Former president the Duke of Kent presented the British Computer Society's annual IT Awards last week.
The awards, which began in 1973, are presented for IT projects, primarily based in the UK, that show a high degree of originality, innovation and excellence.
"Of the 64 nominations received, there were none from Northern Ireland or Scotland and only one from Wales. I hope this is not the effect of devolution," quipped the Duke.
The winners were RadioScape for its Digital Audio Broadcasting System; the Distributed Systems Research Group from the University of Newcastle and its spin-off company Bluestone Arjuna Labs for Arjuna Software, a suite of Internet-based transaction products; and the Post Office, TeleVirtual and the School of Information Systems from the University of East Anglia for its Text and Sign Support Assistant.