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Posted: 01.04

The A-Team

Qualcomm’s CDMA-List awards celebrate the impact and innovation of wireless deployments.
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By Teresa von Fuchs




Qualcomm handed out its first annual 3G CDMA-List awards at the CTIA Wireless IT conference in Las Vegas recently. The awards honor leading small, medium and large companies, as well as public agencies and non-profits, for their wireless data solutions with two awards in each category: one for impact and one for innovation. The Impact Award was given to organizations demonstrating significant financial, humanitarian or industry examples, and the Innovation Award was given to organizations demonstrating a creative concept and approach to their wireless solution.

With more than 120 nominations, narrowed down to 34 finalists, winners were selected by a panel of judges, including ME’s own editor-in-chief, Matt Purdue, Boston University’s James Ciriello, VP of CTIA’s Wireless Internet Caucus Mark Desautels and Iain Gillott, president of iGillott Research, among others. Winners were flown out to CTIA for a gala reception to receive their awards.

And the winners are...

BEST IN SHOW AWARD

CSX Transportation

Supporting partners: Broadbeam, Xbernaut

A freight transportation company and the largest railroad in the eastern U.S., CSX’s conductors wear mobile computers equipped with wireless data cards, allowing the exchange of work-order completion and scheduling information between the conductors and the railroad offices.

SMALL COMPANIES

Innovation: Global Vision Interactive

Supporting partners: Sprint and the Taxi and Limousine Commission.

NYC Global Vision Interactive created a CDMA2000-enabled, interactive touch-screen for passengers in taxicabs, providing passengers with services like real-time news, weather and city information.

Impact: Camping Companies

Supporting partners: Sprint and AppsCafe

Using rugged, CDMA-enabled, vehicle-mounted laptops and custom software, field employees can access repossession accounts and update them with real-time information, eliminating paper-based systems and extraneous trips to the office.

MEDIUM COMPANIES

Innovation: Crossmark

Supporting partners: Verizon and ACNielsen

Crossmark equipped their sales force with handhelds and a SFA solution, enabling the national distributor to increase speed-to-shelf at retail locations.

Impact: Momentum Group

Supporting partner: Zumasys

Sales agents use lightweight laptops with a CDMA2000 modem to search
databases for fabrics, display fabric samples and fulfill customer orders at the point of sale.

LARGE COMPANIES

Innovation: PPL Electric Utilities

Supporting partners: Verizon, Kyocera and Comverge

PPL Electric implemented an automated meter-reading solution using machine-to-machine communications, firmware and embedded CDMA2000 telemetry modules to transmit real-time data from meters in the field back to the operations center.

Impact: Ohio Casualty Group

Supporting partners: Sprint, Mitchell

Auto insurance field adjusters and appraisers use CDMA2000-equipped
laptops to download new cases, update claims and respond to customer queries, providing faster customer response and shorter cycle times.
Public Agencies

Innovation: Ontario Police Department

Supporting partners: Identix and Cogent Systems

Officers use a custom-built handheld device with CDMA2000 and a biometric application that uses fingerprint identification to positively identify subjects and check for outstanding warrants at the site of the investigation.

Impact: Broward Sheriff’s Office

Supporting partner: Sierra Wireless

Child protective services investigators use laptops equipped with a CDMA2000 modem to access Florida’s child reporting database, allowing investigators to respond to child abuse allegations while expediting reporting on cases.

NON-PROFITS

Innovation: YouthPlaces

Supporting partners: Proxicast and Extended Systems
Youth coordinators can track attendance and activities of more than 5,000 children using CDMA2000 connectivity and bar-code scanning technology.

Impact: MOXXI-Medical Office of the Twenty First Century
Supporting Partners: Bell and Sierra Wireless.

Physicians and pharmacists can exchange secure patient information using a field force automation solution, Sierra Wireless AirCards and HP iPAQ handhelds.



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