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British Computer Society unveils finalists in 1998 Information Technology Awards

BCS News Release 13 October 1998

The British Computer Society has today announced the eight medal winners for the final of the Society's annual Information Technology Awards. The Awards are designed to encourage excellence and innovation within the UK IT industry. This year the medallists are:

BARCLAYS ENDORSE, is a pilot project from Barclays Bank to develop trusted third party services for e-commerce. The card is activated with cryptographic keys once an applicant presents real-world credentials to a Barclays branch.

BROOKESTALK, is a Web navigator that assists visually impaired people to browse the World Wide Web using speech synthesis to read out headings, links and text paragraphs in a Web page. Designed by Oxford Brookes University as part of an initiative to widen access of disabled students to education.

CONVEYANCING PILOT, a project led by H.M Land Registry bringing together information on land and property from private and public sector sources including: Ordnance Survey, The Law Society and Local Government, and provides geographic information systems (GIS) information over the Internet.

DOORS, is a cross-platform tool for storing and managing project information from quality systems and software. It has a large list of international users.

M206, is an Open University course in computing which emphasises Object Technology, network based computing and Human Computer Interaction. It is the largest computing course in the world with 5100 students and utilises CD- ROM, TV, the Web and computer conferencing in addition to traditional methods

TELEMEDICINE, is a system that aims to provide a standard of medical care to UK Forces, as good as that provided at home. This system integrates digital cameras, image manipulation, satellite telephony, e-mail and video. A camera image is loaded onto a laptop, then attached to an e-mail giving clinical details and sent via satellite to the hospital; the specialist's response is returned by e-mail.

THE INTELLIGENT PERSONAL ASSISTANT (IPA), is an adaptive system that manages information, communication and time for its user, by learning the preferences and interests of the user. The system, developed by BT, is being tested in a large-scale trial involving 15,000 users.

WIREPLAY, created by BT, is a system that reduces the timelag usually found over the Internet to a mere 100 milli-seconds, thereby improving interactive gaming. Subscriptions are collected over the World Wide Web by special software.

About the BCS IT Awards

1998 is the 26th year of the Awards, which makes them not only the most prestigious awards, but also the longest running. Up to three special Awards are made to the Medal Winners who are chosen by an independent panel who seek projects which have made an outstanding contribution to IT. The winners will be presented with their medals at Le Meridien, London on Wednesday 4 November 1998. On this occasion the outright Award winners will also be announced and presented with their trophies. The Awards are this year being sponsored BT, Bull, The Department of Trade and Industry, Hitachi, IBM, ICL, Logica, the Post Office and Keene Communications.

For further information please contact:

Emma Hargreaves/Sam Reeve

Keene Communications

Tel: 0171 439 7227

Fax: 0171 439 7840



Anna Duckworth					

British Computer Society				

Phone 01793 417433				

Fax 01793 480270			

Notes to Editors

The British Computer Society is the Chartered body for all Information Systems professionals. Formed in 1957 and granted a royal Charter in 1984, the Society has over 34,000 members. In May 1990 the BCS became a Chartered Engineering institution.

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