on the beaches of Lincolnshire by fingerprints within an hour. 
www.lincs.police.uk

Core Network 5
Ericsson Ltd in collaboration with Vodafone UK

In 2006 during joint collaboration between Ericsson Ltd and Vodafone UK, Vodafone UK has become the first customer in the world to introduce the Ericsson Mobile SoftSwitch (MSS) Layered Architecture solution into their Core Network. This is the first combined 2G and 3G core network on an all-IP backbone and has enabled Vodafone to considerably reduce operating expenses in their Core Network, simplifying the network and giving future flexibility.
www.ericsson.com

Social Contribution Project Award

VERT - Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training
University of Hull & Hull and East Yorkshire Hospitals NHS Trust

A Government report has identified a national training crisis for the radiotherapy treatment of cancer. Virtual Environment Radiotherapy Training system (VERT) aims to increase clinical training capacity whilst reducing training demands on clinics. VERT achieves this by providing a virtual reality training environment, faithful to its real world counterpart, which provides learning and training for students in a "safe" environment. VERT operates both in "demonstrator mode" for classroom style teaching and "hands-on / flight simulator mode" for practical skill acquisition.
www.hull.ac.uk | www.hey.nhs.uk

Anti-Grooming Engine
Crisp Thinking Ltd

Crisp's Anti-Grooming Engine is a next generation anti-grooming technology, which monitors children and teenagers' conversations online and sends alerts to young people and parents if it detects anything suspicious. It is designed to allow children and teenagers great freedom online and offer peace of mind to parents.
www.crispthinking.com

Sponsored by
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Web-based Technology Project Award

autobahnFI
Deutsche Bank


autobahnFI is Deutsche Bank's market leading eCommerce platform for trading cash and OTC products within Rates and Credit. autobahnFI is both the bank server side architecture for distributing eCommerce products and an installed application to market to our clients. The platform has delivered exceptional growth due to it's technical success, in terms of flexible distribution, performance and reliability. The design goal was to produce a language independent, real-time, server API, with multi product support, to enable unlimited distribution channels.
www.db.com

4oD
ioko and Channel 4 Television Corporation

4oD lets users download their favourite C4 TV shows and films (including from E4, More4, C4, Film4 and 4Radio) to their PC, on-demand. Users can watch what they want, when they want with free, renting or buying available. C4 are the first major commercial broadcaster worldwide with an application providing a comprehensive 'Catch Up Service' whilst also allowing users to book future content in advance. 4oD brings together legal peer-to-peer technologies and DRM to ensure protection of content owner's rights.
www.channel4.com/4od | www.ioko.com

Sponsored by
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BT Flagship Award for Innovation

FHPCA - (FPGA High Performance Computing Alliance)

The FHPCA (FPGA High Performance Computing Alliance) has spent the past two years and £3.6 million developing the Maxwell supercomputer. Maxwell has been built using Field Programmable Gate Arrays (FPGAs) as an alternative to conventional microprocessors. The system provides unprecedented computing power in relation to energy cost and it is anticipated that Maxwell could usher in a new generation of compact and energy-saving computers over the coming decade.
www.epcc.ed.ac.uk

Voice-to-Screen Messaging
SpinVox

SpinVox is the founder and global leader of a new category of messaging which it calls Voice-to-Screen™ - delivering any voice message as text to any screen, anyplace, anytime anywhere. Voice-to-Screen encompasses a range of solutions that have been designed to appeal to the consumer, business and network operators. Since the launch of SpinVox flagship product, Spin-my-Vmail™, in 2005 the Voice-to-Screen portfolio has grown considerably to encompass a range of other consumer products including; Spin-my-Blog™; Spin-my-Memo™ and Spin-my-Broadcast™. It is estimated that 6 million people across the globe will have experienced SpinVox by the end of 2007.
www.spinvox.com