Cisco Recognises Leaders in Innovation at Cisco Networkers 2007
Annual Awards Ceremony Identifies Outstanding Technology Implementation Across Europe and the Emerging Markets
LONDON, March 5, 2007 - Cisco® and IDG honoured seven outstanding networking projects at the annual Cisco Networkers Innovation Awards ceremony held in Cannes, France, on Jan. 31, 2007. Out of more than 60 entries, seven winners were selected as leading examples of organisations that have embraced new and advanced technology.
The winners were Siminn, for Best Broadband Internet Protocol Service; Poste Italiane, for Best Corporate IP Network; Appear Networks, for Best Mobility and Wireless Project; AIDA Cruises, for Best Unified Communications Project; UniCredit, for Best Data Centre Project; Saudi Telecom, for Best Service Provider IP Next-Generation Network Infrastructure; and Centre Hospitalier d'Arras, for Most Society Impacting Network.
The final category, Most Society Impacting Network, was a new addition to this year's awards, aimed at recognising the increased impact networking has had on global communities either through improved public or private sector services, or through greater access to initiatives such as online education. It also reflects the increasing influence consumers are having on technology innovation as they continue to demand services that connect them at home, work or on the move.
Mike Pilbeam, vice president for worldwide technical operations at Cisco, said: 'Through our Cisco Networkers Innovation Awards, we are able to recognise companies deploying and successfully implementing innovative technologies to drive their businesses. The winners of this year's awards demonstrated the tangible value that results from intelligent technology implementation. As a company we feel privileged to be working with such leading-edge organisations."
Cisco Networkers Innovation Awards are held annually at the Cisco Networkers conference in Cannes, to recognise some of the world's most advanced and high-profile customer projects. The 2007 awards programme attracted more than 60 entries, with 45 projects being short listed. The eventual winners were selected from 17 countries, with projects from Austria, Croatia, Denmark, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Kenya, Lebanon, Poland, Saudi Arabia, Sweden, Switzerland, Turkey, the UAE and the UK.
Bob Carrigan, president of IDG Communications, said, "IDG are very pleased to co-sponsor the Cisco Networkers Innovation Awards again this year. The standard of entry was incredibly high, and the winners can walk away knowing they are at the forefront in the innovative application of advanced technology."
More information on the Cisco Networkers Innovation Awards can be found at: http://www.cisconetworkersawards.com/index.php.
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