The year's greatest innovations

Continuing our series profiling the finalists in the BCS IT Professional Awards, this week we feature the shortlists for the four...

Continuing our series profiling the finalists in the BCS IT Professional Awards, this week we feature the shortlists for the four technology award categories: Application of the Year, Technology Services of the Year, Technology Social Contribution of the Year and Technology Systems of the Year.

The finalists for the Technology Application of the Year Award are:

  • Prophet, Speed-trap
  • CMS - Chemical COSHH Management System, Sypol
  • Isys Software for the Outdoors, Isys Computers
  • IBM Websphere UDDI registry development, IBM UK Laboratories.

The finalists for the Technology Services of the Year Award are:

  • Hampshire public services network, Hampshire County Council
  • Integration testing programme, Royal Bank of Scotland
  • Bacstel-IP, Bacs.

The finalists for the Technology Social Contribution of the Year Award are:

  • River pollution diagnostic system, Staffordshire University
  • Trinity and mobile location gateway, BT Exact
  • London congestion charging scheme, Capita Group
  • Social Inclusion through ICT, City of Sunderland Council.

The finalists for the Technology Systems of the Year Award are:

  • Flyphones, BT Exact
  • Erica, BT Exact
  • Pixology Iriss, Pixology.

The awards recognise the best team or organisation to bring excellence in computing to business value and social benefit.

The winners will be announced at a glittering awards ceremony before an audience of 700 IT professionals and other VIP guests on Wednesday, 24 September at the Hilton Park Lane Hotel in London.

For more information about the awards, contact Nisha Mukhey

Telephone: 020-7234 8711

E-mail: nisha.mukhey@quest-media.com

Web: www.bcs.org/awards/professional

What the judges said about the finalists for the Technology Application of the Year   

ProphetSpeed-trap: This project records in real-time the way users interact with web-based applications. The results are used to improve web page design and navigation, offering substantial benefits for e-business. 

CMS - Chemical COSHH Management System, Sypol:   This is a major database application allowing users to conduct risk assessment conforming to COSHH regulations. The system has an innovative and user-friendly interface with the data presented in a simple format using pictograms and minimal text. 

ISYS Software for the Outdoor, sIsys Computers:  This software provides easy-to-use information about walks in most of the UK and the Isle of Man. Data is based on Harvey and Ordnance Survey maps and offers panoramic views and route information.  

IBM WEBSPHERE UDDI Registry Development,  IBM UK Laboratories:  Universal Description, Discovery and Integration is a widely accepted industry initiative and an important part of web services. It can help users build effective web services at application and infrastructure levels.

What the judges said about the finalists for the Technology Service of the Year   

Hampshire Public Services Network, Hampshire County Council:  Varying demands from the public and council workers have necessitated an integrated networked solution that can include voice and data. The network delivers a high-value, scalable broadband technology that can adapt flexibly to demand. 

Integration Testing Programme, Royal Bank of Scotland:  The merger of NatWest and Royal Bank of Scotland required billions of customer accounts and billions of pounds of funds to be correctly migrated and reconciled, as well as allowing the bank to operate as normal. The project was delivered ahead of schedule with substantial cost savings. 

Bacstel-IP, Bacs:  With demands predicted to reach 100 million transactions a day in 2005, the Bacs system is being enhanced through Bacstel-IP to provide an internet-based payment service that connectsUK banks and customers to the Bacs system. The service  radically improves the interaction between customers and banks and provides a secure public key infrastructure.

What the judges said about the finalists for the Technology Social Contribution of the Year   

River Pollution Diagnostic System, Staffordshire University:  The river pollution system is used by the Environmental Agency in England and Wales. Users can explore and interpret archived and new data through a user-friendly interface.  

Trinity and Mobile Location Gateway, BT Exact:  This project allows the emergency authorities to achieve a faster response to a wider range of emergency calls. It replaces the present 999 database with an Oracle Spatial database that identifies the correct authority to deal with an emergency call. 

Congestion Charging Scheme, Capita Group:  Capita has developed and deployed a congestion charging management system without tolls or vehicle modification. The system comprises image handling, number plate recognition, database interaction and a comprehensive range of payment channels, including a text message payment system.  

Social Inclusion through ICT, City of Sunderland Council:  In a relatively deprived area, this project has been based on creating an image of a preferred trusted service provider, providing an e-government service platform with the necessary infrastructure to ensure social inclusion.

What the judges said about the finalists for the Technology System of the Year   

Flyphones, BT Exact:  This project addresses the arbitration between mobile base stations over channels to allow for variable loading and avoid interference. Algorithms have been developed based on the growth of hairs on fruit flies. 

ERICABT, Exact:  This provides a managed gateway to wireless networks, enabling new applications to be launched faster and more cost effectively. It provides developers with an online, single point of access without having to establish direct secure remote access. 

Pixology IRISS, Pixology  Pixology Iriss is the world's first red-eye removal technology. It can provide better results from digital cameras, requires no user intervention and reduces battery consumption by eliminating the pre-flash. The software identifies discoloured eyes and automatically replaces the redness.

This was last published in September 2003

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