Ranging from an inmate self-service kiosk to a dual headed plug-and-play device, 14 organisations from a variety of industries and sectors were presented with what is considered the highest accolade for infocomm innovation in Singapore.
The winners were presented with their National Infocomm Awards (NIA) by Minister for Information, Communications and the Arts Dr. Yaacob Ibrahim at a gala dinner on 23 October.
Jointly organised by the Infocomm Development Authority of Singapore (IDA) and Singapore Infocomm Technology Federation (SiTF), the biennial event, which is now in its sixth year, serves as a platform to honour innovations by the ICT industry.
Chosen from a pool of 266 nominees, the winners are divided into two broad categories of 'Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology' and 'Most Innovative Infocomm Product and Service'.
With a 90 percent jump in nominations since the last NIA, the awardees underwent a strict judging process that differed slightly based on category and sub-category.
Under the category of 'Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology', the awards are split into three sub categories based on sector. They include: the public, private general and private SMEs (small and medium enterprise) sectors.
"For the innovative use of infocomm in the public and private sectors, the judges are looking to see how these organisations have effectively and innovatively deployed technology to reap significant improvements in productivity or competitiveness," said senior director for industry development at IDA Andrew Khaw.
For the category of 'Most Innovative Infocomm Product and Service', the entries were evaluated based on the product's innovation and use of emerging or advanced technologies, Khaw added.
KK Women's and Children's hospital clinched the award for 'Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology - Public sector" with their Surgical Counting and Operating Theatre Tracking System (SCOTT). The use of RFID technology in medical instruments and gauze allows the items to be tracked around the operating theatre, greatly reducing the risk of leaving items in patients. Sharing the award in the same category is Singapore Prison Services for the inmate self-service kiosk (i-Kiosk).
Another stand-out winner was iTwin Pte. Ltd, which won for 'Most Innovative Infocomm Product and Service' with the plug-and-play device iTwin. Brainchild of CEO and co-founder for the company, Lux Anantharaman designed the product to make "the public Internet private"
Simply two ends of a cable with no wire in between, the device is plugged into two separate computers to create an encrypted, secure connection between them.
Sharing the spotlight with iTwin under the same category was Puffersoft Labs for Enterprise Service Provisioning.
Other winners include; the Changi Airport Group for ONE CHANGI and Citi Innovation Lab for Interactive Solutions under "Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology- Private General sector" and aSpecial Media for their Proprietary Behavioural Targeting Engine in the "Most Innovative Use of Infocomm Technology- Private SME sector".
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