Singapore today honoured 11 public and private organisations that have made their mark in the development and adoption of innovation and IT. These infocomm innovators bagged the industry's highest accolade, the National ...
Singapore, 21 October 2004 | For Immediate Release
National Infocomm Award 2004 Winners Unveiled
Singapore today honoured 11 public and private organisations that have made their mark in the development and adoption of innovation and IT. These infocomm innovators bagged the industry's highest accolade, the National Infocomm Awards (NIA), for excellence in infocomm innovation. The biennial NIA started in 2002 to recognise leaders in technology innovation and to celebrate the spirit of innovation in the Infocomm industry. The NIA is jointly organised by Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF).
The 11 stellar organisations received their awards from Dr Lee Boon Yang, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts. There are two award categories, and the winners* are:
- JTC Corporation won in the category for Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology (Public Sector). In the same category, National University Hospital and SingHealth received merit awards.
- Sembawang Shipyard won in the category for Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology (Private Sector). In the same category, NTUC Income and YCH Group received merit awards.
- 2 companies, e-Cop and Savi Technology, won in the category for Most Innovative Infocomm Product/ Service, while FriarTuck, GistXL and smartBridges received merit awards.
*Annex fact sheets provide details on company profiles and their winning entries
Speaking at the NIA Gala Dinner where the winners were announced, guest-of-honour, Dr Lee Boon Yang, Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts urged the Infocomm industry to embrace innovation. He said, "We need to increase efforts to ensure that innovation is pervasive in all our business and public sector. We must plug into the global innovation network."
Dr Lee also urged Singapore businesses to recognise the value of innovation for competitive advantage. "For Singapore to maintain its competitive edge, we need to tap on such innovative spirit and entrepreneurial foresight to compete among the best in the world."
In clinching the awards, the NIA winners clearly harnessed the potential of innovation and technology to generate greater business opportunities and make a mark on the global stage. e-Cop's 'Managed Security Services' has found its way into the borderless cyberworld to safeguard operating systems against security threats. Using technology, they brought the real-world security guard into the digital realm.
Savi Technology's 'Smart and Secure Tradelanes' is now guarding the shipping lanes of the world, and using technology to track the movement and safety of cargo containers. With its 'Smart and Secure Tradelanes', Savi Technology is now the operator of the world's largest wireless monitoring network for the US Department of Defense.
NIA winners also demonstrated their ingenuity in using technology to improve the way they conduct the business, including those in the more 'brick-and-mortar' business.
For instance, Jurong Town Corporation, Singapore's largest industrial landlord, has embraced innovation and technology to launch 'eCREAM', a one-stop portal that meets the 'life-cycle' needs of its customers.
Sembawang Shipyard, Singapore's busiest ship repair facility, developed its 'Alliance e-Collaboration Portal' to up the level of service to its partners all around the world. It is helping its partners to help themselves to information.
Mrs Tan Ching Yee, Chief Executive Officer of IDA and Co-Chair of NIA 2004 said, "This year's NIA winners are innovation champions. We hope they will spur others to put Singapore infocomm on the regional and international map."
Mr Saw Ken Wye, Immediate Past Chairman of SiTF and Co-Chair of NIA 2004 said, "Our national clarion call for Innovation & Entrepreneurship has found its best expression in NIA 2004. By recognizing the innovation of local companies, we hope the NIA will drive our 'Made-in-Singapore' innovators to expand their business, both here and overseas."
The hotly contested NIA received 146 high-quality nominations from a myriad of industries. Nominees for the awards were evaluated based on the innovativeness of their entries and technology use, scale of implementation, market presence and value impact.
ISSUED BY THE INFOCOMM DEVELOPMENT AUTHORITY OF SINGAPORE
AND THE SINGAPORE iNFOCOMM TECHNOLOGY FEDERATION
About Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore
The Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) is committed to growing Singapore into a dynamic global infocomm hub. IDA uses an integrated approach to developing info-communications in Singapore. This involves nurturing a competitive telecoms market as well as a conducive business environment with programmes and schemes for both local and international companies. For more information, visit www.ida.gov.sg
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About Singapore infocomm Technology Federation
The Singapore infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF) is Singapore's premier infocomm trade industry association. It brings together more than 600 corporate members from MNCs and local companies, which together account for over 80% of industry revenues, and assists them in business development, market intelligence, overseas trade missions, networking and alliances. For more information on SiTF, please visit www.sitf.org.sg