[email protected] AWARDS WINNERS SHOWCASE WORLDWIDE BUSINESS AND CONSUMER APPLICATIONS FOR THE WIRELESS MARKETPLACE
From Wireless Transport to Wireless Entertainment, the [email protected] Awards Exhibit the Latest Innovations in WAP ApplicationsSEVILLE, Spain November 28, 2000 Today, at the WAP Congress 2000 in Seville, Spain, the WAP Forum announced the winners of the first official [email protected] AwardsTM designed to recognize the accomplishments of the WAP community. The WAP Congress 2000 is a gathering place for the WAP community globally with the key players of the WAP marketplace in attendance. With over 150 nominations in three categories, these awards represent a breadth of unique consumer and business applications. The winners are:
Aspiros Fleet Manager for Best Use of WAP in a Business Application. Aspiro designed a wireless solution that revolutionizes the transport industry. This wireless transport management system allows managers to communicate with drivers in real time, sharing customer data, billing details, collection addresses and more while the driver is on the road. This solution reduces confusion and misdirection and increases per-vehicle productivity, therefore increasing business revenues. Aspiro is based in Scandinavia with services offered in a Pan-European market and eventually globally. More information can be found on Aspiro and its services at www.aspiro.com.
Distractions Mobile Entertainment Portal for Best Use of WAP in a Consumer Application. Distractions is a business-to-business creator of incentive-based live, topical, mobile entertainment. Distractions offers a complete range of mobile entertainment products/services including a personal entertainment system called DistractionsLive. DistractionsLive content -- designed for fans of music, sports, fashion and current affairs who like quizzes and word games -- is linked to a mobile loyalty scheme that gives players the opportunity to earn, win, trade, bet or exchange Dpoints. Distractions is based in Europe. More information about the company and its products is available at http://www.distractions.co.uk. The WAP URL is http://my-eq.com/.
Soneras Pointer Guide for the Service Providers Award. Sonera has brought into the Finnish market the first application utilizing positioning technology. This positioning service gives the Finnish market a universal travel tool. With the Pointer Guide, travelers can log in and find accommodations, local activities and events, maps, city guides and a lot more. Thus, the service is suited for on-the-spot information search and advance planning of a trip. A key feature to this service is it works directly with current and future GSM phones, with no need for add on software or hardware. Sonera is an international forerunner in mobile communications and mobile-based services and applications. By combining its expertise in mobile communications, the Internet and service provision, Sonera aims to develop into a global communications operator and provider of transaction and content services. The company also provides advanced data communications solutions to businesses, and fixed network voice services in Finland and its nearby areas. More information can be found at www.sonera.com
Webraska Mobile Technologies for the CEOs Award for Innovation in WAP. Through a location-based navigation and traffic information service, Webraska provides international mobile users with real time, detailed travel information that includes worldwide navigation, traffic information services and maps. By providing users with choices for itineraries, mode of transportation and estimated journey time for each choice, Webraska goes beyond todays GPS navigation systems, giving users a personal travel experience. This service also has an application interface that allows carriers to add door-to-door directions, mapping, geocoding and enhanced spatial searching based on shortest journey-time to all their applications. With Webraskas wireless navigation and traffic services users can minimize travel time and travel planning. Webraska is headquartered in Poissy, France and has offices around Europe, Asia-Pacific and North America. Webraskas services are currently offered in the Pan-European, Asia-Pacific and North American markets, but has plans to expand to a full global offering. More information can be found at www.webraska.com.
Weve just finished one of the toughest, but most rewarding jobs weve faced as the leader of the WAP community - selecting just a few applications among hundreds of entries to receive the first-ever [email protected] Awards," said Scott Goldman, CEO of the WAP Forum. "Seeing all the different types of content, services and applications that are now available through WAP-enabled devices validates that there is something that will appeal to everyone. Content is what drives people to use technology and now, with over 10,000 WAP applications available from 95 different countries, there is a vast selection of content for WAP users to choose from.
In addition to the winners, honorable mentions went to finalists DHL Worldwide Express and PhoneOnline for business applications, Intrinsic Technology and NextBus for consumer applications, Nocom and Webraska for the service provider award, and Cellmania and Foodstreet.com for the CEO award. More information about the [email protected] Awards and the winners can be found on the WAP Forum web site at www.wapforum.org.
The [email protected] Awards program was jointly hosted by IBC Global Conferences, Ltd and the WAP Forum and is intended to promote the use of WAP globally.
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