The European Commission and the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technologies and Engineering (Euro-CASE) have announced the three Grand Prize Winners of this year’s European IST Prize. The Prizes were awarded to two French and a Swedish company.
The three Grand Prizes – each of €200 000 – were presented by Information Society and Media Commissioner Viviane Reding and Guy Demuynck, Chairman of the Executive Jury, CEO of KPN Mobile, at the Palace of the Academies in Brussels on 26 April.
The European IST Prize is the most distinguished award for innovative products that represent the best of European innovation in information and communication technologies. The Grand Prize Winners were selected from a total of 430 applications. Most of the applicants, and also the three Grand Prize Winners, are highly innovative SMEs.
The 2005 European IST Grand Prize Winners:
Contactless smartcard with integrated PIN pad for secure verification over the Internet.
Founded: 1999, staff 14. www.cypak.com
Let It Wave (FR)
A compression software enabling the storage of high-quality identity photos with as few as 500 bytes, for secured documents such as ID cards, visas, access badges.
Founded: 2001, staff: 8. www.letitwave.fr
Praxim Mediavision (FR)
SURGETICS Kneelogics Application
A computer-assisted surgical system dedicated top the precise positioning of implants and grafts in knee surgery.
Founded: 1995, staff: 55. www.surgetics.com